FOX SPORTS LOADS BASES FOR 2014 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
Multiple FOX Sports Platforms Combine to Give Mid-Summer Classic Most Comprehensive Television Coverage Ever
New York - FOX Sports has been home to 15 Major League Baseball All-Star Games since broadcasting its first in 1997, and over the years has brought countless memorable moments into the homes of baseball fans across the country. This year, with the addition of FOX Sports 1, America's newest sports network, to platforms already including FOX, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports Radio, FOX Sports' coverage of the Mid-Summer Classic includes more than 25 hours of MLB original programming, more than ever before.
This season's MLB All-Star Game broadcast is the most technically advanced in history, continuing the network's 20-year tradition of offering its audiences the latest technical, graphic and audio innovations. Joe Buck, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, provides play-by-play for a record 16th All-Star Game, alongside analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, both calling their first. MLB on FOX insider and FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal and broadcaster Erin Andrews offer reports from the field. Reynolds and Verducci shared the honor for Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst this past spring. FOX Sports also took home Emmy Awards for the 2013 World Series (Outstanding Live Sports Special), the 2013 ALCS (Outstanding Playoff Coverage) and for MLB on FOX's Live Event Audio/Sound.
Game day coverage of MLB's 85th All-Star Game begins Tuesday, July 15 at 4:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 with a special three-hour edition of AMERICA'S PREGAME before moving to the broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET. Pregame festivities on FOX are anchored for the first time by Kevin Burkhardt with analysis from Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star Frank Thomas and World Series Champion Gabe Kapler, also newcomers.
Now armed with FOX Sports 1, a national multi-sport channel, FOX Sports is able to cover the All-Star Game more thoroughly than ever before with special, expanded editions of MLB WHIPAROUND, AMERICA'S PREGAME (live from Minneapolis) and FOX SPORTS LIVE on Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15. Show details and a full schedule of FOX Sports 1 All-Star Game programming can be found below.
In the run up to the game, the channel also re-airs two classic All-Star games from yesteryear: the 1999 game in Boston, noted for its salute to Hall of Famer Ted Williams and Pedro Martinez's record-setting MVP performance; and the 2001 game played in Seattle which saw Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. homer and take home MVP honors in his All-Star farewell. The two specials titled, ALL-STAR GLORY, feature commentary from FOX Sports anchor Ryan Field and former MLB outfielder Luis Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star and World Champion who played in both memorable games. On Saturday, July 12, FOX Sports 1 sandwiches MLB on FOX game action with the premiere of two one-hour All-Star game-related specials: MLB ALL-STAR GAME MAGIC, highlighting the top All-Star Game moments (2:30-3:30 PM ET) and MLB ALL-STAR GAME SNEAK PEEK, previewing this year's Mid-Summer Classic (7:00-8:00 PM ET), both produced by MLB Productions.
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game streams online for the first time on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go, and FOXSportsGO.com (see details below), and airs in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Pablo Alsina and Jose Tolentino on the call.
In addition to the television screen, FOX Sports presents in-depth coverage from Target Field in Minneapolis online and over the radio. Rosenthal and FOXSports.com baseball writer Jon Paul Morosi lead the digital coverage with the latest information and in-depth features, while FOX Sports Radio's Steve Gorman SPORTS! is live from All-Star Fan Fest on Tuesday, July 15 from 3:00-6:00 PM ET.
Pete Macheska produces the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX, and Bill Webb directs. Pregame coverage is produced by Bardia Shah-Rais and directed by Geordie Wimmer. Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer, and John Entz is Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
More information on FOX Sports' comprehensive coverage of the 2014 All-Star Game is included below.
MLB ALL-STAR GAME ON FOX SPORTS
FOX Broadcast Network
2014 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
Tuesday, July 15 (7:30 PM ET)
FOX Sports 1
Monday, July 14 (1:00-4:30 PM ET)
Host Chris Myers with analysts Mark Gubicza and Mark Sweeney are live from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles and present extensive coverage on the eve of the All-Star Game, including live coverage of press conferences, a chat with MLB insider Ken Rosenthal and "Plays of the Year" and "FOX Funnies" from the season's first half.
AMERICA'S PREGAME - Live from Target Field, Minneapolis
Monday, July 14 (4:30-7:00 PM ET)
Tuesday, July 15 (4:30-7:30 PM ET)
Mike Hill and Molly McGrath are joined by Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas, Jon Paul Morosi, Ken Rosenthal and more.
FOX SPORTS LIVE
Monday, July 14 (11:30 PM-1:00 AM ET)
Tuesday, July 15 (11:30 PM-1:00 AM ET)
Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas, Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report live from Minneapolis.
MLB ALL-STAR WEEK SCHEDULE ON FOX SPORTS 1
Thursday, July 10
7:00 - 10:00 PM ET MLB ALL-STAR GLORY: SEATTLE 2001
Saturday, July 12
2:30 - 3:30 PM ET MLB ALL-STAR MAGIC
7:00 - 8:00 PM ET MLB ALL-STAR GAME SNEAK PEEK
Sunday, July 13
5:00 - 8:00 PM ET MLB ALL STAR GLORY: BOSTON 1999
Monday, July 14
1:00 - 4:30 PM ET MLB WHIPAROUND ALL-STAR SPECIAL
4:30 - 7:00 PM ET AMERICA'S PREGAME ALL-STAR EDITION
11:30 - 1:00 AM ET FOX SPORTS LIVE
Tuesday, July 15
10:00 - 11:00 AM ET MLB ALL-STAR GAME SNEAK PEEK
11:00 - 11:30 AM ET BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY JR.
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET MLB ALL-STAR GLORY: BOSTON 1999
2:30 - 3:30 PM ET MLB ALL-STAR MAGIC
3:30 - 4:30 PM ET MLB ALL-STAR GAME SNEAK PEEK
4:30 - 7:30 PM ET AMERICA'S PREGAME ALL-STAR EDITION
11:30 PM - 1:00 AM ET FOX SPORTS LIVE
Thursday, July 17
9:30 - 10:00 PM ET BACKSTAGE @ MLB ALL-STAR WEEK
10:00 - 11:00 PM ET ROAD TO COOPERSTOWN: CLASS OF 2014
FOX Sports Regional Networks
Through the strength of its 22 regional sports networks, FOX Sports began driving awareness for the All-Star Game in early June with on-air promotions focused on hometown players. With up to 15 local MLB games airing nightly, FOX Sports Regional Networks offered a powerful platform to promote the All-Star Game with in-game promotions, reaching more than 70 million households. In addition, FOX Sports Regional Networks have been providing an exclusive All-Star Game voting update, alternating between the American League and National League each week.
Baseball writers Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi lead FOXSports.com's comprehensive coverage with the latest insider information and in-depth features, including a retrospective of the first Home Run Derby, which was held in Minneapolis; the 25th anniversary of Bo Jackson's MVP performance; coverage of the All-Star FanFest, Futures Game, Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and more.
FOX Sports Radio
FOX Sports Radio has interviews with players, managers, Hall of Famers, insiders and experts leading into and surrounding the game. All-Star Game chatter is highlighted across all shows from Saturday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 15, including Steve Gorman SPORTS!, which is live from the All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday, July 15 from 3:00-6:00 PM ET.
Coverage of the 85th MLB All-Star Game begins on FOX Deportes on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM ET with a special edition of Central +, followed by the pregame show featuring special interviews and reports from Los Angeles with Francisco X. Rivera. Play-by-play announcer Pablo Alsina joins Jose Tolentino to call the action live from Target Field.
FOX Sports GO
FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go, offers a live stream of the MLB All-Star Game for the first time on July 15. Customers of participating video providers may access the live stream through the FOX Sports GO app. FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS devices, including iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and Android devices. The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. FOX Sports GO is also available on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com and on some Windows devices. FOX Sports GO features two separate live streams of the All-Star Game: the FOX Sports telecast in English and the FOX Deportes telecast in Spanish.