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Fox Sports 1 & 2 jam pack launch with programming

Set your alarms for 6am EST, folks, because that's when FS1 launches on Saturday (or just don't go to bed…whatever works). The much anticipated launch of FS1 & FS2 will be worth the wait as the first week of programming is packed with something for every sports fan.

FS1 is going to launch with a College Football Kickoff, followed by an original program: Fantastic Finishes. I have been seeing you all on Twitter counting down to CFB and now it's here so you have no excuse not to be up at 6am tomorrow watching! I mean it: tweet us pictures! 

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Moving on…

NASCAR fans will have four straight hours of live programming, starting at 8:30, with the Sprint Cup Practice. 

FS2's launch will happen later in the day with the Continential Car Challenge, here's Wikipedia in case you need to learn what that is exactly. Set your DVR's, because you might still be watching FS1's 1 on 1 with Tom Brady and Michael Strahan. So much to choose from and we're still in Saturday!

FS1's first live primetime event will be UFC Fight Night:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts as the first live primetime event on America’s new sports network, FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Aug. 17 (6:00 PM ET) from TD Garden in Boston. Coverage of these bouts begins on FUEL TV with UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN on Friday, Aug. 16 (4:00 PM ET). Molly Qerim hosts the weighin with color commentary from Kenny Florian and Brian Stann. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters backstage. 
 
Sunday is filled with live events: AFL (Australian, not Arena), NASCAR, UFC.

Now onto the guest stars on FS1 in its debut week. Crowd Goes Wild, an original show focusing on the day's hottest sports stories, will premiere on Monday with guest Oscar De La Hoya. Rickie Fowler and Metta World Peace will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday. Your hosts are of course Regis Philbin, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce, Georgie Thompson, and Katie Nolan.

Both channels will also carry a ton of live Champions League soccer.

And don't forget about Fox Sports Live, which also launches this weekend:

FOX Sports’ nightly news, opinion and highlights show makes its premiere Saturday, Aug. 17 (11:00 PM ET) and features the highlights team of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, host Charissa Thompson and panelists Donovan McNabb, Ephraim Salaam, Gary Payton and Andy Roddick. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson visits the studio in Monday’s edition. On Tuesday’s show, columnist Bill Reiter sits down with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. Wednesday’s program features an on-site visit from UFC President Dana White.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see Andy Roddick verbally b*tch slap Donovan McNabb for being a giant baby (okay fine, maybe he won't on the first show, but EVENTUALLY…).

The line up is solid and the talent is ready, so I'm excited to see the new content these channels have to offer. It will be interesting to see the ratings coming out of the first weekend, especially compared to ESPN, NBCSN, etc.

Reva Friedel

About Reva Friedel

Reva is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and the AP Party. She lives in Orange County and roots for zero California teams.

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