Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga’s return drew record numbers on Fox Sports 1, Saturday night’s UFC card on ESPN was one of the top shows on cable television and Sunday’s NASCAR race on Fox was the most-viewed non-Daytona race in three years.
The first live sports events on network TV in more than two months delivered strong ratings Sunday. Fox’s telecast of a NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C., delivered 6.32 million viewers, a 38 percent jump over the previous race on March 8. Like other major pro sports leagues, NASCAR shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. NBC also brought back live sports Sunday with a golf event, TaylorMade Driving Relief. Numbers for the four-man skins match, featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, weren’t available at publication time.
Many of Fox Sports’ on-air anchors and analysts will take a temporary pay cut, largely in tandem with compensation decreases among top executives at parent company Fox Corp., which is, like many other media conglomerates, grappling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on operations.
Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.
This week, several Fox Sports execs participated in hour-long video conferences with six key ad agency partners, including GroupM, Omnicom and IPG. During the Zoom chats, the execs discussed the conversations they’ve been having with the leagues, shared various scenarios for when sports could return and fielded questions about the sports marketplace.
ESPN and Fox Sports had to come together if the heavyweight showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand hotel this Saturday was to happen. And it’s also true that both networks are blanketing the airwaves this week like never before in an effort to get people to dig into their pockets for the $79.99 it will cost to watch the fight at home.
Fox Sports‘ coverage of Super Bowl LIV included a new graphics package with an emphasis on stats and an illustrated twist.
Red Bee has signed a multiyear contract to deliver master control room (MCR) services to Fox Sports in the Netherlands. Fox Sports will be providing high-end international sports content to their viewers using Red Bee’s multi-tenant IP-based Global MCR Platform in Hilversum. As part of the contribution and distribution, Red Bee will provide mobile encoding […]
Fox Sports has hired Rob Gronkowski as an NFL analyst. The network announced on Tuesday that the former New England Patriots tight end will make his debut during Thursday night’s pregame show before the Patriots-New York Giants game. Gronkowski retired at the end of last season after winning his third Super Bowl with the Patriots. […]
Fox NFL Sunday, which kicks off Fox’s 26th season covering the league on Sunday, was inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in April. It takes its place beside Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Meet the Press and All In The Family. Above (l-r), Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson get ready for the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show during the 2018 season at the Fox Sports studio in Los Angeles.
A step up from past LCD video walls, the new LED technology is increasingly featuring in new news set designs, enabling crisper images and more flexibility.
Fox Sports says it is buying just under 5% of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars, for about $236 million. Both companies will offer real-money sports betting this fall in states where it is legal and they are licensed.
Walt Disney Co., on the brink of sealing its $71 billion takeover of 21st Century Fox Inc. entertainment assets, will agree to sell the Fox Sports channels in Brazil and Mexico to win regulatory approval there, according to people close to the discussions
Fox Sports and NBC Sports — two of the companies that were considered the most likely bidders for all or part of the 22 Fox Sports regional sports networks being sold by Disney — did not submit bids last week when they were due, leaving the media industry to wonder who’s in.
The three networks carrying post-season baseball have an enhanced technological playbook that includes ubiquitous on-field audio, high-quality slo-mo from new perspectives, data-enhanced graphics, some 4K UHD and, possibly, player- and coach-mounted cameras.
In its first men’s World Cup, Fox Sports has deployed its largest production output ever. The core World Cup efforts begin in Moscow, with Fox Sports teams at the International Broadcast Center and the main studio at Red Square. But the efforts don’t end there as there are talent and technicians working at each of the venues and then a large team back home in Los Angeles handling match control, editing, and other duties. Kevin Callahan, Fox Sports, VP, World Cup operations, says operations have been going smoothly.
Professional bowling is changing lanes: The Professional Bowlers Association will move its matches and games to the 21st Century Fox-owned network, ending a decades-long alliance it has enjoyed with ESPN, and a shorter-term relationship it has with CBS Sports Network. In doing so, the PBA will establish a new presence for the sport on broadcast television.
Fox Sports unveiled its game plan and official TV schedule for its coverage of the 2018 World Cup this summer in Russia. Despite not having the U.S. team in the mix this year — nor world powers Italy and the Netherlands, for that matter — Fox said it will air 38 games live on the broadcast network, more than the previous four World Cups combined and the most ever for an English-language network.
On Wednesday, two significant streaming live sports deals were announced. One represented a major extension of the status quo, while the other painted a picture of what the future could hold.
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge tightened bail conditions on a South American soccer official charged in the FIFA bribery scandal after prosecutors surprised the courtroom by accusing the defendant of threatening their star witness by making a slashing motion on his neck as the witness testified at trial. The dramatic twist in federal court […]
21st Century Fox denied a government witness’s allegation that its sports division paid bribes to win television rights for international soccer tournaments.
Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO of a marketing firm based in Argentina, testified that Fox and other broadcasters were involved in a scheme to pay bribes — concealed using offshore side entities and sham contracts — that secured rights for the Copa America and other FIFA events.
Promising a “seamless” experience for viewers, Fox Sports says it will air nine six-second ads during its Thanksgiving Day telecast of the NFL matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.
Among various tech innovations at this fall’s coverage of baseball’s post-season play are new — and more — infield mics that drive enhanced audio production through an IP routing infrastructure.