Cox Sports Television

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This article is about the Gulf South regional sports network. For a former New England regional sports network, see Cox Sports.
Cox Sports Television
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Launched October, 2002
Owned by Cox Communications
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Broadcast area Regional (Gulf South)
Headquarters Metairie, Louisiana
Dish Network 421
Available on some cable systems in the Gulf South region Check local listings

Cox Sports Television (CST) is a regional sports network that serves the United States Gulf South region. It launched in October 2002 and is owned by Cox Communications.

The creation of the network played a key role in the relocation of the New Orleans Hornets from Charlotte, NC. The only regional sports network serving New Orleans area viewers at the time was Fox Sports Southwest, and its coverage of Louisiana sporting events was limited.


The network was the exclusive local television home of the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association from the 2002-03 season until the 2011-12 season. [1] It is currently the home of the New Orleans Zephyrs of the AAA Pacific Coast League, and also broadcasts preseason games of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints. Local college sports on the network are LSU Tigers men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, and rebroadcasts of football games on a tape-delayed basis, as well as coverage of the Bulldogs, Southern Jaguars and Lady Jaguars, New Orleans Privateers, Southeastern Louisiana Lions, Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, and other regional college teams. The LHSAA has a contract to broadcast championship events in football, boys' and girls' basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball, as well as an additional 14 football games on a weekly basis.

Also broadcast on CST are ESPN Plus out-of-market college football and basketball games, contests from the CFL, coaches' shows for the above-mentioned teams, outdoors programming, ESPNews, and assorted other events, as well as "CST Tonight", an hour-long highlights/news show. CST is also produces, and airs, the Saints' coaches' show.


The channel is available in eight states on Cox, Suddenlink, Comcast, Charter, and a few other smaller cable companies. (1)

Dish Network carries the channel to local subscribers only.

A deal has yet to be reached with either AT&T U-verse or DirecTV.

Carriage controversy[edit]

From 2005-2010, Charter had no deal in place to carry the network in Louisiana, despite having one in place at the channel's launch in 2002. Because of this, Hornets games were not available to people living outside of the New Orleans metro area during this time. In 2008, there was an attempt to reach a deal by having three Hornets games available to Charter customers before that year's NBA All-Star Game, but talks fell through and no deal was made.

On December 15, 2010, it was announced that a deal was finally reached with Charter to carry the network again starting in 2011. This was done in belief that the Hornets would stay in Louisiana for the long haul.[2]

On January 1, 2011, All of Charter's Louisiana systems started carrying the network's standard feed again, along with its HD feed.[3]


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