Fox Sports Kansas City is an American regional sports network owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, 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|
|Launched||March 31, 2008|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Broadcast area||Kansas City metropolitan area|
Western and Central Missouri
Nationwide (via DirecTV; games only)
|Headquarters||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Replaced||Fox Sports Midwest (within designated broadcast area)|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports Midwest|
Fox Sports Indiana
(some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Kansas City Plus due to event conflicts)
(Kansas City metropolitan area)
|59 or 309 Fox Sports Kansas City (SD)|
1750 Fox Sports Kansas City (HD)
5 Fox Sports Kansas City Plus (SD)
(Kansas City metropolitan area)
|30 Fox Sports Kansas City (SD)|
649 Fox Sports Kansas City (HD)
66 Fox Sports Kansas City Plus (SD)
|Available on most other cable systems in designated broadcast area||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||750 (SD)|
(Kansas City metropolitan area)
|Fox Sports Go||www.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 TV||Internet Protocol television|
Originally operating as a subfeed of Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, then Fox Sports Midwest in 1998, the network formally announced that it would spin-off Fox Sports Kansas City as a separate channel on January 24, 2008 after Fox Sports Midwest signed an exclusive long-term broadcast agreement with the Kansas City Royals. The agreement was struck following the dissolution of the Royals Sports Television Network, a regional network formed in 2003 to broadcast games and analysis programs for the Major League Baseball franchise, which distributed its event telecasts to broadcast and cable affiliates throughout the Midwestern and South Central United States. Specifically, Fox Sports Kansas City was created to avoid scheduling conflicts with coverage of St. Louis Cardinals games televised by Fox Sports Midwest.
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 Kansas City. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. It is unknown whether the networks will be divested to other parties, or be retained by the proposed "New Fox" (which will consist of the assets excluded from Disney's purchase, including the Fox broadcast network, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and the remainder of the Fox Sports division).
Fox Sports Kansas City holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Kansas City Royals, and produces the Major League Baseball team's pre-game and post-game show Royals Live and the weekly magazine program Royals Insider. Starting with the 2017 season, the channel holds the exclusive regional television rights to Sporting Kansas City broadcasts.
During the college football season, the channel broadcasts Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats games in different time slots to avoid scheduling conflicts; the channel also broadcasts Kansas State Wildcats basketball and volleyball and baseball from the Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks.
The channel also carries select events televised by Fox Sports Midwest including games from the St. Louis Blues (NHL); basketball, volleyball, baseball and wrestling events from the Missouri Tigers, with the university's college football games televised on an alternate feed.
Other sports programming on the network includes Big 12 Conference regular season women's basketball and baseball games, and championship matches from both conference-sanctioned sports; regular season and championship basketball games from the Missouri Valley Conference; college coaches' shows; football and basketball championships from the Missouri State High School Activities Association; and NBA games from the Oklahoma City Thunder televised by Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Fox Sports Kansas City HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Fox Sports Kansas City, which broadcasts in the 720p format. HD content broadcast on the feed including the channel's entire slate of Royals game telecasts, as well as game telecasts and other programming distributed national by Fox Sports Networks.
Bob Davis (born 1945) is an American sportscaster. He is best known for his work broadcasting Kansas City Royals baseball games as well as Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball games. Davis is known for his dramatic style and calling the Jayhawks' NCAA Tournament Championships in 1988 and 2008.Eric Stout
Eric Stout (born March 27, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the San Diego Padres organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals.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 Fox Corporation, 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 New Fox'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.Fox Sports Indiana
Fox Sports Indiana is an American regional sports network that is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, 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 Midwest
Fox Sports Midwest is an American regional sports network owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, 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 that are primarily owned and operated by the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. Each of the channels carry 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).Fox Sports Oklahoma
Fox Sports Oklahoma is an American regional sports network that is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel provides statewide coverage of sports events within the state of Oklahoma, namely the Oklahoma City Thunder, the state's major college sports teams, and high school sports.
Fox Sports Oklahoma is available on cable providers throughout Oklahoma, and nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.Jake Newberry
Christopher Jake Newberry (born November 20, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB).Jeff Montgomery (baseball)
Jeffrey Thomas Montgomery (born January 7, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. During a 13-year baseball career, he pitched from 1987–1999, pitching primarily for the Kansas City Royals. Montgomery is also one of the few elite closers in baseball history to have four types of baseball pitches. Most top relievers concentrate on two pitches.Jim Lefebvre
James Kenneth Lefebvre (born January 7, 1942) is a former major league baseball player, coach, and manager. An infielder, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1962.List of Kansas City Royals broadcasters
Broadcasters for the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team.List of current Major League Soccer broadcasters
The following is a list of current (entering the 2018 season) Major League Soccer broadcasters for each individual team.Media in Kansas City, Missouri
The following media outlets serve the Kansas City metropolitan area.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.Royals Sports Television Network
The Royals Sports Television Network or RSTN was a regional sports network serving the Kansas City area, Kansas, western Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa owned by the Kansas City Royals. The network began operations before the 2003 Major League Baseball season in response to Fox Sports Midwest's decision to reduce the number of Royals games it broadcast. RSTN had trouble getting widespread carriage by cable systems in the area and had no satellite carriage. However, the Royals began the season with good form and RSTN was able to make a deal with Fox Sports Midwest in June to redistribute most of their broadcasts. RSTN ceased operations after the 2007 season, with the Royals moving to the new channel Fox Sports Kansas City in 2008.The "Royals Insider" weekly magazine show won a Regional Emmy in 2005 for Best Sports Program.Ryan Lefebvre
Ryan Lefebvre (; born February 12, 1971) is an American sportscaster, best known as a play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals since 1999. In 2008, he became the primary announcer for Royals' television broadcasts on Fox Sports Kansas City. Lefebvre also provides play-by-play on the Royals Radio Network for some of the games that aren't covered on television, relieving longtime Royals announcer Denny Matthews. Since the 2012 season, he has called most games on radio when Steve Physioc does the play-by-play on TV.Lefebvre was named Most Valuable Player for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 1993, and made first-team All Big Ten in 1991 and 1993 as an outfielder. He spent one season in the Cleveland Indians minor league system with the Watertown Indians of the New York–Penn League.Lefebvre had also broadcast TV and cable for the Minnesota Twins from 1995 to 1998.
He is the son of former Major League Baseball player and manager Jim Lefebvre.
In early 2006, Lefebvre made public his struggle with depressive illness. Lefebvre also wrote a book detailing his experiences, titled The Shame of Me: One Man's Journey to Depression and Back.
Ryan Lefebvre recently spoke of the importance of his Catholic faith in overcoming depression and gaining a renewed perspective on life.Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City, often shortened to Sporting KC, is an American professional soccer club in Kansas City, Kansas, with its main office and historic location in Kansas City, Missouri.. The club competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS), having returned in 2015 after spending ten seasons in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting KC began play in 1996 as a charter team in the league, then known as the Kansas City Wiz. The team was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1995. Since moving across the state line, they have been the only major professional sports league franchise to play their home games in Kansas.
For the majority of their existence, the franchise were known as the Kansas City Wizards. The team rebranded in November 2010, coinciding with its move to their home stadium, now known as Children's Mercy Park. The franchise has won the MLS Cup twice (2000, 2013), the Supporters' Shield in 2000, and the U.S. Open Cup in 2004, 2012, 2015 and 2017.
The club also has a reserve team, Swope Park Rangers, that plays in the second-tier United Soccer League.Tim Hill (baseball)
Timothy Hill (born February 10, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 200 pounds (91 kg), he both throws and bats left-handed.