Gus Johnson Teams With Veteran Analyst Charles Davis & Former Univ. of Minnesota Head Coach Tim Brewster On FX Game Of The Week
More Than 60 Premier Big 12, Pac-12 & C-USA Match-Ups Showcased on FSN
Mike Pereira Debuts as CFB Rules Analyst on FX
New York, NY – FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG), today unveiled its lineup of announcers for national telecasts of the upcoming 2011 college football season on FX, FOX Sports Net (FSN), and Fox College Sports (FCS). The details were announced today by Eric Shanks, President, FSMG and FOX Sports and Doug Sellars, Executive Vice President, Production and Executive Producer, FSMG.
FX, Fox Network Group’s popular entertainment basic cable network as seen in more than 99 million households, teams with FSMG in 2011 to carry a major college football game of the week featuring a 14 game schedule highlighted by premier conference matchups from the Big 12, PAC-12 and Conference USA beginning Saturday, September 3, with one game televised weekly. This game of the week matchup is called by perhaps the most exciting play-by-play broadcaster in the business, Gus Johnson. Johnson is alongside University of Tennessee standout and veteran college football analyst Charles Davis in the booth with former University of Minnesota head coach and University of Illinois standout linebacker Tim Brewster, rounding out the broadcast team as an on-field analyst. Additionally, Johnson, Davis and Brewster call one of FOX’s two conference football championship games (PAC-12 or Big Ten) and the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
FSN, which reaches over 85 million homes through its owned and affiliated networks, will televise a selection of more than 60 Pac-12, Big 12 and Conference USA football games in 2011.
Pac-12 games on FSN are called by veteran college football play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack. Bolerjack is joined by FSN college football analyst and former University of Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt with FOX Sports Radio personality and former USC fullback Petros Papadakis reporting from the sidelines. For Big 12 conference football telecasts on FSN, Klatt is joined by Big 12 football play-by-play voice Joel Meyers with FSN Southwest sportscaster Jim Knox contributing as a sideline reporter. Additionally, Meyers teams with analyst Brian Baldinger and Knox for select Big 12 matchups on FSN. During Conference USA college football contests on FSN, football announcers Ron Thulin and Jeremy Bloom are joined by analyst JC Pearson. Pearson joins play-by-play voice Thulin in the booth with Bloom serving as an on-field analyst. FSN Southwest’s broadcast team led by play-by-play broadcaster Bill Land, college football analyst Dave Lapham and sideline reporter Emily Jones cover both Big 12 and Conference USA matchups for FSN this season.
“Led by Gus, Charles and Tim, our roster of college football talent is very experienced, knowledgeable and deep on all levels of production,” said Sellars. “This is the widest array of college football ever broadcast on our family of networks and we look forward to giving fans informative and entertaining coverage of their favorite college teams all season long.”
FOX NFL SUNDAY rules analyst Mike Pereira now adds college football to his television resume and will be available live during each college football game of the week broadcasts on FX. Just like his NFL debut last season, this is believed to be the first time in history that a rules official has commentated during a weekly college football game broadcast.
In addition, FCS will televise a minimum of six Big 12 football contests and will feature Kansas State alum Steve Physioc calling play-by-play and former USC football staff member Yogi Roth as game analyst.
Additionally, for the first time in its history, FOX Sports boasts exclusive coverage of college football’s inaugural PAC-12 Conference Championship Game on Friday, December 2followed by the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, December 3 from Indianapolis.
Following are the pairings for college football on FSMG in 2011:
Fox College Football (FX package)
Play-by-Play – Gus Johnson
Analyst – Charles Davis
Sideline Analyst – Tim Brewster
PAC-12 on FSN
Play-by-Play – Craig Bolerjack
Analyst – Joel Klatt
Sideline Analyst – Petros Papadaikas
BIG 12 on FSN
Play-by-Play – Joel Meyers
Analyst – Joel Klatt/Brian Baldinger
Sideline Reporter – Jim Knox
BIG 12 on FSN
Play-by-Play – Joel Meyers
Analyst – Brian Baldinger
Sideline Reporter – Jim Knox
CUSA on FSN
Play-by-Play – Ron Thulin
Analyst – JC Pearson
Sideline Analyst – Jeremy Bloom
BIG 12 on FSN/CUSA on FSN
Play-by-Play – Bill Land
Analyst – Dave Lapham
Sideline Reporter – Emily Jones
FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, Scout.com, Yardbarker.com and Whatifsports.com reaching over 25 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 99 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series including dramas Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Rescue Me, and comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie, and Wilfred. The network schedule also features arguably the most impressive library of hit feature films of any basic cable network, and its acquired series include the hit comedies Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother. This fall the network is getting back into sports for the first time since 2006 with the addition of FOX College Football on FX, a weekly national package of games from powerhouse conferences Big XII and Pac-12. In 2011, FX is posting all-time ratings highs in Total Viewers and every key demo with year-over-year growth upwards of +20% or more across the board. Among 93 ad-supported cable networks, FX ranks #5 in delivery of Men 18-49, #6 in Adults 18-49, and #6 in Men 18-34. For more information about FX, go to www.FXnetworks.com.
FOX SPORTS NET (FSN)
FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. Through its 19 owned-and-operated regional networks, FSN serves as the TV home to more than half of all MLB, NHL, and NBA teams. FSN’s nationwide roster of regional sports networks includes FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Houston, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Wisconsin, PRIME Ticket, SportSouth, and Sun Sports. FSN produces more than 5,000 live local events each year, including thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs. FSN also offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of college rights in the country, with over 1,000 marquee events culled from an impressive roster of collegiate partners, including the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, ACC, Conference USA, and others.