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Fox Sports Is Airing An Esports Madden

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Fox Sports is airing an esports Madden NFL Invitational event today

Last week, it was revealed that NASCAR would hold an esports event in place of the actual races it had to cancel because of the coronavirus outbreaks in the US. In an announcement on Saturday, Fox Sports revealed that the NFL is similarly embracing esports during this time with its upcoming Madden NFL Invitational. This event will air on Fox Sports today, March 29, on behalf of the CDC Foundation.

Starting at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT, Fox Sports will air a two-hour Madden NFL Invitational esports event, the first one of its kind. Fox says this event is designed to raise awareness for the CDC Foundation, specifically its efforts in combating the current outbreaks of COVID-19 in the US.

The esports event will involve a Madden NFL 20 tournament with a total of seven matches played in three rounds. Eight NFL stars are on board to participate in the Invitational, including Michael Vick, Orlando Scandrick, Ahman Green, Juju Smith-Schuster, T.J Houshmandzadeh, and others. Rachel Bonnetta and Chris Myers have been tapped to host the event.

This will be a single-elimination game shown as a telecast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). The CDC Foundation will be highlighted throughout the two-hour event with options for viewers to lend their support to the Foundation’s response to the coronavirus. Funds will go toward helping expand lab capacity, supporting at-risk communities, boosting local responses, and more.


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FOX Sports gears up to air NASCAR Esports series

NASCAR’s newest esports tournament, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, has announced that it will be aired on FS1 and the FOX Sports app.

The motorsport organisation was hoping to secure TV deals for the competition, which will replace NASCAR’s scheduling whilst there is uncertainty over the COVID-19 outbreak.

FOX’s partnership with NASCAR means that race fans will now be provided with alternative action, in the form of a virtual race-track which will feature a variety of current racers including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott among others.

“This is a unique opportunity to offer competitive and entertaining racing to our viewers as we all work through these challenging times together,” emphasised Brad Zager, FOX Sports Executive Producer, EVP/Head of Production & Operations.

“We are following CDC guidelines to maintain a safe work environment, as the well-being of all those involved is paramount. We value our relationships across the NASCAR community and appreciate all of the effort that it took in bringing this project to life.”

FOX’s coverage will also feature NASCAR broadcasters Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds as they break down and commentate the action from the iRacing virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The programme, set to begin on Sunday March 22, has been titled ‘FOX NASCAR iRACING’ and will be a 90-minute long show highlighting NASCAR’s esports platform. 

A full 35-car line-up has yet to be announced but it is expected to span across NASCAR’s varied competitions including the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR GANDER RV & OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES.