Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Kansas City)
|Time Warner Cable SportsChannel|
|Launched||December 12, 1996|
|Owned by||Time Warner Cable|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Broadcast area||Kansas City Metropolitan Area; east Kansas; State of Nebraska|
|Sister channel(s)||Metro Sports HD
Metro Sports 2
KC On Demand (Features Metro Sports material)
|Time Warner Cable Kansas City||Metro Sports:
30 & 310, 1310 (High-Definition)
Metro Sports 2: 311
KC On Demand: 113
|Time Warner Cable Nebraska||Metro Sports: 310|
|Knology (formerly Sunflower)||Metro Sports: 37|
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Kansas City, formerly known as Metro Sports, is a regional sports network serving the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Lawrence, Kansas, and the state of Nebraska. It launched on December 12, 1996, and is currently available on cable systems including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and WOW cable.
TWC SportsChannel has produced live sporting events for college sports conferences such as the Big 12 Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, the Summit League, the NAIA, and their individual members. TWC SportsChannel's other hallmark programming is its coverage of local Kansas City high school athletics, including its "HyVee High School Game of The Week" featuring top local teams in the sports of Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Baseball, Soccer, and other sports. Metro Sports also broadcast five games of the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League during the 2010-2011 Central Hockey League season.
Kansas City-produced "Fantasy Huddle", a weekly Fantasy Football show, is also distributed to other Time Warner Cable systems nationwide.
In March 2009, Metro Sports produced and televised live all 31 games of the 2009 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.
Metro Sports used to produce live sporting events for professional sports teams such as Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards, including simulcasting those events in Spanish on an SAP channel during its final two seasons of coverage, before the Wizards declined to renew their broadcast agreement, and the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League, before the league was liquidated and reincarnated. Metro Sports also produced and televised Kansas City Royals games from 2003 to 2007, after which it lost the rights to FSN Midwest.
Metro Sports has published a book, More Than The Score: Kansas City Sports Memories.
TWC SportsChannel is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Knology (formerly Sunflower Broadband in Kansas) in metropolitan Kansas City, Lawrence, Kansas and Nebraska. As of March 31, 2011, it was available in approximately 500,000 households.
- Metro Sports Zone-
- Chiefs Uncut
- Chiefs Kingdom
- Red Zone (Chiefs)
- Fantasy Huddle
- Blue Zone (Royals)
- Center Circle
- College Gametime
- High School Roundup
- Hyvee High School Game of the Week
- KU Legends
- KU Press Pass
- Rock Chalk Rewind
- Jayhawk Insider
- Hawk Talk
- Inside KU
- Live University of Kansas football, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and track and field events.
- Kansas City Sports Commission Banquet
- Simone Awards
- Win for KC Banquet
- Chris Huwe, General Manager
- Shawn Beldin, Program/News Manager
- Joel Fritzinger, Operations Manager
- David Haden, Finance Manager
- Dave Stewart, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Metro Sports Zone
- Leif Lisec, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Redzone and Blue Zone
- Mick Shaffer, Anchor/Reporter, Host of College Gametime, Varsity KC and High School Roundup
- Brad Porter, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Chiefs Post Game
- Chris Gough, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Fantasy Huddle, Braggin' Rights, and Metro Pro Wrestling
- Erik Ashel, Reporter
- Kennetra Pulliams, Anchor/Reporter, Host of High School Roundup
- Dave Neilson, Co-Host of Fantasy Huddle
- Katie Falco, Anchor/Reporter in Lincoln, NE
- Jeannie Hodes, Host/Reporter, Inside KU
- Kevin Wike, play-by-play
- Stan Weber, Football/Basketball Analyst
- Brian McRae, Baseball Analyst
- Richard Baldinger, Football Analyst
- Jayice Pearson, Football Analyst
- Danan Hughes, Football Analyst
- Doug Elstun, Basketball Analyst
- Patti Phillips, Basketball Analyst
- Greg Gurley, Basketball Analyst
Metro Sports Alumni
- Neil Harwell, Former Metro Sports GM
- Duke Frye, Anchor (1996–2000)
- Chad Harberts, Anchor, Reporter, Co-Creator/Producer High School Roundup (1994-2004)
- Danyelle Sargent, Anchor/Reporter (2002–2004)
- Erin Bajackson, Anchor/Reporter
- "HyVee High School Game of The Week". KCOnDemand.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16.[dead link]
- "TWC Metro Sports to Televise Five Mavericks Games". Missouri Mavericks. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "Fantasy Huddle Available to Expanded Audience". KCOnDemand.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16.[dead link]
- "Headline: 2.20.2010". Kansas City Radio & Television. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- KU Athletics, IMG College and Time Warner Cable Sports Announce TV Agreement