Stadium College Sports
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
(HD feeds downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Owner||Diamond Sports Group|
(a joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios)
|Sister channels||Tennis Channel|
|Launched||September 4, 2004|
|Former names||Fox Sports Digital Networks (2001–2004) |
Fox College Sports (2004–2021)
|Available on some U.S. cable systems||Check local listings|
|DirecTV (U.S.)||608, 608-1, 608-2 (live games only)|
(All SD only)
|AT&T Uverse||647 Atlantic|
(All SD only)
|Google Fiber||226 Atlantic|
(All SD only)
Stadium College Sports (formerly Fox College Sports) is a group of three American sports networks. Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (under the joint venture Diamond Sports Group), the three channels air college and high school sporting events and programming. The channel is divided into three feeds—Atlantic, Central, and Pacific—which air programming drawn from the Bally Sports regional sports networks in their respective region.
The three networks were originally launched in June 2001 as Fox Sports Digital Networks as a compliment to Fox Sports Net for digital cable subscribers since they did not have access to out-of-market regional sports networks that were available on satellite. The majority of the programming presented on the networks originated from the various Fox Sports regional networks and affiliates. The networks focused on college sports, but also had out-of-market baseball games (which would be phased out after the first few years).. In 2004, the networks were relaunched as Fox College Sports to emphasize their college sports programming. On June 18, 2021, more than a year after the networks sold to Sinclair after having been sold to Disney as part of the 21st Century Fox purchase, the networks were rebranded as Stadium College Sports, co-branding them with Sinclair and Silver Chalice's national sports channel Stadium.
The channels are divided into three geographical areas, which are Stadium College Sports Atlantic (formerly FCS Atlantic), Stadium College Sports Central (formerly FCS Central), and Stadium College Sports Pacific (formerly FCS Pacific). In addition to the events, the network features weekly coach's shows for various universities, programs from the various conferences and schools that highlight their athletes, and the regional sports reports from Bally Sports and other regional sports channels not within the Bally Sports system. Also featured are high school basketball and football games and some state championships for these sports.
Major events include:
- Men's & women's soccer
- Women's volleyball
- Track and field
- Swimming and diving
The three Stadium College Sports channels offer feeds from the various Bally Sports (former Fox Sports) channels, including live games. They also rerun shows originally produced by the various networks affiliated with Bally Sports. As of April 2021, the networks no longer focus on specific conferences despite their regional names.
Previously, each network sourced its programming from the various Fox Sports Networks as follows:
- FCS Atlantic: Shows Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, East Coast Athletic Conference, Ivy League and Southeastern Conference content from Root Sports Pittsburgh, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, and MSG Plus.
- FCS Central: Shows Big 12 Conference and Mid-American Conference content from Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Indiana, and Fox Sports Ohio
- FCS Pacific: Shows Big 12 Conference and Pac-12 Conference content from Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, Root Sports Rocky Mountain, Root Sports Utah, and Root Sports Northwest.
- Pac-12 Conference football and basketball
- FCS Final Score, a news program similar to FSN's former program Final Score, also aired on this network at the top of the hour; it has since been cancelled.
- The National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
- Exclusive Home to The Paradise Jam Tournament from the Virgin Islands
- The FCS Tailgate Tour
- The NSSA College Surfing Championships
- The South Padre Invitational
- FISU International Collegiate Olympic Games every 2 years - both Winter and Summer. FCS was the exclusive domestic television carrier for these events.
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