Fox Sports San Diego
|Fox Sports San Diego|
|Launched||March 17, 2012|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group (21st Century Fox) (80%)
San Diego Padres (20%)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||We Are Fox Sports. We Are San Diego.|
|Broadcast area||San Diego metropolitan area
Nationwide via satellite
|Headquarters||San Diego, California|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports West
|DirecTV (US) ||694 (SD/HD)|
|Dish Network (US) ||408 (SD/HD)|
(San Diego) 
68 or 406 (Spanish)
(Las Vegas) 
|AT&T U-verse ||776 (SD)
Fox Sports San Diego is an American regional sports network that serves the San Diego metropolitan area, neighboring Imperial County, as well as Southern Arizona and Southern Nevada and is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel is owned as a joint venture between Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the San Diego Padres (which owns the remaining 20% stake). On Cox Communications's San Diego and Las Vegas area systems, Padres games are also available in Spanish via an SAP feed from the team's Spanish radio network.
The network was established after Fox Sports reached a 20-year broadcast deal for the regional cable television rights to carry games from the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball franchise, displacing previous rights holder Channel 4 San Diego. Henry Ford, an executive who previously ran operations at Fox's Detroit and Ohio regional sports networks, is the president and general manager of Fox Sports San Diego;
Fox Sports San Diego launched on March 17, 2012 with a San Diego Padres spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. The network took to the air with a minimal presence and no dedicated editing facilities or studio; during its first season, games were produced from an HD production truck inherited from 4SD. Pre-game and post-game shows were also produced from the same truck, and broadcast from a semi-permanent stage in Petco Park's "Park at the Park" area, using a set inspired by a similar staging used by Fox's nationally-televised major events. Resources have been shared with other FSN stations – editing facilities were initially based out of Los Angeles, and master control is co-located alongside Fox's other regional sports networks at a facility near Houston, Texas.
San Diego Padres
The network was created as a result of the Padres and Fox Sports signing a 20-year broadcast deal which would start at $28 million in the first year and could escalate topping out at a potential $75 million in the final year of the contract. The commentary team of Dick Enberg and Mark Grant remained intact upon the move to the new network, as they are employed by the Padres themselves.
Besides the Padres, the channel airs telecasts of professional sports teams (excluding baseball) from the neighboring Los Angeles-Orange County market, including the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, and Chivas USA, simulcasting those games from its sister channels Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.
Fox Sports San Diego has also been in talks with the many of the area's college athletic programs including the University of San Diego, San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, Cal State San Marcos and Point Loma Nazarene; and Los Angeles area schools including UCLA and USC.
- Kelly Crull - "Padres Weekly" host/sideline reporter
- Dick Enberg - Padres TV play-by-play announcer
- Mark Grant - Padres in-game color analyst
- Tony Gwynn - Padres in-game color analyst (select games)
- Jeff Lasky - "Padres Weekly"/"Padres POV" reporter
- Andy Masur - backup TV/radio play-by-play announcer
- Laura McKeeman - Padres sideline reporter
- Megan Olivi - "Padres POV" host/reporter/social media correspondent
- Mike Pomeranz "Padres Live" pregame and post-game anchor
- Mark Sweeney - "Padres Live" pregame and postgame analyst
Fox Sports San Diego is available to 80% percent of households in the region. Cox Communications and DirecTV have carried the channel since its launch. DirecTV originally carried it for live games only as a sub feed of prime ticket / west, but launched the 24-hour feed on April 1, 2013 to coincide with the first day of the 2013 San Diego Padres season. AT&T U-verse reached a carriage deal on the final day of the 2012 regular season. Dish Network reached a carriage deal on February 7, 2013, and began carrying the channel on April 1, 2013.
Time Warner Cable carriage controversy
Of the five television providers serving the San Diego region, Time Warner Cable (who serves roughly 20% of the market) has controversially remained the only provider not to carry Fox Sports San Diego. By contrast, TWC did carry the Padres' previous home of 4SD. While there had been rumors prior to the 2012 season that TWC and Fox had reached a deal, Fox denied them and contrarily claimed they were nowhere near a deal. In March 2013, San Diego's city council held a hearing approving a symbolic resolution pressuring Fox and Time Warner Cable to reach a deal by the opening of the 2013 season, citing "the importance of professional baseball in San Diego."
- Channel Finder FoxSportsSanDiego.com
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