Fox College Sports

Fox College Sports is a group of three United States digital cable networks, FCS Atlantic, FCS Central, and FCS Pacific owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, that specialize primarily in showing collegiate programming, live events, coaches shows & various DI, DII, & DIII content surrounding college athletics. The channels show a wide array of all collegiate sports licensed by the NCAA as well as club sports. FCS also produces a number of exclusive original programs.

Fox College Sports
Fox Sports College
LaunchedSeptember 4, 2004
Owned bySinclair Broadcast Group[1]
Picture format720p (HDTV)
(HD feeds downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited States
Formerly calledFox Sports Digital Networks (2001-2004)
Sister channel(s)Tennis Channel
Stadium
Fox Sports Networks
Honor Club
WebsiteFoxSports.com/FCS
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV (U.S.)608, 608-1, 608-2 (live games only)
(All SD only)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable systemsCheck local listings
Verizon FiOS300 FCS Atlantic
301 FCS Central
302 FCS Pacific
(All SD only)
IPTV
AT&T Uverse647 FCS Atlantic
648 FCS Central
649 FCS Pacific
(All SD only)
Google FiberFCS Atlantic
FCS Central
FCS Pacific
(All SD only)
Streaming media
PlayStation VueFCS Atlantic
FCS Central
FCS Pacific
HuluFCS Atlantic (Fox Sports Go Only)
FCS Central (Fox Sports Go Only)
FCS Pacific (Fox Sports Go Only)
Fubo TVFCS Atlantic
FCS Central
FCS Pacific

Programming

Major events include:

The channels are divided into three geographical areas, which are FCS Pacific, FCS Central, and FCS Atlantic. 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 Fox Sports Networks and other regional sports channels not within the Fox Sports system. Also featured are high school basketball and football games and some state championships for these sports.

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 channels also features the FISU International Collegiate Olympic Games every 2 years - both Winter and Summer. FCS is the exclusive domestic television carrier for these events.

While FCS is primarily a digital cable-only service (the networks were founded as Fox Sports Digital, referring to digital cable), select programs have been seen on Fox Sports affiliates or on alternate satellite channels.

The three FCS channels offer the Fox Sports Networks feeds from the following channels, including live games (FSN has rights to show live Big 12 Conference football, Pac-12 Conference football and basketball and Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games on Fox College Sports). They also rerun shows originally produced by and shown on the networks listed:

Fox College Sports also develops original content. The list below includes original programming aired nationally exclusively on FCS.

  • 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
  • The FISU International Games (International College University Games)
  • The FCS Final Score

Sister channels

Ball State SportsLink - signed on this year as the first University to provide full 30 minute length shows to be aired with Fox College Sports.

Branding

Until 2013, FCS used a silver and blue version of the old FSN pillbox logo. Beginning in August 2013, FCS began using a logo bug similar to the one shown on Fox Sports Networks. The Fox Sports logo is shown with a dark blue, rounded arrow shaped drop-down containing the name "FOX COLLEGE SPORTS". The drop-down is slightly longer than those seen on Fox Sports Networks so that it can accommodate the region name of the FCS network, seen in blue text "ATLANTIC", "CENTRAL", or "PACIFIC". The bottom of the drop-down contains a small arrow, colored light blue. During replay events, however, the region name is removed and a bug similar to the Fox Sports Networks with just "FOX COLLEGE SPORTS" is shown.

References

  1. ^ "Sinclair to Buy Regional Fox Sports Networks for $9.6B". Spectrum News 1. May 3, 2019.

External links

2010–11 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Drake University during the 2010-11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team, which plays in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), was led by third-year head coach Mark Phelps and played their home games at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs finished the season 13–18, 7–11 in Missouri Valley play and lost in the first round of the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

The 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) was a postseason single-elimination tournament of 32 NCAA Division I teams, up from 24 teams in the 2011 CIT. The CIT began with 16 first round games. Games took place March 13–28, 2012.32 participants who were not invited to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the 2012 National Invitation Tournament, or the 2012 College Basketball Invitational made up the field. The winner of the 2012 Great West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, North Dakota, received an automatic bid to the tournament.

All games, except for the championship game, were streamed online by America One Sports at http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=379. Free registration was required to view the games. The championship game was once again broadcast nationally by Fox College Sports on FCS Central.

The tournament was won by Mercer who defeated Utah State in the championship game 70–67. This was the first post-season tournament win for a men's basketball team from the Atlantic Sun Conference.

2019 Big 12 Conference Softball Tournament

The 2019 Big 12 Conference Softball tournament will be held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from May 10 through May 11, 2019. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament. All games of the tournament aired on Fox College Sports, the championship game will air on FS2. Due to Weather conditions, the last 4 games of the Big 12 Tournament were canceled. Therefore the Automatic bid was given to the regular season champion which would be Oklahoma.

24Kitchen

24Kitchen is a Dutch television specialty channel that airs both one-time and recurring (episodic) programs about food and cooking currently operated by Fox Networks Group Benelux (owned by The Walt Disney Company).

Black Bear Sports Network

Black Bear Sports Network is the radio and television name for University of Maine sports. The radio affiliates broadcast football, men's and women's basketball, men's ice hockey and select baseball and softball games. The current network formed in the summer of 2007 when Learfield Sports took over the marketing for the Maine Black Bears. Previous to this the radio network was known as The Sports Zone Black Bear Network and was heard on Bangor, Maine ESPN Radio affiliate WZON, at times including WLOB and WEGP.

WABI-TV, Bangor's CBS affiliate was the long-time television home for Black Bear sports, including most home football games and men's and women's basketball games (also carried on Portland CW affiliate WPXT); WABI's relationship with UMaine, which dated to the station's founding in 1953 (outside of a period from 1989 through 1997 in which rival WLBZ-TV held the rights) ended in 2013, after the station was unable to reach a renewal deal with Learfield Sports. In July 2013, Learfield reached a deal to make WVII-TV and WFVX-LD, Bangor's ABC and Fox affiliates, the new flagship television stations for the Black Bear Sports Network. As part of the deal, Black Bear sports telecasts will also be seen on Fox College Sports, and production will be handled by Pack Network (WABI had produced its telecasts in-house). Select basketball games are carried on ESPN Plus and America East TV and picked up by NESN or carried locally on other Bangor-based television stations.

In 2013 new 5 year deals were announced, Blueberry Broadcasting's WVOM-FM/WVOM/WVQM will be the flagship for men's ice hockey and football, Waterfront Communications' WGUY will be the flagship for basketball and baseball.

Brendan McDaniels

Brendan McDaniels is an American sports announcer currently working for the ESPN family of networks. He has done games nationally on ESPNU, ESPN+, ESPN3, American Sports Network, and Fox College Sports.McDaniels serves as a play-by-play announcer for Atlantic 10 men's basketball on ESPN+ and the color analyst for Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse on the National Lacrosse League's new partnership with Bleacher Report.

McDaniels also does play-by-play for college football, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling most notably for ESPN+ and ESPN3 as well as many Regional Sports Networks including Comcast SportsNet, NESN, and Spectrum Sports. He also spent three years (2014–17) as the host of Orange Overtime, the TV post game show for Syracuse University football and basketball, on Spectrum Sports throughout the state of New York. He and Syracuse basketball legend Roosevelt Bouie hosted Orange Overtime live from the Carrier Dome in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for the Syracuse spring football game in 2016.

As the former head women's lacrosse coach at Roberts Welseyan College (NCAA Division II) in Rochester, NY. For lacrosse, he has been seen on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN Regional, CBS Sports Network, Fox College Sports, Fox Sports Net, American Sports Network, SNY, MSG, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, Comcast SportsNet, ROOT Sports, and Altitude.In 2017, he served as an analyst for MAAC men's lacrosse on ESPNU and on American Sports Network covering the Patriot League and Colonial Athletic Association. In 2018, he also began his 7th season as a color analyst on the regional broadcasts of Major League Lacrosse which are seen on Lax Sports Net, ESPN+, the Watch ESPN app, and syndicated markets throughout the country. In 2015, McDaniels was on the Fox College Sports covering the Ivy League. McDaniels did play-by-play and color commentary for 15 years (2002–17) on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's regional college lacrosse package covering the ACC, Big East, MAAC, and NEC.A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he is a member of the student-run college radio station, WSBU-FM Hall of Fame. He is originally from Syracuse, NY and attended Bishop Grimes High School.

CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) is an American men's college basketball post-season tournament created in 2009 by Collegeinsider.com. In 2012, it expanded to 32 participating teams. In 2016 and 2017 the tournament featured 26 teams. The 2018 tournament had 20 teams. The 2019 tournament featured 26 teams. The Tournament is oriented toward schools who did not get selected for the NCAA or NIT tournaments.

College Basketball Invitational

The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a men's college basketball tournament created in 2007 by The Gazelle Group. The inaugural tournament occurred after the conclusion of the 2007–08 men's college basketball regular season. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not selected for the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), and who are willing to pay a $50,000 entry fee to participate. In the CBI, teams compete on home courts. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament until the final two teams are determined, after which the championship is determined by a championship series with a best-two-out-of-three format.

FoxSports.com

FoxSports.com is a sports news website operated by the Fox Sports division of Fox Sports Media Group. The website primarily features streaming video content surrounding sports-related topics, including segments and features from the division's studio programming.

Fox College Football

Fox College Football (or Fox CFB for short) is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games produced by Fox Sports, and broadcast primarily by Fox, FS1, and FS2.

Among the Power Five conferences, Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, and Pac-12, and holds rights to the Big Ten and Pac-12 football championship games (the latter alternating yearly with ESPN). Secondary coverage is also broadcast by the regional Fox Sports Networks and Fox College Sports channels. In addition to regular season games, Fox also holds rights to the Redbox Bowl and Holiday Bowl, and formerly broadcast the Bowl Championship Series and Cotton Bowl Classic.

The main theme is a "marching band" version of the NFL on Fox theme.

Fox Sports Networks

Fox Sports Networks (FSN), formerly known as Fox Sports Net, is the collective name for a group of regional sports channels in the United States. Formed in 1996 by News Corporation, the group was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in March 2019 following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. A condition of that acquisition imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice required Disney to sell FSN by June 18, 2019, 90 days after the completion of its acquisition. Disney subsequently sold the networks (excluding the YES Network, being reacquired by Yankee Global Enterprises) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.Each of the channels in the group carries regional broadcasts of sporting events from various professional, collegiate and high school sports teams (with broadcasts typically exclusive to each individual channel, although some are shown on multiple FSN channels within a particular team's designated market area), along with regional and national sports discussion, documentary and analysis programs.

Depending on their individual team rights, some Fox Sports Networks maintain overflow feeds available via digital cable, telco and satellite providers in their home markets, which may provide alternate programming when not used to carry game broadcasts that the main feed cannot carry due to scheduling conflicts. Fox Sports Networks is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with master control facilities based in both Houston and Los Angeles; FSN also maintains production facilities at Stage 19 at Universal Studios Florida (which formerly served as home of Nickelodeon Studios until its closure in 2005).

Hilltopper IMG Sports Network

The Hilltopper IMG Sports network, also known as the Big Red Radio Network, is the regional sports radio network for the Western Kentucky University's Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers. Headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the network provides coverage of WKU's athletic teams football, men's and women's basketball. Some select affiliates also clears WKU Men's Baseball games. The network boasts the second-largest radio network in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, behind only their main competitor, the UK IMG Sports Network.WKYU-TV, the university-owned PBS affiliate, is the sole television affiliate that broadcasts WKU's televised coaches shows, along with some of WKU's sporting events, including those that originate from Sinclair Broadcasting-owned American Sports Network. In addition, some men's and women's basketball games are presented by WKYU with the Fox College Sports cablecast of the game, with the radio network's audio, broadcasting under the branding, "Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network."

Maine Black Bears

The Maine Black Bears are the athletic teams that represent the University of Maine. A member of the America East Conference, the University of Maine sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The men's and women's ice hockey teams are members of Hockey East, and the football team is an associate member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

NCPA (paintball)

The National Collegiate Paintball Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created by college players for college players. The goal of the NCPA is to promote the positive aspects of the sport in an intercollegiate manner. The NCPA consists of two distinct classes which competes separately across the United States. Class AA is an open-class division where any college may enter and compete in regional and national tournaments. On the other hand, Class A is a closed-class division where only certain colleges may compete after securing a bid in the previous season. Class A represents the best talent of college paintball and includes universities such as: Drexel University, University of Maryland, Illinois State University, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, Penn State University, plus 10 other teams across three conferences all fighting for a national title. The association's 2007 playoff tournament was aired on Fox Sports Net's digital cable college sports network, Fox College Sports.

Samantha Ponder

Samantha Ponder (née Steele) (born December 11, 1985) is an American sportscaster who is currently the host of Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN. Prior to hosting Sunday NFL Countdown, Ponder worked as a reporter/host for ESPN college football and as a basketball sideline reporter. Ponder replaced Erin Andrews on College GameDay Saturdays at 10 AM ET on ESPN, as well as co-host of the Saturday 9 AM ET edition on ESPNU. In addition to her duties on College Gameday, Ponder had been the regular sideline reporter for ESPN's Thursday Night College Football with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack from August 2012 until 2014. Ponder also appeared on the ESPN-owned Texas-oriented regional network Longhorn Network.

Sports broadcasting contracts in the United States

This page refers to sports broadcasting contracts in the United States.

Tom Keegan

Tom Keegan (born March 22, 1959) is an American sportswriter and author who currently is sports editor at the Lawrence Journal-World in Lawrence, Kansas. Keegan, members of his staff, and local TV personalities combine to do sports podcasts entitled "Spodcasters" on KUsports.com, one of the newspaper's four websites. Keegan also is one of four panellists on a weekly television show The Drive, which is broadcast during the college football and basketball seasons throughout Kansas and nationally on Fox College Sports.

United States cable news

Cable news channels are television channels devoted to television news broadcasts, with the name deriving from the proliferation of such networks during the 1980s with the advent of cable television. In the United States, early networks included CNN in 1980, Financial News Network (FNN) in 1981 and CNN2 (now HLN) in 1982. CNBC was created in 1989, taking control of FNN in 1991. Through the 1990s and beyond, the cable news industry continued to grow, with the establishment of several other networks, including, Fox News Channel (FNC), MSNBC, and specialty channels such as Bloomberg Television, Fox Business Network, and ESPN News. More recent additions to the cable news business have been CBSN, Newsmax TV, TheBlaze, Fusion, One America News Network, part-time news network RFD-TV, and—for a time—Al Jazeera America.

As some of the most highly available channels, FNC, CNN, and MSNBC are sometimes referred to as the "big three" with Fox News having the highest viewership and ratings. While the networks are usually referred to as 24-hour news networks, reruns of news programs and analysis or opinion programming are played throughout the night, with the exception of breaking news.

Regional 24-hour cable news television channels that are primarily concerned with local programming and cover some statewide interest have included Spectrum News (a brand used for multiple networks including in upstate New York, North Carolina, Florida and Texas), NY1 (which operates from New York City), News 12 Networks, FiOS1, and the former Northwest Cable News (NWCN) (which operated from Seattle). New England Cable News covers the six-state region of New England.

University of North Dakota Sports Network

The UND Sports Network (UNDSN) was a regional sports network based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, operated by the University of North Dakota and WDAZ-TV. The network operated from 2002 until March 2012; through 2010 the network was branded as the Fighting Sioux Sports Network (FSSN).

WDAZ's sports director, Pat Sweeney, was the primary sports commentator for the network.

The channel was available in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota on cable television. On Midcontinent Communications systems, it was commonly simulcast on the Midco Sports Network. Select games were aired on Forum Communications TV stations WDAZ-TV, WDAY-TV, KBMY, and KMCY.

The UND Sports Network aired live telecasts of University of North Dakota athletics. The channel carried all home men's hockey games, several away hockey games, and several football, women's hockey games, volleyball and basketball games throughout the season. During its years of operation, some of UNDSN's programming was picked up by ESPNU or Fox College Sports.

Similar programming is now carried directly by Midco Sports Network. The University of North Dakota Television Center also carries minor sports programming on its local cable channel, UND3.

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