Fox Sports South
|Fox Sports South|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System (1990–1996)
Fox Entertainment Group
(1996–present; News Corporation, 1996–2013; 21st Century Fox, 2013–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Broadcast area||Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee|
|Formerly called||SportSouth (1990–1996)
Fox Sports South (1996–2000)
Fox Sports Net South (2000–2004)
FSN South (2004–2008)
Fox Sports Carolinas
Fox Sports Tennessee
|DirecTV||646 FS South (SD/HD)
647 FS South Plus (SD)
646-1 FS South Plus (HD)
648 FS South Plus 2 (SD)
646-5 FS South Plus 2 (HD)
|Dish Network||420 FS South (SD)
5420 FS South (HD)
Plus channels vary by date
|Available on many cable systems||Check local listings|
Fox Sports South is an American regional sports network that airs sports programming in the Southern United States. It is part of the larger Fox Sports Networks group of regional sports networks. The network carries professional and collegiate sports coverage from across the region, along with other sporting events and programming from FSN. that is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox.
Fox Sports South was originally launched as SportSouth on August 29, 1990 under the ownership of the Turner Broadcasting System, along with business partners Tele-Communications Inc. and Scripps-Howard Broadcasting. It held cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets. It was purchased by News Corporation's Fox Cable Networks in the winter of 1996 and renamed Fox Sports South that spring. In 2004, it became FSN South.
Fox Sports South formerly produced the Southern Sports Report from its Midtown Atlanta studios, when the "regional sports reports" were a prime focus of the collective FSN networks. Other FSN networks also received their local sports reports from the Atlanta studios, often with the same hosts (Terry Chick being the most prominent). The Southern Sports Report was discontinued in 2005, and FSN South produced a similar program, Around The South, that focuses on sports stories in and across the region. It was later replaced by FSN Final Score.
Fox Sports South's original name, "SportSouth", is now the name of its sister network. Like Fox Sports South, that network (which was originally named Turner South) was originally owned by Turner and sold to Fox to become part of the Fox Sports Networks group.
From 2008 to 2012, SportSouth shared local broadcast rights to the Atlanta Braves with Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17), which formerly served as the local broadcast version of TBS until October 2007. On March 1, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth announced they acquired the rights to 45 additional Atlanta Braves games, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV, making it the 2013 Braves season the first time in 40 years that the team's locally produced games are not available on broadcast television.
The viewing area includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, most of Kentucky and part of Florida. It is, by far, the largest FSN affiliate by area and viewership. As such, the feed is often broken down into several sub-regional feeds for the purposes of adhering to the various professional leagues' home-territory rules. For example, Memphis Grizzlies and Nashville Predators games are only seen in Tennessee, most of Kentucky, northern Mississippi, and northern Alabama, while Hornets games are only seen in North and South Carolina. Neither are seen in the remaining portions of Fox Sports South's coverage area, though Predators games are occasionally rebroadcast in North Carolina.
In October 2008, Fox decided to break up Fox Sports South into three separate feeds to offer more localized coverage to subscribers. It launched separate feeds for the Carolinas and most of Tennessee, dubbed Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports Tennessee, respectively. FSN bills these feeds as separate networks, with their own websites. The main Fox Sports South channel now only serves Georgia and most of Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Pro Sports Coverage
- Atlanta Braves (MLB)
- Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
- Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
- Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
- Atlanta Dream (WNBA)
- Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
- Nashville Predators (NHL)
Collegiate Sports Coverage
- Southeastern Conference
- Atlantic Coast Conference
- Conference USA
- Southern Conference
- Big South Conference
- Bob Rathbun - play-by-play
- Dominique Wilkins - analyst
- Andre Aldridge - sideline reporter and Hawks Live fill-in pre-game and post-game host
- Jerome Jurenovich - Hawks Live pre-game and post-game host
- Mike Glenn - Hawks Live analyst
- Chip Caray - play-by-play
- Joe Simpson - analyst
- Tom Glavine - analyst
- Dale Murphy - analyst
- Jerome Jurenovich - Braves Live pre-game and post-game host
- Paul Byrd - Braves Live analyst
- Brian Jordan - Braves Live analyst
- Tom Hart - reporter
Fox Sports South
A logo bug appears on the top right screen during regular programming. For most programs (including nationally-televised sports) the Fox Sports logo is shown with a dark blue, rounded arrow shaped drop-down containing the word "SOUTH". The bottom of the drop-down contains a small arrow, colored light blue. During local sporting telecasts, the logo changes. For Hawks basketball games, the text in the drop-down changes to "HAWKS" (so that the bug reads Fox Sports Hawks), with the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down shown in red. As for Braves baseball games, the text in the drop-down changes to "BRAVES", with the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down colored gray. These localized logo bugs are also seen during each team's Live pre- and post-game shows.
- Fox Picks Up Braves' Games from PeachTree TV Multichannel News, March 1, 2013
- Fox Sports Launches Regional Nets in Tennessee, Carolinas Multichannel News November 1, 2008