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Fox Sports Networks
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The current Fox Sports logo used for all networks.
Launched 1996
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group (21st Century Fox)
(some affiliates owned by Cablevision and DirecTV Sports Networks)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
(HD feeds downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area National, through regional affiliates
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Formerly called Fox Sports Net (1996–2012)
Replaced SportsChannel
Prime Network
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Deportes
Big Ten Network
Website FoxSportsLocal.com
FoxSports.com

Fox Sports Networks (formerly known as Fox Sports Net) is the collective name for a group of regional sports networks in the United States that are primarily owned and operated by the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Former Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles.

At the dawn of the cable television era, many regional sports networks (RSNs) vied to compete with the largest national sports network, ESPN. The most notable were the SportsChannel networks, which went on the air in 1976 with the original SportsChannel (now MSG Plus) in the New York City area and later branched out into Chicago and Florida; Prime Network, which went on the air in 1983 with the charter member being Home Sports Entertainment (now Fox Sports Southwest) and later branched out onto the West Coast as "Prime Sports"; and SportSouth, an RSN operated by the Turner Broadcasting System.

In 1996, News Corporation, which launched the over-the-air general-interest Fox Broadcasting Company network in 1986, entered into a joint venture with TCI's Liberty Media and rebranded their Prime Network affiliates as "Fox Sports Net." In 1996, Fox bought SportSouth and renamed it "Fox Sports South". In 1997, the Fox/Liberty joint venture purchased a 40% interest in Cablevision's sports properties including the SportsChannel America networks, Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers. In early 1998, SportsChannel America joined the Fox Sports Net family. Only SportsChannel Florida was not rebranded at this time and would not join FSN until 2000.

On-screen graphics[edit]

Fox Sports Networks logos

FSN logo from 1996 to 2000.
FSN logo from 2000 to 2004.
FSN "pillbox" logo from 2004 until 2008 (still used until 2011 in pre-Root Sports networks)
FSN logo from 2008 to 2012.

FSN has often been the testing ground for the innovations that Fox comes up with graphically and the source of inspiration that other networks have for their graphics. The FSN networks were the first U.S. sports channel to introduce the bar score/time graphic on the top of the screen (initially known as the FoxBox). Since FSN came up with the top-screen bar graphic, many other major networks have abandoned the corner box graphic in favor of the bar.

2001-mid-2005[edit]

FSN first used the scoring banner for most of its broadcasts beginning in 2001. The banner then was simpler than today's. It featured a transparent black rectangle, a baseball diamond graphic for baseball broadcasts on the far left, the team abbreviations in white with their scores in yellow boxes (the white boxes were used on some broadcasts until 2002). Then the quarter or inning, time or number of outs, pitch count/speed (baseball broadcasts), and the FSN logo on the far right. Until sometime in 2004, the logo was rendered as "FOX SPORTS NET" with the "FOX" in a white box, which was later changed to blue. In middle of July 2003, Fox Sports Net adopted new graphics for its baseball broadcasts, then later expanded them to college football, hockey, and basketball broadcasts, despite retaining the banner. Early in 2004, the logo was changed to reveal the FSN pillbox logo and "FOX SPORTS NET" in black; in July of that year, the "FOX SPORTS NET" was replaced with the region. Eventually, Fox Sports Net simply became known as FSN in September of that year.

FSN's parent network used this score banner but with a different graphics package from 2001 to 2003, although the parent network's baseball broadcasts continued to use these graphics during the 2004 season except during the playoffs.

Starting in September 2004, Fox Sports Net became known simply as FSN, but the name Fox Sports Net also remained in common use until recent years, when the new name "Fox Sports Local" became used to refer to its regional networks.

2005–Mid-2008[edit]

In the middle of June 2005, the banner was given a cosmetic upgrade, despite this, the graphics used since July 2003 were still being used. The team abbreviations became white or black in the team's main color (depending on color contrast), and the scores are now in white boxes. The scores would flash, making a futuristic computer sound, whenever the scores change. On the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic on the far left would flash, circling the bases with a graphic below the banner with the words "HOME RUN" and the team's or player's name shown in electronic lettering. Also with the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic changed between 2005 and 2006. The FSN logo on the far right was also now in a black oval-like shape with the region name rendered in white.

In a 2005 deal, Fox sold its interest of Madison Square Garden and the teams that play there back to Cablevision. In exchange, Fox gained complete ownership of Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Florida. Cablevision gained full ownership of Fox Sports Chicago and Fox Sports New York. Cablevision also gained a 50% interest in Fox Sports New England (Comcast owned 50%). Fox and Cablevision retained joint ownership of Fox Sports Bay Area. Fox Sports Chicago ceased operations in 2006, after losing the regional television rights to professional sports teams in 2004 to the newly launched Comcast SportsNet Chicago. In April 2007, Cablevision sold its interest in the New England and Bay Area networks to Comcast, and they joined Comcast SportNet in July 2007 and March 2008 respectively. Fox Sports New York (now MSG+) continues to carry Fox Sports programming.

2008-2011[edit]

For the 2008 college football season, the scoring banner went back to a box on the top-left portion of the screen, featuring text in a Collegiate-style font, with similarities to the text style of Big Ten Network's and Fox's current graphic styling. The box changes to the colors of the team possessing the ball, with down information in the top portion of the box and a text box with information such as punt hangtime extending from the bottom, and the size of the possessing team's scoring area expands with the possession arrow. The box flips over to indicate a score, and no FSN branding is seen onscreen beyond the local network's logo in the top-right hand corner. After the debut, variations of the package began to be implemented during other major league events shown on FSN affiliates, beginning with NHL telecasts on October 11, 2008, NBA telecasts on October 28 (initially using a smaller box for scores in the bottom-right for the 2008-09 season, but switching to a horizontal "strip" design for the 2009-2010 season), and MLB games on both FSN and the Fox network upon the beginning of the new season in April 2009.

A new plain-text logo design also debuted with the new graphics for FSN owned-and-operated affiliates, featuring "FS" lettering in bold, followed by the region name (or a team name during major league events, also colored in the respective team's colors). The word "Net" was also dropped from the station names as well. The new logo was only implemented by Fox-owned FSN affiliates; DirecTV Sports Networks' affiliates debuted the new graphics but maintained the previous "pillbox" logo, and FSN New York and Comcast's affiliates rebranded under their own brands, MSG Plus and Comcast SportsNet, before the FSN relaunch.

In 2010, FSN affiliates also began to increase use of the standard Fox Sports brand through various means, such as using the standard Fox Sports microphone flags, debuting localized versions of the Fox Sports frontcap before live broadcasts, and incorporating the Fox Sports logo into a new logo animation for the network's bug. In 2011, some FSN networks also followed the lead of the Fox network by framing its broadcasts for the 16:9 aspect ratio (which moves the logo bug into the extreme right corner of the high definition image, and moves the corner score box to the extreme left) and letterboxing the widescreen image on its standard definition feeds.

2011-present[edit]

Since the start of the 2011 MLB season, Fox's regional sports networks and national programming have used presentation identical to that of national Fox Sports telecasts. Affiliates owned by DirecTV Sports Networks rebranded as Root Sports at the start of the MLB season as well, phasing in a graphics package designed by Troika Design Group—however, in-game graphics still used the previous, metallic FSN graphics until the following season.

At the beginning of September 2012, Fox Sports introduced an updated logo across all of its properties, including its regional networks. The "FS" abbreviation was dropped entirely, with all FSN logos updated to incorporate the Fox Sports logo with the region or team name below it.

Headquarters[edit]

Fox Sports Networks is headquartered in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Its master control facilities are based in both Los Angeles, and Houston, Texas. In February 2005, Fox's then-parent company News Corporation (which spun off most of its entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox in July 2013) became 100 percent owner of Fox Sports Networks, after swapping assets with Cablevision Systems Corporation, but was still identified in its copyright tag as "Fox Sports Net/National Sports Partners" (the name has since changed to "National Sports Programming"). Fox Sports Networks also utilizes Stage 19 at Universal Studios Florida, following Nickelodeon Studios' closure in 2005.

Networks[edit]

Owned-and-operated[edit]

Name Region served Home to Former name Year joined/launched Notes
Fox Sports Arizona Arizona
New Mexico
Utah
southern Nevada
Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
local coverage of the Pacific-12
Prime Sports Arizona 1996
Fox Sports Detroit Michigan
northwestern Ohio
northeastern Indiana
northeast Wisconsin
Detroit Tigers (MLB)
Detroit Pistons (NBA)
Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
MHSAA
None 1997 Tigers Live, Red Wings Live, and Pistons Live are produced by Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports Net Detroit put PASS Sports, which was owned by Post-Newsweek Stations (owner of that market's NBC affiliate WDIV-TV), out of business in 1997 when Fox acquired the television rights to all of Detroit's professional sports teams.
Fox Sports Florida Florida
southern Alabama
southern Georgia
Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Orlando Magic (NBA)
Miami Marlins (MLB)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
SportsChannel Florida 2000 Shares broadcast rights with co-owned Sun Sports. Last FSN network to discontinue the SportsChannel name.
Fox Sports Indiana Indiana Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Formerly part of FSN Midwest; was Prime Sports Network prior to that 2006 FSN Indiana became a separate channel after FSN became the primary network for the Indiana Pacers. It is still treated as a subfeed of FSN Midwest in some markets. Airs select Indiana Pacers games to Kentucky via Fox Sports South.
Fox Sports Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Royals (MLB) Formerly part of FSN Midwest; was Prime Sports Network prior to that 2008 FSN Kansas City became a separate channel after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down and FSN signed a long-term deal to televise Kansas City Royals games. Having two networks eliminates conflicts with St. Louis Cardinals coverage on FSN Midwest. Some programming is produced by FSN Midwest.
Fox Sports Midwest Missouri
southern Illinois
southern Indiana
eastern Nebraska
eastern Kansas
western Kentucky
northern Arkansas
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
St. Louis Blues (NHL)
local coverage of the Big 12
local coverage of Conference USA
Prime Sports Midwest 1996 Fox Sports Midwest also airs Cardinals games in West Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Royals broadcasts returned to FSN Midwest in the Kansas City market beginning in 2008, after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down. A Kansas City spinoff launched when they became the broadcaster of the Kansas City Royals.
Fox Sports New Orleans Louisiana New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) None 2012 Launched at the start of the 2012-13 NBA season and serves as the exclusive broadcast home of the New Orleans Pelicans.[1]
Fox Sports North Minnesota
Wisconsin
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota
Minnesota Twins (MLB)
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Minnesota Swarm (NLL)
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
WCCO II, Wisconsin Sports Network, Midwest Sports Channel 1996 Regional subfeeds for the Minnesota/Dakotas region, and for the state of Wisconsin not included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The Wisconsin feed is operated under Fox Sports Wisconsin as of April 2007 and originates from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, with a production base in Milwaukee.
Fox Sports Ohio Ohio
eastern Indiana
Kentucky
northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
SportsChannel Ohio 1998 Fox Sports Ohio airs Reds games in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas, including western North Carolina. Fox Sports Ohio also broadcasts select Cavaliers games on Root Sports Pittsburgh. Separate subfeeds also exist for the Cincinnati and Cleveland markets.
Fox Sports Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) Fox Sports Southwest 2008 Launched with the Oklahoma City Thunder's opening game on October 29, 2008. Select Dallas Mavericks (NBA) games are available in areas of Oklahoma more than 75 miles from Oklahoma City. Occasionally carries Texas Rangers games.
Fox Sports San Diego San Diego San Diego Padres (MLB) None 2012 Launched in March 2012. 20% owned by the San Diego Padres.
Fox Sports South Georgia
Mississippi
Alabama
Kentucky
Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
Atlanta Braves (MLB)
(Original) SportSouth 1996 Purchased Turner South in May 2006; name changed to SportSouth; SportSouth carries the Braves and the Hawks.
Fox Sports Carolinas North Carolina
South Carolina
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed) 2008
Fox Sports Tennessee Tennessee
northern Alabama
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed) 2008
Fox Sports Southwest Texas
northern Louisiana
New Mexico
Arkansas
Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Dallas Stars (NHL)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Houston Texans programming (NFL)
Texas Rangers (MLB)
FC Dallas (MLS)
San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
San Antonio Stars (WNBA)
local coverage of Big 12
local coverage of Conference USA
Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports Southwest. 1996
Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket Southern California
Southern Nevada
Hawaii
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
local coverage of the Pacific-12
(Original) Prime Ticket, Prime Sports West, FSN West 2 1996 Operates two channels, Fox Sports West, and Prime Ticket. Fox Sports West lost coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers to Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes when the cable provider and the team reached a 20-year broadcast agreement, which began with the 2012-13 NBA season.[2] The networks have also acquired the rights to the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Galaxy from FS West. Fox aired Los Angeles Dodgers games via Prime Ticket from 1997 until 2013 when Fox lost the broadcast rights to SportsNet LA, which will launch at the start of the 2014 MLB season and is jointly owned by the team and Time Warner Cable.[3]
Fox Sports Wisconsin Wisconsin
western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
eastern Minnesota
northwestern Illinois
Iowa
Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
Minnesota Wild (NHL, see note)
Wisconsin Badgers hockey
Fox Sports North 2007 Fox Sports Wisconsin became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Milwaukee Brewers. It is still a part of Fox Sports North in some markets, and carries a limited schedule of Wild hockey.
Sun Sports Florida Orlando Magic (NBA)
Miami Heat (NBA)
Miami Marlins (MLB)
Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Sunshine Network 1996 Originally a Prime Network affiliate, it is now owned by Fox Sports.
SportSouth Georgia
Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
South Carolina
North Carolina
Atlanta Braves (MLB)
Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Turner South 2006 Previously owned by Time Warner and run as the general entertainment channel Turner South. The network was sold to Fox in 2006, and renamed SportSouth on October 13, 2006. SportSouth and Fox Sports South aired Atlanta Thrashers games prior to 2011 when the team moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and became the Winnipeg Jets. Airs select Memphis Grizzlies games to Kentucky via Fox Sports South.
SportsTime Ohio Ohio
eastern Indiana
Kentucky
northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York
Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Cleveland Browns (NFL)
Ohio Machine (MLL)
Mid-American Conference
None 2012 SportsTime Ohio was launched in 2006 after the Cleveland Indians declined to renew their contract with Fox Sports Ohio. Fox would eventually purchase the network on December 28, 2012.
YES Network New York
northern New Jersey
northeast Pennsylvania
southern Connecticut
New York Yankees (MLB)
Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
2013 In November 2012, News Corporation acquired a 49% stake in YES. The deal includes the option to allow News Corporation (and subsequently following the spin off of its entertainment assets into 21st Century Fox) to acquire 80% of the network after three years.[4] Began carrying FSN programming in fall 2013.

Affiliates[edit]

Name Region served Home to Former names Year Joined Other
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Delaware, Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA), D.C. United (MLS) and local coverage of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. Home Team Sports 1997 Resumed carriage of select FSN programming (mostly ACC games) in fall 2013. Remainder of FSN schedule is shown of MASN2.
MASN2 Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Washington Nationals (MLB)
2013 Airs most FSN programming, select ACC games are shown on CSN Mid-Atlantic instead.
MSG Plus New York
northern New Jersey
northeast Pennsylvania
southern Connecticut
New Jersey Devils (NHL)
New York Islanders (NHL)
local coverage of the Big East
SportsChannel New York, FSN New York 1998 Co-owned with MSG Rebranded as "MSG Plus" on March 10, 2008.[5][6] As of fall 2013, airs a reduced schedule of FSN programming with some programs airing on YES Network instead.
New England Sports Network Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island Boston Bruins (NHL), Boston Red Sox (MLB) 2013 Began carrying FSN-produced ACC games since they are no longer broadcast on CSN New England.
Root Sports Pittsburgh
Rocky Mountains
Utah
Northwest
Various, see Root Sports for more information 1996 Acquired by Liberty Media in 2008 as part of an asset swap with then-FSN owner News Corporation, these networks were spun off into DirecTV and its DirecTV Sports Networks division in 2009.[7] DirecTV's FSN affiliates were rebranded as Root Sports on April 1, 2011.[8]
Peachtree TV Atlanta Atlanta Braves (MLB) WTBS(-TV) 2011 Production of Peachtree TV's 45 Atlanta Braves broadcasts was transferred from Turner Sports to Fox Sports in 2011.

Former networks[edit]

Name Region served (Former) Home to Former names Year Joined Other
Bay Area Northern and central California, northwestern Nevada (and parts of southern Oregon San Francisco Giants (MLB), Oakland Athletics (MLB), San Jose Sharks (NHL), Golden State Warriors (NBA), San Jose Stealth (NLL), San Jose Sabercats (AFL) and local coverage of the Pacific-10, West Coast, Mountain West, and Western Athletic conferences. Pacific Sports Network (PSN), SportsChannel Bay Area, SportsChannel Pacific 1998 In April 2007, Cablevision sold their 60% interest in FSN Bay Area to Comcast. The network was rebranded as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on March 31, 2008 and continued to carry select FSN programming until August 2012. Fox Sports retains 25% ownership in the network.
Houston southern Texas
southern Louisiana
Houston Astros (MLB)
Houston Rockets (NBA)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Houston Texans programming (NFL)
local coverage of Big 12
local coverage of Conference USA
FSN Southwest 2009 Launched as an opt-out of FS Southwest, became a full-time feed on January 12, 2009.[9] FS Houston was the television home of the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets until 2012, when both teams moved to Comcast SportsNet Houston.[10] The network was reabsorbed into Fox Sports Southwest on October 5, 2012.[11]
Chicago Northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and eastern Iowa. Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Fire (MLS) Chicago Rush, (AFL), Chicago White Sox (MLB), local and national collegiate sports, including those from Fox Sports Detroit. Sportsvision Chicago, SportsChannel Chicago / Hawkvision, ON TV / Sportsvison 1998 Closed on June 23, 2006. Was the production and origination point of the Chicago, Ohio, and Bay Area Sports Report programs (all 50% owned by Rainbow Sports/Cablevision). Comcast SportsNet Chicago now occupies the former FSN Chicago facility located at 350 North Orleans Street, and airs FSN's national programming. The old Chicago Sports Report set was purchased (and is now used as the main news set) by WREX in Rockford, Illinois. The Orleans Street building serves as the current home of the Chicago Sun-Times.
New England Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island Boston Celtics (NBA) and local college sports SportsChannel New England 1998 In April 2007, Cablevision sold its 50% interest in FSN New England to Comcast, giving Comcast full ownership. The network was rebranded as Comcast SportsNet New England on July 1, 2007 and continued to carry select FSN programming until August 2012.

Comcast SportsNet[edit]

From its inception in 1997 until July 31, 2012, Comcast had an agreement to carry select Fox Sports Net programming on most of its networks. The CSN networks carrying FSN programming were Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Philadelphia.

As of September 2012, Fox began syndicating select FSN college football games to broadcast stations in some of these markets. For the 2013 season Fox discontinued this practice. Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic resumed airing select FSN-produced ACC games. However, FSN programming has not returned to any other CSN network. MASN2 now airs most other FSN programming in the Baltimore/Washington market. NESN has replaced CSN New England as the Boston affiliate. FSN programming is currently not shown in the Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco markets.

Fox College Sports (FCS)[edit]

Main article: Fox College Sports

Fox Sports Networks also offers Fox College Sports (formerly Fox Sports Digital Networks) for digital cable subscribers. These are three channels (marked Atlantic, Central, and Pacific) that provide programming (primarily collegiate and high school sports, plus minor league sports) that would be carried from each individual FSN network, as well as each affiliate's regional sports reports and individually produced programming (such as coaches shows, team magazines, and documentaries). More or less, these three networks are condensed versions of the 22 FSN-affiliated networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, though the channels also show international events that fit too oddly on FSN or Fox Soccer, such as the Commonwealth Games, World University Games and the FINA World Swimming Championships.

The three FCS channels offer the FSN feeds from the following channels, including live Big 12 Conference football, Pacific-12 Conference football and basketball and Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. They also rerun shows originally produced by and shown on the networks listed:

Fox College Sports also shows Independent Women's Football League games, high school games, college magazine shows, and college coach's shows. Fox College Sports' partner channel is Big Ten Network.

Programs broadcast nationwide[edit]

Programming strategy[edit]

The programming strategy that most FSN networks have adopted is to acquire the play-by-play broadcast rights to major sports teams in their regional market (this does not include NFL games, since the league's contracts require all local games to be aired on broadcast television). In addition to local play-by-play coverage, FSN networks create pregame shows, postgame shows, and weekly "magazine" shows centered on the teams to attract additional viewers. In some markets, FSN competes directly with other regional sports networks for the right to air this team-specific programming.

FSN has competed directly with ESPN in the area of acquiring rights to collegiate sports at the conference level. One notable agreement is with the Pacific-12 Conference, in which packages of football and men's basketball regular season games are aired across all FSN networks in the Pac-12 region. Every game (except the final) of the Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is aired on FSN, as are a few Pac-12 matches in minor sports (such as baseball and volleyball).

Besides play-by-play, a common set of FSN programming was available to all its regional sports networks, most notably The Dan Patrick Show, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Final Score (TBDSSP and Final Score ceased production, while The Dan Patrick Show moved to the NBC Sports Network). Until August 2012, in some of its regions, the competing Comcast SportsNet carried FSN programming on their channels.

Until 2008, FSN's national sports telecasts were marketed under the FSN name; after a number of FSN affiliates re-branded or re-aligned themselves with other RSN chains (such as FSN New England and FSN Bay Area becoming Comcast SportsNet, FSN New York becoming MSG Plus, and DirecTV Sports Networks' affiliates becoming Root Sports), these national programs began to use more generic branding with fewer references to FSN or Fox. However, they have since reverted to carrying Fox branding.

National prime time programming[edit]

In addition to regional programming, the Fox Sports Networks have some national prime time programming such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Chris Myers Interviews. FSN has tried to compete with ESPN in original programming, most notably in 1996, when FSN debuted the Fox Sports National Sports Report, a 30-minute sports news program designed to compete with ESPN's SportsCenter. The program originally began as a two-hour program, but was steadily cut back as ratings dropped and costs increased. FSN hired popular former SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann and used him to promote the show heavily, but ratings continued to slide. The last edition of the National Sports Report aired in February 2002. In some markets, FSN airs the Regional Sports Report, usually headlined with the name of the region covered, such as the Midwest Sports Report or Detroit Sports Report. The regional reports began in 2000 to complement the national sports report, but many regional reports were cut in 2002 due to increasing costs.[12]

Live national play-by-play[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Other shows[edit]

In addition, FSN airs an extensive lineup of poker shows, including Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and MansionPoker.net PokerDome Challenge. Recently, the World Poker Tour broadcast its seventh season on FSN as well.

Defunct programs[edit]

These programs once aired on FSN, but have since been cancelled: On July 3, 2006, FSN debuted FSN Final Score, the first national sports news program on the network since the cancellation of the National Sports Report. FSN veterans Van Earl Wright, Barry LeBrock, and Andrew Siciliano have been joined by newcomers Greg Wolf and Danyelle Sargent. Rick Jaffe, the show's executive producer, promised that the half-hour program will focus on showing game highlights, without additional analysis or interviews. The program changed its name to simply Final Score on April 23, 2008.

Pay-per-view[edit]

On November 10, 2006, FSN distributed its first pay-per-view event. Evander Holyfield, former heavyweight boxing champion, defeated Fres Oquendo in a unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was also distributed free of charge on the FoxSports.com website outside the United States.

High definition[edit]

A 720p high definition simulcast is available for all Fox Sports regional affiliates. All sports programming on is broadcast in a format optimized for 16:9 widescreen displays, with graphics now framed within a widescreen safe area rather than the 4:3 safe area, intended to be shown in a letterboxed format for standard definition viewers.

Americans in Focus[edit]

In 2008, FSN launched a public service initiative called Americans in Focus, with the sponsorship support of Farmers Insurance. This initiative consists of one-minute vignettes profiling persons of non-Caucasian ethnicity. Americans in Focus launched in February 2008 for Black History Month and continued all through September and October for Hispanic Heritage Month. Focus returned in February 2009 for Black History Month, then again in March 2009 for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. After that, the series was discontinued and the companion website was shut down.

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