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									                    FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES

 FOX Sports Invades Wembley for Dream Championship: Barcelona - Manchester United
           UEFA Champions League Final - Saturday at 2:00 PM ET on FOX

MLB on FOX Covers All Bases in Prime Time with Six-Game Slate Saturday at 7:00 PM ET

                    Who Will Sprint to Victory Lane at Coca-Cola 600?
                 NASCAR on FOX Rolls into Charlotte Sunday at 5:30 PM ET

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL SATURDAY – On Saturday, May 28 FOX Sports presents the pinnacle
of European club soccer as Barcelona takes on Manchester United in the 2011 UEFA Champions
League Final. FOX Sports, for the second consecutive year, is the exclusive over-the-air broadcast home
for the UEFA Champions League Final, and live HD coverage kicks off at 2:00 PM ET.

Curt Menefee, FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host, anchors pregame, halftime and postgame coverage for FOX
Sports live from Wembley. Menefee is joined by FOX Soccer analysts Eric Wynalda, a member of the
National Soccer Hall of Fame and the second-leading goal scorer in U.S. soccer history and retired
English national team and Newcastle United player Warren Barton. Aston Villa goalkeeper and former
U.S. international player Brad Friedel joins the panel in London as guest analyst. Martin Tyler (play-by-
play) and Alan Smith (expert analyst) call the action from legendary Wembley Stadium.


Landon Donovan, USA’s all-time leader in World Cup games played and goals scored, breaks down
what makes Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, generally regarded as the world’s best player, such a dominating

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan, who grew up in Europe watching soccer, talks about what
makes the two sports that are close to his heart – soccer and American football – so special.

Gus Johnson, the newest addition to FOX Sports’ broadcasting roster, introduces his unique style to
fans in a fun segment that illustrates what soccer’s most exciting moments would sound like if Johnson
were behind the mike for them.

Analysts break down the exciting matchup, pick their keys to victory and take a look back at the top goals
and moments from the Champions League this season.

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During today’s UEFA Champions League Final on FOX preview press call, FOX Sports Media Group Co-
President and Co-COO Eric Shanks, pregame host Curt Menefee and analyst and American National
Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda previewed the matchup and the popularity of soccer in the US.

For a complete replay of the call dial 719-457-0820 and enter passcode 2281651.

Wynalda on whether or not Messi needs to win a World Cup in order to cement his place in
history: “Nobody has any control, outside of their coach, of FIFA and the World Cup. That’s what I would
call forced friendship. You have to be born in that country or of that nationality to compete together.
When you’re dealing with UEFA Champions League, you’re dealing with the strongest, richest clubs with
the biggest wallets who spend the money to get the best players on the planet on the field at the same
time. That’s why UEFA Champions League soccer is so much better than a World Cup. I think Messi has
already proven to be the best ever but that certainly would cap things off if somebody could figure how to
get those Argentines to get along. That’s always been the issue.”

Menefee on how broadcasting a game of this importance compares to other broadcasting
highlights: “I’ve been fortunate in my career to be in this position. You look at the last 12 months, I got
to do the Champions League final last year as the host from Madrid, then the Super Bowl this year which
was the largest watched program in American history, and now you get an event that probably, at least
worldwide, will have more viewers than the Super Bowl did. To be able to be here in person is what I’m
looking forward to as much as anything else. The atmosphere and electricity that we’re going to try and
capture on FOX is going to be unlike anything anybody has done in television back home.”

Wynalda on the coaching matchup between Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson and Barcelona’s
Pep Guardiola: “Barcelona has a possession driven game. They like to keep the ball and force the issue
quite a bit. They force open those spaces, as opposed to waiting for them to open. Sir Alex always gets
the right formula and this matchup serves United well. His style is all about the one-on-one battles,
whereas Pep Guardiola will make it much more of a team sport. That may play to the advantage of
Manchester United who have two very experienced defenders in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić
who can use that experience to get a toe in or a little nudge that will make it difficult for the likes of Lionel

Wynalda on Barcelona’s play-acting and diving on the field: “I think diving is something that has
become quite embarrassing for the sport. For as beautiful the soccer they can play, the culprits are the
Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Daniel Alves. It’s a disgrace and it needs to stop. My hope is that UEFA
will start fining these players after the game is over. It’s not part of the game to try and fool everybody
that you have a broken leg, go off on a stretcher, come back and celebrate goal as if you were a 15-year-
old kid.”

Shanks on the growth of soccer in the US: “All of the pieces are there for continued growth. Both
internationally and domestically, we as a broadcaster want to work with the leagues as much as we can
to help continue to grow. We have two 24-hour soccer channels and an online business. As a company,
we’re very much behind it and here in the U.S., we want to do everything possible to help the sport grow
both bringing in the best international soccer and helping have a strong domestic product. International
soccer is the spectacle and I think it has the widest appeal, but having a team in your hometown that you
want to see, that you want to get behind, and create some rivalries domestically is important long-term.”

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BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK hits prime time for the third-straight week with a glutton of MLB
matchups at 7:00 PM ET. Albert Pujols and the first-place Cardinals travel to Denver to take on Troy
Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and the hard-hitting Rockies. Right on their heels in the NL Central are the
Reds who are in Atlanta to face Derek Lowe and the Braves. It’s been another drama-filled week in
Queens. As they deal with another distraction, the Mets welcome the Phillies to CitiField. The Rangers
welcomed MVP Josh Hamilton back with a bang this week as they host the young Royals. Also, the
Twins face the Angels in Minneapolis. The MLB on FOX pregame originates live from the FOX Network
studio in Los Angeles, with host Chris Rose.

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WHICH METS DAYS ARE NUMBERED? – With uncertainty surrounding the entire Mets organization,
speculation is building on which players will still be with the team at the end of the season. national MLB writer Jon Paul Morosi assesses the market for five notable players.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran – “The Yankees, Angels, A’s, Mariners and Tigers have had below-average
production at right field, DH, or both. Yankees GM Brian Cashman knows how to add supplemental bats
as the season goes along. We’re nearing the 10th anniversary of David Justice for Robin Ventura, so
I’d say we’re due for another interborough trade.”

Shortstop Jose Reyes – “On paper, at least, the team with the greatest need for Reyes would be the
Tampa Bay Rays. They have the worst leadoff OPS and worst shortstop OPS of any team in the
American League. But it’s not clear if they can add $3.6 million in payroll at the deadline.”

Third Baseman David Wright – “Teams tend to avoid trading for players at the deadline if they have
suffered significant injuries during the same season, and the Mets don’t know when Wright will play
again. Two more reasons that the Mets will keep him: Wright is under contract through 2012, with a team
option for 2013, and the Mets will need his marketability after the departures of Beltran and Reyes.”

Closer Francisco Rodriguez – “The Mets (and other teams) are well aware of the contract clause that
guarantees him a $17.5 million contract for next year if he finishes 55 games. Because of his contract,
suitors will likely want K-Rod to be a setup man. So, he should be of particular interest to teams that
have soft spots in front of strong closers, such as Boston, Detroit, and Texas.”

Starter Mike Pelfrey – “The New York rotation is already thin, and Pelfrey was their Opening Day starter
this year. Without him, the ’12 and ’13 seasons would look even grimmer than they already do.”

For Morosi’s full analysis, visit
GAME                                          PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST                                      COV.

St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies             Dan McLaughlin & George Frazier                       24%
Coors Field – Denver, CO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Phoenix, Sacramento,
Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
Probable Pitchers: Jaime Garcia, LHP (5-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Greg Reynolds, RHP (2-0, 3.07 ERA)

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Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves                       Thom Brennaman & Eric Karros                          19%
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Greensboro, Greenville, Indianapolis,
Jacksonville, Knoxville, Louisville, Nashville, Raleigh
Probable Pitchers: Bronson Arroyo, RHP (3-5, 5.28 ERA) vs. Derek Lowe, RHP (3-4, 3.53 ERA)

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers                   Dick Stockton & Mark Grace                                      17%
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Providence,
Richmond, Tampa
Probable Pitchers: Clay Buccholz. RHP (4-3, 3.30 ERA) vs. Andrew Oliver, LHP (0-0, -.-- ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets              Joe Buck, Tim McCarver                                        16%
                                                    & Ken Rosenthal
Citi Field – Queens, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Miami, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels, LHP (6-2, 3.06 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey, RHP (3-4, 5.37 ERA)

Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers                Ryan LeFebvre & Tom Grieve                                    14%
Rangers Ballpark – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Sean O’Sullivan, RHP (2-3, 5.60 ERA) vs. Matt Harrison, LHP (4-4, 3.62 ERA)

Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins             Kenny Albert & Bert Blyleven                                     9%
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Los Angeles, Minneapolis
Probable Pitchers: Jered Weaver, RHP (6-4, 2.35 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano, LHP (3-5, 5.73 ERA)

competitors stare down the year’s longest event, strategy may never be more important. On Sunday,
May 29 (5:30 PM ET), the Coca-Cola 600 begins in daylight, ends under the cover of darkness and
incorporates numerous track and condition changes. Who will navigate the Sprint Cup Series’ longest
race? NASCAR on FOX prerace show host by Chris Myers looks for the answers. The prerace show,
which also features analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond, airs live from the infield and includes
updates from drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, the
voice of NASCAR Mike Joy is alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists
and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the
pits for reports on teams and pit stops.

many race fans know, earlier this week in Charlotte, NC, NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch was given a
traffic ticket for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone. NASCAR on FOX analyst Jeff Hammond believes
the role model should turn this negative action into a positive outcome. “Like some of the mixed martial
arts (MMA) and the WWE fighters have done with the bullying issue, Kyle should offer to do a public
service announcement about speeding and the responsibilities behind the wheel of a car,” said
Hammond. “Let’s face it; there are a lot of young drivers out there that have just recently gotten their
driver's license. They may want to emulate and be like Kyle, but now might think they can get by with
something like this. He owes it to his fans and the young kids out there that are influenced by his actions
to come out and do something so that a positive comes out of his action. The message has to be clear
that speeding is only acceptable on the racetrack and not on the road.”

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