Photo courtesy of Westminster Kennel Club
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has a new television home for the first time in more than 30 years, as FOX Sports and the Westminster Kennel Club have reached a 10-year worldwide, multi-platform rights agreement to bring the Westminster Kennel Club’s conformation show to FOX Sports 1 and Nat Geo WILD beginning in 2017.
The agreement was announced today by Bill Wanger, FOX Sports Executive Vice President of Programming, Research & Content Strategy and Westminster Kennel Club President Seán W McCarthy.
Beginning in 2017, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will air in primetime on FOX Sports 1 live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden as the seven Best In Group selections are made on Monday and Tuesday night, leading up to Tuesday night’s Best In Show announcement. Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports digital platforms will provide additional coverage, carrying daytime breed judging from Piers 92 and 94 in New York, and Nat Geo WILD also will offer encore airings of each night’s programs.
The agreement also results in FOX Sports 1 remaining home to the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, with encores on Nat Geo WILD. The Masters Agility Championship features dogs completing an obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and more in a timed competition. Taking place on the Saturday before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Masters Agility Championship made its debut on FOX Sports 1 in 2014, and now will continue airing on the network and Nat Geo WILD through 2026.
According to a press release from Westminster Kennel Club, Fox Sports and Nat Geo WILD, the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show marks the event’s 141st edition, making it the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, behind only the Kentucky Derby.
FOX Sports 1 will be the first new primary television home for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show since it first aired on USA Network in 1984.