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Fox Box is a term for the digital on-screen graphic used during Fox Sports broadcasts of Major League baseball and the National Football League, among other events. The FoxBox displays real-time information such as the current score in the upper corner of the screen. This graphic remains superimposed over video during live action; it is removed during videotaped replays of field action, during on-camera segments in which the announcers appear, and during commercial breaks or studio cut-ins.
The FoxBox first appeared on August 12, 1994 for an NFL Preseason game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. Similarly-styled score boxes have become common during sporting events on many other networks. In 2001, Fox discontinued the box in favor of a graphic header at the top of the screen, although Fox commentators have continued to refer to the newer graphic header as the FoxBox.
In September 2008, Fox Sports Net (FSN) affiliates introduced a new graphics package. The top header scoreboard was replaced with an updated one and a rectangular box in the top-left for hockey, football and baseball, and a score banner on the bottom for basketball. For the 2009 season, the Fox network's MLB telecasts began using the same graphics package. The network's NFL coverage returned to using a score box during the 2010 NFL season. For MLB and NFL broadcasts, the box has been moved into the far left corner, appearing to be outside of the typical 4:3 safe placement but the picture is letterboxed for 4:3 displays. They later expanded them for college football (similar to the NFL broadcasts but with their team abbreviations above their scores rather than team logos), NBA, NHL, and college basketball broadcasts (using a round score banner on the bottom of the screen). NASCAR (uses one on the top of the screen) but use the bug version of the previous graphics package.