Sportsvision

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Not to be confused with Sportvision. ‹See Tfd›
Sportsvision
Type Pay television network (sports)
Country
Availability United States
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf
Key people
Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie Einhorn, Fred Eychaner
Launch date
1982

Sportsvision was a subscription TV service founded by Chicago White Sox owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn, and media mogul Fred Eychaner.[1] The service broadcast live sporting events.

In April 1982, WPWR-TV, then on Channel 60, dedicated a large percentage of its broadcast schedule to Sportsvision. To access the service, viewers had to buy a TV set-top converter and pay monthly subscription fees to watch a number of sports broadcasts. Ultimately, as cable television gained a foothold in the Chicago area, the pay-TV business model dissolved and, in January 1984, Sportsvision moved to cable. In 1989, it was unscrambled and renamed SportsChannel. In 1997, SportsChannel was purchased by Fox Sports Net. Now starting in October 2004 through current day the games reside on Comcast Sports Network Chicago which is owned by Chicago sports owners and Comcast's NBC venture.


References[edit]

  • Myslenski, Skip. "TV, Radio map out contingency plans" Chicago Tribune August 6, 1985
  • Craig, Jack. "Einhorn bets on live cable TV" Boston Globe November 29, 1981
  • Polzin, Elmer. "Arlington may try pay-TV" Chicago Tribune May 18, 1982
  • Perricone, Mike. "Hawks Notes" Chicago Sun-Times April 7, 1986