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Thunder. Lightning. Rain. And a dominating Utah defense. All were part of Fox Sports 1’s Saturday night broadcast from Salt Lake City that also included Washington State, if only peripherally.
Much has changed since Colin Cowherd toed the red turf of his alma mater in 2014, a trip to Cheney to help boost a former Roos Field renovation project. Cowherd, one of the nation’s most well-known and polarizing sports media figures, has since taken his silver tongue to FOX Sports, where his radio show “The Herd” is simulcast on FS1 and iHeartRadio.
Fox Sports viewers tuning in to broadcasts this fall will not only see the game, but also will get betting predictions. The network announced a partnership Wednesday night with the parent company of the PokerStars online gambling giant. The Stars Group has market access through licensing in 13 states, and is seeking licensing in others.
Couch Slouch: As we enter 2018, Couch Slouch wishes it were 1918. Not so we could be at war with the world again, not so Jim Crow laws could rule the South again, not so women couldn’t have the right to vote again; rather, so we could live in a pre-TV universe in which talking heads weren’t talking UNTIL THEIR HEADS EXPLODE.
The 38-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and “Dancing With the Stars” co-host tells Sports Illustrated’s MMQB she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 11.
ESPN says radio host Colin Cowherd won’t be on the air again before leaving the network in the wake of his remarks about major league baseball players from the Dominican Republic. The network said Friday that “Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.” The statement said Cowherd’s comments “do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees.”
NEW YORK – Fox will broadcast its NFL pregame show from the deck of the Battleship Missouri Memorial the day before the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The network said Wednesday that a two-hour live edition of “Fox NFL Sunday” will air Dec. 6 with the USS Arizona Memorial as a backdrop. The show will include segments about the surprise Japanese air attack Dec. 7, 1941, that plunged America into World War II.
Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will join Joe Buck in the booth for Fox’s Major League Baseball coverage this season. Tim McCarver retired after the World Series as the network’s top color commentator. Reynolds, a former two-time All-Star second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, has been a studio analyst for MLB Network since its launch in 2009 and will remain in that role. He and Verducci have worked together for MLB Network, and a Fox Sports executive said their chemistry helped them click with Buck during a practice run of the three-man booth. Verducci will also continue to write for Sports Illustrated. – AP
Supercross is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and everything about the sport is bigger and better than it was when the series started with four races in 1974. The tracks are bigger and have more jumps in one straightaway than the entire early courses. The riders have become some of the fittest in any sport, many using personal trainers to stay in shape. The crowds have also grown, averaging 850,000 per year, and coverage will increase this year with a new TV deal with Fox Sports 1 and 2. The 40th season kicks off tonight ( 7:30, FS1), when Ryan Villopoto starts the defense of his three straight titles in Anaheim, Calif. – AP
Horse racing will have a presence on Fox Sports’ new television network, with major stakes races broadcast starting in 2014. A multiyear agreement between Fox Sports and The Jockey Club announced Thursday calls for up to 10 telecasts a year on Fox Sports 1, with each show including two top stakes races featuring the leading horses in North America. The network launches Aug. 17. The series will begin Feb. 9 with the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap – both Grade 1 races – airing from Gulfstream Park in Florida. The complete schedule of races will be released later. Associated Press
NASCAR has completed its television deal by furthering its existing relationship with Fox Sports. Fox Sports on Thursday picked up the three remaining Sprint Cup Series races and the first 14 Nationwide Series races on the 2015 schedule. Fox Sports also extended the contract by two years to run through 2024 so it would be the same length as the deal NBC Sports signed last week. Fox Sports now has the first 16 races of the Cup schedule beginning in 2015. Nine will air on Fox Sports and seven on Fox Sports 1. NBC Sports said last week seven of its 20 races would air on broadcast NBC. – Associated Press
Regis Philbin’s new sports talk show premieres next month with the launch of cable channel Fox Sports 1. Befitting a program debuting in 2013, “Crowd Goes Wild” will weave back-and-forths with viewers into the broadcast. Producers even hired a social media correspondent. And hosting all this is Philbin, who turns 82 six days after the premiere. Executive producer Michael Davies, who worked with Philbin on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” insists the octogenarian fits in just fine with a company known for attracting younger audiences. Davies says: “We’re going to frankly have a lot of fun with Regis’ struggles with social media.” – AP
Erin Andrews will host Fox’s new college football pregame show. Two days after ESPN said the broadcaster was leaving after eight years, Fox officially announced her hiring Sunday. Andrews also will contribute to the network’s NFL and Major League Baseball coverage among other sports. The main Fox network will start its first regular-season college football package this fall, premiering Sept. 1. The popular Andrews has over 1.3 million Twitter followers. Fox Sports Media Group Co-President Eric Shanks calls Andrews “one of the hardest-working, most-respected individuals in sports television.” – Associated Press