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NHL on Fox
NHL on Fox 03.jpg
Fox's logo for their regular season broadcasts.
Also known as Fox NHL Saturday
Format Sports
Created by Fox Sports
Directed by Sandy Grossman (Stanley Cup Finals)
Bob Levy (Stanley Cup Finals studio show)
Artie Kemper (NHL on Fox game director)
Peter Bleckner (NHL on Fox game director)
Michael Frank (NHL on Fox game director)
Jennifer Love (senior associate director)
Craig Farrell (technical director)
Rich Basile (technical director)
Rick Tugman (technical director)
Jonathan X (technical director)
Clark Pierce (graphics producer)
John Ward (director of production)
Starring See personalities section
Theme music composer Scott Schreer
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
Production
Executive producer(s) David Hill
Ed Goren
Producer(s) Richard Zyontz (Stanley Cup Finals)
Nancy Bernstein (Stanley Cup Finals studio show)
Mike Burks (NHL on Fox game producer)
Peter Macheska (NHL on Fox game producer)
Rich Russo (NHL on Fox game producer)
Editor(s) Andy Boyle
Mitch Fehr
David Millar
Thimmiah Snyder
Camera setup Robert Lawton
Pete Chavelrus
David Geller
Don Cornelli
Al Mountford
Martin Miller
Andy Mitchell
James Lytle
Mark Stacey
Running time 150 minutes or until game ends
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run April 2, 1995 (1995-04-02) – June 17, 1999 (1999-06-17)
External links
Website

NHL on Fox was a television program that televised National Hockey League games on the Fox television network and produced by Fox Sports. The program ran from the 1994–1995 NHL season until the 1998–1999 NHL season. Fox paid $31 million a year ($155 million in total) to televise the NHL.[1]

Coverage overview[edit]

NHL's initial deal with Fox was significant, as a network television contract in the United States was long thought unattainable during the presidency of John Ziegler.[2] For 17 years after the 1975 Finals was broadcast on NBC, there would be no national over-the-air network coverage of the NHL in the United States (with the exception of CBS' coverage of Game 2 of the 1979 Challenge Cup and Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals and NBC's coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from 1990-1994) and only spotty coverage on regional networks. This was due to the fact that no network was willing to commit to a large number of games, in turn, providing low ratings for NHL games. ABC would eventually resume broadcasting regular NHL games (on a time buy basis through ESPN) for the 1992–93 season (and continuing through the 1993–94 season before Fox took over for the next five seasons).

The Fox deal is perhaps best remembered for the FoxTrax puck, which while generally popular according to Fox Sports, generated a great deal of controversy from longtime fans of the game.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Fox televised between five and eleven regionally distributed games on Saturday or Sunday afternoons during the regular season, where anywhere from three to six games ran concurrently. All times below are Eastern.

1994-95[edit]

Main article: 1994–95 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
4/2/95 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Detroit
Boston at Washington
Chicago at Dallas
Florida at Tampa Bay
San Jose at Anaheim
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Dick Stockton and Mike Eruzione
Kenny Albert and Gary Green
4/9/95 Boston at Buffalo
New York Rangers at New Jersey
Dallas at St. Louis
Detroit at Chicago
Los Angeles at Anaheim
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Greg Millen
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Gary Green
4/16/95 Detroit at St. Louis
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
Tampa Bay at Florida
Los Angeles at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Jiggs McDonald and Greg Millen
Dave Strader and Gary Green
4/23/95 New York Rangers at Boston
Chicago at St. Louis
Detroit at San Jose
Philadelphia at Buffalo
Anaheim at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Gary Green
4/30/95 St. Louis at San Jose
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Washington at Florida
Chicago at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Boston
Anaheim at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Mickey Redmond
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dick Stockton and Mike Eruzione
Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Bob Miller and Gary Green

1995-96[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
1/27/96 New York Rangers at Boston
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh*
Anaheim at Los Angeles
Colorado at San Jose
Tampa Bay at St. Louis
Detroit at Chicago
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
2/3/96 Chicago at San Jose
Florida at Tampa Bay
New York Rangers at Colorado*
Pittsburgh at Detroit
Buffalo at Boston
Philadelphia at St. Louis
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Rick Jeanneret and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
2/10/96 St. Louis at Dallas
New York Rangers at New Jersey
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia at Boston*
Chicago at Pittsburgh
San Jose at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
3/31/96 Boston at Buffalo
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Detroit*
Chicago at Dallas
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
4/7/96 Colorado at Dallas
Detroit at Chicago*
Boston at Philadelphia
New York Rangers at New Jersey
Anaheim at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Randy Hahn and Pete Stemkowski
4/14/96 Detroit at Dallas
Pittsburgh at Boston
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
New York Rangers at Florida*
St. Louis at Chicago
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond

*Denotes use of FoxTrax puck.

1996-97[edit]

Main article: 1996–97 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern)
1/25/97 Colorado at Boston
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Philadelphia
Anaheim at Los Angeles
Tampa Bay at Florida
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
2/1/97 Phoenix at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at San Jose
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Washington at Florida
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Lange and Paul Steigerwald
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
2/8/97 New York Rangers at New York Islanders
Chicago at Colorado
St. Louis at Boston
Detroit at Pittsburgh
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
2/15/97 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Boston at Phoenix
Colorado at St. Louis
New York Rangers at Chicago
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
2/22/97 Phoenix at Anaheim
Chicago at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Philadelphia at Florida
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpsons
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
3/1/97 Philadelphia at Boston
Florida at Tampa Bay
New York Rangers at Detroit
Chicago at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

1997-98[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
1/24/98 Philadelphia at Detroit
St. Louis at Chicago
New Jersey at New York Rangers
Los Angeles at Anaheim
Dallas at Colorado
Boston at Pittsburgh
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
1/31/98 New York Rangers at Boston
Chicago at Los Angeles
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Dallas at St. Louis
Tampa Bay at Florida
Colorado at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
2/7/98 New Jersey at New York Islanders
Carolina at Boston
Philadelphia at Colorado
Los Angeles at Anaheim
Chicago at Dallas
Detroit at St. Louis
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Howie Rose and Chico Resch
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
2/28/98 Philadelphia at New York Rangers
Chicago at Colorado
Pittsburgh at Boston
Washington at Tampa Bay
St. Louis at Los Angeles
Phoenix at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
3/7/98 Detroit at Los Angeles
New York Rangers at New Jersey
Florida at Washington
Dallas at St. Louis
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Chicago at Boston
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
3/14/98 Buffalo at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Philadelphia
New York Rangers at Boston
Chicago at Tampa Bay
Colorado at Los Angeles
Phoenix at St. Louis
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
3/21/98 Phoenix at Los Angeles
Boston at Buffalo
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Detroit at New York Rangers
Colorado at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
3/28/98 Carolina at Philadelphia
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
Anaheim at Colorado
Detroit at St. Louis
Florida at Boston
San Jose at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
4/4/98 Detroit at Chicago
Colorado at St. Louis
Florida at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at Washington
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
4/11/98 New York Rangers at Detroit
Florida at Pittsburgh
Phoenix at St. Louis
Washington at Philadelphia
Dallas at Tampa Bay
Colorado at Los Angeles
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
4/18/98 Chicago at Dallas
Detroit at Colorado
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Anaheim at Los Angeles
Boston at Pittsburgh
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp

1998-99[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
2/7/99 New York Rangers at Boston
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Colorado at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
2/14/99 Detroit at New York Rangers
Philadelphia at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
2/21/99 Boston at Chicago
Colorado at Dallas
Detroit at Buffalo
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
Jiggs McDonald and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
2/28/99 Philadelphia at New York Rangers
Pittsburgh at Washington
Los Angeles at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
3/7/99 Colorado at Pittsburgh
New York Rangers at Boston
St. Louis at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
3/14/99 Detroit at Colorado
St. Louis at Chicago
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
3/21/99 Pittsburgh at New York Rangers
Detroit at Philadelphia
Colorado at Chicago
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
3/28/99 Philadelphia at Detroit
St. Louis at Chicago
Los Angeles at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
4/4/99 New York Rangers at New Jersey
Detroit at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
4/11/99 Pittsburgh at Detroit^
Colorado at St. Louis
Los Angeles at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
4/18/99 Pittsburgh at New York Rangers^
Dallas at Colorado
Boston at Philadelphia
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Sam Rosen
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

^The Pittsburgh-New York Rangers game on April 18 (Wayne Gretzky's final game before retirement) began on MSG in the New York market as WNYW (Fox's flagship station) aired a Yankees game against the Detroit Tigers. The station would join the hockey game midway through the second period. The week prior (April 11), WNYW aired another Yankees game over the Pittsburgh-Detroit NHL game, which instead aired on MSG from start to finish.

FoxTrax[edit]

For more details on this topic, see FoxTrax.

FoxTrax (colloquially called the glow puck, smart puck, or super puck) was a specialized ice hockey puck with internal electronics that allow its position to be tracked that was designed for NHL telecasts on Fox. Primarily, it was used to visually highlight the puck on-screen and display a trail when the puck was moving rapidly.

It was criticized, especially in Canada, and was ridiculed by comedians on both sides of the border.

Stanley Cup playoff coverage[edit]

In the first three rounds of the playoffs, two games were televised each round. Canadians were upset over the apparent preference that the NHL had to Fox ahead of CBC for scheduling of playoff games, as Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette wrote that the schedule was "just another example of how the N.H.L. snubs its nose at the country that invented hockey and its fans."[4] The controversy repeated itself in 2007, as CBC was once again given second billing to Versus' coverage of the playoffs.[5]

1995[edit]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
5/7/95 New Jersey at Boston
Buffalo at Philadelphia
Dallas at Detroit
Vancouver at St. Louis
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
5/14/95 New York Rangers at Quebec
Washington at Pittsburgh
Buffalo at Philadelphia
Detroit at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Jiggs McDonald and Mickey Redmond
Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti
5/21/95 San Jose at Detroit
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
5/28/95 New Jersey at Pittsburgh 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/4/95 Chicago at Detroit 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/11/95 New Jersey at Philadelphia 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/17/95 New Jersey at Detroit 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/24/95 Detroit at New Jersey 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
  • The June 24 game in New Jersey was the Stanley Cup Finals' deciding game as the Devils swept the Red Wings. Although Fox did retain rights to certain other games where the Cup could be decided (including any and all seventh games), 1995 was the only time during its run as NHL broadcaster that Fox actually carried the Cup clinching victory on air.

1996[edit]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/21/96 Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
New York Rangers at Montreal
Detroit at Winnipeg
Chicago at Calgary
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Mickey Redmond
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
4/28/96 New York Rangers at Montreal*
Pittsburgh at Washington
Detroit at Winnipeg
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
5/5/96 St. Louis at Detroit*
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
5/12/96 Florida at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Detroit*
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/19/96 Colorado at Detroit* 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
5/26/96 Pittsburgh at Florida* 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/4/96 Florida at Colorado* 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Joe Micheletti and Sandra Neil
6/8/96 Colorado at Florida* 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Joe Micheletti and Sandra Neil

*Denotes use of FoxTrax puck.

1997[edit]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/20/97 New York Rangers at Florida
Colorado at Chicago
Anaheim at Phoenix
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
4/27/97 Detroit at St. Louis
Dallas at Edmonton
Anaheim at Phoenix
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
5/4/97 Anaheim at Detroit
New York Rangers at New Jersey
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/11/97 New York Rangers at New Jersey
Philadelphia at Buffalo*
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/18/97 New York Rangers at Philadelphia 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
5/25/97 New York Rangers at Philadelphia 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
5/31/97 Detroit at Philadelphia 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Joe Micheletti and Chris Simpson

1998[edit]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/26/98 New Jersey at Ottawa
Washington at Boston
Dallas at San Jose
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Daryl Reaugh
5/3/98 Washington at Boston
Detroit at Phoenix
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
5/10/98 St. Louis at Detroit
Montreal at Buffalo
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
5/17/98 St. Louis at Detroit 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
5/24/98 Detroit at Dallas 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
5/31/98 Dallas at Detroit 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/9/98 Washington at Detroit* 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti

1999[edit]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/25/99 New Jersey at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Anaheim
Phoenix at St. Louis
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
5/2/99 New Jersey at Pittsburgh
Phoenix at St. Louis
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/9/99 Buffalo at Boston
Detroit at Colorado
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/16/99 Detroit at Colorado
Buffalo at Boston
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/23/99 Buffalo at Toronto 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
5/30/99 Colorado at Dallas 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/8/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/10/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti
6/17/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson and Joe Micheletti

Main broadcast teams, studio hosts and analysts[edit]

The main broadcast team was Mike Emrick and John Davidson, while regionally distributed games were handled by a variety of announcers. In the first four years of the deal, James Brown and Dave Maloney hosted the show from the Fox studio in Los Angeles. In the final year, it was Suzy Kolber and Terry Crisp. Occasionally, current NHL players such as Mike Modano would serve as guest analysts.

All-Star Game, Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

For the All-Star Game, Conference Finals, and Stanley Cup Finals, the games (which were national telecasts) were hosted from the arena. The 1996 and 1997 All-Star Games were televised in prime time.

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Fox split coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals with ESPN. Game 1 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals was the first Finals game shown on network television since 1980 and the first in prime time since 1973. Games 1, 5, and 7 were usually scheduled to be televised by Fox; Games 2, 3, 4, and 6 by ESPN. However from 1995 to 1998, the Finals were all four game sweeps; 1999 ended in six games. The consequence was that – except for 1995, when Fox did televise Game 4 - the decisive game was never on network television. Perhaps in recognition of this, Games 3–7 were always televised by ABC in the succeeding broadcast agreement between the NHL and ABC Sports/ESPN.

Game 4 of the 1995 Final was notable because not only did the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup, but also their main television play-by-play announcer, Mike Emrick announced it.

Stanley Cup Finals broadcast schedules[edit]
  • 1995 - Games 1, 4, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 3, 6 on ESPN
  • 1996 - Games 1, 3, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 4, 6 on ESPN
  • 1997 - Games 1, 5, 6, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 3, 4 on ESPN
  • 1998 - Games 1, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 3, 4, 6 on ESPN
  • 1999 - Games 1, 2, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 3, 4, 6 on ESPN

The end of NHL on Fox[edit]

Things ended badly between Fox and the league when the NHL announced a new TV deal with ESPN that also called for ABC to become the new network TV partner (as previously mentioned). Fox challenged that it had not been given a chance to match the network component of the deal, but ABC ultimately prevailed.

Fox placed a bid for NHL broadcast rights when they came up for renewal in 2011,[6] but dropped out of bidding as a result of a bidding war between NBCUniversal and ESPN. NBCUniversal (who owns NBC, Versus and USA) won the bidding and a ten-year contract extension.

The general NHL on Fox logo.

Personalities[edit]

Play-by-play[edit]

Color commentary[edit]

Studio commentators[edit]

Reporters[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
1995 New Jersey-Detroit 1, 4 3.4
1996 Colorado-Florida 1, 3 3.6
1997 Detroit-Philadelphia 1 4.0
1998 Detroit-Washington 1 3.3
1999 Dallas-Buffalo 1, 2, 5 3.4

Game 4 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals drew a 4.7 rating and a 10 share.[7] In the New York City area, the game drew a 10.6 rating and 21 share and in Detroit, 14.1 and 26.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Season Number of Dates Rating
1994–95 5 2.0
1995–96 6 2.1
1996–97 6 1.9
1997–98 11 1.4
1998–99 11 1.4

All-Star Game[edit]

Year Rating
1995 No game due to lockout
1996 4.1
1997 2.8
1998 2.7
1999 2.2

National Hockey League coverage on Fox's owned and operated television stations[edit]

Team Stations Years
Dallas Stars KDFI 2000
Philadelphia Flyers WTXF 19731985

Fox Sports Net[edit]

Name Region served Home to Former Name Year Joined/ Launced Notes
Fox Sports Arizona Arizona
New Mexico
Utah
southern Nevada
Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
local coverage of the Pacific-12
Prime Sports Arizona 1996
Fox Sports Bay Area Northern and central California, northwestern Nevada (and parts of southern Oregon San Francisco Giants (MLB), Oakland Athletics (MLB), San Jose Sharks (NHL), Golden State Warriors (NBA), San Jose Stealth (NLL), San Jose Sabercats (AFL) and local coverage of the Pacific-10, West Coast, Mountain West, and Western Athletic conferences. Pacific Sports Network (PSN), SportsChannel Bay Area, SportsChannel Pacific 1998 In April 2007, Cablevision sold their 60% interest in FSN Bay Area to Comcast. The Network was rebranded as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on March 31, 2008 and continued to carry select FSN programming until August 2012. Fox Sports retains 25% ownership in the network.
Fox Sports Chicago Northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and eastern Iowa. Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Fire (MLS) Chicago Rush, (AFL), Chicago White Sox (MLB), local and national collegiate sports, including those from Fox Sports Detroit. Sportsvision Chicago, SportsChannel Chicago / Hawkvision, ON TV / Sportsvison 1998 Closed on June 23, 2006. Was the production and origination point of the Chicago, Ohio, and Bay Area Sports Report programs (all 50% owned by Rainbow Sports/Cablevision). Comcast SportsNet Chicago now occupies the former FSN Chicago facility located at 350 North Orleans Street, and airs FSN's national programming. The old Chicago Sports Report set was purchased (and is now used as the main news set) by WREX in Rockford, IL. Building current home of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Fox Sports Detroit Michigan (statewide)
northwestern Ohio
northeastern Indiana
northeast Wisconsin
Detroit Tigers (MLB)
Detroit Pistons (NBA)
Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
None 1997 Tigers Live, Red Wings Live, and Pistons Live are produced by FS Detroit. Fox Sports Net Detroit put PASS Sports, which was owned by Post-Newsweek/WDIV-TV, out of business in 1997 when Fox acquired the TV rights to all of the pro sports teams in Detroit.
Fox Sports Florida Florida (statewide)
southern Alabama
southern Georgia
Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Orlando Magic (NBA)
Miami Marlins (MLB)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
SportsChannel Florida 2000 Shares broadcast rights with co-owned Sun Sports. Last FSN network to discontinue the SportsChannel name.
Fox Sports Midwest Missouri
southern Illinois
southern Indiana
eastern Nebraska
eastern Kansas
western Kentucky
northern Arkansas
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
St. Louis Blues (NHL)
local coverage of the Big 12
local coverage of Conference USA
Prime Sports Midwest 1996 Fox Sports Midwest also airs Cardinals games in West Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Royals broadcasts returned to FSN Midwest in the Kansas City market beginning in 2008, after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down. A Kansas City spinoff launched when they became the broadcaster of the Kansas City Royals.
Fox Sports North Minnesota
Wisconsin
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota.
Minnesota Twins (MLB)
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Minnesota Swarm (NLL)
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
WCCO II, Wisconsin Sports Network, Midwest Sports Channel 1996 Regional subfeeds for the Minnesota/Dakotas region, and for the state of Wisconsin not included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The Wisconsin feed is operated under Fox Sports Wisconsin as of April 2007 and originates from the Twin Cities also with a Milwaukee production base.
Fox Sports Ohio Ohio
eastern Indiana
Kentucky
northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York.
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Columbus Crew (MLS)
SportsChannel Ohio 1998 Fox Sports Ohio airs Reds games in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas, including western North Carolina. Fox Sports Ohio also broadcasts select Cavaliers games on Root Sports Pittsburgh. Separate subfeeds also exist for the Cincinnati and Cleveland markets.
Fox Sports Carolinas North Carolina
South Carolina
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed) 2008
Fox Sports Tennessee Tennessee
northern Alabama
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Fox Sports South (now a sub-feed) 2008
Fox Sports Southwest Texas
northern Louisiana
New Mexico
Arkansas.
Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Dallas Stars (NHL)
Texas Rangers (MLB)
FC Dallas (MLS)
San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA)
Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports Southwest. 1996
Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket Southern and Central California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Chivas USA (MLS)
local coverage of the Pacific-12 Conference
(Original) Prime Ticket, Prime Sports West, FSN West 2 1996 Operates two channels, FS West and PRIME TICKET. Fox Sports West lost coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers to Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes when the cable company and the team reached a 20-year broadcast agreement, which begins with the 2012-13 NBA season.[8] The networks have also acquired the rights to the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Galaxy from FS West.
MSG Plus New York, northern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut. New Jersey Devils (NHL), New York Islanders (NHL), Long Island Lizards (MLL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Northeast, Metro Atlantic and CAA athletic conferences. SportsChannel New York, FSN New York 1998 Co-owned with MSG, which carries the New York Knicks (NBA), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), New York Rangers (NHL), New York Liberty (WNBA), New York Red Bulls (MLS), plus regional collegiate football and basketball. Rebranded as MSG Plus on March 10, 2008 and continues to air programming from Fox Sports Net.[9][10]
Sun Sports Florida Orlando Magic (NBA)
Miami Heat (NBA)
Miami Marlins (MLB)
Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Sunshine Network 1996 Originally a Prime Network affiliate, it is now owned by Fox Sports Net.
SportSouth Georgia
Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
South Carolina
North Carolina.
Atlanta Braves (MLB), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Nashville Predators (NHL). Turner South 2006 Previously owned by Time-Warner as part of the TBS family, sold to News Corporation (parent company of Fox Sports Net) in 2006. Renamed to SportSouth on October 13, 2006. SportSouth and Fox Sports South aired Atlanta Thrashers games prior to 2011 when the team moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and became the Winnipeg Jets (which are currently aired on the TSN-Jets channel).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandomir, Richard (1994-09-10). "Fox Outbids CBS for N.H.L. Games". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  2. ^ Steve, Simmons (1994-09-30). "The Commish is not to blame". Calgary Sun. 
  3. ^ Keri, Jonah (2006-11-30). "Gear through the years". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  4. ^ Sandomir, Richard (1996-04-30). "Fox Is Playing It Safe With N.H.L.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  5. ^ Houston, William (2004-04-10). "CBC livid as league bows to Americans". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Ken (January 25, 2009). "Campbell's Cuts: Making new friends". The Hockey News. 
  7. ^ a b "FOX'S RATING IN FINALE SOARS". The Buffalo News. June 26, 1995. p. D3. 
  8. ^ Time Warner Scores L.A. Lakers Regional Sports Network Rights Multichannel News February 14, 2011
  9. ^ Best, Neil (2008-02-26). "FSNY to be renamed MSG Plus". Newsday. Retrieved 2008-02-26. [dead link]
  10. ^ Umstead, R. Thomas (2008-02-29). "FSNY To Morph Into MSG Plus". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 

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Preceded by
ABC and NBC
NHL network broadcast partner
in the United States

1994 - 1999
Succeeded by
ABC