FOX NFL Sunday Heads to Afghanistan

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November 1st, 2009

via press release:

FOX NFL SUNDAY HEADS TO AFGHANISTAN

FOX SPORTS & ARMED FORCES ENTERTAINMENT

AIR Unforgettable TWO-HOUR SPECIAL ON NOV. 8

New York & Los Angeles -- Moments ago, during this evening’s edition of THE OT, America’s No. 1 NFL postgame show, FOX Sports, in conjunction with Armed Forces Entertainment, proudly announced that it would broadcast an unprecedented two-hour special FOX NFL SUNDAY on November 8 (11:00 AM ET/8:00 AM PT) from an undisclosed military installation in Afghanistan.

The Emmy Award-winning team of Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and Jay Glazer make this exciting trans-global journey just three days before Veteran’s Day as a tribute to the dedication and sacrifice of our country’s servicemen and women.

“Our men and women in the military put themselves in harm’s way to protect everything we hold dear, and none more so than those who are stationed in the Middle East, ” said FOX Sports Chairman David Hill.  “It is our privilege and honor to take FOX NFL SUNDAY to them in November, right before Veteran’s Day.  Amidst the fun and football, it’s our hope to showcase the dedication of these men and women who have to defend against a lot more than the Wild Cat.”

"Armed Forces Entertainment brings our men and women in uniform serving overseas a piece home-to give them support during deployment," said Armed Forces Entertainment Chief and Air Force Col. Edward Shock. "And during football season, there's no better slice of Americana to bring to our troops overseas than the guys on FOX NFL SUNDAY. It's going to be one heck of an event and we salute FOX for their dedication and support of the US military."

This is not the first time FOX NFL SUNDAY has originated from a military setting.  In December 2000, the FOX NFL SUNDAY broadcast two shows from the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), one of America’s newest and most sophisticated nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, then on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea.

Armed Forces Entertainment -- Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment. Founded in 1951, Armed Forces Entertainment brings a Touch of home to more than 500,000 troops annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all genres of entertainment.  Visit www.armedforcesentertainment.com for more information.”

FOX Sports -- As America’s top-rated network for sports for the 12th-straight year (1997-2008), FOX Sports, recipient of the Sports Business Journal’s 2008 Sports Media Award, boasts rights agreements with each of the nation’s highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder of Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League’s NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLII and XLV (2006-2011); NASCAR’s Sprint Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); the Bowl Championship Series, featuring the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl from 2007 through 2010 and the BCS National Championship Game from 2007 through 2009; and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 81 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports.  For the latest sports news, opinion and video, log on to www.FOXSports.com.

 
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