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<tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align: center; padding: 10px 0 10px 0;">New FSN logo color</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;">Type</th><td>cabletelevision network</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;">Country</th><td>Flag of the United States United States</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;">Availability   </th><td>National, through regional affiliates</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;">Owner</th><td>News Corporation through Fox Entertainment Group (some affiliates owned by Cablevision, Comcast and Liberty Media)</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;">Launch date</th><td>1977 (SportsChannel)
1983 (Prime Network)
1996 (Fox Sports Net)</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;white-space:no-wrap">Past names</th><td>SportsChannel America, Prime Network (nationally, name varied by region)</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:left;">Website</th><td>FoxSports.com (shared with the rest of Fox Sports's US operations)</td></tr>
FSN: Fox Sports Net
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Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles.
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The Fox Sports Regional Networks, or simply Fox Sports Net (FSN), are cable TV regional sports networks that were originally owned by separate companies. The most notable were the SportsChannel networks, which went on the air in 1977 with the original SportsChannel (now FSN New York), and Prime Network, which went on the air in 1983 with the charter member being Home Sports and Entertainment (now FSN Southwest). Fox also purchased SportSouth (now FSN South) from Turner Broadcasting in 1996. SportSouth was restored when FSN acquired Turner South from Turner in 2006 and relaunched it with FSN South's old name.

In 1996, News Corporation, which launched the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986, took over the Prime Network affiliates and renamed them all "Fox Sports Net." In 1997, SportsChannel America joined the Fox Sports Net family (except for the Florida affiliate, which joined in 2000).

Starting in September 2004, Fox Sports Net became known simply as FSN, but the name Fox Sports Net is also still in common use.

Fox Sports Net is headquartered in Los Angeles' Westwood area. Its master control facilities are based in both Los Angeles and Houston. In February 2005, News Corporation (Fox's parent company) became 100 percent owner of FSN, after swapping assets with Cablevision Corporation, but is still identified in its copyright tag as "Fox Sports Net/National Sports Partners." Fox Sports Net also utilizes Stage 19 at Universal Studios Florida, after Nickelodeon Studios closed in 2005.

In addition to regional programming, Fox Sports Net has some national prime time programming such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Chris Myers Interviews. FSN has tried to compete with ESPN in original programming, most notably in 1996, when FSN debuted the Fox Sports National Sports Report, a 30 minute sports news program designed to compete with ESPN's SportsCenter. The program originally began as a two hour program, but was steadily cut back as ratings dropped and costs increased. FSN hired popular former SportsCenter anchor Keith Olbermann and used him to promote the show heavily, but ratings continued to slide. The last edition of the National Sports Report aired in February 2002. In some markets, FSN airs the Regional Sports Report, usually headlined with the name of the region covered, such as the Midwest Sports Report or Detroit Sports Report. The regional reports began in 2000 to complement the national sports report, but many regional reports were cut in 2002 due to increasing costs.[1]

Regional FSN networksEdit

Name Region served Home to Former Name Notes
Arizona Arizona, New Mexico and southern Nevada. Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), local coverage of the Pacific 10, Western Athletic, Big Sky, and Mountain West conferences. PRIME Sports Arizona New LIVE shows follow Diamondbacks, Coyotes, and Suns games each evening, either from their respective sites or the FOX Sports Grill in North Scottsdale.
Bay Area Northern and central California, Sacramento, northwestern Nevada (including the Lake Tahoe-Reno-Carson City region), and parts of southern Oregon. San Francisco Giants (MLB), Oakland Athletics (MLB), San Jose Sharks (NHL), Golden State Warriors (NBA), San Jose Stealth (NLL), San Jose Sabercats (AFL) and local coverage of the Pacific 10, West Coast, Mountain West, and Western Athletic conferences. Pacific Sports Network (PSN), SportsChannel Bay Area, SportsChannel Pacific 40% owned by Fox, and as of April 30, 2007, 60% owned by Comcast. Managed by Comcast. SportsChannel Pacific was formed when Pacific Sports Network (PSN) merged with SportsChannel Bay Area. This network airs on one basic cable (FSN) and two digital cable channels (FSN+ and FSN+ 2), all of which generally show the same programming except when there are multiple events taking place.
Detroit Michigan (statewide), northwestern Ohio, northeastern Indiana, and some portions of northeast Wisconsin along the Upper Michigan border. Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Pistons (NBA), Detroit Red Wings (NHL), Detroit Shock (WNBA), local coverage of the Big Ten, Horizon League, CCHA and the MAC athletic conferences, as well as the MHSAA (Michigan High School Atletics Assotiation) Tigers Live, Red Wings Live, and Pistons Live are produced by FSN Detroit. Fox Sports Net Detroit put Pro-Am Sports System (PASS), which was owned by Post-Newsweek, out of business in 1996 when FOX acquired the TV rights to all the pro sports teams in Detroit.
Florida Florida (statewide), and parts of southern Alabama (not including Mobile) and southern Georgia. Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Orlando Magic (NBA), Florida Marlins (MLB), Florida Panthers (NHL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Atlantic Sun, Conference USA, and Atlantic Coast athletic conferences. SportsChannel Florida Shares broadcast rights with co-owned Sun Sports. Last FSN network to discontinue the SportsChannel name.
Indiana Central Indiana Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indiana Fever (WNBA), Cincinnati Reds (MLB) and local coverage of minor league baseball and collegiate sports featuring the Big 12, Conference USA, Southeastern, Western Athletic, Missouri Valley, and Horizon League conferences. Formerly part of FSN Midwest; Was Prime Sports Network prior to that FSN Indiana became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Indiana Pacers. It is still a part of FSN Midwest in some markets.
Midwest Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, western Kentucky and northern Arkansas. Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), St. Louis Blues (NHL), and local coverage of minor league baseball and collegiate sports featuring the Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Southeastern, Western Athletic, Missouri Valley, and Horizon League conferences. Prime Sports Midwest FSN Midwest also airs Cardinals games in West Tennessee and northern Arkansas. Royals coverage is run through the team's RSTN subsidiary, and is not seen in Kansas City on FSN Midwest (instead on Metro Sports); for this reason, some KC-area media outlets refer to FSN Midwest as "FSN St. Louis". They have garnered this moniker due to devoting most of their coverage to Saint Louis sports, while largely ignoring the rest of the state. However, RSTN will cease operations after the 2007 season, and Royals broadcasts will return to FSN Midwest in the Kansas City market.
New York New York, northern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut. New York Islanders (NHL), New Jersey Devils (NHL), Long Island Lizards (MLL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Northeast, and Metro Atlantic athletic conferences. SportsChannel New York Co-owned with MSG, which carries the New York Knicks (NBA), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), New York Rangers (NHL), New York Liberty (WNBA), Red Bull New York (MLS), plus regional collegiate football and basketball. Did not animate most Fox Box animations until 2007-2008 NHL season. Also only network to not use bug on most programming. Owned by Cablevision.
North Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL), Minnesota Swarm (NLL) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Big Ten, Big East, and Horizon League athletic conferences. WCCO II, Wisconsin Sports Network, Midwest Sports Channel Regional subfeeds for the Minnesota/Dakotas region, and for the state of Wisconsin not included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The Wisconsin feed is operated under FSN Wisconsin as of April 2007 and originates from Fox O&O WITI-TV in Milwaukee.
Northwest Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, parts of Wyoming, and parts of northern Nevada. Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle SuperSonics (NBA), Seattle Storm (WNBA), plus local coverage of the University of Washington, Washington State University,Portland State University and Gonzaga University Northwest Cable Sports, Prime Sports Northwest Produces FSN Detroit's Detroit Sports Report. Acquired by Liberty Media as part of its purchase of DirecTV. [2] FSN Northwest lost coverage of the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) to Comcast SportsNet after refusing to come to an agreement with the team on a rights fee. [3]
Ohio Ohio (with the exception of the Toledo region, where FSN Detroit is carried and the Youngstown-Steubenville region where FSN Pittsburgh is carried), parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Northwestern Pennsylvania (primarily Erie), and extreme Southwestern New York. Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Cincinnati Reds (MLB), Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Southeastern, Atlantic 10, Mid American, Metro Atlantic, Great Midwest, Conference USA, Atlantic Coast, and Missouri Valley athletic conferences. SportsChannel Ohio FSN Ohio airs Reds games in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas, including western North Carolina. FSN Ohio also broadcasts select Cavaliers games on FSN Pittsburgh. Sometimes, only FSN is listed in the Fox Box rather than the full FSN Ohio name, all other FSN networks list the networks name. The network also produces a call-in show called "Cleveland Rants" that makes it unique to most other FSNs. Also, it should be noted that there are actually two separate feeds, an FSN OHIO Cleveland and an FSN OHIO Cincinnati that are slightly different, mainly on the Reds games and on high school sports
Pittsburgh Western and most of Central Pennsylvania, all of West Virginia except the extreme eastern panhandle that reaches into the D.C. market, Southwestern New York, western Maryland, eastern Ohio and the border communities of Kentucky with Ohio and West Virginia. (see Armstrong Group Cable) Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA—via FSN Ohio), Washington Wild Things (Frontier League), plus local coverage of the Big East, Big Ten, Atlantic 10, PIAA, WPIAL and Horizon League athletic conferences. KBL Sports, Prime Sports KBL. Produced Midwest Sports Report for FSN Midwest until its move to St. Louis in 2006. Acquired by Liberty Media as part of its purchase of DirecTV.
Rocky Mountain Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, western Kansas, western Nebraska, and parts of Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico. Colorado Rockies (MLB), Colorado Mammoth (NLL) and Utah Jazz (NBA) plus local coverage of the Big 12, Big Sky, Western Athletic, Conference USA, and Mountain West athletic conferences. Prime Sports Rocky Mountain, Prime Sports Intermountain West A sub-feed for Utah (FSN Utah) carries the Utah Jazz (NBA), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL—via FSN Arizona), Real Salt Lake (MLS), and local collegiate sports.
South Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, parts of Kentucky and most of North Carolina. Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), Atlanta Braves (MLB), Nashville Predators (NHL) plus local coverage of Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Conference USA, Big South, and Southern athletic conferences. (Original) SportSouth Purchased Turner South in May 2006; name changed to SportSouth; SportSouth carries the Braves, Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL).
Southwest Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, parts of New Mexico, and Arkansas. Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Rangers (MLB), FC Dallas (MLS), San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Southland, Big 12, and Conference USA athletic conferences. Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports Southwest. A sub-feed is offered for Southeast Texas (FSN Houston), which operates evenings and weekends, and is home to the Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Comets (WNBA), and local collegiate sports.
West Southern California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), Chivas USA (MLS), and local coverage of the Pacific 10, West Coast, Mountain West, Western Athletic, and Big West conferences. (Original) Prime Ticket, Prime Sports West Shares programming with FSN Prime Ticket, which serves the same area.
Wisconsin Wisconsin. Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Green Bay Packers (NFL), Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) and regional sports. FSN North FSN Wisconsin became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Milwaukee Brewers. It is still a part of FSN North in some markets.
Prime Ticket Southern California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii. Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), Chivas USA (MLS), and local coverage of the Pacific 10, West Coast, Mountain West, Western Athletic, and Big West conferences. FSN West 2 Shares programming with FSN West, which serves the same area.

Former FSN networksEdit

Name Region served (Former) Home to Former Name Other
Chicago Northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and eastern Iowa. Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Fire (MLS) Chicago Rush, (AFL), Chicago White Sox (MLB), local and national collegiate sports, including those from FSN Detroit. Sportsvision, SportsChannel Chicago Closed on June 23, 2006. Was the production and origination point of the Chicago, Ohio, and Bay Area Sports Report programs (all 50% owned by Rainbow Sports/Cablevision). Comcast SportsNet Chicago now occupies the former FSN Chicago facility located at 350 North Orleans Street, and has acquired the rights to air the nationally-distributed FSN programs. The old Chicago Sports Report set was purchased (and is now used as the main news set) by WREX in Rockford, IL. Building current home of the Chicago Sun-Times.
New England Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Boston Celtics (NBA), Boston Cannons (MLL), and local college sports. SportsChannel New England As of April 30, 2007, 100% owned by Comcast. Rebranded as Comcast SportsNet on October 1, 2007, and more local programming in the network will be added.[4][5]

Other FSN-owned/affiliated NetworksEdit

Name Region served Home to Former Name Other
Sun Sports Florida. Orlando Magic (NBA), Miami Heat (NBA), Florida Marlins (MLB), Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). Sunshine Network Originally a Prime Network affiliate, it is now owned by Fox Sports Net.
SportSouth Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina. Atlanta Braves (MLB), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Atlanta Thrashers (NHL). Turner South Previously owned by Time-Warner as part of the TBS family, sold to News Corporation (parent company of Fox Sports Net) in 2006. Renamed to SportSouth on October 13, 2006.

Fox College Sports (FCS)Edit

Main article: Fox College Sports

FSN also offers Fox College Sports (formerly Fox Sports Digital Networks) for digital cable subscribers. These are three channels (marked Atlantic, Central, and Pacific) that provide programming (primarily colleigate sports, plus minor league sports) that would be carried from each individual FSN network, as well as each affiliate's regional sports reports and individually-produced programming (such as coaches shows, team magazines, and documentaries). More or less, these three networks are condensed versions of the 22 FSN-affiliated networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, though the channels also show international events that fit too oddly on FSN or Fox Soccer Channel, such as the Commonwealth Games, World University Games, and the FINA World Swimming Championships.

The FCS Channels offers the FSN feeds on the following channels:

  • Atlantic: New England, New York, Pittsburgh, South, Florida, Sun Sports, CSN Mid-Atlantic and MSG Network
  • Central: Detroit, Southwest, North, Midwest, Indiana, and Ohio.
  • Pacific: Bay Area, Arizona, Rocky Mountain, Northwest, West, and Prime Ticket.

See Regional sports network for those regional sports channels which are not part of Fox Sports Net.

FOX BoxesEdit

FSN has often been the testing ground for the innovations that FOX comes up with graphically and the source of inspiration that other networks have for their graphics. They were the first U.S. sports channel to introduce the bar score/time graphic on the top of the screen. Since FSN came up with the top-screen bar graphic, many other major networks have abandoned the corner box graphic in favor of the bar.

2001-mid-2005Edit

FSN first used the scoring banner for most of its broadcasts beginning in 2001. The banner than was simpler than today's. It featured a transparent black rectangle, a baseball diamond graphic for baseball broadcasts on the far left, the team abbreviations in white with their scores in yellow boxes (the white boxes were used on some broadcasts until 2002). Then the quarter or inning, time or number of outs, pitch count/speed (baseball broadcasts), and the FSN logo on the far right. Midway in July 2003, Fox Sports Net adopted new graphics for its MLB broadcasts, then later expanded them to college football, NHL, and NBA broadcasts, despite retaining the banner. Until sometime 2004, the logo said FOX SPORTS NET with the "FOX" in a white box, which was later changed to blue. In 2004 until September, the logo had the FSN and FOX SPORTS NET in black. Now it has the FSN logo with the region to the right. This banner is still used for AVP volleyball broadcasts

2005-mid-2008Edit

In the middle of June 2005, the banner was given a cosmetic upgrade. Despite the graphics used since July 2003 are still used. The team abbreviations became white in the team's main color, and the scores are now in white boxes. The scores would flash, making a futuristic computer sound, whenever the scores change. On the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic on the far left would flash, circling the bases with a graphic below the banner with the words "HOME RUN" and the team's or player's name shown in electronic lettering. With the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic changed between 2005 and 2006. Also, the FSN logo on the far right is now in a black oval-like shape with the region in white.

2008-2011Edit

For the 2008 college football season, the scoring banner went back to a box on the top-left portion of the screen, featuring text in an athletic-like font, with similarities to the text style of Big Ten Network's and Fox's current graphic styling. The box changes to the colors of the team possessing the ball, with down information in the top portion of the box and a text box with information such as punt hangtime extending from the bottom, and the size of the possessing team's scoring area expands with the possession arrow. The box flips over to indicate a score, and no FSN branding is seen onscreen beyond the local network's logo in the top-right hand corner. After the debut, variations of the package began to be implemented during other major league events shown on FSN affiliates, beginning with NHL telecasts on October 11, 2008, NBA telecasts on October 28 (initially using a smaller box for scores in the bottom-right for the 2008-09 season, but switching to a horizontal "strip" design for the 2009-2010 season), and MLB games on both FSN and the Fox network upon the beginning of the new season in April 2009.

A new plain-text logo design also debuted with the new graphics for FSN owned and operated affiliates, featuring "FS" lettering in bold, followed by the region name (or a team name during major league events, also colored in the respective team's colors). The word "Net" was also dropped from the station names as well. The new logo was only implemented by Fox-owned FSN affiliates; DirecTV Sports Networks' affiliates debuted the new graphics but maintained the previous "pillbox" logo, and FSN New York and Comcast's affiliates re-branded under their own brands, MSG Plus and Comcast SportsNet, before the FSN re-launch.

In 2010, FSN O&O's also began to increase use of the standard Fox Sports brand through various means, such as using the standard Fox Sports microphone flags, debuting localized versions of the Fox Sports frontcap before live broadcasts, and incorporating the Fox Sports logo into a new logo animation for the network's bug. In 2011, some FSN networks also followed the lead of the Fox network by framing its broadcasts for the 16:9 aspect ratio (which moves the logo bug into the extreme right corner of the high definition image, and moves the corner score box to the extreme left) and letterboxing the widescreen image on its standard definition feeds.

2011-presentEdit

FSN O&O's and national programming began to phase in the new standard Fox Sports graphics package (which originally debuted with Fox's NFL coverage in 2010), beginning with the 2011 MLB season, the 2011 college football season, the 2011-12 NHL season and the 2011-12 NBA season. FSN affiliates owned by DirecTV Sports Networks re-branded as Root Sports at the start of the MLB season as well, but initially still used the previous FSN graphics, but with elements from a new dedicated package, which formally debuted at the start of the NHL season. However, at the start of the preseason NBA broadcasts still use the previous year's graphics, even though Fox Sports Ohio debuted with the new graphics in the D-League Canton Charge's debut game. Eventually, they adopted the new graphics for NBA broadcasts on Christmas Day (which debuted with College Basketball broadcasts in November). Even though it adopted the new graphics, Fox Sports Arizona's Phoenix Suns broadcasts continue to use the old score banner as the season began.

Programs broadcast nationwideEdit

Live national play-by-playEdit

Other sportsEdit

New shows added in 2007Edit

New shows added in 2006Edit

Other shows seen on FSN across the country are The Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Chris Myers Interview, FSN Pro Football Preview, Totally Football, and FSN Baseball Report. The Sports List and Beyond the Glory are still seen in reruns in most markets.

In addition, FSN airs an extensive lineup of poker shows, including Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and MansionPoker.net PokerDome Challenge.

Defunct programsEdit

These programs once aired on FSN, but have since been cancelled:

Pay-per-viewEdit

On November 10, 2006, FSN distributed its first pay-per-view event. Evander Holyfield, former heavyweight boxing champion, defeated Fres Oquendo in an unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was also distributed free of charge on the FoxSports.com website outside the United States.

FSN HDEdit

FSN HD is a high definition simulcast of FSN featuring high-definition programming such as live sporting events. Each regional channel has its own separate HD feed.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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