Fox Sports Networks
|Fox Sports Networks|
The current Fox Sports logo used for all networks.
|Launched||November 1, 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)
|Broadcast area||National, through regional affiliates|
|Headquarters||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Formerly called||Fox SportsNet (1996–2012)|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Big Ten Network
Fox Sports Networks (FSN), formerly known as Fox SportsNet, 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Headquarters
- 3 Networks
- 4 Fox College Sports (FCS)
- 5 Programs broadcast nationwide
- 6 Pay-per-view
- 7 High definition
- 8 Americans in Focus
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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 SportsNet. 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 SportsNet family. Only SportsChannel Florida was not rebranded at this time and would not join FSN until 2000.
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.
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.
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 SportsNet in July 2007 and March 2008 respectively. Fox Sports New York (now MSG+) continues to carry Fox Sports programming.
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.
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.
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 SportsNet/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.
|Name||Region served||Home to||Former name||Year joined/launched||Notes|
|Fox Sports Arizona||Arizona
|Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
|Prime Sports Arizona||1996|
|Fox Sports Detroit||Michigan
|Detroit Tigers (MLB)
Detroit Pistons (NBA)
Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
|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 most of Detroit's professional sports teams.|
|Fox Sports Florida||Florida
|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
|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.|
|Fox Sports North||Minnesota
|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
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
|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
|Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
|Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed)||2008|
|Fox Sports Tennessee||Tennessee
|Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
|Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed)||2008|
|Fox Sports Southwest||Northern and Eastern Texas
|Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Dallas Stars (NHL)
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Houston Texans programming (NFL)
Texas Rangers (MLB)
FC Dallas (MLS)
San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Oklahoma City Thunder (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
|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. 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.|
|Fox Sports Wisconsin||Wisconsin
western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
|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.|
|Atlanta Braves (MLB)
Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
Charlotte Hornets (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.|
northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York
|Cleveland Indians (MLB)
Cleveland Browns (NFL)
Ohio Machine (MLL)
|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
|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. That time table was moved up as it was announced in January 2014 that 21st Century Fox upped its stake in the network from 49% to 80%, giving Fox Sports majority control of YES Network. Yankees Global Enterprises holds the remaining 20%. YES began carrying FSN programming in fall 2013.|
|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
|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. 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.|
|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. DirecTV's FSN affiliates were rebranded as Root Sports on April 1, 2011. Root Sports Southwest is the only network in the group that does not air Fox Sports Programming.|
|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.|
|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 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. FS Houston was the television home of the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets until 2012, when both teams moved to Comcast SportsNet Houston. The network was reabsorbed into Fox Sports Southwest on October 5, 2012.|
|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.|
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)
Fox Sports Networks also offers Fox College Sports (FCS) (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:
- FCS Atlantic: Fox Sports South/Fox Sports Carolinas/Fox Sports Tennessee, SportSouth, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, MSG Plus and Root Sports Pittsburgh;
- FCS Central: Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Indiana and Fox Sports Ohio;
- FCS Pacific: Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, Root Sports Rocky Mountain/Root Sports Utah and Root Sports Northwest.
Programs broadcast nationwide
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
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 aired 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.
Live national play-by-play
- Big 12 college football and women's college basketball
- Conference USA college football, and men's and women's college basketball
- Pac-12 college football, and men's and women's college basketball
- UEFA Champions League soccer (selected Tuesday and Wednesday matches)
- Association of Volleyball Professionals (pro beach volleyball)
- Indian Wells Masters and Miami Masters tennis tournaments
- Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Classic
- Red Bull Air Race
- Boys in the Hall chronicles notable baseball players. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.
- On October 25, 2010, FSN began simulcasting the sports talk radio program The Dan Patrick Show. In 2012, it moved to the NBC Sports Network.
- Amazing Sports Stories is a 30-minute weekly show in which re-enactments are used to tell various human interest stories in the sports world. The premiere episode on April 13 recounted Bert Shepard's only game as a major-league pitcher; he is the only player in Major League Baseball history who played with a prosthetic device (it replaced one of his legs). Some subsequent episodes featured Jackie Mitchell, a female pitcher who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game; Lawrence Lemieux, a Canadian Olympic yachtsman who sacrificed his chance at a medal to save the life of two fellow competitors from Singapore; and Ben Malcolmson, a writer for a college newspaper (The Daily Trojan) who walked onto the USC Trojans football team.
- Baseball's Golden Age uses film footage shot between the 1920s and 1960s to tell the history of baseball during that time. It premiered on July 6[when?] for a scheduled 13-episode run.
- 2Xtreem Motorcycle TV is a themed motorcycle customization show. The four person team consists of current and former AMA licensed racers and mechanics. Builds include a tribute to NASA's Apollo Project and a bike built for NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his charitable foundation. Future builds include bikes for rock music performer Jason Bonham (Foreigner) and Juan Pablo Montoya, another NASCAR star who was once in Formula One and also a former Indianapolis 500 winner. 2Xtreem left FSN in October 2008 after a 13-week run during which it was the highest-rated show to ever premiere on the network with an overall average of a .68 share. 2X Motorcycle TV can now be seen on regional broadcast and cable networks across the country as well as on Untamed Sports TV nationally.
- Sport Science, which premiered on September 30,[when?] explains various athletic skills and techniques through the scientific method. FSN set up a performance laboratory at an airport hangar to measure these techniques.
- Toughest Cowboy is a series of weekly competitions in which rodeo cowboys attempt to ride in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. Each of those three disciplines is a round in the event, and this show tours arenas throughout the United States.
- Mind, Body & Kickin' Moves, a re-edited version of the British martial arts show Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves.
- FSN has unveiled two shows that tie into college football's Bowl Championship Series, for which four of the five games were televised by Fox Sports until 2011. In September 2006, FSN premiered BCS Breakdown, a preview of that week's top games, with an eye on how they might influence the BCS standings. Tom Helmer is the host, with analysis from Gary Barnett and Petros Papadakis. On October 15, 2006, it debuted The Official BCS Ratings Show, an expansion of the earlier announcement on the broadcast network; the on-air team was the same for this show.
- On June 26, 2006, FSN debuted In Focus, which effectively replaces Beyond the Glory, a program in the vein of Biography and SportsCentury which ran from 2001 until early 2006. This new half-hour takes a look at the impact of a particular sports event, mostly told through the medium of still photography. Dick Enberg is the host.
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.
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.
- I, Max: Talk show hosted by Max Kellerman. A combination of poor ratings and the repercussions of the death of Kellerman's brother caused the show's demise.
- The Last Word: Another talk show. Originally, this had a bicoastal format, with Wallace Matthews hosting in New York City and Jim Rome in Los Angeles. During this show's run, Matthews was removed and Rome hosted by himself.
- Totally NASCAR: A daily show about NASCAR racing. This program received access to race highlights denied to ESPN2's RPM 2Night. Whether this decision was related to RPM 2Night's cancellation in 2003 remains debatable, but this show was itself cancelled after the 2004 season. A modified version of this show, called Around the Track, now airs on many, but not all, FSN affiliates.
- 54321: A short-lived action sports news and variety show that began airing in November 2002, and was hosted by Leeann Tweeden, Chad Towersey, Kip Williamson, and Jason "Wee-Man" Acuña. It was cancelled in November 2003 due to poor ratings.
- Two game shows: The Ultimate Fan League, hosted by Bil Dwyer; and Sports Geniuses, hosted by Matt Vasgersian.
- You Gotta See This, a compilation of unusual video highlights from the world of sports.
- FSN Across America, which was a newsmagazine show. When one of its co-hosts, Carolyn Hughes, was revealed to have an affair with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe in 2004, Hughes was dropped from the show and released by the network. FSN cited a violation of a morals clause in Hughes' contract. The show was cancelled shortly after that.
- Before that, another magazine, Goin' Deep, had aired from 2000 to 2001 with Joe Buck, then Chris Myers, as host. That show resembled Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel with its hour-long format and focus on contentious issues in sports.
- Shaun Alexander Live was a short lived variety show in 2001 that poked fun of Alexander's lack or recognition despite of all his accomplishments.
- TNA Impact!, a professional wrestling program, aired on FSN for a little more than a year, starting in June 2004 to May 2005, but has since moved to Spike TV.
- The Best Damn Sports Show Period
- The Chris Myers Interview
- FSN Pro Football Preview
- Totally Football
- The Sports List
- Beyond the Glory
- The FSN Baseball Report
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.
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
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.
- Hornets, FOX Sports announce TV deal HoumaToday.com June 26, 2012
- Time Warner Scores L.A. Lakers Regional Sports Network Rights Multichannel News February 14, 2011
- Dodgers announce deal with Time Warner, launch of SportsNet LA CBSSports.com January 28, 2013
- Best, Neil (2008-02-26). "FSNY to be renamed MSG Plus". Newsday. Archived from the original on April 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- Umstead, R. Thomas (2008-02-29). "FSNY To Morph Into MSG Plus". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- News Corp sells DirecTV stake to Liberty Media for News Corp stake, 550 mln usd - Forbes.com
- 'Root Sports' new name for sports networks - BizJournals.com
- Houston Business Journal January 7, 2009 Fox Sports Houston set for new identity
- Astros, Rockets reach deal on new network MLB.com News August 3, 2010
- Fox Sports Houston signs off with familiar face (retrieved October 2, 2012)
- Fox Sports Net cancels 'National Sports Report'
- The Dan Patrick Show Syndicated to More Than 85 Million Homes! - Fox Sports Net Will Distribute the Popular Sports Talk TV Series Beginning October 25 DirecTV Press Release October 4, 2010
- "Roggin Gives Up Radio Talk Show". 2006-06-09. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01.
- "Shaun Alexander 1977-". Biography Today (Omnigraphics, Inc.) 16 (2): 9. 2007. ISSN 1058-2347.
- Official website
- Fox Sports Local (links to the Fox Sports Net O&Os)
- FoxSports Video Archive
- KaiserBlog: RSN Network information