American Sports Network

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American Sports Network
Type Ad hoc television network/syndication service
Availability Regional
(available on television stations in several markets, as well as select regional sports networks)
Founded July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)
Headquarters Hunt Valley, Maryland
Owner Sinclair Networks Group, LLC
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
[1]
Key people
Doron Gorshein
(COO, Sinclair Networks)
Launch date
August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30)
Affiliates List of affiliates
Official website
americansportsnet.com

American Sports Network (ASN) is the sports division of Sinclair Networks Group, LLC, a programming unit of the U.S. television station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group.[1] Formed in July 2014, ASN produces broadcasts of sporting events that are aired primarily across stations owned by Sinclair (in particular, CW and MyNetworkTV stations owned and/or operated by the company, or, in some markets, on a digital subchannel of a Sinclair station), and syndicated to non-Sinclair stations and regional sports networks.

ASN primarily deals in college sports from several "mid-major" NCAA Division I conferences, including live football and basketball games from the Atlantic 10 Conference, Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, Southland Conference, and Western Athletic Conference, as well as a limited number of professional sports events. In 2015, ASN acquired regional rights to Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, with games airing on Sinclair stations in the team's market area.

History[edit]

Sinclair Broadcast Group formally announced the launch of the American Sports Network on July 17, 2014; the service is led by Doron Gorshein, who joined the company in January 2014 in the role of chief operating officer of Sinclair Networks. ASN carries live broadcasts of mainly collegiate sporting events, along with ancillary programming focusing on colleges, their students and student-athletes. ASN's content would air primarily on Sinclair-owned-or-operated affiliates of The CW and MyNetworkTV or on secondary digital subchannels of other stations run by the company (some of which had carried content from competing syndicated sports distributors ESPN Regional Television and Raycom Sports until ASN's launch), the latter especially the case for its stations that have primary affiliations with one of the Big Four networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) which would not pre-empt the higher-tier sports coverage provided by their network partners. Sinclair opened ASN up for distribution by other broadcast outlets interested in carrying the service's content, and announced plans to expand ASN onto digital platforms.[2][3][4]

ASN planned to initially broadcast college football, men's and women's college basketball, women's college soccer, and college baseball events, beginning with the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS and FCS football seasons. Prior to the service's formal launch, Sinclair reached broadcast rights agreements with five NCAA Division I conferences, including Conference USA,[5] the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference,[6] and the Patriot League.[7]

ASN's first broadcasts took place on August 30, 2014, featuring two football games involving Conference USA teams (Old Dominion University vs. Hampton University and Florida International University hosting Bethune-Cookman University).[8]

In September 2014, Sinclair reached a two-year deal with the International Motor Sports Association to syndicate broadcasts of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series through ASN beginning that year, with a renewal option that could be exercised in 2016. Its first race broadcast on September 13, 2014 was shown on Sinclair stations in at least 36 markets, marking the first non-college sporting event to be syndicated by ASN.[9]

On September 29, 2014, Sinclair announced a multi-year deal with the Western Athletic Conference to broadcast its games through ASN – marking the sixth conference to partner with the service. Sinclair also announced that it had reached syndication deals with stations in 67 markets where the company does not have a station in its portfolio to carry ASN's programming, expanding its total potential audience to 83 million viewers.[10][11]

On October 16, 2014, Jonathan B. LeCrone announced the Horizon League had entered into a deal with the American Sports Network to broadcast select games; subsequently on November 10, ASN entered into a broadcast contract with the Ohio Valley Conference.[12]

On December 2, 2014, ASN entered into the collegiate hockey field through an agreement that gave it the rights to air six Penn State Nittany Lions home games.[13] ASN later added two other men's ice hockey contests from the Big Ten Conference, featuring the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes.[14]

On January 23, 2015, Sinclair announced that it had acquired regional television rights to Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer beginning in the 2015 season, with ASN handling production of the telecasts. KMYU and KUTV will air the games locally, and they will be syndicated to Sinclair stations in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada as well as in Boise, Idaho. Stations in Arizona and New Mexico would also be able to bid for the local rights to telecast the matches in their markets.[15]

On May 19, 2015, ASN announced that it had reached an agreement with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to televise a weekly game during the 2015 season. ASN was scheduled to air a weekly game live from different individual leagues on Sunday nights, and would also air the all-star games for the Florida State League and the Midwest League.[1]

On June 24, 2015 the Southland Conference announced that ASN would televise select matches from their conference beginning with the 2015 fall football season. The ASN package would replace the Southland Conference TV Network syndication package.[16]

Programming[edit]

NCAA sports[edit]

2014-15[edit]

During the 2014-15 season, ASN televised live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:

League Football Men's
basketball
Women's
basketball
Men's
ice hockey
Men's
soccer
Women's
soccer
Baseball Softball Women's
volleyball
Men's
lacrosse
Women's
lacrosse
Atlantic 10 Conference[21] Yes Yes
Big South Conference Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Big Ten Conference Yes
Colonial Athletic Association[22] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Conference USA Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizon League Yes
Ivy League[23] Yes Yes Yes
Ohio Valley Conference Yes
Patriot League Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Southern Conference Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Western Athletic Conference Yes Yes

2015-16[edit]

During the 2015-16 season, ASN will televise live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:

League Football Men's
basketball
Women's
basketball
Men's
ice hockey
Men's
soccer
Women's
soccer
Baseball Softball Women's
volleyball
Atlantic 10 Conference[24] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Big South Conference[25] Yes
Colonial Athletic Association[26] Yes
Conference USA[27] Yes
Ivy League[28] Yes
Mid-American Conference Yes
National Collegiate Hockey Conference[29] Yes
Ohio Valley Conference[30] Yes Yes Yes
Patriot League[31] Yes Yes Yes
Southern Conference[32] Yes
Southland Conference[33] Yes Yes

List of affiliates[edit]

American Sports Network have no fixed affiliated subchannels (they move ASN in markets between owned and operated stations & their subchannels and LMA stations & their subchannels) amongst the Sinclair Broadcast Group owned and operated stations or affiliated companies for which Sinclair operates stations on their behalf: Cunningham Broadcasting, Deerfield Media, Howard Stirk Holdings, Mercury Broadcasting Company, and WDKA Acquisition Corporation.

Broadcast affiliates[edit]

City of license/market Station[34] Virtual
channel
Owner Primary affiliation

Alabama[edit]

HuntsvilleDecatur WZDX 54.2 Nexstar Broadcasting Group MyNetworkTV

Connecticut[edit]

HartfordNew Haven WCTX 59.1 Media General MyNetworkTV

Georgia[edit]

Atlanta WATL 36.1 Gannett Company MyNetworkTV

Illinois[edit]

SpringfieldDecaturChampaign WBUI 23.1 GOCOM Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW

Indiana[edit]

Indianapolis WRTV 6.2 E. W. Scripps Company Hometown Sports Indiana

Kentucky[edit]

Bowling Green WKYU-TV 24.1[35] Western Kentucky University PBS

Louisiana[edit]

Shreveport-Texarkana, AR KPXJ 21.1 KTBS, LLC (Wray family) The CW

Nebraska[edit]

Omaha KXVO 15.1 Mitts Telecasting Company
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
The CW

Tennessee[edit]

Jackson WNBJ-LD 39.1[36] Jackson TV, LLC NBC
Knoxville WATE-TV 6.2 [36] Media General
Nashville WUXP 30.1 [37] Sinclair Broadcast Group MyNetworkTV

Texas[edit]

Corpus Christi KRIS-TV 6.x Cordillera Communications
El PasoLas Cruces, NM KVIA-TV 7.2 News-Press & Gazette Company The CW
TylerLongview KLPN-LD/KTPN-LD 48.1/22.1 White Knight Broadcasting
(operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
MyNetworkTV

West Virginia[edit]

ClarksburgWeston WDTV 5.1 Withers Broadcasting Companies CBS

Regional sports networks[edit]

Network Region served Owner
Altitude Sports and Entertainment Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska,
New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming
Stan Kroenke
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, Central California, Southern Oregon, Nevada NBCUniversal (45%)
San Francisco Giants (30%)
21st Century Fox (25%)
Comcast SportsNet Chicago Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan NBCUniversal (20%)
J. Joseph Ricketts Family (20%)
Jerry Reinsdorf (40%)
Rocky Wirtz (20%)
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Southern Pennsylvania, Eastern West Virginia, Southern Delaware, Hampton Roads MSA, Outer Banks NBCUniversal
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia Philadelphia metropolitan area, Eastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Delaware NBCUniversal
Philadelphia Phillies
Cox Sports Television Louisiana, WacoTempleBryan, Texas Cox Communications
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia
Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals
New England Sports Network Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut,
Massachusetts,
Providence, Rhode IslandNew Bedford, Massachusetts
Fenway Sports Group (80%)
Root Sports Southwest[38] Houston, Texas DirecTV Sports Networks (60%)
AT&T (40%)
Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Texas) Texas Time Warner Cable

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Tom Fornelli (July 17, 2014). "Conference USA announces new television agreement". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Jeff Schuler (July 17, 2014). "Patriot League enters into TV agreement with new American Sports Network". The Morning Call. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kevin Kelley (July 17, 2014). "American Sports Network to Televise 30 C-USA Football Games". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "IMSA Secures TV Deal for Porsche GT3 Cup". National Speed Sport News (Turn 3 Media LLC). September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
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  21. ^ A-10 Reaches Agreement with American Sports Network to Air Women's Basketball Quarterfinals
  22. ^ The CAA & CAA Football on Television
  23. ^ 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Television Package Features 12 Men's Games, 3 Women's Games
  24. ^ A-10 Announces Multi-Year Media Agreement with Sinclair to Televise Events on ASN
  25. ^ Big South Announces 2015 Football Television Schedule
  26. ^ CAA Football Announces 2015 TV Lineup
  27. ^ ASN, Conference USA team up for 30 football games in 2015
  28. ^ 2015 Football Television Schedule Showcases All Time-High 17 Matchups
  29. ^ ASN, NCHC team up for 18 hockey games over 2 years
  30. ^ ASN, OVC to air 6 football games starting Sept. 26
  31. ^ American Sports Network to Broadcast Four Patriot League Games in the Fall
  32. ^ SoCon Announces Football Broadcast Schedule
  33. ^ Southland Announces Early TV Selections For 2015 Season
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  37. ^ “Blue Raiders make first trip to UTSA”. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (GoBlueRaiders.com). January 27, 2015.
  38. ^ "Owls Set for ASN Debut on Saturday". Rice Owls.com (CBSi Advance Media). October 2, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 

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