Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket

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Fox Sports West
Prime Ticket
Fox Sports West 2012 logo.png
Launched West: 19 October 1985 (1985-10-19)
(as Prime Ticket)
Prime Ticket: January 1997 (1997-01)
(as Fox Sports West 2)
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Slogan We Are Fox Sports. We Are LA.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Southern California
Las Vegas Valley
Hawaii
Nationwide via satellite
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Formerly called Fox Sports West: Prime Ticket (1985–1994)
Prime Sports West (1994–1996)
Fox Sports West (1996–2000, 2008–present)
Fox Sports Net West (2000–2004)
FSN West (2004–2008)
Prime Ticket: Fox Sports West 2 (1997–2000)
Fox Sports Net West 2 (2000–2004)
FSN West 2 (2004–2006)
Replaced SportsChannel Los Angeles
Sister channel(s) KTTV Los Angeles
KCOP Los Angeles
Fox Sports San Diego
Website foxsportswest.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 692 Fox Sports West (SD/HD)
693 Prime Ticket (SD/HD)
Dish Network 411 Prime Ticket (SD/HD)
417 Fox Sports West (SD/HD)
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels

Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket are American regional sports networks that are affiliates of Fox Sports Networks and serve Southern California, Las Vegas Valley, and Hawaii. The channels are owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox.

Team coverage[edit]

Team League Number of telecasts
(per season)
Announcers
Anaheim Ducks NHL 65 John Ahlers (play-by-play), Brian Hayward (color)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim MLB
American League
150 Victor Rojas (play-by-play), Mark Gubicza (color)
Los Angeles Clippers NBA 75 Ralph Lawler (play-by-play), Mike Smith (color)
Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 Bob Miller (play-by-play), Jim Fox (color)
Big West Conference NCAA varies varies
West Coast Conference NCAA varies varies

History[edit]

1980s[edit]

Fox Sports West was launched on October 19, 1985 as the original Prime Ticket network. The network's founders were Dr. Jerry Buss, majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and then-majority owner of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, and cable television pioneer Dr. Bill Daniels, who was a minority-interest owner in both franchises. Unlike many of the regional sports networks that were operating at the time of Prime Ticket's launch, the channel was (and still is) a basic cable channel, as opposed to being a premium cable service. The first contract with Prime Ticket was negotiated and signed by the channel's president Tony Acone and Falcon Cable TV chief financial officer Bob Kerstein. Leslie Watson, a CPA employed by the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand joined Prime Ticket as its first financial controller through the early years of growth. Prior to the launch of Prime Ticket, Lakers and Kings games (primarily the non-nationally televised home games) were carried on the ONTV/SelecTV subscription service. Its original general offices were located in a small office building located across the street from the Great Western Forum in Inglewood.

Prime Ticket became one of the leading regional sports networks in the country, rivaling that of the New York City-based Madison Square Garden Network. The network was founded at the height of the Lakers' 1980s championship run, and also got a boost from the trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Kings in 1988. It was a charter affiliate of the Prime Network group of regional sports networks.

1990s[edit]

In 1990, Prime Ticket became the cable television home of the then-California Angels, as well as serving as the cable home of the Clippers for one season (from 1990 to 1991), before the team's games moved to the now-defunct SportsChannel Los Angeles (originally Z Channel) the following season.

In August 1994, Buss and Daniels sold off Prime Ticket to Liberty Media, the owner of Prime Network. The channel was rechristened Prime Sports West and became a sister network to Prime Sports Arizona (now Fox Sports Arizona), Prime Sports Midwest (now Fox Sports Midwest), Prime Sports Rocky Mountain (now Root Sports Rocky Mountain), SportSouth (now Fox Sports South), KBL (now Root Sports Pittsburgh), Prime Sports Northwest (now Root Sports Northwest) and the now-defunct PASS Sports (Pro-Am Sports Systems).

In 1996, Prime Sports West became part of the new Fox Sports Net, which was formed after News Corporation purchased the Prime Sports networks from Liberty Media. It was then that the network took on its current name. It was one year later that the new Fox Sports Net merged with SportsChannel America, to undertake its current configuration.

In January 1997, Fox Sports Net West 2 was formed to serve as a cable home for the Clippers, Dodgers, Ducks, and all other events that FSN West did not have room to broadcast. This was after the December 1993 shutdown of SportsChannel Los Angeles, which left their home teams with only over-the-air and part-time cable coverage locally.

2000s[edit]

Logos as Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, used from 2009 to 2012.

In 2001, Fox Sports West and West 2 relocated their offices and studios from the Century City section of Los Angeles to Downtown, in an office building two blocks east of the Staples Center. During this time, the channels also opened and operated a streetside studio on the Staples Center exterior, at the southwest corner of 11th Street (Chick Hearn Court) and South Figueroa Street. However, in the fall of 2009, just as rival ESPN opened its new Los Angeles-based broadcast center directly across the street, in the L.A. Live complex, Fox Sports West shut down its streetside studio, and now produces its pre- and postgame reports at the site of each event being televised on each of the networks; as weather permits, most Clippers, Lakers, and Kings home pre- and postgame shows are produced at Star Plaza, near the main entrance of Staples Center. The former Fox Sports Staples Center studio is now a conference center, with Nike as the corporate sponsor. As of 2014, Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket have general offices and studios based inside the AT&T Center highrise (the former Transamerica building) in Downtown Los Angeles.

On April 3, 2006, FSN West 2 officially became FSN Prime Ticket, (and later, simply as Prime Ticket), making its name change with the season opener between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The network's new philosophy became to concentrate more on local originally-produced content (such as Before the Bigs, In My Own Words, and team-themed Insider shows) and less on the supplemental programming provided nationally from Fox Sports Net.

For a small number of selected Lakers, Ducks, and Kings home telecasts on Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket provides an alternate feed known as "Courtside View", featuring distinct camera angles and no commentary to provide a broadcast simulating the experience of a spectator at the arena.

Loss of contracts to Time Warner Cable[edit]

In 2012, Fox Sports West and independent station KCAL-TV (channel 9) lost rights to the Lakers to Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, two new regional sports networks established as a result of a 20-year agreement between the team and the cable provider, which began with the 2012-13 season. The networks also acquired the rights to air games featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks.

Fox Sports West's deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which were aired via sister network Prime Ticket, expired at the end of the 2013 MLB season. On June 20, 2011, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a proposed contract extension between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Prime Ticket, citing concerns that the contract was structured in a way that most of the proceeds would end up in the hands of beleaguered Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and not the Dodgers.[1] Both Fox Sports West and the Dodgers were involved in separate lawsuits over the team's broadcast rights as well as the sale of the club.[2][3] On January 10, 2012, Fox and the Dodgers reached a settlement in court, clearing the way for the sale of the team.[4] Fox's exclusive negotiating period with the Dodgers expired on November 30, 2012 – leaving the team open to competing offers.[5] On January 22, 2013, reports surfaced that Time Warner Cable had agreed to be a partner with the Dodgers to form a new regional sports network, SportsNet LA, which would be majority-owned by the team.[6] The deal became official on January 28.[7]

Carriage in San Diego County[edit]

Main article: Fox Sports San Diego

Fox Sports West has wide cable carriage in San Diego County. However, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications have refused to carry Prime Ticket in San Diego since it launched in 1997, claiming that the network has asked for too much money to be put on the expanded basic tier. It should be noted that some Time Warner Cable systems acquired from Adelphia receive Prime Ticket. Adelphia had added the channel to their lineup in 2001.

On March 17, 2012, as part of a deal to bring the San Diego Padres to FSN, Fox Sports San Diego was created for the San Diego market.[8] Fox Sports West continues to be available in San Diego. Fox Sports San Diego also shows programming (including most live sporting events) from Prime Ticket, which now makes Prime Ticket carriage unnecessary.

Because the San Diego Padres have the territorial rights for all of San Diego County, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim games are blacked out on Fox Sports West in that county regardless of the cable or satellite provider, requiring purchase of the MLB Extra Innings package to view those telecasts. All other sports programming with the exception of Angels baseball games on Fox Sports West are available in San Diego County.

Notable staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Former on-air staff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commish: TV deal not in Dodgers' best interests MLB News June 20, 2011
  2. ^ Dodgers sue Fox Sports over alleged interference in team's sale Los Angeles Times November 16, 2011
  3. ^ FOX Sports reportedly sues Dodgers FoxSports.com September 28, 2011
  4. ^ Settlement with Fox removes obstacle to sale of Dodgers USA Today January 12, 2012]
  5. ^ Dodgers, Fox Sports talking $6-billion TV deal Los Angeles Times November 25, 2012]
  6. ^ "Dodgers, Time Warner Cable have a deal". Dodgers Now. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Dodgers announce deal with Time Warner, launch of SportsNet LA CBSSports.com January 28, 2013
  8. ^ Posner, Jay (February 16, 2012). "Fox Sports San Diego to launch in March". UT San Diego. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 

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