Final Score (United States)

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Final Score (formerly FSN Final Score) was the nightly sports news program that aired across the United States on Fox Sports Net.

The program aired at 10:30 p.m. local time Monday through Friday, with replays at various times in overnight hours and again every Monday through Friday morning starting at 7 a.m. and repeating twice. This program has been cancelled as of Friday, July 1, 2011.

The program consisted of highlights of the night's sporting events, as well as a wrapup of some news items away from the venue of play. There were no additional analyses or feature stories, except on nights when very few games were played.

Program history[edit]

Final Score debuted on July 3, 2006 and was the first nationwide sportscast to air on the collection of regional sports networks since the National Sports Report was cancelled in 2002. Van Earl Wright was the only former anchor of the first show to appear on this show; he was released by FSN in the summer of 2007.

From November 19, 2006 to sometime early in 2009, all affiliates replayed the show at midnight Monday through Friday and 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. (Some affiliates also air this show at 10 p.m. Sundays, with an immediate replay.) The times became effective on November 19, 2006; before that, the show aired at 11:30 p.m. local time Monday through Friday, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The name of the program was changed on April 23, 2008. The letters "FSN" were removed from the show title, the FSN logo was removed from the title card, and all mention of the FoxSports.com website with which the show was associated was also omitted. FSN did not explain why it removed its own brand, but It is interesting to note that DirecTV's on-screen guide and TV Guide still listed the program's name as the old title until January 1, 2009, when the title was changed on both guides.

It is known that the program is tagged "Copyright 2010/National Sports Programming/All Rights Reserved" in the closing credit, with no mention of Fox or FSN. This indicates a model closer to syndication that an actual working network. The channels that air this program have a variety of owners: News Corporation, Comcast, DirecTV Sports Networks, and Cablevision.

Danyelle Sargent took a maternity leave in December 2009 and subsequently became a mother.

The show announced its cancellation on Friday, July 1, 2011. The main reasons for the show's cancellation were low ratings as well as several FOX Sports affiliates dropping the show in recent months in favor of regional sports news programs.

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