|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2014)|
(as Sunshine Network)
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Formerly called||Sunshine Network (1988–2004)|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports Florida
Fox Sports 1
|Website||Sun Sports / Fox Sports Florida|
|DirecTV||653 Main (SD/HD)
656 Plus (HD on 656-1)
|Dish Network||422 (SD)
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Sun Sports (sometimes referred to on-air as Fox's Sun Sports) is an American regional sports network that is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, and serves the state of Florida. The channel is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. Its headquarters are located in Orlando, Florida. Launched in 1988 as Sunshine Network, the channel is now carried by virtually every cable provider throughout the state of Florida and is available on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network around the United States.
Originally an affiliate of Prime Network, it was acquired with the rest of Prime by Fox Sports Net in 1995. Sunshine Network changed its name to Sun Sports in 2004 to reflect its sports-focused programming.
Sun Sports airs professional, collegiate and high school sporting events. It offers split feeds for individual regions of the state. Along with sister network Fox Sports Florida, it holds the regional cable television rights to the NBA's Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, and MLB's Tampa Bay Rays. In addition the channel offers baseball, basketball, football, and other sporting events from University of Florida, Florida State University, and the Southeastern Conference. Having a longtime partnership with Florida State and the University of Florida, Sun Sports produces all regular season football games for both schools and airs them statewide on a next-day delay basis. The network also has the rights to the FHSAA football and basketball finals.
Fox Sports Florida
Through Sun Sports, South Florida residents can view Miami Heat basketball, as Central and Northern Florida can view Orlando Magic basketball. Ultimately however, Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida are sister channels, and games can air on either channel depending on who is playing at a given time (particularly with the Marlins and Rays, since both teams routinely play at concurring game times). The two channels do not focus on one region of Florida (it was long rumored that Sun Sports would carry only the North/Central Florida teams, while Fox Sports Florida would carry Miami-area teams) so that the Lightning, Heat, Marlins, Magic, and Florida Panthers are all cable-exclusive.
In 2010, the Miami Marlins moved all their games to Fox Sports Florida, while Tampa Bay had all their games on Sun Sports. Prior to 2009, some Rays games were available on over-the-air stations.
- Dewayne Staats - Tampa Bay Rays Play-by-Play
- Todd Kalas - Tampa Bay Rays Pre-Game Host and In-Game Reporter
- Brian Anderson - Tampa Bay Rays Analyst
- Steve Goldstein - Florida Panthers Play-by-Play
- Bill Lindsay - Florida Panthers Analyst
- Eric Reid - Miami Heat Play-by-Play
- Tony Fiorentino - Miami Heat Analyst
- Jason Jackson - Miami Heat Post-Game Host And In-Game Reporter
- David Steele - Orlando Magic Play-by-Play
- Matt Guokas - Orlando Magic Analyst
- Rick Peckham - Tampa Bay Lightning Play-by-Play
- Bobby Taylor - Tampa Bay Lightning Analyst
- Paul Kennedy - Orlando Magic & Tampa Bay Lightning Host and In-Game Reporter
- Magic to move 35 games to FSN Florida http://capefish.blogspot.com/2007/08/magic-move-35-games-to-fsn-florida.html