FOX SPORTS LOADS BASES FOR 2017 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
New York - Since broadcasting its first Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1997, FOX Sports has brought memorable moments from some of the sport's biggest stars into the homes of baseball fans across America. This year, FOX Sports steps to the plate to broadcast its 19th Mid-Summer Classic with support from FS1, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports Radio to highlight and showcase Major League Baseball's best.
Superstars from the American and National Leagues face off in the 2017 All-Star Game from Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday, July 11, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network.
Hall of Famer and eight-time All-Star John Smoltz, who makes his second start as FOX Sports' All-Star Game analyst, is joined in the broadcast booth by seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, who calls his record 19th All-Star Game. In addition to Buck and Smoltz, two-time Emmy Award-winning FOX MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal and two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Tom Verducci report throughout the game from the dugouts.
Coverage of the MLB All-Star Game begins Monday, July 10, at 12:00 PM ET on FS1 with a special edition of THE HERD hosted by Colin Cowherd with co-host Kristine Leahy live from Marlins Park. Immediately following, FS1 presents a two-hour MLB ALL-STAR PREVIEW SHOW, recapping the first half of the season and highlighting its biggest moments. The preview special features studio host Kevin Burkhardt who is joined by World Series Champion and three-time American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star Frank Thomas.
THE HERD returns to Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11 (12:00 PM ET) to set the stage for the summer's greatest night in sports before pregame coverage begins on the FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET. Burkhardt, Verducci, Rodriguez and Thomas offer previews and analysis in advance of the night's pregame ceremonies and first pitch live from FOX Sports' set in center field.
Pete Macheska produces the 2017 MLB All-Star Game on FOX, and Matt Gangl directs. Pregame coverage is produced by Bardia Shah-Rais and Jonathan Kaplan and directed by David Faller. Judy Boyd is Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Productions. Kent Camera is Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Productions. John Entz is President, FOX Sports Production & Executive Producer. Jamie Horowitz is President, FOX Sports National Networks. Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
Additional FOX Sports Multi-Platform Coverage:
FOX Sports GO
FOX Sports GO, which is available to more than 90 million pay-TV customers, features two separate live streams of this year's All-Star Game: the FOX Sports telecast in English and the FOX Deportes telecast in Spanish. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.
FOX Deportes' MLB All-Star game presentation begins Tuesday, July 11, with a special one-hour pregame show at 7:00 PM ET leading into the game telecast at 8:00 PM ET.
FOX Sports Florida
Beginning Tuesday, July 4, FOX Sports Florida presents 240 hours of Marlins programming over the course of 10 days. The network celebrates Marlins baseball, including 1997 and 2003 World Series replays, replays of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, a simulcast of FS1's All-Star Preview show and two original All-Star specials.
· One Heartbeat: The Story of the '97 World Series Champions
The 1997 Florida Marlins seemingly came out of nowhere to bring South Florida its first professional sports championship in over two decades. Four years after the team's inaugural season, a group of young players (many of whom would go on to be All-Stars), savvy veterans, and tough pitchers came together to put together a storybook run that ended with the Fish hoisting the World Series Trophy following an epic Game 7 victory. FOX Sports Florida traveled across the country and internationally to interview players for this special 30-minute documentary.
· The Jeff Conine Show
His nickname, "Mr. Marlin," says it all. This hour-long special shines a spotlight on the two-time Marlins All-Star and two-time Marlins World Series Champion. Viewers will get a firsthand look at Conine's career and his path that ended in Marlins teal.
Throughout All-Star week, FOX Sports Florida incorporates live and prerecorded "All-Star Minutes" within live and taped programming. These cut-ins featuring MLB All-Star festivities will come from the FOX Sports studio in Fort Lauderdale, Marlins Park in Little Havana, and multiple locations throughout Miami. Additionally, FOX Sports Florida televises unique short-form "Marlins Moments" throughout the week featuring some of the best moments in franchise history.
FOX Sports Social/Digital
On-site coverage from the FOX Sports social team and FOX Sports' digital arm begins Monday, July 10 with an interactive Facebook LIVE/Periscope simulstream, 'Ask Ken,' featuring lead sideline reporter Ken Rosenthal. Exclusive livestream access continues on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 PM ET, as Kevin Burkhardt hosts a digital-only pregame show alongside analysts Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci that will stream live on Facebook and Periscope.
Joe Buck and John Smoltz host an in-game Facebook LIVE session from the booth at Marlins Park, where the dynamic pair will breakdown all of the action.
Highlights from the game will be available across all FOX Sports digital platforms and MLB on FOX social platforms.
FOX Sports Radio
Broadcasting across a network of more than 400 stations in the United States, FOX Sports Radio (FSR) offers live coverage of the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Miami on Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11. THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD (12:00 - 3:00 PM ET) provides comprehensive, on-location coverage of the 88th annual event, including interviews with players, Hall of Famers and special guests, as well as listener interaction and commentary from baseball insiders and experts. Fans can also listen to Cowherd and his co-host Kristine Leahy live on THE HERD channel on iHeartRadio, on the FOX Sports Radio channel on iHeartRadio and through FOXSportsRadio.com.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.