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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FOX Sports Arizona Girls ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


The FOX Sports Arizona Girls were called out by the Girls from FOX Sports Florida to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness as the D-backs went to Miami to take on the Marlins.

D-backs mascot Baxter helped by lending a paw to dump the ice water on Danielle, Mallory and Sarah at Salt River Fields.

The FOX Sports Arizona Girls proceeded to challenge the Girls from FOX Sports San Diego, Southwest and West to help raise ALS awareness. They are now on the clock.

For more information about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge, click here.

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SB Nation blog notes D-backs TV success

AZSnakePitSB Nation blog AZ Snake Pit took a look at FOX Sports Arizona’s prime time TV ratings, which rank first in the Phoenix area.

The article takes note that even though the D-backs attendance is down over five percent from last year and ranks 22nd in all of baseball, the D-backs and FOX Sports Arizona were the No. 1 draw on TV between 7-11 p.m from March 31 through July  24 in Phoenix.

“There’s probably as many explanations are there are viewers, but it does seem the TV team are doing something right, with the ratings proving quite resilient, in the face of factors which would suggest a larger drop.”

FOX Sports Arizona has a 3.92 household rating during prime time, beating out CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX.



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FOX Sports Arizona and COX team up for ‘Gig Life’ media chat at Chase Field


Last night, we worked with Cox Communications for another fun part of their Cox Gig Life rollout campaign and had a great time in our D-backs suite as a result.

Cox conducted a media chat about the new technology with some big-time social media influencers and those who participated enjoyed the game from our suite.

Here is a look at all the buzz on social media from last night’s event.



Thanks to everyone who was there. Digi – you are welcome anytime!

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Hockey Fans Ready for Week 2 of “Coyotes Classics”

The first week of “Coyotes Classics” featuring a replay of opening night from last season between the Coyotes and the New York Rangers was a hit with hockey fans in Arizona. The second edition will be aired on Mon. Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Arizona.

Fans took to social media to express their enthusiasm for Arizona Coyotes hockey and are now ready for week two. Week two of “Coyotes Classics” will feature “The Comeback” against the Edmonton Oilers from Oct. 3, 2013.

Here is a look at a few of the tweets we received.

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The Coyotes overcame two deficits and lost a two-goal lead on their way to an exciting, back-and-forth game against the Oilers. The Coyotes won 5-4 on a goal late in the third period from Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney joins the broadcast to talk about the wild win in this week’s classic.

“Coyotes Classics” will continue with new episodes on Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. For more details and the remaining schedule, click here.


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Four Arizona Diamondbacks executives will join the “Diamondbacks Live” pregame show on FOX Sports Arizona as a part of Executive Week, starting Tuesday, Aug. 5. Front office personnel Derrick Hall, Tony La Russa, Mike Bell and Debbie Castaldo all join the show to discuss their part of the organization and give viewers insight into what lies ahead for the team in the future.

Below is the schedule of guest appearances for Executive Week on FOX Sports Arizona’s “Diamondbacks Live” pregame show, beginning Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.:

Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. – Mike Bell, director, player development: Bell is in his fourth year as Director, Player Development and his eight with the Diamondbacks organization. Bell was the Minor League Field Coordinator in 2010 and managed Single-A Visalia from 2007-2009.

Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. – Debbie Castaldo, vice president, corporate and community impact: Castaldo is in her sixth season with the Diamondbacks as vice president, corporate & community impact and executive director of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. In 2013, the D-backs were recognized with the Phoenix Business Journal’s ACE Award for Community Impact as well as the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award as Community Champion.

Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. – Tony La Russa, chief baseball operator: La Russa joined the Diamondbacks in May to oversee baseball operations as chief baseball operator. La Russa was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July for his managerial career that included stints with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. La Russa managed his way to three World Series titles, two with St. Louis and one with Oakland.

Friday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. – Derrick Hall, president and chief executive officer: Hall has been with the Diamondbacks for eight years and has focused the organization’s efforts on five areas he calls the “circle of success” – fan experience, performance, community, culture and financial efficiency. Hall’s tenure has led to ESPN the Magazine naming the D-backs as the top Major League franchise in 2013 and the sixth best in all of sports.



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The 2013-2014 season for the Arizona Coyotes was filled with a never-say-die attitude, exciting comebacks and victories that had fans on the edge of their seats up until the last day of the season.

With the Coyotes beginning pre-season hockey in September, FOX Sports Arizona is set to showcase the Coyotes by replaying some of the best games from the 2013-2014 season every Monday throughout August. Beginning Aug. 4, “Coyotes Classics” will give viewers the opportunity to relive some of the greatest memories from the 2013-2014 season with announcers Matt McConnell and Tyson Nash, as well as several members of the Coyotes organization.

The series begins with “Coyotes Classics: OPENING NIGHT” on Aug. 4 and below is the schedule, recaps and Coyotes guests for each game:

Aug. 4 @ 7 p.m. – “OPENING NIGHT” (vs. Rangers, 10/3/13): Radim Vrbata scored a hat trick and Mike Smith made 23 saves to open up the 2013-2014 season with a 4-1 win over the eventual Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers. Coyotes president, co-owner and CEO Anthony LeBlanc joins the broadcast to discuss the win.

Aug. 11 @ 7 p.m. – “THE COMEBACK” (vs. Oilers, 10/26/13): The Coyotes overcame two deficits and lost a two-goal lead on their way to an exciting, back-and-forth game against the Edmonton Oilers. The Coyotes won 5-4 on a goal late in the third period from Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney joins to talk about the wild win.

Aug. 18 @ 10:30 p.m. – “SMITH’S GOAL” (vs. Red Wings, 10/19/13): The Coyotes erased an early 2-0 deficit and goalie Mike Smith scored a goal as time expired to complete the 5-2 comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings. Smith’s goal was the first by a Coyotes goalie, and 14th goal by a goalie in NHL history. Smith joins to reminisce about the game and his historic goal during the broadcast.

Aug. 25 @ 7 p.m. – “BEAT L.A.” (at Kings, 3/17/14): The Coyotes scored two quick goals, but saw the 2-0 lead quickly disappear after the Los Angeles Kings scored three unanswered goals. The Coyotes were able to complete the comeback with two goals in the third period by Keith Yandle and Jeff Halpern. Head coach Dave Tippett joins the broadcast to discuss the victory over the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

FOX Sports Arizona televises the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive local cable television home of the D-backs, Suns, Coyotes, Cardinals, Mercury, Northern Arizona University and the AIA. FOX Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.5 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services. And for even more coverage of the local sports scene, log onto www.FOXSportsArizona.com, www.twitter.com/foxsportsaz and www.facebook.com/foxsportsarizona.



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