American Sports Network

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American Sports Network
Availability Regional
Founded July 17, 2014
Headquarters Hunt Valley, Maryland
Owner Sinclair Networks
(Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Key people
Doron Gorshein (COO, Sinclair Networks)
Established July 17, 2014
Launch date
August 30, 2014
Official website
www.americansportsnet.com

The American Sports Network (ASN) is a syndicator of sports programming. Run by Sinclair Networks, a division of television station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group and officially launching in August 2014, the network primarily produces telecasts of college sports from a number of mid-major NCAA Division I conferences, including live football and basketball games.

ASN holds rights to games from the Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Patriot League, and Southern Conference. ASN content airs primarily on Sinclair-owned stations that are affiliated with The CW and MyNetworkTV, although it is also available to other broadcast outlets and regional sports networks.

History[edit]

The launch of American Sports Network was formally announced on July 17, 2014 by Sinclair and will be led by Doron Gorshein, who joined the company in January 2014 and holds the title of Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Networks. ASN will include live broadcasts of college sporting events, along with ancillary programming focusing on colleges, their students and student-athletes. ASN content will air primarily on Sinclair-owned-or-operated affiliates of The CW and MyNetworkTV or on secondary digital subchannels of other Sinclair stations. Other broadcast outlets are interested in carrying ASN and Sinclair plans to expand the service into digital platforms.[1][2][3]

ASN plans to broadcast events in college football, men's college basketball, women's college basketball, women's college soccer, and college baseball games, beginning with the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season and 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. Sinclair has reached broadcast rights deals with a number of NCAA Division I conferences, including Conference USA,[4] the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference,[5] and the Patriot League.[6]

ASN's first broadcasts took place on August 30, 2014, featuring two football games involving Conference USA teams (Old Dominion hosting Hampton and FIU hosting Bethune-Cookman).[7]

In September 2014, ASN/Sinclair teamed up with the IMSA to offer syndicated programming of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge for the end of the 2014 season, the 2015 season and a option to extend for 2016. For 2014, the Challenge race coverage will be seven weeks worth starting September 13 in at least 36 Sinclair markets.[8]

List of affiliates[edit]

City Station[9] Virtual
channel
Owner Primary affiliation

Regional sports networks[edit]

Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut,
Massachusetts,
Providence-New Bedford, Rhode Island
New England Sports Network cable - varies Fenway Sports Group (80%) N/A
Louisiana, Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas Cox Sports Television Cox Media Group

Alabama[edit]

Birmingham WABM 68.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Huntsville-Decatur WZDX 54.2 WAMY Grant Broadcasting System II MyNetworkTV
Montgomery-Selma WBMM 22.1 Bahakel Communications The CW

Arkansas[edit]

Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas KATV 7.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group RTV

California[edit]

Bakersfield KBFX-CD 29.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group This TV
Fresno-Visalia KFRE-TV 59.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

Colorado[edit]

Colorado Springs-Pueblo KXTU-LD 20.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

Connecticut[edit]

Hartford-New Haven WCTX 59.1 LIN Media MyNetworkTV

District of Columbia[edit]

Washington WJLA-TV 7.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group ABC

Florida[edit]

Mobile-Pensacola WFGX 35.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/This TV
Tampa-St. Pete-Sarasota WTTA 38.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce WTCN-CA 34.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV

Georgia[edit]

Albany WFXL 31.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Bounce TV

Iowa[edit]

Sioux City KPTH 44.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/This TV

Illinois[edit]

Champaign-Springfield-Decatur WBUI 23.1 GOCOM Media (operated by SBG) The CW

Kansas[edit]

Wichita-Hutchinson Plus KMTW 36.1 Mercury Broadcasting Company (operated by SBG)

Kentucky[edit]

Paducah-Cape Girard WDKA 36.1 WDKA Acquisition Corporation (operated by SBG) MyNetworkTV

Maryland[edit]

Baltimore WUTB 24.1 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) MyNetworkTV

Michigan[edit]

Flint-Saginaw-Bay City WBSF 46.1/25.2 Cunningham Broadcasting (operated by SBG) The CW
Grand Rapids- Kalamazoo -Battle Creek WWMT 3.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

Minnesota[edit]

Minneapolis-St. Paul WUCW 23.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

North Carolina[edit]

Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem WMYV 48.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Raleigh-Durham-Fayettesville WRDC 28.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV

Nebraska[edit]

Omaha KXVO 15.1 Mitts Telecasting Company (operated by SBG) The CW

Nevada[edit]

Las Vegas KVMY 21.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Reno, Nevada KAME-TV 21.1 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) MyNetworkTV

New York[edit]

Albany-Schenectady-Troy WCWN 45.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW
Buffalo WNYO-TV 49.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Rochester WHAM-TV 13.2 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) The CW
Syracuse WSTQ-LP 3.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

Ohio[edit]

Cincinnati WSTR-TV 64.1 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) MyNetworkTV
Columbus WSYX 6.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/This TV
Dayton WRGT-TV 45.2 Cunningham Broadcasting (operated by SBG) MyNetworkTV/This TV
Toledo, WNWO-TV 24.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group RTN
Wheeling-Steubenville WTOV-TV 9.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Fox

Oklahoma[edit]

Oklahoma City KOCB 34.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW
Tulsa KTUL 8.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group local weather programming

Oregon[edit]

Portland KATU 2.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Me-TV

Pennsylvania[edit]

Harrisburg-Lancaster WHP-TV 21.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Johnstown-Altoona WJAX-TV 47.2 Bayshore Television (operated by Cox Media Group) GetTV
Pittsburgh WPMY 22.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV

South Carolina[edit]

Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville WMYA-TV 40.1 Cunningham Broadcasting (operated by SBG) MyNetworkTV
Charleston WMMP 36.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Columbia WACH 57.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group GetTV

Tennessee[edit]

Chattanooga WTVC 9.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group ABC
Nashville WUXP-TV 30.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV

Texas[edit]

Beaumont-Port Arthur KBTV-TV 4.2 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) Bounce TV
El Paso-Las Cruces KFOX-TV 14.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group RTV
San Antonio KMYS 35.1 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) The CW

Utah[edit]

Salt Lake City KMYU 2.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/This TV

Virginia[edit]

Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News WTVZ-TV 33.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Richmond-Petersburg WRLH-TV 35.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Roanoke-Lynchburg WSET-TV 13.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group RTV

Washington[edit]

Seattle-Tacoma KOMO-TV 4.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group This TV

Wisconsin[edit]

Milwaukee WCGV-TV 24.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV

West Virginia[edit]

Clarksburg-Weston WDTV 5.1 Withers Broadcasting Companies CBS

On air staff[edit]

  • Mike Gleason, play by play announcer
  • Jim Donnan, color commentator[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharrow, Ryan (July 17, 2014). "Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch American Sports Network". Baltimore Business Journal (Baltimore, MD). Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ McAdams, Deborah (17 July 2014). "Sinclair Launches Sports Network". TV Technology. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group To Launch The American Sports Network; Enters Into Sports Rights And Content Development Agreements With Leading NCAA Conferences". KWTV-DT (Oklahoma City). July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fornelli, Tom (July 17, 2014). "Conference USA announces new television agreement". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (July 17, 2014). "Sinclair Launches American Sports Network". Broadcasting and Cable (NewBay Media, LLC). Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schuler, Jeff (July 17, 2014). "Patriot League enters into TV agreement with new American Sports Network". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kelley, Kevin (July 17, 2014). "American Sports Network to Televise 30 C-USA Football Games". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "IMSA Secures TV Deal for Porsche GT3 Cup". National Speed Sport News (Turn 3 Media LLC). September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Minium, Harry (August 27, 2014). "ODU's opener with Hampton to be televised in 66 markets". HamptonRoads.com (The Virginian-Pilot). Retrieved September 8, 2014. 

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