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Fox Sports Net

Former Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. Headquarters are now in Houston. 140px The Fox Sports Regional Networks, or simply Fox Sports Net (FSN), are a collection of cable TV regional sports networks in the United States owned and operated by News Corporation.

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History

Beginnings

At the dawn of the cable television era, many regional sports networks (RSNs) vied to compete with the largest national sports network, ESPN . The most notable were the SportsChannel networks, which went on the air in 1976 with the original SportsChannel (now MSG Plus) and later branched out into Chicago and Florida; Prime Network, which went on the air in 1983 with the charter member being Home Sports and Entertainment (now FSN Southwest) and later branched out onto the West Coast as "Prime Sports"; and SportSouth, the RSN operated by Turner Broadcasting.

In 1996, News Corporation, which launched the over-the-air general-interest Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986, took over the Prime Network affiliates and renamed them all "Fox Sports Net." In 1996, Fox bought SportSouth and renamed it "FSN South". In 1998, SportsChannel America joined the Fox Sports Net family (except for the Florida affiliate, which joined in 2000).

Starting in September 2004, Fox Sports Net became known simply as FSN, but the name Fox Sports Net also remains in common use.

On-screen graphics

FSN has often been the testing ground for the innovations that Fox comes up with graphically and the source of inspiration that other networks have for their graphics. They were the first U.S. sports channel to introduce the bar score/time graphic on the top of the screen (initially known as the FoxBox). Since FSN came up with the top-screen bar graphic, many other major networks have abandoned the corner box graphic in favor of the bar.

2001-mid-2005

FSN first used the scoring banner for most of its broadcasts beginning in 2001. The banner then was simpler than today's. It featured a transparent black rectangle, a baseball diamond graphic for baseball broadcasts on the far left, the team abbreviations in white with their scores in yellow boxes (the white boxes were used on some broadcasts until 2002). Then the quarter or inning, time or number of outs, pitch count/speed (baseball broadcasts), and the FSN logo on the far right. Until sometime in 2004, the logo said Fox SPORTS NET with the "FOX" in a white box, which was later changed to blue. Midway in July 2003, Fox Sports Net adopted new graphics for its baseball broadcasts, then later expanded them to college football, hockey, and basketball broadcasts, despite retaining the banner. Early in 2004, the logo was changed to reveal the FSN pillbox logo and "FOX SPORTS NET" in black; in July of that year, the "FOX SPORTS NET" was replaced with the region. Eventually, Fox Sports Net simply became known as FSN in September of that year.

FSN's parent network used this score banner but with a different graphics package from 2001 until 2003, although the parent network's baseball broadcasts continued to use these graphics during the 2004 season except during the playoffs.

2005 Mid-2008

In the middle of June 2005, the banner was given a cosmetic upgrade, despite the graphics used since July 2003 are still used. The team abbreviations became white or black in the team's main color (depending on color contrast), and the scores are now in white boxes. The scores would flash, making a futuristic computer sound, whenever the scores change. On the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic on the far left would flash, circling the bases with a graphic below the banner with the words "HOME RUN" and the team's or player's name shown in electronic lettering. Also with the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic changed between 2005 and 2006. Also, the FSN logo on the far right is now in a black oval-like shape with the region in white.

2008-2011

For the 2008 college football season, the scoring banner went back to a box on the top-left portion of the screen, featuring text in an athletic-like font, with similarities to the text style of Big Ten Network's and Fox's current graphic styling. The box changes to the colors of the team possessing the ball, with down information in the top portion of the box and a text box with information such as punt hangtime extending from the bottom, and the size of the possessing team's scoring area expands with the possession arrow. The box flips over to indicate a score, and no FSN branding is seen onscreen beyond the local network's logo in the top-right hand corner. After the debut, variations of the package began to be implemented during other major league events shown on FSN affiliates, beginning with NHL telecasts on October 11, 2008, NBA telecasts on October 28 (initially using a smaller box for scores in the bottom-right for the 2008-09 season, but switching to a horizontal "strip" design for the 2009-2010 season), and MLB games on both FSN and the Fox network upon the beginning of the new season in April 2009

A new plain-text logo design also debuted with the new graphics for FSN owned and operated affiliates, featuring "FS" lettering in bold, followed by the region name (or a team name during major league events, also colored in the respective team's colors). The word "Net" was also dropped from the station names as well. The new logo was only implemented by Fox-owned FSN affiliates; DirecTV Sports Networks' affiliates debuted the new graphics but maintained the previous "pillbox" logo, and FSN New York and Comcast's affiliates re-branded under their own brands, MSG Plus and Comcast SportsNet, before the FSN re-launch.

In 2010, FSN O&O's also began to increase use of the standard Fox Sports brand through various means, such as using the standard Fox Sports microphone flags, debuting localized versions of the Fox Sports frontcap before live broadcasts, and incorporating the Fox Sports logo into a new logo animation for the network's bug. In 2011, some FSN networks also followed the lead of the Fox network by framing its broadcasts for the 16:9 aspect ratio (which moves the logo bug into the extreme right corner of the high definition image, and moves the corner score box to the extreme left) and letterboxing the widescreen image on its standard definition feeds.

2011-present

FSN O&O's and national programming began to phase in the new standard Fox Sports graphics package (which originally debuted with Fox's NFL coverage in 2010), beginning with the 2011 MLB season, the 2011 college football season, the 2011-12 NHL season and the 2011-12 NBA season. FSN affiliates owned by DirecTV Sports Networks re-branded as Root Sports at the start of the MLB season as well, but initially still used the previous FSN graphics (but with elements from a new dedicated package, which formally debuted at the start of the NHL season). However, at the start of the preseason NBA broadcasts still used the previous year's graphics, even though Fox Sports Ohio debuted with the new graphics in the D-League Canton Charge's debut game until they adopted the new ones for the regular season (which debuted with College Basketball broadcasts in November 2011). Even though it adopted the new graphics at the start of the NBA season, Fox Sports Arizona's Phoenix Suns broadcasts continued to use the old score banner until they switched to the new one in January 2012. The Atlanta Thrashers used to televise games on SportsSouth until the relocation to Winnipeg making them the only team to disband after 11 years of existence. At the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, Fox Sports and Fox Sports Net tweaked its graphics package to make it akin to NFL's coverage, now using the team logos instead of the name abbreviation in the score bug.

Headquarters

Fox Sports Net is headquartered in Los Angeles' Westwood area. Its master control facilities are based in both Los Angeles and Houston. In February 2005, News Corporation (Fox's parent company) became 100 percent owner of FSN, after swapping assets with Cablevision Corporation, but was still identified in its copyright tag as "Fox Sports Net/National Sports Partners." (The name has since changed to "National Sports Programming.") Fox Sports Net also utilizes Stage 19 at Universal Studios Florida, after Nickelodeon Studios closed in 2005.

Networks

Owned and operated

Name Region served Home to Former Name Year Joined/ Launced Notes
Fox Sports Arizona Arizona, New Mexico and southern Nevada. Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), local coverage of the Pacific-12, Western Athletic, Big Sky, and Mountain West conferences. Prime Sports Arizona 1996
Fox Sports Detroit Michigan (statewide), northwestern Ohio, northeastern Indiana, and some portions of northeast Wisconsin along the Upper Michigan border. Exclusive coverage of Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Pistons (NBA), Detroit Red Wings (NHL), and local coverage of the Big Ten, Horizon League, Summit League, CCHA and the MAC athletic conferences, as well as the MHSAA. None 1997 Tigers Live, Red Wings Live, and Pistons Live are produced by FS Detroit. Fox Sports Net Detroit put PASS Sports, which was owned by Post-Newsweek/WDIV-TV, out of business in 1997 when Fox acquired the TV rights to all of the pro sports teams in Detroit.
Fox Sports Florida Florida (statewide), and parts of southern Alabama (not including Mobile) and southern Georgia. Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Orlando Magic (NBA), Miami Marlins (MLB), Florida Panthers (NHL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Atlantic Sun, Conference USA, and Atlantic Coast athletic conferences. SportsChannel Florida 2000 Shares broadcast rights with co-owned Sun Sports. Last FSN network to discontinue the SportsChannel name.
Fox Sports Houston Southern Half of Texas and Southern Louisiana Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Texans programming (NFL), Big 12, Conference USA, high school, and local collegiate sports. FSN Southwest 2009 Launched as an opt-out of FS Southwest, gained full feed on January 12, 2009.[1] FS Houston will continue to be the television home of the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets until 2012.[2]
Fox Sports Indiana Central Indiana Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indiana Fever (WNBA), Cincinnati Reds (MLB via Fox Sports Ohio) and local coverage of minor league baseball and collegiate sports featuring the Big 12, Conference USA, Southeastern, Western Athletic, Missouri Valley, and Horizon League conferences. Formerly part of FSN Midwest; Was Prime Sports Network prior to that 2006 FSN Indiana became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Indiana Pacers. It is still a part of FSN Midwest in some markets.
Fox Sports Kansas City Kansas City region Kansas City Royals (MLB), St. Louis Blues (NHL via Fox Sports Midwest) and local coverage of collegiate sports featuring the Big 12 and Missouri Valley. Formerly part of FSN Midwest; Was Prime Sports Network prior to that 2008 FSN Kansas City became a channel after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down and FSN signed a long-term deal for the Kansas City Royals. Having 2 networks eliminates conflicts with St. Louis Cardinals coverage on FSN Midwest. Some programming is produced by FSN Midwest.
Fox Sports Midwest Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, western Kentucky and northern Arkansas. St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), St. Louis Blues (NHL), and local coverage of minor league baseball and collegiate sports featuring the Big 12, Conference USA, Southeastern, Western Athletic, Missouri Valley, and Horizon League conferences. Prime Sports Midwest 1996 FSN Midwest also airs Cardinals games in West Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Royals broadcasts returned to FSN Midwest in the Kansas City market beginning in 2008, after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down. A Kansas City spinoff launched when they became the broadcaster of the Kansas City Royals.
Fox Sports North Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL), Minnesota Swarm (NLL) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Big Ten, Big East, and Horizon League athletic conferences. WCCO II, Wisconsin Sports Network, Midwest Sports Channel 1996 Regional subfeeds for the Minnesota/Dakotas region, and for the state of Wisconsin not included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The Wisconsin feed is operated under Fox Sports Wisconsin as of April 2007 and originates from the Twin Cities also with a Milwaukee production base.
Fox Sports Ohio Ohio (Except in the Steubenville, OH area where Root Sports Pittsburgh is carried; In the Youngstown, OH market both FS Ohio and Root Sports Pittsburgh are available), parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Northwestern Pennsylvania (primarily Erie), and extreme Southwestern New York. Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Cincinnati Reds (MLB), Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), Columbus Crew (MLS), Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), Xavier Musketeers college basketball, Dayton Flyers college basketball SportsChannel Ohio 1998 Fox Sports Ohio airs Reds games in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas, including western North Carolina. Fox Sports Ohio also broadcasts select Cavaliers games on Root Sports Pittsburgh. Separate subfeeds also exist for the Cincinnati and Cleveland markets.
Fox Sports Oklahoma All of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), local coverage of Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12) Football and Basketball games. FSN Southwest 2008 Launched with OKC Thunder Opening Game on October 29, 2008. Select Dallas Mavericks (NBA) games will be available in areas of Oklahoma more than 75 miles from Oklahoma City.
Fox Sports San Diego San Diego San Diego Padres (MLB), Los Angeles Clippers (NBA-via Fox Sports Prime Ticket), Anaheim Ducks (NHL-via Fox Sports Prime Ticket). None 2012 Launched March 2012. 20% owned by Padres.
Fox Sports South Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Atlanta Braves (MLB), plus local coverage of Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Conference USA, Big South, and Southern athletic conferences. (Original) SportSouth 1996 Purchased Turner South in May 2006; name changed to SportSouth; SportSouth carries the Braves and the Hawks.
Fox Sports Carolinas North Carolina, South Carolina Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), coverage of Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Conference USA, Big South and Southern athletic conferences. Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed) 2008
Fox Sports Tennessee All of Tennessee, northern Alabama Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Nashville Predators (NHL), Cincinnati Reds (MLB via Fox Sports Ohio), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB via Fox Sports Midwest), coverage of Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Conference USA, Big South and Southern athletic conferences. Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed) 2008
Fox Sports Southwest Texas, Northern Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Rangers (MLB), FC Dallas (MLS), San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Southland, Big 12, and Conference USA athletic conferences. Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports Southwest. 1996
Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket Southern and Central California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Chivas USA (MLS), and local coverage of the Pacific-12, West Coast, Mountain West, Western Athletic, and Big West conferences. (Original) Prime Ticket, Prime Sports West, FSN West 2 1996 Operates two channels, FS West and PRIME TICKET. Fox Sports West lost coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers to Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes when the cable company and the team reached a 20-year broadcast agreement, which begins with the 2012-13 NBA season.[3] The networks have also acquired the rights to the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Galaxy from FS West.
Fox Sports Wisconsin Wisconsin, western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, eastern Minnesota, northwestern Illinois, Iowa Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL; limited schedule), Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA hockey only), WIAA, other local coverage Fox Sports North 2007 Fox Sports Wisconsin became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Milwaukee Brewers. It is still a part of Fox Sports North in some markets.
Sun Sports Florida. Orlando Magic (NBA), Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Marlins (MLB), Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). Sunshine Network 1996 Originally a Prime Network affiliate, it is now owned by Fox Sports Net.
SportSouth Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina. Atlanta Braves (MLB), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Nashville Predators (NHL). Turner South 2006 Previously owned by Time-Warner as part of the TBS family, sold to News Corporation (parent company of Fox Sports Net) in 2006. Renamed to SportSouth on October 13, 2006. SportSouth and Fox Sports South aired Atlanta Thrashers games prior to 2011 when the team moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and became the Winnipeg Jets (which are currently aired on the TSN-Jets channel).

Affiliates

Name Region served Home to Former names Year Joined Other
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwest, Philadelphia various (see Comcast SportsNet article for more information) 1997 Comcast SportsNet only carries select Fox Sports Net programming which varies by region. CSN Northwest and SNY are the only members of Comcast SportsNet not to carry any FSN programming. CSN Bay Area was formerly known as FSN Bay Area until March 31, 2008, Fox still has 25% ownership. CSN New England was formerly known as FSN New England until July 1, 2007, when Comcast purchased the network from Cablevision.
MSG Plus New York, northern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut. New Jersey Devils (NHL), New York Islanders (NHL), Long Island Lizards (MLL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Northeast, Metro Atlantic and CAA athletic conferences. SportsChannel New York, FSN New York 1998 Co-owned with MSG, which carries the New York Knicks (NBA), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), New York Rangers (NHL), New York Liberty (WNBA), New York Red Bulls (MLS), plus regional collegiate football and basketball. Rebranded as MSG Plus on March 10, 2008 and continues to air programming from Fox Sports Net.[4][5]
Root Sports Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Northwest Various, see Root Sports for more information. 1996 Acquired by Liberty Media in 2008 as part of its acquisition of a controlling stake in DirecTV from News Corp. Liberty spun off its entertainment division and merged it with DirecTV in 2009, with the FSN affiliates becoming a part of the DirecTV Sports Networks division.[6] DirecTV's FSN affiliates were re-branded as Root Sports on April 1, 2011.[7]

Defunct

Name Region served (Former) Home to Former names Year Joined Other
Chicago Northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and eastern Iowa. Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Fire (MLS) Chicago Rush, (AFL), Chicago White Sox (MLB), local and national collegiate sports, including those from Fox Sports Detroit. Sportsvision Chicago, SportsChannel Chicago / Hawkvision, ON TV / Sportsvison 1998 Closed on June 23, 2006. Was the production and origination point of the Chicago, Ohio, and Bay Area Sports Report programs (all 50% owned by Rainbow Sports/Cablevision). Comcast SportsNet Chicago now occupies the former FSN Chicago facility located at 350 North Orleans Street, and airs FSN's national programming. The old Chicago Sports Report set was purchased (and is now used as the main news set) by WREX in Rockford, IL. Building current home of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Fox College Sports (FCS)

FSN also offers Fox College Sports (formerly Fox Sports Digital Networks) for digital cable subscribers. These are three channels (marked Atlantic, Central, and Pacific) that provide programming (primarily colleigate and high school sports, plus minor league sports) that would be carried from each individual FSN network, as well as each affiliate's regional sports reports and individually-produced programming (such as coaches shows, team magazines, and documentaries). More or less, these three networks are condensed versions of the 22 FSN-affiliated networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, though the channels also show international events that fit too oddly on FSN or Fox Soccer Channel, such as the Commonwealth Games, World University Games, and the FINA World Swimming Championships.

The 3 FCS Channels offer the FSN feeds from the following channels, including live Big 12 Conference football, Pacific-12 Conference football and basketball and Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. They also rerun shows originally produced by and shown on the networks listed:

  • FCS Atlantic: Fox Sports South/Carolinas/Tennessee, SportSouth, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, MSG Plus, and Root Sports Pittsburgh,
  • FCS Central: Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Indiana, and Fox Sports Ohio
  • FCS Pacific: Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, Root Sports Rocky Mountain/Utah, and Root Sports Northwest.

Fox College Sports also shows Independent Women's Football League games, high school games, college magazine shows, and college coach's shows. Fox College Sports' partner channel is Big Ten Network.

Programs broadcast nationwide

Programming strategy

140px The programming strategy that most FSN networks have adopted is to acquire the play-by-play broadcast rights to major sports teams in their regional market. (This does not include NFL games, since the league's contracts require all local games to be aired on terrestrial television.) In addition to local play-by-play coverage, FSN networks create pregame shows, postgame shows, and weekly "magazine" shows centered on the teams to attract additional viewers. In some markets, FSN competes directly with other regional sports networks for the right to air this team-specific programming.

FSN has competed directly with ESPN in the area of acquiring rights to collegiate sports at the conference level. One notable agreement is with the Pacific-12 Conference, in which packages of football and men's basketball regular-season games are aired across all FSN networks in the Pac-12 region. Every game (except the final) of the Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is aired on FSN, as are a few Pac-12 matches in minor sports (e.g. baseball, volleyball).

Besides play-by-play, a common set of FSN programming is available to all its regional sports networks, most notably The Dan Patrick Show, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Final Score. In some of its regions, the competing Comcast SportsNet carries FSN programming on their channels.

On April 4, 2010, Fox Sports extended its brand to sporting events shown on FSN affiliates it controls. A new opening, scaled down from that of the broadcast network, now heralds all events, and announcers now carry microphones with the Fox Sports logo.

National prime time programming

140pxIn addition to regional programming, Fox Sports Net has some national prime time programming such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Chris Myers Interviews. FSN has tried to compete with ESPN in original programming, most notably in 1996, when FSN debuted the Fox Sports National Sports Report, a 30-minute sports news program designed to compete with ESPN's SportsCenter. The program originally began as a two hour program, but was steadily cut back as ratings dropped and costs increased. FSN hired popular former SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann and used him to promote the show heavily, but ratings continued to slide. The last edition of the National Sports Report aired in February 2002. In some markets, FSN airs the Regional Sports Report, usually headlined with the name of the region covered, such as the Midwest Sports Report or Detroit Sports Report. The regional reports began in 2000 to complement the national sports report, but many regional reports were cut in 2002 due to increasing costs.[8]

Until 2008, these programs were billed as being part of FSN. However, changes in recent years have resulted in a de-emphasis on the FSN brand in advertising and more emphasis on local brands; several FSN affiliates with ownership by Comcast were converted to their Comcast SportsNet brand, FSN New York re-branded as MSG Plus, and DirecTV Sports Networks' affiliates (who continued to use the previous "pillbox" logo) were rebranded as Root Sports on April 1, 2011.

Live national play-by-play

  • Big 12 college football
  • Conference USA (college football)
  • Pac-12 college football
  • Pac-12 men's college basketball (Thursdays, Saturdays, Sunday nights, and Pac-12 conference tournament)
  • Women's college basketball from the Big 12, Pac-12, C-USA
  • UEFA Champions League soccer (selected Tuesday and Wednesday matches)
  • Conference USA (college basketball)

Other sports

  • Association of Volleyball Professionals (pro beach volleyball)
  • Indian Wells Masters and Miami Masters tennis tournaments
  • Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Classic
  • Red Bull Air Race

Other shows

  • Boys in the Hall chronicles notable baseball players. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.
  • Since October 25, 2010, FSN has simulcast the sports talk radio program The Dan Patrick Show.[9]
  • Amazing Sports Stories is a 30-minute weekly show in which re-enactments are used to tell various human interest stories in the sports world. The premiere episode on April 13 recounted Bert Shepard's only game as a major-league pitcher; he is the only player in Major League Baseball history who played with a prosthetic device (it replaced one of his legs). Some subsequent episodes featured Jackie Mitchell, a female pitcher who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game; Lawrence Lemieux, a Canadian Olympic yachtsman who sacrificed his chance at a medal to save the life of two fellow competitors from Singapore; and Ben Malcolmson, a writer for a college newspaper (The Daily Trojan) who walked onto the USC Trojans football team.
  • Baseball's Golden Age uses film footage shot between the 1920s and 1960s to tell the history of baseball during that time. It premiered on July 6 for a scheduled 13-episode run.
  • 2Xtreem Motorcycle TV is a themed motorcycle customization show. The four person team consists of current and former AMA licensed racers and mechanics. Builds include a tribute to NASA's Apollo Project and a bike built for NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his charitable foundation. Future builds include bikes for rock music performer Jason Bonham (Foreigner) and Juan Pablo Montoya, another NASCAR star who was once in Formula One and also a former Indianapolis 500 winner. 2Xtreem left FSN in October 2008 after a 13 week run during which it was the highet rated show to ever premier on the network with an overall average of .68. 2X Motorcycle TV can now be seen on regional broadcast and cable networks across the country as well as on the new Untamed Sports Network nationally.
  • Sport Science, which premiered on September 30, explains various athletic skills and techniques through the scientific method. FSN set up a performance laboratory at an airport hangar to measure these techniques.
  • Toughest Cowboy is a series of weekly competitions in which rodeo cowboys attempt to ride in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. Each of those three disciplines is a round in the event, and this show tours arenas throughout the United States.
  • Mind, Body & Kickin' Moves, a re-edited version of the British martial arts show Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves.
  • FSN has unveiled two shows that tie in to college football's Bowl Championship Series, for which four of the five games will be televised by Fox Sports. In September 2006, FSN premiered BCS Breakdown, a preview of that week's top games, with an eye on how they might influence the BCS standings. Tom Helmer is the host, with analysis from Gary Barnett and Petros Papadakis. On October 15, 2006, it debuted The Official BCS Ratings Show, an expansion of the earlier announcement on the broadcast network. The on-air team is the same for this show.
  • On June 26, 2006, FSN debuted In Focus, which effectively replaces Beyond the Glory, a program in the vein of Biography and SportsCentury which ran from 2001 until early 2006. This new half-hour takes a look at the impact of a particular sports event, mostly told through the medium of still photography. Dick Enberg is the host.[10]
  • On July 3, 2006, FSN debuted FSN Final Score, the first national sports news program on the network since the cancellation of the National Sports Report. FSN veterans Van Earl Wright, Barry LeBrock, and Andrew Siciliano have been joined by newcomers Greg Wolf and Danyelle Sargent. Rick Jaffe, the show's executive producer, promised that the half-hour program will focus on showing game highlights, without additional analysis or interviews. The program changed its name to simply Final Score on April 23, 2008.

In addition, FSN airs an extensive lineup of poker shows, including Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and MansionPoker.net PokerDome Challenge. Recently, it was announced that the World Poker Tour will broadcast its 7th season on FSN as well.

Defunct programs

These programs once aired on FSN, but have since been cancelled:

  • I, Max: Talk show hosted by Max Kellerman. A combination of poor ratings and the repercussions of the death of Kellerman's brother caused the show's demise.
  • The Last Word: Another talk show. Originally, this had a bicoastal format, with Wallace Matthews hosting in New York City and Jim Rome in Los Angeles. During this show's run, Matthews was removed and Rome hosted by himself.
  • Totally NASCAR: A daily show about NASCAR racing. This program received access to race highlights denied to ESPN2's RPM 2Night. Whether this decision was related to RPM 2Nights cancellation in 2003 remains debatable, but this show was itself cancelled after the 2004 season. A modified version of this show, called Around the Track, now airs on many, but not all, FSN affiliates.
  • 54321: A short-lived action sports news and variety show that began airing in November 2002, and was hosted by Leeann Tweeden, Chad Towersey, Kip Williamson, and Jason "Wee-Man" Acu a. It was cancelled in November 2003 due to poor ratings.
  • Two game shows: The Ultimate Fan League, hosted by Bil Dwyer; and Sports Geniuses, hosted by Matt Vasgersian.
  • You Gotta See This, a compilation of unusual video highlights from the world of sports.
  • FSN Across America, which was a newsmagazine show. When one of its co-hosts, Carolyn Hughes, was revealed to have an affair with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe in 2004, Hughes was dropped from the show and released by the network. FSN cited a violation of a morals clause in Hughes' contract. The show died shortly after that.
  • Before that, another magazine, Goin' Deep, had aired from 2000 to 2001 with Joe Buck, then Chris Myers, as host. That show resembled Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel with its hour-long format and focus on contentious issues in sports.
  • Shaun Alexander Live was a short lived variety show in 2001 that poked fun of Alexander's lack or recognition despite of all his accomplishments.[11]
  • TNA Impact!, a professional wrestling program, aired on FSN for a little more than a year, starting in June 2004 to May 2005, but has since moved to Spike TV.
  • The Best Damn Sports Show Period
  • The Chris Myers Interview
  • FSN Pro Football Preview
  • Totally Football
  • The Sports List
  • Beyond the Glory
  • The FSN Baseball Report

Pay-per-view

On November 10, 2006, FSN distributed its first pay-per-view event. Evander Holyfield, former heavyweight boxing champion, defeated Fres Oquendo in a unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was also distributed free of charge on the FoxSports.com website outside the United States.

FSN HD

100pxFSN HD is a 720p high definition simulcast of FSN featuring high-definition programming such as live sporting events. Usually, each regional channel has its own separate HD feed. Also, all live sports that FSN has rights to televise nationally air in HD on all affiliates, except when conflicts with local sports arise.

As of November 2009 some of the regional FSN networks have placed their HD channels into 24/7 service using stylized pillarboxes of the regional FSN logo to wrap around standard definition programming.

Americans in Focus

In 2008, FSN launched a public service initiative called Americans in Focus, with the sponsorship support of Farmers Insurance. This initiative consists of one-minute vignettes profiling persons of non-Caucasian ethnicity. Americans in Focus launched in February 2008 for Black History Month and continued all through September and October for Hispanic Heritage Month. Focus returned in February 2009 for Black History Month, then again in March 2009 for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. After that, the series was discontinued and the companion website was shut down.

See also

  • Broadcasting of sports events
  • Comcast SportsNet - most affiliates carry national FSN programming
  • Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Fox Sports
  • Foxsports.com
  • Fox Sports en Espa ol
  • Fox Soccer
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • Fox Sports en Latinoam rica
  • Fox Sports World Canada
  • NESN
  • Regional sports network
  • Rogers Sportsnet

References

External links

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