American Sports Network

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

The American Sports Network (ASN) is an ad hoc television network which broadcasts sports programming. Run by Sinclair Networks, a division of television station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group and officially launching in August 2014, ASN is affiliated primarily with CW and MyNetworkTV stations owned or operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group (or, in some markets, on a digital subchannel of a Sinclair station), but is syndicated to other, non-Sinclair television stations, along with regional sports networks.

ASN primarily produces telecasts of college sports from a number of mid-major NCAA Division I conferences, including live football and basketball games from the Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, and Western Athletic Conference.

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, the latter especially for Sinclair's Big Four network affiliates which would not pre-empt the higher-tier coverage of their affiliated networks. 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. On launch, Sinclair reached broadcast rights deals with five mid-major 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, Sinclair reached a deal with the International Motor Sports Association to syndicate broadcasts of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series through ASN under a 2-year deal beginning in 2014, with an option to continue in 2016. Its first race broadcast on September 13, 2014 was shown on Sinclair stations in at least 36 markets, marking the first non-college sporting events syndicated by ASN.[8]

On September 29, 2014, Sinclair announced a multi-year deal with the Western Athletic Conference to broadcast its games through ASN—marking the sixth conference to partner with it. Sinclair also announced that it had reached syndication deals with stations in 67 non-Sinclair markets to carry ASN programming, expanding its total potential audience to 83 million viewers.[9][10]

On October 16, 2014 Jonathan B. LeCrone announced the Horizon League had entered into a deal with American Sports Network to broadcast select games, and on November 10 ASN entered into a contract with the Ohio Valley Conference.[11]

On December 2, 2014 ASN entered into the collegiate hockey field signing up to air 6 Penn State Nittany Lions home games.[12] ASN later added other men's ice hockey contests from the Big Ten Conference.

Programming[edit]

NCAA sports[edit]

During the 2014-15 season, ASN televised live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:

List of affiliates[edit]

City Station[14] 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
Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia MASN Baltimore Orioles/Washington Nationals
Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming Altitude Stan Kroenke

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 7.2 & 7.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group Me-TV and Live Well Network

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
Atlanta WATL 36.1 Gannett Company MyNetworkTV

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

Indiana[edit]

Indianapolis WRTV 6.2 E. W. Scripps Company Hometown Sports Indiana

Kansas[edit]

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

Kentucky[edit]

Bowling Green WKYU-TV 24.1[15] Western Kentucky University PBS
Paducah-Cape Girardeau 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-Fayetteville 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
New York WDVB-CD 23.2 LocusPoint Networks Independent
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
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 WCIV 36.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Columbia WACH 57.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group GetTV

Tennessee[edit]

Chattanooga WTVC 9.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group ABC
Jackson WNBJ-LD 39.1[16] Jackson TV, LLC NBC
Knoxville WATE-TV 6.2 [16] Media General LWN
Nashville WUXP-TV 30.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Nashville WNAB
(alternate affiliate)
58.1 [16] Tennessee Broadcasting
(Operated by SBG through an LMA)
The CW

Texas[edit]

Houston Root Sports Southwest[17]
Amarillo KVII-TV 7.2 CW Plus[17]
Corpus Christi KRIS Cordillera Communication[17]
Beaumont-Port Arthur KBTV-TV 4.2 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) Bounce TV
El Paso - Las Cruces KDBC-TV 4.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group This TV[18]
KFOX-TV 14.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group RTV
KVIA 7.2 News-Press & Gazette Company[17] The CW
San Antonio KMYS 35.1 Deerfield Media (operated by SBG) The CW
Tyler-Longview KLPN White Knight Broadcasting[17]

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]

Suring/Green Bay WCWF 14.1 LIN Media The CW[19]
Madison WMSN-DT2 47.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group GetTV[19]
Milwaukee WCGV-TV 24.1/24.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/Zuus Country

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[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharrow, Ryan (July 17, 2014). "Sinclair Broadcast Group to launch American Sports Network". Baltimore Business Journal (Baltimore, MD: American City Business Journals). 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. ^ a b "IMSA Secures TV Deal for Porsche GT3 Cup". National Speed Sport News (Turn 3 Media LLC). September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Seltzer, Rick (September 29, 2014). "Sinclair reaches deals to expand its new American Sports Network". Baltimore Business Journal (Baltimore, MD: American City Business Journals). Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sinclair Expands ASN Syndication". TVNewsCheck,. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group's (SBGI) CEO David Smith on Q3 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript". TVNewsCheck,. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "CW 15 to broadcast Penn State hockey beginning December 6". WHP-TV. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Eleven USM football games to be televised in 2014". The Clarion-Ledger (Gannett). July 17, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Greenwell, Zach (October 21, 2014). "HILLTOPPER FOCUS: WKU adds five TV games through American Sports Network". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c Borthick, Will (October 1, 2014). "UPDATE: MTSU, Southern Miss will be on local TV". Daily News Journal (Murfreeboro, TN: Gannett). Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "Owls Set for ASN Debut on Saturday". Rice Owls.com (CBSi Advance Media). October 2, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kaplowitz, Steve (July 18, 2014). "UTEP Gets More TV Exposure With New American Sports Network Read More: UTEP Gets More TV Exposure With New American Sports Network". KROD 600 ESPN El Paso (Town Square Media). Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Horizon League Announces Television Partnership with American Sports Network" (Press release). Horizon League. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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