Coyotes and Cupcakes: Gearing up for Opening Night

Yesterday was a big day on many levels for FOX Sports Arizona as it geared up for Opening Night with the Arizona Coyotes. From many different production efforts, a radio blitz with the FOX Sports Arizona Girls, social media and sales, everyone did their part to get the season off on a high note for the network.

Throughout the day, FOX Sports Arizona gave fans behind-the-scenes looks on Twitter at the production of “Countdown: Puck Drop” which is a show set to debut on Oct. 21 that follows four different people during the day to showcase what they did to get ready for Opening Night.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will also be making a special appearance on the Countdown show as he was in town to meet with the team and was a 1st intermission guest on “Coyotes Live,” which debuted its new set location. FOX Sports Arizona also televised his 4 p.m. press conference live.


While the production team was at Gila River Arena, the FOX Sports Arizona Girls met up with seven different radio shows to deliver hockey-themed cupcakes and readied listeners for the Coyotes season opener.  Danielle, Mallory and Sarah had several on-air appearances and were all over Twitter and Facebook yesterday, with one radio host even changing his Twitter profile photo to a picture of him and the girls.


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The FOX Sports Arizona Girls on-air appearances are listed below:

FOX Sports 910 – The Drive – (scroll to 27:19 mark)

FOX Sports 910 – The Freaks – (scroll to 53:33)

The girls also went on for interviews with NBC Sports Radio’s “Roc & Manuch” and “Doug and Wolf” on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM/ESPN Radio (interviews not available).



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“Coyotes Camp: Building the Pack” Episode 1 met with rave reviews


FOX Sports Arizona debuted its three-part, all-access show inside the Arizona Coyotes training camp on Monday night, and the fans responded with numerous positive reviews.

The first episode started with the first team meeting for the 2014-2015 season and showed players preparing for the season, both on and off the ice.

A Coyotes blog, Howlin Hockey, reviewed the first episode and had many positive things to say. “If episode one is any indication of how the series will play out over the final two episodes, then Coyotes fans are in for a great inside look at the team,” Richard Flores wrote.

Many fans also took to Twitter to show their support, some even saying it is their new favorite item on television.


Episode 2 will debut tonight at 7 p.m., the final episode on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and the complete series follows the Coyotes season opener on Thursday. The full schedule  is listed below:

Tuesday, Oct. 7:
Episode 1 (Re-air) 6:30 p.m.
Episode 2 (Premiere) 7 p.m.
Episode 1 (Re-air) 9:30 p.m.
Episode 2 (Re-air) 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8:
Episode 1 (Re-air) 5:30 p.m.
Episode 2 (Re-air) 6 p.m.
Episode 3 (Premiere) 6:30 p.m.
Episode 2 (Re-air) 9:30 p.m.
Episode 3 (Re-air) 10 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9: Episodes 1-3 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11: Episodes 1-3, 9 p.m.


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The Catchers Show Met With Rave Reviews

On Sept. 16, FOX Sports Arizona turned its broadcast of the D-backs & Giants game into a night that was devoted to the catcher position. During the game, we focused on how the game is played from a catcher’s perspective with analysis from two former MLB catchers Bob Brenly & Kelly Stinnett, while also providing all kinds of unique production elements to educate viewers.

The D-backs SB Nation website mentioned it before it happened – and fans came away impressed with what they watched. Here are some of the things that were said about it on social media.

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FOX Sports Arizona Nominated for Eight Emmy Awards


The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences handed out its Emmy nominations last night and FOX Sports Arizona was honored with eight of them! They included a great cross section of the network’s programming offerings, touching on live events, pre-game shows and original programming. Here the list of who and what was nominated:

Todd Walsh – On Camera Talent/Sports Anchor

Bill Cochran/Steve Berthiaume/Bob Brenly – Diamondbacks baseball: Yarnell (Sporting Event/Game Live/Unedited)

Josh Kelman – Kurt Warner Ultimate Football Experience (Sports One Time Special)

Tom Elsner/Todd Walsh – Diamondbacks 10th Inning (Sports – Program Feature/Segment/Daily or Weekly Program)

Tom Elsner – Countdown: Green Flag (Sports – One Time Special)

Brian Henry/Jody Jackson – Diamondbacks Live: 100th Anniversary at Wrigley Field (Program Feature/Segment/Daily or Weekly Program)

Brian Henry/Heather Berry – Coyotes Live (Sports – Program Feature/Segment/Daily or Weekly Program)

Tom Elsner – Editor/Program – Non news

Congrats to everyone who was nominated! Winners will be announced at this year’s Emmy Awards event on Oct. 18.

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FOX Sports Arizona’s D-backs Charity Broadcast Sets New Record

charity broadcast 2014 promoHelping team partners and helping the community are two goals FOX Sports Arizona sets each and every year. On Aug. 27, the network offered tremendous examples of both as its Arizona Diamondbacks charity broadcast established a new fundraising record for the annual event.

When the telecast was over, $113,000 was raised, as viewers bought the unique items that were available for purchase during the game. On top of that, Western Refining had partnered with the D-backs to match donations up to $100,000, bringing the grand total to $223,000! All the money raised will go towards the D-backs Give Back Youth Jersey Program that provides Little League baseball & softball players around Arizona with D-backs uniforms and hats.

Starting with the “Diamondbacks Live” pre-game show and throughout the rest of the evening, viewers were urged by both the television crew and via social media to purchase any of these packages and they responded with an incredible show of generosity. In the first hour alone, over $24,000 was raised — and after two hours, the total skyrocketed to $70,000!

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Counting this year, the last five FOX Sports Arizona/D-backs charity broadcasts have combined to raised $643,557 to help support Arizona charities and Arizona youth.

In the days leading up to the broadcast, FOX Sports Arizona promoted the event heavily on television, social media and Coaches, players and officials from some of the Little Leagues who have already benefited from the jersey program were guests on pre-game shows, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall appeared in the booth the night before  and Tony La Russa was a guest during the charity broadcast to further drive home reasons why viewers should support this important initiative.

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College Football Returns for 2014 to FOX Sports Arizona & FOX Sports Arizona Plus

Happy college football season everyone! The 2014 campaign kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 28 and New Mexico State gets the honor of playing in the first game televised on FOX Sports Arizona this season. The Aggies will take on Cal Poly in Las Cruces and the game starts at 5:00 pm (Arizona time).

FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports Arizona Plus will also be home to the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks football team, as well as action from the Big 12, ACC and Conference USA. In all, we will have 45 college football games this season.

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Here is the complete schedule of games televised on both our channels this season — it will be updated as the season progresses as television selections are made.

FSAZ = FOX Sports Arizona / FSAZ PLUS = FOX Sports Arizona Plus. Click on this link for a complete listing of FOX Sports Arizona Plus channel listings.

Thursday 8/28/2014 Cal Poly @ New Mexico St 5:00 PM – FSAZ

Saturday 8/30/2014 Wofford @ Georgia Tech 9:30 AM – FSAZ
Central Arkansas @ Texas Tech 4:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS
Samford @ TCU 9:00 PM – FSAZ (delay)

Saturday 9/6/2014 SMU @ North Texas 9:00 AM – FSAZ
UAB @ Mississippi St 11:00 AM – FSAZ PLUS
Missouri St @ Oklahoma St 12:30 PM – FSAZ
Northwestern St @ Baylor 4:30 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Saturday 9/13/2014 Georgia Southern @ Georgia Tech 9:00 AM – FSAZ
UMass @ Vanderbilt 9:00 AM – FSAZ PLUS
Kansas @ Duke 12:30 PM – FSAZ
UTSA @ Oklahoma St 4:00 PM – FSAZ

Saturday 9/20/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 12:30 PM – FSAZ PLUS
New Mexico @ New Mexico St 5:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Saturday 9/27/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 9:30 AM – FSAZ PLUS
Cal Poly @ Northern Arizona 4:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Thursday 10/2/2014 Florida Atlantic @ Florida International 4:00 PM – FSAZ

Saturday 10/4/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 1:00 PM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 4:30 PM – FSAZ
Georgia Southern @ New Mexico St 5:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Saturday 10/11/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 12:30 PM – FSAZ

Saturday 10/18/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 12:30 PM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 4:30 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Saturday 10/25/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 12:30 PM – FSAZ

Saturday 11/1/2014 Teams TBA 9:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 12:30 PM – FSAZ
Texas St @ New Mexico St 5:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Saturday 11/8/2014 Teams TBA 10:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 1:30 PM – FSAZ PLUS
UC Davis @ Northern Arizona 2:00 PM – FSAZ
Louisiana Lafayette New Mexico St 6:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS

Saturday 11/15/2014 Teams TBA 10:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 1:30 PM – FSAZ

Saturday 11/22/2014 Teams TBA 10:00 AM – FSAZ
Teams TBA 10:00 AM – FSAZ PLUS
Southern Utah @ Northern Arizona 2:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS
Louisiana Monroe @ New Mexico St 6:00 PM – FSAZ PLUS
Teams TBA 11:30 PM 3.5 – FSAZ (delay)

Saturday 11/29/2014 Teams TBA 10:00 AM – FSAZ PLUS

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High School Football Returns on FOX Sports Arizona Plus

This Friday and Saturday, Arizona high school football returns for 2014 when the Sollenberger Classic from Las Vegas will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona Plus. There will be two exciting match-ups on consecutive nights featuring four of the best programs in Arizona and Nevada.

Kicking it off on Friday at 7 p.m. will be Brophy Prep versus Nevada’s defending Division I champion and No. 1 nationally ranked Bishop Gorman High School. Snoop Lion’s (formerly Snoop Dogg) son, Cordell Broadus, plays for Bishop Gorman and is a four-star wide receiver recruit. Then on Saturday at 7 p.m., it’s Arizona’s defending Division I champion and No. 21 nationally ranked Mountain Pointe facing off with Nevada’s 2013 Division I runner-up Reed High School. Both games will be played at Fertitta Field on the campus of Bishop Gorman High School.

In addition to being seen locally on FOX Sports Arizona Plus, the games will receive national exposure. Both games will be televised on five other FOX Sports Networks around the country, heading into homes in Southern California, Detroit, the Texas and states surrounding it, the Southeast and nationwide on the FOX College Sports Pacific channel.

Calling the action for this weekend’s game will be Jim Grieshaber and Dale Hellestrae for Friday’s Brophy Prep/Bishop Gorman game and Craig Grialou and Hellestrae for Saturday’s Mountain Pointe/Reed clash.

Here’s a list of all the networks carrying the games:


Aug. 22 – Brophy Prep vs  #1 Bishop Gorman

FOX Sports Arizona Plus

FOX Sports Southwest

Prime Ticket

FOX Sports Detroit Plus

FOX Sports San Diego (delay on Aug 23 at 11:00 am)

Sports South (delay on Aug 24 at 8:00 pm)

FOX College Sports Pacific


Aug. 23 – #21 Mountain Pointe vs Reed

FOX Sports Arizona Plus

FOX Sports Southwest PLUS

Prime Ticket

FOX Sports Detroit Plus

FOX Sports San Diego (delay at 11:00 pm)

Sports South (delay on Aug 24 at 10:30 pm)

FOX College Sports Pacific

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