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On-air talent at Fox Sports agree to 15% pay cut amid pandemic

Coronavirus-related shutdowns of sports have hit Fox Sports hard

Fox Sports analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long speak prior to Super Bowl LIV in Miam on Feb. 2.

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Much of the on-air talent at Fox Sports have agreed to take a temporary pay in solidarity with broader executive salary reductions there and at parent company Fox Corp. FOX, -1.44% as it deals with the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given the unprecedented times we are in, we have asked many of our broadcasters to join our executives in taking a temporary 15% salary reduction,” a Fox Sports spokesman said, adding, “Fox Sports is a family and we are facing these challenges together.”

The virus has hit sports especially hard. Fox carries rights to Major League Baseball, which has been benched for the foreseeable future. NASCAR also isn’t taking place and the U.S. Open golf tournament, which was scheduled for June, will be rescheduled. Fox Sports also didn’t carry the Big East Basketball tournament, which was canceled. Fox Sports also has rights to the National Football League and college football, which both may have their return date affected by the virus.

The salary cuts apply to both broadcasters who are without games to cover as well as those still appearing on-air such as talent at the Fox Sports 1 cable channel, a person familiar with the matter said.

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