FOX SPORTS, BASSMASTER REACH MULTIYEAR CONTENT DEAL
Live Television Coverage of Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Classic Highlights Historic Deal
Digital Content to be Shared Across FOX Platforms and Bassmaster.com
LOS ANGELES - FOX Sports and legendary professional tournament fishing organization Bassmaster have reached a multiyear agreement to air the complete nine-event Bassmaster Elite Series season, along with the signature Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, live across FOX Sports platforms beginning February 2021.
The Bassmaster Elite Series is one of seven series hosted by Bassmaster, a brand created by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), which was founded in 1968. During the challenging 2020 season, the Bassmaster Elite Series was still able to complete their full schedule.
FOX Sports will air 10 events per season, highlighted by the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, with three hours of content on the FOX broadcast network and three hours of content on FS1 from Lake Ray Roberts outside of Ft. Worth, Texas, on March 19-21. For the first time in its history, the full Bassmaster Elite Series schedule will be featured on live television, beginning with the first tournament in February.
"FOX Sports is excited about this unique opportunity to work with Bassmaster in elevating a best-in-class sports property to a new level and to an expanded audience," said Bill Wanger, EVP Head of Programming and Scheduling. "It's going to be a lot of fun showcasing the best anglers in the world competing from lakes and rivers across the country on live television."
"This new partnership between FOX Sports and Bassmaster allows for more expansive coverage of the tournaments than ever before," said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. "We're thrilled to offer more exposure to our anglers, sponsors and host communities as both dedicated fans and newcomers alike eagerly tune-in to follow the action live from some of America's best bass fisheries."
The full Bassmaster schedule and complete digital content plans will be announced at a later date. For more information on Bassmaster, please visit www.Bassmaster.com and follow on Twitter at @Bassmaster.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation'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, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports' digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports' portfolio are FOX's interests in joint-venture business Big Ten Network, a licensing and commercial relationship with The Stars Group that created the FOX Bet sports betting platform and the FOX Sports Super 6 free-to-play game, and a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization's fully integrated media platforms include the industry's leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.