Root Sports Northwest

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Root Sports Northwest
Root sports logo.png
Launched 1989
(as Northwest Cable Sports)
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned by Seattle Mariners
DirecTV Sports Networks
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington
Formerly called Northwest Cable Sports
(1989–1992)
Prime Sports Northwest
(1992–1996)
Fox Sports Northwest
(1996–2000)
Fox Sports Net Northwest
(2000–2004)
FSN Northwest
(2004–2011)
Website northwest.rootsports.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 687 Main channel (SD/HD)
688 Overflow feed (SD)
688-1 Overflow feed (HD)
Dish Network 412-16 (SD)
412-16 (HD)

Root Sports Northwest is an American regional sports network that is part of Root Sports and is an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks that serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. It is owned by DirecTV Sports Networks and the Seattle Mariners.

History[edit]

Root Sports Northwest was launched in 1989 as Northwest Cable Sports. It was subsequently renamed Prime Sports Northwest in 1992, Fox Sports Northwest in 1996, Fox Sports Net Northwest in 2000, and FSN Northwest in 2004. In 2007, Liberty Media acquired the network in a stock swap for DirecTV.[citation needed] On May 4, 2009, The DirecTV Group Inc. said it would become a part of Liberty's entertainment unit, part of which would then be spun off as a separate company called DirecTV, which would own FSN Northwest.[1]

In December 2010, the name "Root Sports" was chosen for three DirecTV Sports Networks, including FSN Northwest.[2] The rebranding was completed on April 1, 2011 with The Dan Patrick Show as the first show under the Root Sports branding.

In April 2013, the Seattle Mariners announced that they would acquire controlling interest in Root Sports Northwest. DirecTV Sports Networks will retain a minority stake in the network and will continue to operate it; the Root Sports branding will be retained. Additionally, the team extended its contract with the network until the end of the 2030 season.[3]

Programming[edit]

Root Sports has coverage of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Utah Jazz (via Root Sports Utah), Western Athletic, Big Sky, Mountain West, and West Coast conferences. In 2008, FSN started broadcasting WHL hockey. Root Sports is still affiliated with Fox Sports Networks to secure its programming arrangements with the aforementioned collegiate athletic conferences.

On-Air Talent[edit]

  • Brad Adam - Host of Mariners Pregame & Postgame, basketball play-by-play, studio host, sideline reporter (2000–present)
  • Mike Blowers - Mariners baseball analyst (2007-present)
  • Tom Glasgow - Football and basketball play-by-play (2008–present)
  • Bill Krueger - Senior baseball analyst (2000–present)
  • Angie Mentink - Host of College Football Northwest and College Basketball Northwest, sideline reporter (1999–present)
  • Warren Moon - Host of Seahawks All Access (2003–present)
  • Jen Mueller - Host of Mariners All Access, sideline reporter (2007–present)
  • Dave Sims - Mariners baseball play-by-play (2007–present)
  • Jason Stiles - Football Analyst (2006-present)
  • Dave Valle - Mariners baseball analyst (2010-present)

Former On-Air Talent[edit]

Former teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yao, Deborah (4 May 2009). "DirecTV, Liberty Media Detail Spinoff Plans". Associated Press. Retrieved 4 May 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ 'Root Sports' new name for sports networks
  3. ^ Eaton, Nick (April 16, 2013). "Update: Mariners buy, will control Root Sports Northwest TV network". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved April 16, 2013.