California Sports HOF to induct Fox; TV ratings rise - LA Kings Insider

Jim Fox, who was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in January, will also be inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 26, at the Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabezon. | BUY TICKETS / SPONSORSHIPS

Fox, who recently completed his 26th season as the Kings’ television analyst and ranks ninth in club history with 479 points in 578 games between 1980-90, will be inducted alongside Ronnie Lott, Ralph Lawler, Christian Okoye, Dr. Frank Jobe, Lindsay Davenport and Fernando Valenzuela.

The Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 by Okoye, the two-time Pro Bowl running back with the Kansas City Chiefs who began his football career at Azusa Pacific University.

“We are proud to continue our tradition of recognizing incredible Californians who have made outstanding contributions at the highest level in sports,” Okoye said in a statement. “The Class of 2016 truly embodies what sports is all about and we are excited to honor them during this special evening”.

Those who “have had an impact in sports in California” in playing, coaching, broadcasting or media fields for any school, team or organization in the state are eligible to be inducted. Kings to have previously been inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame are Bob Miller (2011), Marcel Dionne (2012) and Luc Robitaille (2013).

Fox has also been honored with the Southern California Sports Broadcasters’ TV Color Analyst award five times in the last seven seasons.

Fox, Bob Miller, Nick Nickson and Patrick O’Neal were a part of a FOX Sports West broadcast team that helped elicit a rise in ratings in the 2015-16 season. According to figures provided by FOX Sports West, the Kings finished with the highest-rated regular season on the network since 1999-00 and produced ratings that rose 28 percent compared to the 2014-15 season. Los Angeles’ household ratings for the first round of the 2016 playoffs were 54% higher than the 2014 first round series against San Jose. The ratings rise also carried over to Anaheim, as the Ducks finished with the second highest-rated regular season on Prime Ticket since 1999-00 and experienced a 49% growth compared to 2014-15. These figures appear to depict hockey’s growing scope across the Southland as both NHL teams have seen their ratings rise during a period in which both teams have been in the midst of their championship windows, a timeline in which Los Angeles won Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014.

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