SportsChannel Cincinnati

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SportsChannel Cincinnati
Launched 1989 (1989)
Closed 1998 (1998)
Network SportsChannel America
Owned by Cablevision
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Miami Valley
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio
Replaced by Fox Sports Ohio

SportsChannel Cincinnati is a defunct American regional sports network that was owned by the Rainbow Media division of Cablevision, and operated as an affiliate of SportsChannel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the channel used to broadcast regional coverage of sports events throughout the Miami Valley, focusing mainly on professional sports teams based in the Cincinnati area.


The network launched in 1989, with coverage of Major League Baseball games involving the Cincinnati Reds as its flagship programming. In 1996, the network's Reds broadcasts were fed to Tennessee and western North Carolina via Fox Sports South; much of that area is part of the Reds' home territory as defined by the league.

On June 30, 1997, Fox/Liberty Networks (owned as a joint venture between News Corporation and Liberty Media) purchased a 40% interest in Cablevision's sports properties (including the SportsChannel networks, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks and New York Rangers) for $850 million.[1][2][3][4] In January 1998, SportsChannel was integrated into Fox Sports Net, a group of regional sports networks created by Fox/Liberty in November 1996. At that time, SportsChannel Cincinnati was folded into Fox Sports Ohio (the former SportsChannel Ohio), serving as a regional subfeed of that network.


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  2. ^ John M. Higgins (June 30, 1997). "National net keys regional deal. (Fox Sports, Liberty Media Corp. challenge ESPN with stake in SportsChannel)". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via HighBeam Research. 
  3. ^ "SPORTS LANDSCAPE ALTERED WITH FOX/LIBERTY-CABLEVISION DEAL". Sports Business Journal. Advance Publications. June 23, 1997. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ John M. Higgins (June 23, 1997). "TCI/News Corp. $850M SportsChannel deal close. (Tele-Communications Inc, proposed acquisition of cable sports network)". Broadcasting & Cable. Cahners Business Information. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.