American Sports Network

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American Sports Network
Type Ad hoc television network/syndication service
Availability Regional
(available on television stations in several markets, as well as select regional sports networks)
Founded July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)
Headquarters Hunt Valley, Maryland
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
Key people
Doron Gorshein
(COO, Sinclair Networks)
Launch date
August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30)
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
americansportsnet.com

The American Sports Network (ASN) is an American ad hoc sports television network that is operated by the Sinclair Networks division of the Sinclair Broadcast Group. ASN produces telecasts of college sports from several NCAA Division I conferences (including live football and basketball games from the Atlantic 10 Conference, Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference and Western Athletic Conference) as well as a limited number of professional sports events.

ASN is affiliated primarily with CW and MyNetworkTV stations owned and/or operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group (or, in some markets, on a digital subchannel of a Sinclair station), but is syndicated to television stations owned by other broadcasting companies as well as a small number of regional sports networks.

History[edit]

Sinclair Broadcast Group formally announced the launch of the American Sports Network on July 17, 2014; the service is led by Doron Gorshein, who joined the company in January 2014 in the role of chief operating officer of Sinclair Networks. ASN carries live broadcasts of mainly collegiate sporting events, along with ancillary programming focusing on colleges, their students and student-athletes. ASN's content would air primarily on Sinclair-owned-or-operated affiliates of The CW and MyNetworkTV or on secondary digital subchannels of other stations run by the company (some of which had carried content from competing syndicated sports distributors ESPN Regional Television and Raycom Sports until ASN's launch), the latter especially the case for its stations that have primary affiliations with one of the Big Four networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) which would not pre-empt the higher-tier sports coverage provided by their network partners. Sinclair opened ASN up for distribution by other broadcast outlets interested in carrying the service's content, and announced plans to expand ASN onto digital platforms.[1][2][3]

ASN planned to initially broadcast college football, men's and women's college basketball, women's college soccer, and college baseball events, beginning with the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS and FCS football seasons. Prior to the service's formal launch, Sinclair reached broadcast rights agreements with five 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 University vs. Hampton University and Florida International University hosting Bethune-Cookman University).[7]

In September 2014, Sinclair reached a two-year deal with the International Motor Sports Association to syndicate broadcasts of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series through ASN beginning that year, with a renewal option that could be exercised 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 event to be 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 the service. Sinclair also announced that it had reached syndication deals with stations in 67 markets where the company does not have a station in its portfolio to carry ASN's 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 the American Sports Network to broadcast select games; subsequently on November 10, ASN entered into a broadcast contract with the Ohio Valley Conference.[11]

On December 2, 2014, ASN entered into the collegiate hockey field through an agreement that gave it the rights to air six Penn State Nittany Lions home games.[12] ASN later added two other men's ice hockey contests from the Big Ten Conference, featuring the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes.[13]

On January 23, 2015, Sinclair's Salt Lake City station KMYU reached an agreement with Major League Soccer to broadcast matches from Real Salt Lake; ASN would produce the game telecasts, which would also be syndicated to Sinclair stations in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada as well as in Boise, Idaho. Additionally, it announced that stations in Arizona and New Mexico would also be able to bid for the local rights to telecast the matches in their markets.[14]

Programming[edit]

NCAA sports[edit]

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

League Football Men's
basketball
Women's
basketball
Men's
ice hockey
Men's
soccer
Women's
soccer
Baseball Softball Women's
volleyball
Men's
Lacrosse
Women's
Lacrosse
Atlantic 10 Conference Yes Yes[16]
Big South Conference Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Big Ten Conference Yes
Colonial Athletic Association[17] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Conference USA Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizon League Yes
Ivy League[18] Yes Yes
Ohio Valley Conference Yes
Patriot League Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Southern Conference Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Western Athletic Conference Yes Yes

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Mike Gleason – play-by-play announcer
  • Jim Donnan – color commentator[19]

List of affiliates[edit]

Broadcast affiliates[edit]

City of license/market Station[19] Virtual
channel
Owner Primary affiliation

Alabama[edit]

Birmingham WABM 68.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
HuntsvilleDecatur WZDX 54.2 Nexstar Broadcasting Group MyNetworkTV
MontgomerySelma WBMM 22.1 Bahakel Communications The CW

Arkansas[edit]

Little RockPine Bluff KATV 7.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Retro Television Network

California[edit]

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

Colorado[edit]

Colorado SpringsPueblo KXTU-LD 20.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

Connecticut[edit]

HartfordNew Haven WCTX 59.1 Media General MyNetworkTV

District of Columbia[edit]

Washington WJLA-TV 7.2/7.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group Me-TV (on 7.2)
Live Well Network (on 7.3)

Florida[edit]

Fort Walton Beach (Mobile, ALPensacola) WFGX 35.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/This TV
TampaSt. PetersburgSarasota WTTA 38.1 MyNetworkTV
West Palm BeachFort Pierce WTCN-CA 34.3

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]

SpringfieldDecaturChampaign WBUI 23.1 GOCOM Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW

Indiana[edit]

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

Kansas[edit]

WichitaHutchinson KMTW 36.1 Mercury Broadcasting Company
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
MyNetworkTV

Kentucky[edit]

Bowling Green WKYU-TV 24.1[20] Western Kentucky University PBS
PaducahCape Girardeau, MO WDKA 36.1 WDKA Acquisition Corporation
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
MyNetworkTV
Lexington WDKY-TV 56.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group GetTV

Louisiana[edit]

Shreveport-Texarkana, AR KPXJ 21.1 KTBS, LLC (Wray family) The CW

Maryland[edit]

Baltimore WUTB 24.1 Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
MyNetworkTV

Michigan[edit]

FlintSaginawBay City WBSF 46.1/25.2 Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW
Grand RapidsKalamazooBattle Creek WWMT 3.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group

Minnesota[edit]

MinneapolisSt. Paul WUCW 23.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW

Missouri[edit]

St. Louis KDNL-TV 30.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group GetTV

North Carolina[edit]

GreensboroWinston-SalemHigh Point WMYV 48.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
RaleighDurhamFayetteville WRDC 28.1

Nebraska[edit]

Omaha KXVO 15.1 Mitts Telecasting Company
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW

Nevada[edit]

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

New York[edit]

AlbanySchenectadyTroy WCWN 45.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW
Buffalo WNYO-TV 49.1 MyNetworkTV
New York City WDVB-CD 23.2 LocusPoint Networks independent
Rochester WHAM-TV 13.2 Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW
Syracuse WSTQ-LP 3.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group

Ohio[edit]

Cincinnati WSTR-TV 64.1 Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
MyNetworkTV
Columbus WSYX 6.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV/This TV
Dayton WRGT-TV 45.2 Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Toledo WNWO-TV 24.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Retro Television Network

Oklahoma[edit]

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

Oregon[edit]

Portland KATU 2.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Me-TV

Pennsylvania[edit]

HarrisburgLancaster-
LebanonYork
WHP-TV 21.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
Pittsburgh WPMY 22.1

South Carolina[edit]

Charleston WCIV 36.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbia WACH 57.2 GetTV
GreenvilleSpartanburgAsheville, NC WMYA-TV 40.1 Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
MyNetworkTV

Tennessee[edit]

Chattanooga WTVC 9.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group ABC
Jackson WNBJ-LD 39.1[21] Jackson TV, LLC NBC
Knoxville WATE-TV 6.2 [21] Media General Live Well Network
Nashville WUXP-TV 30.1 (primary)
30.2 (alternate)
Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV (main)
GetTV (DT2)
WNAB
(alternate affiliate)
58.1[21] Tennessee Broadcasting
(operated under local marketing agreement by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW

Texas[edit]

Amarillo KVII-TV 7.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group The CW
(via The CW Plus)[22]
BeaumontPort Arthur KBTV-TV 4.2 Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Bounce TV
Corpus Christi KRIS-TV 6.x Cordillera Communications[22]
El PasoLas Cruces, NM KDBC-TV 4.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group This TV[23]
KFOX-TV 14.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group RTV
KVIA-TV 7.2 News-Press & Gazette Company[22] The CW
San Antonio KMYS 35.1 Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW
TylerLongview KLPN-LD/KTPN-LD 48.1/22.1 White Knight Broadcasting
(operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)[22]
MyNetworkTV

Utah[edit]

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

Virginia[edit]

NorfolkVirginia BeachNewport News WTVZ-TV 33.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV
RichmondPetersburg WRLH-TV 35.2
RoanokeLynchburg WSET-TV 13.2 Retro Television Network

Washington[edit]

SeattleTacoma KOMO-TV 4.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group This TV

West Virginia[edit]

WheelingSteubenville, OH WTOV-TV 9.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group Fox

Wisconsin[edit]

Madison WMSN-DT2 47.2 Sinclair Broadcast Group GetTV[24]
Milwaukee WCGV-TV 24.1/24.2 MyNetworkTV (on 24.1)
ZUUS Country (on 24.2)
SuringGreen Bay WCWF 14.1 The CW[24]

West Virginia[edit]

ClarksburgWeston WDTV 5.1 Withers Broadcasting Companies CBS

Regional sports networks[edit]

Network Region served Owner
Altitude Sports and Entertainment Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska,
New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming
Stan Kroenke
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, Central California, Southern Oregon, Nevada NBCUniversal (45%)
San Francisco Giants (30%)
21st Century Fox (25%)
Comcast SportsNet Chicago Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan NBCUniversal (20%)
J. Joseph Ricketts Family (20%)
Jerry Reinsdorf (40%)
Rocky Wirtz (20%)
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Southern Pennsylvania, Eastern West Virginia, Southern Delaware, Hampton Roads MSA, Outer Banks NBCUniversal
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia Philadelphia metropolitan area, Eastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Delaware NBCUniversal
Philadelphia Phillies
Cox Sports Television Louisiana, WacoTempleBryan, Texas Cox Communications
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia
Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals
New England Sports Network Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut,
Massachusetts,
Providence, Rhode IslandNew Bedford, Massachusetts
Fenway Sports Group (80%)
Root Sports Southwest[22] Houston, Texas DirecTV Sports Networks (60%)
AT&T (40%)
Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Texas) Texas Time Warner Cable

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Deborah McAdams (July 17, 2014). "Sinclair Launches Sports Network". TV Technology. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
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  4. ^ Tom Fornelli (July 17, 2014). "Conference USA announces new television agreement". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
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  6. ^ Jeff Schuler (July 17, 2014). "Patriot League enters into TV agreement with new American Sports Network". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kevin Kelley (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. ^ Rick Seltzer (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. 
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  15. ^ "Eleven USM football games to be televised in 2014". The Clarion-Ledger (Gannett Company). July 17, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ A-10 Reaches Agreement with American Sports Network to Air Women's Basketball Quarterfinals
  17. ^ The CAA & CAA Football on Television
  18. ^ 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Television Package Features 12 Men's Games, 3 Women's Games
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  20. ^ Zach Greenwell (October 21, 2014). "HILLTOPPER FOCUS: WKU adds five TV games through American Sports Network". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ 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. 
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