Type of site
|Owner||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Alexa rank||2,284 (June 2017[update])|
FoxSports.com is a sports news website operated by the Fox Sports division of Fox Entertainment Group. The website primarily features streaming video content surrounding sports-related topics, including segments and features from the division's studio programming.
In May 2004, Fox Sports entered into an agreement with Microsoft for FoxSports.com to become the official sports portal of MSN.com, replacing ESPN.com; the deal included joint advertising sales and revenue sharing, and integration of FoxSports.com into MSN.com and its associated services. The partnership was dissolved in 2014.
In 2016, Fox Sports executive Jamie Horowitz took over the operations of the division's digital properties. Horowitz (who had led the Fox Sports 1 cable channel's shift to opinion-based studio programming rather than general sports news coverage) began to institute new editorial practices at FoxSports.com, proposing that the website's written content be used to promote Fox Sports pundits and their television programs, including Fox Sports 1 hosts Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless, rather than original reports. During the lead-up to Super Bowl LI, the website piloted an aspect of this content strategy by having articles ghostwritten under the names of FS1 pundits.
On June 26, 2017, Fox Sports redesigned its website to focus primarily on streaming video content only, rather than written articles. At the same time, Fox Sports laid off 20 writers so these positions could be filled by video-focused roles. The video content draws largely from FS1 studio programs. On July 3, 2017, Horowitz was fired from Fox Sports over allegations of sexual harassment.
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