November 19, 2013 |
Fox Sports has promoted Jeff Krolik to president of its regional networks unit. Krolik, who had served as executive vice president of Fox Sports Regional Networks, will oversee 22 regional sports networks including Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. He also will be responsible for Fox Deportes, a Spanish-language network. The promotion of Krolik comes in the wake of the departure of Fox Sports co-President Randy Freers , who last month became president and chief operating officer of the Fox Networks Group, the 21st Century unit that houses the media giant's broadcast and cable properties. Krolik, who reports to Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, joined the company in 2007.
October 1, 2013 |
For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted. USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming men's Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. “USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said.
September 26, 2013 |
NBC Sports Network is facing a flurry of criticism over an episode of the outdoor sports program "Under Wild Skies" in which a National Rifle Assn. strategist shoots and kills an African elephant. In the episode, which aired Sunday night (a highlight reel is posted above), host Tony Makris and a guide stalk an elephant in the Okavango Delta of Botswana -- "a mecca for elephant hunting," according to a narrator. Makris boasts of his "positively lethal" rifle and the .577 ammunition ("made to kill ivory")
August 24, 2013 |
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
May 14, 2013 |
News Corp.'s Fox Sports will launch not one, but two new national sports cable channels in August, according to people familiar with the plan. In March, Fox Sports said it would debut Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17. At the time, the company downplayed talk that it had plans for a second national service -- Fox Sports 2 -- as well. But now insiders say Fox Sports 2 will launch around the same time and perhaps even the same day as Fox Sports 1. The new channel will take the place of Fuel TV, a News Corp.-owned network that currently carries a heavy load of Ultimate Fighting Championship programming.
March 5, 2013 |
Scheduling the month of October is going to get a lot easier for the folks at Fox. For years, Fox has had to uproot its October schedule because of postseason baseball. That often meant shows that premiered in September suddenly went missing for a few weeks because of playoffs and the World Series. Although baseball is a good promotional platform, it could also be a momentum killer for a new show trying to build an audience. But starting in 2014, Fox's baseball headaches will be greatly reduced.