Four days until launch and Fox is still negotiating carriage with three major cable and satellite providers for Fox Sports 1. As it stands now, DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable remain the lone holdouts to pick up FS1 in time for its big launch on Saturday. If the stalemate holds past this weekend, it means that 47 million homes across the country won't have access to the new cable sports network.
Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reports that as of today, AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS have signed up to carry Fox Sports 1. That amounts to 45 million homes. Back in July, we told you that Fox was having trouble in gaining carriage and one month later, that is still the case. When the network was officially announced back in March, Fox boasted that the network would be available in 90 million homes, but right now, it hasn't even hit 50 million. Unless something drastic happens this week, Fox will be way short of its goal.no comments
FOX Sports 1 has made public the talent roster it'll be exposing to viewers on a daily basis throughout the year and on Sundays during the NFL regular season, and -- unsurprisingly -- former players will be providing the majority of the analysis on "FOX Football Daily" and "FOX NFL Kickoff."
Recently-retired stars Ronde Barber, Scott Fujita, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher will headline the coverage on those two programs, per an announcement FOX Sports released on Monday.no comments
All Times Eastern
CFB Daily -- ESPNU, 4:30 p.m.
College Football Live -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
2013 Heisman House Special -- ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.
Big Ten Football Preview: Ohio State -- Big Ten Network, 8 p.m.
Stage 2: Adrooie to Forest -- Universal Sports, 8:30 a.m.
Solheim Cup News Conference -- Golf Channel, 1 p.m.
Inside the PGA Tour -- Golf Channel, 7 p.m.
Golf's Greatest Rounds: 2007 Tour Championship -- Golf Channel, 8 p.m.
As an MMA fan, I can tell you that there's this feeling of betrayal whenever a fighter talks about retiring young rather than get their head smashed in for years. When the fighter in question is an attractive female that leaves fighting for another profession, those feelings increase tenfold. Thus, we have the case of Ronda Rousey, the UFC women's bantamweight champion who said she thinks that she has two years left in MMA, earning much scorn from MMA fans that have already seen Gina Carano and Randy Couture (among others) leave MMA for careers in Hollywood.
On Saturday morning, Rousey lost it on Twitter, and to be honest, her points were pretty well-stated.no comments
We're now just five days from the launch of the newest and funnest 24/7 sports channel - Fox Sports 1. With a new day in the sports world upon us, the new kid on the block and the king of the mountain are already publicly trading barbs. Fox Sports 1 is expected to be the strongest challenger to ESPN's throne in well over a decade thanks to their oodles of cash, talent, and live sports rights. And with the way that we've seen ESPN personalities speak out recently, one has to think the folks in Bristol are more wary of FS1 than any other potential challenger that has come before.
Let's start with this Twitter exchange. Bill Simmons vs Fox Sports Live:no comments
This is one of the funniest broadcast bloopers we've seen this year. During Fox's national broadcast of White Sox-Twins on Saturday, an announcer was giving a brief biography of Chicago's starting pitcher Andre Rienzo. The announcers were listed initially as Dick Stockton and Bert Blyleven, but it sure doesn't sound like either of them. Perhaps someone can leave a note in the comments below on the true identity. UPDATE: Thanks to those of you who confirmed it was indeed Blyleven.
Rienzo hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, which leads the announcer to be in awe over MLB teams signing players from Europe and not just South America.
Just to make sure I haven't been lied to all these years, I did a quick Google search to confirm that yes, Brazil was still in South America.
Verdict: Does not have Brazil
Pictured: South America
Verdict: Definitely has Brazil
H/T Mike B.no comments
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus struck out three straight times in Saturday's game before hitting a home run in a 5-4 win over the Astros. That performance produced the above headline in the Dallas Morning News. There has to be a better way to frame three consecutive strikeouts in baseball without conjuring up images of an extreme hate group, no?
H/T wschorrno comments
You never expect an NFL preseason telecast of all things to make news in the sports world, but thanks to Bernie Kosar, that is indeed the case. Kosar has been calling Cleveland Browns preseason games for years, but drew nationwide attention for his unforgiving criticism of the St. Louis Rams during this year's preseason opener. You can catch the video at the link, but these were some of the highlights.
"I see why Sam's been struggling watching how bad these receivers are, those were two outstanding throws the last two."
"These St. Louis Rams receivers are horrible."
On if their parents were watching: "I would be embarrassed."
"I'm checking through the itinerary of guys and coaches to see who the receiver coach is to make sure I don't know who this guy is because he's not doing good either."
On another St. Louis drop: "God... he puts it in his pocket, what more do you want?"
On Kellen Clemens: "Bless me father for I have sinned, I have to watch him the whole 4th quarter."
In the days after that broadcast, as audio of Kosar's comments meandered their way through the NFL universe, Kosar began to draw his own criticism for going too far in the minds of many. Peter King of Sports Illustrated had a go at Bernie on Twitter, bringing up the topic of Kosar's history with concussions and openly wondering if he was drunk.no comments
The golf world is still trying to come to grips with the idea of Fox televising the US Open and other USGA tournaments beginning in 2015. While that may mean glowing balls, robots, gophers, and windmills nobody is quite sure what to expect. We may see Joe Buck in the 18th tower, or Fox may look to their corporate umbrella and bring in some golf personalities from Sky Sports in the UK, or Fox may hire a completely new team to call their new lineup of golf tournaments.
One name already being linked with Fox is a huge name who would bring instant credibility to their coverage - Greg Norman.
The always outspoken Aussie told Golf Digest that Fox has already offered him the position, and he'll be having talks with countryman David Hill about becoming Fox's lead golf analyst.no comments