Wednesday, August 7, 2013

FOX acquires rights to US Open golf broadcasts

FOX Sports and the United States Golf Association announced today that the two entities have reached an agreement that will bring USGA events, most notably the US Open, to FOX beginning in 2015. The agreement runs through 2026. The network will also broadcast the US Women's Open, the US Senior Open Championship, and the USGA's national amateur championships.

The move is a major one for FOX Sports, with its FOX Sports 1 channel set to launch this month. The new network, along with FOX's many other television properties, gives them a large palette of choices to broadcast the 146 hours of championship golf that comes with the USGA deal.

Complete Madden 25 demo details

The demo for Madden 25 releases Tuesday, August 13th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Ahead of that, here are the full details about what the demo has to offer, from EA Sports:

• Two options will be available for Play Now matchups: A Ravens v. 49ers Super Bowl rematch or a Seahawks v. Packers matchup.

• Skills Trainer, which made its EA debut in NCAA Football 14, will be available to try out and includes four drills to help you adjust to the new game mechanics: Precision Modified Running, Total Control Passing, The Option and Ball Hawk.

• Also included are two videos, one of which showcases some of the new features of the Madden franchise. The other breaks down the new Owner Mode and is hosted by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Monday, August 5, 2013

FOX announces NFL broadcast teams; SNY's Kevin Burkhardt joins the group

FOX released its announce teams for the 2013 NFL season earlier today and while the pairings were mostly the same as last season, there were a few notable changes.

SNY's Kevin Burkhardt, known mostly for his work as an on-field reporter for Mets broadcasts, will join the network as its #4 team play-by-play broadcaster. Burkhardt, one of the best sideline/on-field reporters in the business, will be joined by John Lynch in the broadcast booth and Erin Andrews on the sideline. Burkhardt also has NFL experience as the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys since 2011.

Dick Stockton will be joined by new FOX addition Ronde Barber to form the #6 team. Mike Martz and Ron Pitts won't be returning while Rob Riggle will remain as the comedy man during the Sunday pregame show.

Video: Madden 25 Packers v. 49ers full gameplay

With Madden 25 set to release in three weeks, new gameplay footage was made available today by the fine people at 4WardProgressMadden. Below is a full game between the Packers and 49ers, by way of Pastapadre.