Fox Sports 2
|Fox Sports 2|
|Launched||August 17, 2013
July 1, 2003
(as Fuel TV)
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Formerly called||Fuel TV (2003–2013)|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports 1
Fox Soccer Plus
Fox College Sports
Fox Sports Networks
Big Ten Network
|Dish Network||397 (SD only)|
|Available on some American cable providers||Check local listings|
|Cablevision/Optimum||403 (SD only)|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1651 (HD)
Channel 651 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||198 (SD only)|
|Fox Sports Go||Watch live (US cable internet subscribers only)|
Fox Sports 2 (FS2), is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Fox Sports Media Group, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. The channel is based out of the Fox Sports division's headquarters in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, California.
The network was originally founded as Fuel TV on July 1, 2003, focusing on the culture of extreme sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, motocross, surfing, BMX, FMX. The network's prominence expanded further with the introduction of UFC mixed martial arts programming to its lineup in 2012 as part of a wider deal with Fox Sports. On August 17, 2013, Fuel TV was rebranded as Fox Sports 2 and refocused to cover mainstream sports to complement the replacement of sister channel Speed with the general sports network Fox Sports 1, although the relaunch of Fuel TV as FS1's sister network received little advanced promotion.
As Fuel TV
The network's concept originated out of several extreme sports programming concepts. One of them originated from Al Gosling, founder of The Extreme Sports Channel and Extreme Sports TV distribution and production company Extreme. The concept, taken by Gosling to David Sternberg of Fox Sports Net, focused on expanding the coverage of extreme sports. This was translated into growing the existing programming block on Fox Sports Net airing in the early evenings during the early 2000s on the network's affiliates, which included Blue Torch TV and EX TV, and combining it with brokered arrangements for individual shows which included among others New Waves Surf Television and 16MM, along with ideas from the Europe-based Extreme Sports Chanternberg, CJ Olivares and Lloyd Bryan Adams.
Another spoke was the network's name itself, from a concept conceived and launched by independent producer Chris Braly as a regional music and extreme sports weekly broadcast which began airing September 8, 2001 on Chattanooga, Tennessee WB affiliate WFLI-TV (channel 53), using Saturday evening paid programming time on that station. News Corporation eventually negotiated a buyout of the concept and trademark in late 2003. The regional weekly version of Fuel TV aired its final episode on WFLI in September 2003.
The Fuel TV cable and satellite channel featured programming from original series, exclusive events, licensed films, and creative interstitials. Extreme sports programming was formerly the bulk of the network, with a diverse combination of sports, music, reality programming, extreme sports news, and other content, including comedy content.
Beginning in late 2011, Fuel became the official cable home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship as part of a broader agreement between Fox and the UFC, featuring pre-match and analysis programming involving the circuit such as the weekly UFC Tonight, along with undercard fights for UFC pay-per-view events. By the second half of 2012, the programming schedule was dominated by mixed martial arts and boxing programming, and other programming made of existing reality programming from sister channel Speed.
With the 2012–13 Premier League season, extra live and recorded Premier League matches were carried on Fuel TV, giving Fox Soccer three venues to carry live matches on Premier League match days; this began in May 2012 with Fuel carrying one of nine games on the final day of the Premier League season as part of Fox Sports's "Survival Sunday" effort to air all that day's Premier League matches across their cable properties. In March 2013, Fuel TV began adding weekly telecasts of the Super League, the British rugby league championship, on Monday afternoons.
Relaunch as Fox Sports 2
In January 2013, alongside reports that Speed was to be replaced by a national sports network known as Fox Sports 1 (officially announced on March 5, 2013 for an August 17 launch), it was reported that Fox was planning to re-brand Fuel TV as a companion network—Fox Sports 2—a name which Fox had filed a trademark application for on November 27, 2012.
As opposed to the widely publicized launch of Fox Sports 1, the impending replacement of Fuel TV with Fox Sports 2 was met with relatively little fanfare, and was only officially announced roughly a week prior. The relaunch of the channel as Fox Sports 2 took place on August 17, 2013 at the same time that Speed was replaced by Fox Sports 1. Upon the relaunch, the channel was expanded into a mainstream sports service with a wider variety of content, although combat sports (such as UFC-related programs) will remain an integral part of the lineup. Fuel's signature UFC program, UFC Tonight, moved over to Fox Sports 1 with the launch, though encore presentations will remain part of the Fox Sports 2 schedule.
Fox Sports 2 features reruns of some of the news and analysis programs broadcast by Fox Sports 1. Sports programming continues to include UFC-related programs (including UFC Unleashed and live UFC Fight Night events), and overflow coverage of events aired by Fox Sports 1, such as NASCAR and the UEFA Champions League. Coverage of the Australian Football League moved to Fox Sports 2 from Fox Soccer and Fox Soccer Plus. This move has proven popular with Australian Football fans in the USA as the fan base for the sport is growing in the country. According to the websites of the Australian Football Association of North America and Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Sports has extended its current deal until 2016. Every match of the 2014 pre-season will be seen on Fox Soccer Plus, and Fox Sports 2 will televise regular season games and some finals.
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- Pishna, Ken (August 6, 2013). "Fuel TV Re-Brands as Fox Sports 2, Launches Alongside Fox Sports 1; Will Still Feature UFC". MMA Weekly. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
- Olivares Steps Down As Fuel TV General Manager, News Corporation Press, April 26, 2011.
- Stratus Media Group Hires New Senior Vice President of Entertainment, Business Wire, July 12, 2011.
- "Lloyd Bryan Adams, J.D. | Lloyd Bryan Molander Adams". Lloydbryanadams.wordpress.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- Chris Braly
- 2001 Fuel TV Trademark
- Original Fuel TV promos on WB
- Fuel TV Press Kit
- Pat Parnell to be Host of Fuel TV's original Daily Series -- Surfersvillage Global Surf News, August 1, 2006
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- "Fox Sports announces Fox Sports 1". Retrieved March 5, 2013.
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- "Fox Sports 2". AFANA. Australian Football Association of North America. Retrieved May 19, 2014.