Fox Sports Indiana

Fox Sports Indiana is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts local professional and high school sports coverage throughout the state of Indiana, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Indianapolis, namely the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

The channel is available on cable providers throughout Central Indiana, and is also available nationwide on DirecTV.

Fox Sports Indiana
FoxSportsIndiana
LaunchedNovember 1, 2006
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
(sale pending to Sinclair Broadcast Group)[1]
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaCentral Indiana
Nationwide (via DirecTV; games only)
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
Formerly calledFox Sports Midwest (within designated broadcast area, on cable)
ReplacedFox Sports Midwest
Fox Sports Kansas City
Websitewww.foxsports.com/indiana
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Indiana Plus due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV671-4 (SD/HD)
Cable
Comcast (Indianapolis)28 or 44 Fox Sports Indiana (SD)
1673 Fox Sports Indiana (HD)
81 or 82 Fox Sports Indiana Plus (SD)
Charter Communications (Indianapolis)47 or 64 (SD)
747 or 1411 (HD)
Available on select other cable systems in Central IndianaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse749 (SD)
1749 (HD)
Streaming media
Fox Sports Gowww.foxsportsgo.com/
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)
Sling TVInternet Protocol television

History

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Fox Sports Indiana logo, used from 2008 to 2012.

Fox Sports Indiana was launched on November 1, 2006 as a spin-off channel of Fox Sports Midwest, after the regional sports network obtained the exclusive regional cable television rights to broadcast games from the Indiana Pacers NBA franchise.

On October 16, 2009, Dish Network removed Fox Sports Indiana and sister networks Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports Kansas City in a carriage dispute over a proposed increase in retransmission consent revenue paid by the satellite provider.[2] The dispute lasted for one year, with all three channels being restored on October 29, 2010 through the signing of a new carriage agreement.

On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports networks from 21st Century Fox, including Fox Sports Indiana. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. On May 3, 2019, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (through their joint venture, Diamond Holdings) bought Fox Sports Networks from The Walt Disney Company for $10.6 billion. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.[3]

Programming

Fox Sports Indiana holds the regional cable television rights to the Indiana Pacers, and the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. The channel also broadcasts select Major League Baseball games from its sister regional networks, airing Cincinnati Reds games televised by Fox Sports Ohio[4], St. Louis Cardinals game telecasts originating from Fox Sports Midwest and Detroit Tigers games from Fox Sports Detroit to areas of the state within the home television territories of those teams as defined by Major League Baseball.[5]

Fox Sports Indiana sources its collegiate sports programming from Fox Sports Midwest, and carries the channel's telecasts of events and conference magazine programs from the Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, Western Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley Conference and Horizon League. Additionally, it airs weekly magazine programs for Notre Dame's football and men's basketball teams.

On December 10, 2016, Fox Sports Indiana aired the first edition of Basketball Day Indiana, which comprised several high school, college and professional basketball games featuring Indiana-based teams.[6] The second edition will be held on January 6, 2018.[7]

Other services

Fox Sports Indiana HD

Fox Sports Indiana is a high definition simulcast feed of Fox Sports Indiana, launched on December 17, 2007, which broadcasts in the 720p format. The channel broadcasts most of its Pacers game telecasts as well as Cincinnati Reds games from Fox Sports Ohio, and games and events broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Networks in HD.

Notable on-air staff

Indiana Pacers

  • Chris Denari – Pacers play-by-play
  • Quinn Buckner – Pacers analyst
  • Austin Croshere – Pacers analyst (home games)
  • Jeremiah Johnson – Pacers reporter

Indiana Fever

References

  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 27, 2018). "Justice Department Approves Disney's Acquisition of 21st Century Fox With Divestiture of Regional Sports Networks". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dish Network Now Has the Hockey Blues". TVPredictions.com. October 16, 2009.
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia. "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  4. ^ "Fox Sports Indiana Announces 2011 Cincinnati Reds Telecast Schedule" (PDF). Fox Sports Indiana. March 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Cardinals on FSN". St. Louis Cardinals. Major League Baseball.
  6. ^ "Basketball Day in Indiana": Embrace Hoosier Hysteria This Saturday - Ashlew Fowler, WIBC, 7 December 2016
  7. ^ Fox Sports Indiana will use RedZone-like coverage for Basketball Day Indiana - David Rogers, Awful Announcing, 2 January 2018

External links

2019 Indiana Fever season

The 2019 WNBA season will be the 20th season for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Fever opened the season on May 24, 2019 against the New York Liberty.

2019 WNBA season

The 2019 WNBA season is the 23rd season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Seattle Storm are the defending champions. The regular season began on May 24, with the Atlanta Dream hosting the Dallas Wings and the New York Liberty hosting the Indiana Fever.

2019–20 Indiana Pacers season

The 2019-20 Indiana Pacers season will be Indiana's 53rd season as a franchise and 44th season in the NBA. Following a playoff defeat, last season from the Boston Celtics in the first round without Victor Oladipo, the Pacers look to improve from a 48–34 record.

Austin Croshere

Austin Nathan Croshere (born May 1, 1975) is a retired American professional basketball player who played for five different NBA teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association, and is now a TV broadcaster for the Indiana Pacers.

Brooke Olzendam

Brooke Olzendam is a sportscaster who currently works for the Portland Trail Blazers as a part of their NBC Sports Northwest broadcast team. She previously worked with Fox Sports Indiana as a host of Pacers Live and sideline reporter for the Indiana Pacers. She also works for the Pac-12 Network.

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 , 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 Sports

Fox Sports is the brand name for a number of sports channels, broadcast divisions, programming, and other media around the world that are either controlled or partially owned by the family of Rupert Murdoch, or companies called Scream Factory and Shout! Factory. These assets are held mainly by Fox Corporation, with the exception of the operations in Australia, which are part of News Corp Australia. (21st Century Fox and News Corp are the two companies resulting from the breakup of the larger News Corporation in mid-2013; the Murdoch family retains voting control of both entities.)

The name originates from the Fox Broadcasting Company in the United States, which in turn was derived from the name of the Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox). The Fox Sports name has since been used in Fox Corp's and News Corp's other sports media assets around the world.

On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire 21st Century Fox (Fox Sports' parent) for $52.4 billion; this will include key assets such as 20th Century Fox, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, its regional sports networks, and its international networks. The Fox television network, Fox News Channel, and the non-regional Fox Sports assets (Fox Sports 1 and 2 (FS1 and FS2) cable channels, and the part of Fox Sports attached to the Fox television network) will be spun off into an independent company run by the Murdoch family, eventually named Fox Corporation.

Fox Sports Kansas City

Fox Sports Kansas City is an American regional sports network owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts coverage of professional, collegiate, and high school sports events both within and outside the Kansas City area. It maintains offices and master control operations at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fox Sports Kansas City is available on cable providers throughout western and central Missouri, Kansas, eastern Nebraska, and Iowa; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

Fox Sports Midwest

Fox Sports Midwest is an American regional sports network owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts regional event coverage of sports teams throughout the Midwestern United States, most prominently, professional sports teams based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fox Sports Midwest is available on cable providers throughout eastern and central Missouri, central and southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, Nebraska, and Iowa; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

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 agreed to sell 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).

Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever are a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the inaugural 2000 season began. The team is owned by Herb Simon, who also owns the Fever's NBA counterpart, the Indiana Pacers, and Simon Malls.

The Fever has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in thirteen of its seventeen years in Indiana. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as Tennessee standout Tamika Catchings, hometown favorite Katie Douglas, and Australian defensive specialist Tully Bevilaqua. In 2009, the Fever went to the WNBA Finals but fell short to Phoenix. On October 21, 2012, the Fever won the WNBA Championship with a win over the Minnesota Lynx. Tamika Catchings was named the series MVP.

List of United States pay television channels

The following is a list of pay television networks broadcasting or receivable in the United States, organized by genre. Some television providers use one or more channel slots for video on demand.

List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

The following is a list of current (entering the 2019 season) Major League Baseball broadcasters for each individual team. Some franchises have a regular color commentator while others (such as the Milwaukee Brewers) use two play-by-play announcers, with the primary often doing more innings than the secondary. Secondary play-by-play announcers are noted by bold and the number of innings of play-by-play are listed after.

In pay television, 15 teams broadcast on Fox Sports Networks affiliates (including the New York Yankees on YES Network), five on NBC Sports Regional Networks affiliates and four on AT&T SportsNet affiliates. Meanwhile, the New York Mets are broadcast on SportsNet New York; Los Angeles Dodgers on Spectrum SportsNet LA; Baltimore and Washington on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network; Boston on New England Sports Network; and Toronto on Sportsnet.

List of current National Basketball Association broadcasters

The following is a list of current National Basketball Association broadcasters for each individual team entering the 2018–19 NBA season.

List of current Women's National Basketball Association broadcasters

The following is a list of current (entering the 2019 WNBA season) Women's National Basketball Association broadcasters for each individual team. The announcers whom call the television broadcasts also call the WNBA League Pass Production broadcasts unless noted otherwise.

Quinn Buckner

William Quinn Buckner (born August 20, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 7th pick of the 1976 NBA draft. He had a ten-year NBA career for three teams (the Bucks, the Boston Celtics, and the Indiana Pacers). In 1984, he won an NBA title with the Celtics.

Buckner is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal. He also was a State Champion while playing high school basketball in Illinois.

In addition to his playing career, Buckner was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for one year, from 1993 to 1994. Currently, Buckner is a color analyst for the Indiana Pacers television broadcast team on Fox Sports Indiana. Buckner also was the play-by-play announcer on 989 Sports line of college basketball games for several years. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Regional sports network

In the United States and Canada, a regional sports network (RSN) is a cable television channel (many of which are also distributed on direct broadcast satellite services) that presents sports programming to a local market or geographical region.

Historically, some RSNs originated as premium channels; since the 1990s, however, they have commonly been distributed through the expanded basic-programming tiers of cable and IPTV services, packaged alongside other national basic cable networks, and local broadcast stations and public, educational, and government access channels. Satellite providers often require subscribers to purchase a higher programming tier or a specialized sports tier to receive local and out-of-market regional sports networks.

WTTV

WTTV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 48), is a CBS-affiliated television station serving Indianapolis, Indiana, United States that is licensed to Bloomington. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company, as part of a duopoly with Fox affiliate WXIN (channel 59). The two stations share studios on Network Place (near 71st Street and I-465) in the Intech Park office development in northwestern Indianapolis; WTTV's transmitter is located on State Road 252 in Trafalgar.

WTTV operates a full-time satellite station, WTTK (virtual and UHF digital channel 29), licensed to Kokomo, which shares transmitter facilities with WXIN on West 73rd Street/Westlane Road on the northern outskirts of Indianapolis (west of Meridian Hills). WTTK was originally used to bring WTTV's programming to areas of central Indiana that had marginal to non-existent reception of the main WTTV signal (including the cities of Kokomo, Muncie and Lafayette). However, post-digital transition with the transmitter's relocation into Marion County, it nearly duplicates the signal contours of WRTV (channel 6), WISH-TV (channel 8) and WXIN; there is significant overlap between the coverage areas of both WTTV and WTTK's signals otherwise. On-air references to WTTK are limited to Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-mandated hourly station identifications during newscasts and other programming, along with tuning recommendations for over-the-air viewers to the north of Indianapolis.

On cable, WTTV is available on Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 4.

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