Fox Sports San Diego

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Fox Sports San Diego
Fox Sports San Diego 2012 logo.png
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)
720p (HDTV)
Slogan We Are Fox Sports. We Are San Diego.
Country United States
Language English
Spanish
Broadcast area San Diego County
Imperial County
Coachella Valley
Las Vegas Valley
Southern Arizona
Hawaii
Nationwide via satellite
Headquarters San Diego, California
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports West
Prime Ticket
Website foxsportssan-diego.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV (US) [1] 694 (SD/HD)
Dish Network (US) [1] 408 (SD/HD)
Cable
Cox
(San Diego) [1]
56 (SD)
1056 (HD)
68 or 406 (Spanish - SD)
Time Warner Cable
(San Diego) [1]
61 (SD/HD)
Time Warner Cable
(El Centro) [1]
20 (SD/HD)
Time Warner Cable
(Desert Cities/Desert Hot Springs) [1]
76 (SD/HD)
Time Warner Cable
(Yuma) [1]
70 (SD/HD)
Oceanic Time Warner Cable
(Hawaii) [1]
227 (SD)
IPTV
AT&T U-verse
(San Diego) [1]
776 (SD)
1776 (HD)

Fox Sports San Diego is an American regional sports network that serves San Diego County, neighboring Imperial County, as well as Coachella Valley, Las Vegas Valley, Southern Arizona, and Hawaii that 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).[2] On Cox Communications & Time Warner Cable throughout San Diego, Padres games are also available in Spanish via an SAP feed from the team's Spanish radio network.

History[edit]

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 4SD. 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;[3][dead link]

Fox Sports San Diego launched on March 17, 2012 with a San Diego Padres spring training game against the Kansas City Royals.[1] 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.[4]

Programming[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Other sports[edit]

Professional[edit]

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 and the NHL's Anaheim Ducks & Los Angeles Kings, simulcasting those games from its sister channel Fox Sports Prime Ticket.[2]

College[edit]

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;[3] and Los Angeles area schools including UCLA and USC.[2]

On-air Personalities[edit]

Padres[edit]

  • Jesse Agler - Padres Social Hour host/backup Padres play-by-play announcer
  • Andy Ashby - Padres Live guest analyst
  • Kris Budden - Padres sideline reporter/backup Padres Live host
  • Mike Costa - XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego (KLSD) host
  • Luis Cruz - U-T Fox Sports San Diego Updates host from U-T San Diego
  • Dick Enberg - Padres play-by-play announcer/Cup of Coffee host
  • Mark Grant - Padres color commentator
  • Steve Hartman - XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego (KLSD) host
  • Annie Heilbrunn - backup Padres Social Hour host
  • Trevor Hoffman- Padres Live guest analyst
  • Mark Loretta - Padres Live guest analyst
  • Laurette Nicoll - Padres POV correspondent
  • Kate Osborne - Padres POV host/Padres sideline reporter
  • Kaushal Patel - U-T Fox Sports San Diego Updates host from U-T San Diego
  • Mike Pomeranz - Padres Live host/#SDLive host/backup Padres play-by-play announcer
  • Judson Richards - XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego (KLSD) host
  • Brook Roberts - #SDLive co-host
  • Mark Sweeney - Padres Live analyst/backup Padres color commentator

Former On-air Personalities[edit]

Padres[edit]

  • Cary Chow - 2012 Padres POV host/backup Padres Live host. Currently anchor/reporter on ESPN
  • Kelly Crull - 2013 Padres Weekly host/Padres sideline reporter. Currently anchor/reporter on Comcast SportsNet Chicago
  • Tony Gwynn - Padres color commentator (deceased)
  • Jeff Lasky - Padres Weekly and Padres POV correspondent. Currently Padres Beat Writer and broadcaster on The Mighty 1090 (XEPRS−AM)
  • Andy Masur - 2012 backup Padres play-by-play announcer. Currently radio host on WGN (AM)
  • Britt McHenry - 2012 Padres sideline reporter. Currently reporter on ESPN
  • Laura McKeeman - 2013 Padres sideline reporter, backup Padres Live host, and #SDLive co-host. Currently host/reporter on CNN
  • Megan Olivi - 2013 Padres POV host/Padres social media correspondent. Currently UFC.com host and correspondent
  • Leila Rahimi - 2012 Padres sideline reporter. Currently Houston Astros sideline reporter on Comcast SportsNet Houston

Availability[edit]

Cox Communications and DirecTV have carried the channel since its launch.[2][5] Initially, DirecTV only carried Fox Sports San Diego as a part-time feed for live games, but added the dedicated, 24-hour feed on April 1, 2013.[6] 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.[7]

Of the five television providers serving the San Diego region, Time Warner Cable (who serves roughly 22% of the market)[8] was a notable holdout for the network on launch;[7] by contrast, TWC did carry the Padres' previous home of 4SD (which was also, by contrast, not offered by U-verse or satellite, leading to complaints by AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission that eventually led to the removal of the "terrestrial loophole").[9] 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."[10] On February 10, 2014, Fox announced that TWC had finally reached a deal to carry Fox Sports San Diego and began carrying the channel on March 30, 2014, in time for the 2014 season.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Channel Finder FoxSportsSanDiego.com
  2. ^ a b c d Posner, Jay (February 16, 2012). "Fox Sports San Diego to launch in March". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c MAFFEI: Fox Sports San Diego is close to being reality North Country Times December 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Dachman, Jason. "Fox Sports’ San Diego Startup Operates Entire Network Out of One Truck". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ PADRES: Fox Sports San Diego ready to launch North Country Times, March 7, 2012
  6. ^ FSSD Launches Full-Time on DIRECTV April 1 Fox Sports San Diego, February 27, 2013
  7. ^ a b "Dish deal leaves TWC as lone Padres holdout". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Finally, Padres make it onto Time Warner". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "FCC throws Cox a curve on Padres". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "No sign of Fox Sports, Time Warner Padres TV deal". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 

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