American Sports Network
|American Sports Network|
|Founded||July 17, 2014|
|Headquarters||Hunt Valley, Maryland|
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Doron Gorshein (COO, Sinclair Networks)|
|Established||July 17, 2014|
|August 30, 2014|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 List of affiliates
- 3.1 Regional sports networks
- 3.2 Alabama
- 3.3 Arkansas
- 3.4 California
- 3.5 Colorado
- 3.6 Connecticut
- 3.7 District of Columbia
- 3.8 Florida
- 3.9 Georgia
- 3.10 Iowa
- 3.11 Illinois
- 3.12 Indiana
- 3.13 Kansas
- 3.14 Kentucky
- 3.15 Maryland
- 3.16 Michigan
- 3.17 Minnesota
- 3.18 North Carolina
- 3.19 Nebraska
- 3.20 Nevada
- 3.21 New York
- 3.22 Ohio
- 3.23 Oklahoma
- 3.24 Oregon
- 3.25 Pennsylvania
- 3.26 South Carolina
- 3.27 Tennessee
- 3.28 Texas
- 3.29 Utah
- 3.30 Virginia
- 3.31 Washington
- 3.32 Wisconsin
- 3.33 West Virginia
- 4 On air staff
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
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, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and the Patriot League.
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.
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.
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.
On December 2, 2014 ASN entered into the collegiate hockey field signing up to air 6 Penn State Nittany Lions home games. ASN later added other men's ice hockey contests from the Big Ten Conference.
During the 2014-15 season, ASN televised live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:
- Men's basketball
- Men's ice hockey
- Women's basketball
List of affiliates
Regional sports networks
|Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut,
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|
|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|
|Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas||KATV||7.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||RTV|
|Bakersfield||KBFX-CD||29.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||This TV|
|Fresno-Visalia||KFRE-TV||59.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||The CW|
|Colorado Springs-Pueblo||KXTU-LD||20.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||The CW|
|Hartford-New Haven||WCTX||59.1||LIN Media||MyNetworkTV|
District of Columbia
|Washington||WJLA-TV||7.2 & 7.3||Sinclair Broadcast Group||Me-TV and Live Well Network|
|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|
|Albany||WFXL||31.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||Bounce TV|
|Sioux City||KPTH||44.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV/This TV|
|Champaign-Springfield-Decatur||WBUI||23.1||GOCOM Media (operated by SBG)||The CW|
|Indianapolis||WRTV||6.2||E. W. Scripps Company||Hometown Sports Indiana|
|Wichita-Hutchinson Plus||KMTW||36.1||Mercury Broadcasting Company (operated by SBG)|
|Bowling Green||WKYU-TV||24.1||Western Kentucky University||PBS|
|Paducah-Cape Girardeau||WDKA||36.1||WDKA Acquisition Corporation (operated by SBG)||MyNetworkTV|
|Baltimore||WUTB||24.1||Deerfield Media (operated by SBG)||MyNetworkTV|
|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|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||WUCW||23.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||The CW|
|Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem||WMYV||48.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV|
|Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville||WRDC||28.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV|
|Omaha||KXVO||15.1||Mitts Telecasting Company (operated by SBG)||The CW|
|Las Vegas||KVMY||21.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV|
|Reno, Nevada||KAME-TV||21.1||Deerfield Media (operated by SBG)||MyNetworkTV|
|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|
|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 City||KOCB||34.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||The CW|
|Tulsa||KTUL||8.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||local weather programming|
|Portland||KATU||2.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||Me-TV|
|Harrisburg-Lancaster||WHP-TV||21.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV|
|Pittsburgh||WPMY||22.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV|
|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|
|Chattanooga||WTVC||9.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||ABC|
|Jackson||WNBJ-LD||39.1||Jackson TV, LLC||NBC|
|Knoxville||WATE-TV||6.2 ||Media General||LWN|
|Nashville||WUXP-TV||30.1||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV|
|58.1 ||Tennessee Broadcasting
(Operated by SBG through an LMA)
|Houston||Root Sports Southwest|
|Corpus Christi||KRIS||Cordillera Communication|
|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|
|KFOX-TV||14.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||RTV|
|KVIA||7.2||News-Press & Gazette Company||The CW|
|San Antonio||KMYS||35.1||Deerfield Media (operated by SBG)||The CW|
|Tyler-Longview||KLPN||White Knight Broadcasting|
|Salt Lake City||KMYU||2.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV/This TV|
|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|
|Seattle-Tacoma||KOMO-TV||4.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||This TV|
|Suring/Green Bay||WCWF||14.1||LIN Media||The CW|
|Madison||WMSN-DT2||47.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||GetTV|
|Milwaukee||WCGV-TV||24.1/24.2||Sinclair Broadcast Group||MyNetworkTV/Zuus Country|
|Clarksburg-Weston||WDTV||5.1||Withers Broadcasting Companies||CBS|
On air staff
- 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.
- McAdams, Deborah (17 July 2014). "Sinclair Launches Sports Network". TV Technology. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- "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.
- Fornelli, Tom (July 17, 2014). "Conference USA announces new television agreement". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- Malone, Michael (July 17, 2014). "Sinclair Launches American Sports Network". Broadcasting and Cable (NewBay Media, LLC). Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- Schuler, Jeff (July 17, 2014). "Patriot League enters into TV agreement with new American Sports Network". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- Kelley, Kevin (July 17, 2014). "American Sports Network to Televise 30 C-USA Football Games". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
- "IMSA Secures TV Deal for Porsche GT3 Cup". National Speed Sport News (Turn 3 Media LLC). September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
- 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.
- "Sinclair Expands ASN Syndication". TVNewsCheck,. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Sinclair Broadcast Group's (SBGI) CEO David Smith on Q3 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript". TVNewsCheck,. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "CW 15 to broadcast Penn State hockey beginning December 6". WHP-TV. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- "Eleven USM football games to be televised in 2014". The Clarion-Ledger (Gannett). July 17, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
- 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.
- Greenwell, Zach (October 21, 2014). "HILLTOPPER FOCUS: WKU adds five TV games through American Sports Network". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Borthick, Will (October 1, 2014). "UPDATE: MTSU, Southern Miss will be on local TV". Daily News Journal (Murfreeboro, TN: Gannett). Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- "Owls Set for ASN Debut on Saturday". Rice Owls.com (CBSi Advance Media). October 2, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- 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.
- "Horizon League Announces Television Partnership with American Sports Network" (Press release). Horizon League. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
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- Southern Conference Releases Football Broadcast Schedule
- Big South Conference Announces 2014 TV Schedule on ASN
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