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 Midwest
Fox Sports Midwest 2012 logo
LaunchedNovember 1989
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byFox Entertainment Group
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaEastern and Central Missouri,
Central and Southern Illinois,
Southern Indiana,
Iowa,
Nebraska,
Nationwide (via satellite)
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
Formerly calledPrime Sports Midwest (1989–1996)
Fox Sports Midwest (1996–2000; 2008-present)
Fox Sports Net Midwest (2000–2004)
FSN Midwest (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports Kansas City
Fox Sports Indiana
Websitewww.foxsports.com/midwest
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Midwest Plus due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV671 (SD/HD)
Fox Sports Midwest Plus 671-1 (SD/HD)
Dish Network418 (SD/HD)
Fox Sports Midwest Plus 452, 412-40 (SD)
Cable
Available on most cable systems in designated broadcast areaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse748 (SD)
1748 (HD)
Fox Sports Midwest Plus 747 (SD)
1747 (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

Fox sports midwest
Fox Sports Midwest logo, used from 2008 to 2012.

The channel originally launched in November 1989 as Prime Sports Midwest, serving as an affiliate of the Prime Network. Originally seen mainly within Indiana, the channel began expanding its cable provider coverage westward in 1994. Following Liberty Media's sale of the Prime Network to News Corporation, the channel became a member of the newly formed Fox Sports Net (then a joint venture between Liberty Media and News Corporation) and rebranded as Fox Sports Midwest on November 1, 1996.[1][2] The channel was then rebranded as Fox Sports Net Midwest in 1999, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner; subsequently in 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN Midwest, through the networks' de-emphasis of the brand.

In the spring of 2006, Fox Sports Midwest obtained the exclusive regional cable television rights to broadcast NBA games involving the Indiana Pacers. This resulted in the channel creating a spin-off regional sports network channel, Fox Sports Indiana, for the primary purpose of airing games from the Pacers and the WNBA's Indiana Fever; Fox Sports Indiana launched on November 1, 2006, at the start of the team's regular season.

In the fall of 2007, Fox Sports Midwest signed an exclusive long-term agreement to broadcast games from the Kansas City Royals (this followed the team's decision to dissolve the Royals Sports Television Network, a regional television syndication service for the team's game broadcasts). On January 24, 2008, the network formally announced that it would spin-off its subfeed for the Kansas City market into a separate channel, Fox Sports Kansas City, to avoid scheduling conflicts with Fox Sports Midwest's St. Louis Cardinals game coverage.[3] The main St. Louis-based feed reverted to the Fox Sports Midwest moniker that same year.

On July 15, 2010, Fox Sports Midwest signed a new television contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, giving the channel exclusive regional broadcast rights to the team's games beginning with the 2011 season, ending the team's local broadcasts in the St. Louis market on NBC affiliate KSDK (channel 5).[4]

On July 30, 2015, Fox Sports Midwest and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a long-term television rights agreement. The new agreement will begin in 2018 and will run 15 seasons through the 2032 season.[5] The deal will guarantee the St. Louis Cardinals more than $1 billion.[6]

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 Midwest. 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).[7]

Programming

Fox Sports Midwest holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to Major League Baseball games from the St. Louis Cardinals, NHL games from the St. Louis Blues. A number of Indiana Pacers NBA games are also screened, usually when there is no conflicting Blues telecast. The channel also broadcasts college athletics, including men's basketball games from the Missouri Valley Conference, St. Louis Billikens and SIUE Cougars, as well as men's and women's basketball games from the Kansas State Wildcats (which are also broadcast on Fox Sports Kansas City) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Until the creation of the SEC Network in 2014, it also screened a substantial amount of Missouri Tigers programming, including select football games, basketball, occasional Olympic sports telecasts, and coaches' and magazine shows.

Other services

Fox Sports Midwest Plus

Fox Sports Midwest Plus is an overflow feed of Fox Sports Midwest that was launched in October 2011. Fox Sports Kansas City and Fox Sports Indiana also operate their own Fox Sports Plus overflow feeds to resolve scheduling conflicts with Fox Sports Midwest-televised events that are simulcast on the two channels.[8]

Notable on-air staff

Current

St. Louis Blues

  • John Kelly – play-by-play announcer
  • Darren Pang – "Inside-the-Glass" reporter
  • Jim "The Cat" Hayes - Blues Live studio host
  • Scott Warmann - Blues Live studio host
  • Bernie Federko – Blues Live studio analyst

St. Louis Cardinals

College sports

Former

References

  1. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (July 8, 1996). "Liberty Sports regionals will become Fox Sports net". Multichannel News. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.
  2. ^ "FOX SPORTS NET DEBUTS ON NOV. 1". The Columbian. Columbian Publishing Company. Associated Press. September 13, 1996. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ "FSN Announces Launch of FSN Kansas City". Fox Sports (Press release). January 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "FS Midwest To Air All St. Louis Cardinals Games Locally In 2011". Multichannel News. Reed Business Information. July 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals, FOX Sports Midwest announce long-term rights agreement". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  6. ^ "Cards, Fox Sports Midwest reach lucrative TV deal : Sports". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  7. ^ "Disney can buy Fox if it sells 22 regional sports networks, Justice Dept. says". USA Today. June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Fox Sports Midwest Plus announced". Fox Sports Midwest. News Corp. Digital Media. October 6, 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.kgun9.com/about-us/staff/pat-parris

External links

2013–14 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team

The 2013–14 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team represented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cougars, led by seventh year head coach Lennox Forrester, played their home games at the Vadalabene Center and were members of the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished the season 11–20, 7–9 in OVC play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They lost in the first round of the Ohio Valley Tournament to Tennessee Tech.

2014–15 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team

The 2014–15 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team represented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cougars, led by eighth year head coach Lennox Forrester, played their home games at the Vadalabene Center as members of the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference. They finished the season 12–16, 8–8 in OVC play to finish in fourth place in the West Division. They lost in the first round of the OVC Tournament to Eastern Illinois.

2015 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals 2015 season was the 134th for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in St. Louis, Missouri, the 124th season in the National League (NL), and the 10th at Busch Stadium III. They entered the 2015 season as two-time defending NL Central division champions and having made four consecutive National League Championship Series (NLCS) appearances.

The Cardinals' 2014–15 offseason began tragically with the death of rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras in a traffic collision on October 26. On November 17, they acquired right fielder Jason Heyward and pitcher Jordan Walden from the Atlanta Braves in a blockbuster trade for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. The Cardinals inducted Curt Flood, Bob Forsch, George Kissell and Ted Simmons into the franchise Hall of Fame. Forbes valued the Cardinals at $1.2 billion in 2015, ranking them 27th out of all sports franchises in the world, and the sixth-highest in all MLB.

By winning 22 of their first 29 games of the season, the Cardinals secured their best start since 1887, and became the first major league team of the year to 50 wins, the fastest since the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Outfielder Matt Holliday set a new National League record by reaching base in his first 45 games of the season. In June, reports surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were investigating an incident involving the Cardinals hacking into the Houston Astros' computer networks, the first known such case of corporate espionage in professional sports.

By winning their 100th game on September 30, the Cardinals clinched their third consecutive division title. It was the first time since 2005 they had won at least 100 games in a season. However, they lost to the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series, ending their streak of four straight NLCS appearances.

2015–16 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team

The 2015–16 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's basketball team represented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cougars, led by first year head coach Jon Harris, played their home games at the Vadalabene Center as members of the West Division of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). They finished the season 6–22, 3–13 in OVC play to finish in fifth place in the west division. They failed to qualify for the OVC Tournament.

Dan McLaughlin

Daniel McLaughlin (born March 18, 1974) is a professional sports broadcaster who currently works on the St. Louis Cardinals and, formerly, on St. Louis Blues telecasts on the cable television channel Fox Sports Midwest. He was born March 18, 1974 in St. Louis. He used to be a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on Fox in 2006 with some involving the St. Louis Rams as he called the St. Louis Rams-Minnesota Vikings game with Tony Boselli.

He also produces his own podcast entitled Scoops with Danny Mac where he interviews nationally known sports figures from past and present. Scoops with Danny Mac is known for candid one-on-one interviews between McLaughlin and his subject.

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 Kansas City

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 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 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.

Jim Edmonds

James Patrick Edmonds (born June 27, 1970) is an American former center fielder in Major League Baseball and a current broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest. He played for the California/Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cincinnati Reds. Known for his defensive abilities – particularly his catches – Edmonds also was a prolific hitter, batting .284 with 393 home runs and an on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of .903. He is affectionately known by Cardinal fans as "Jimmy Baseball" and "Jimmy Ballgame".

John Mabry

John Steven Mabry (born October 17, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball player, broadcaster, and coach. He had 898 career hits in 3409 at-bats (for a batting average of .263), with 96 home runs and 446 RBI. He is 6'4" tall, weighs 210 lbs, bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

Mike Mayers

Michael Christopher Mayers (born December 6, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Randal Grichuk

Randal Alexander Grichuk (born August 13, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted him in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas. He played five seasons in the Angels' minor leagues system, losing time to injury but also developing home-run hitting ability throughout. The Angels traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in November 2013, and he made his major league debut on April 28, 2014.

Grichuk can hit for power, and provides speed and strong defense. He plays all three outfield positions, possessing a strong arm and patrolling mainly right field in the minor leagues. Originally projected to be a first baseman before the draft, he improved his outfield defense and won the Gold Glove Award for all minor league right fielders in 2013.

Ricky Horton

Ricky Neal Horton (born July 30, 1959) is an American former Major League Baseball player who pitched from 1984 to 1990. He was known as Ricky during his playing career, but now goes by Rick. He currently provides color commentary and play-by-play for television broadcasts of the St. Louis Cardinals on Fox Sports Midwest and fills on KMOX radio broadcasts.

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.

St. Louis Ballpark Village

Saint Louis Ballpark Village (BPV) is a dining and entertainment district adjacent to Busch Stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals play in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, occupying the site of the previous Busch Stadium. Situated on the 200 and 300 blocks of Clark Street across from Busch Stadium, the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village consists of 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) of retail shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and 720 parking spaces. As BPV's name and locale suggest, it is designed to be an extension of Busch Stadium and an innovative approach to creating a neighborhood and vitalize downtown St. Louis' economic potential. The project offers over 200+ events annually instead of only the 81 days of Cardinals home games, make the region more of a focal point in the Midwest, and enhance the ballpark goers' experience.

The first main phase of construction was completed in time for Opening Day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. The Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum and Cardinals Nation Restaurant, Fox Sports Midwest Live! Restaurant, the Budweiser Brew House, and PBR St. Louis all comprised the first phase. The primary developer is the Cordish Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

On October 25, 2016, the Cardinals announced the second phase of Ballpark Village, scheduled to begin construction in late 2017 and be completed 18 months later, pending governmental and funding approval. The plan, a $260 million investment, includes a 29-story residential tower, a 10-story office building, an 8-story Live! by Loews hotel, and a 3-story retail and entertainment building. The total amount of space in this phase will be 100,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of entertainment, 50,000 square feet of retail, and 340,000 square feet of residential. Ground was officially broken on December 14, 2017.

St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network

The St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network is a United States radio network that broadcasts St. Louis Cardinals baseball. The network consists of 111 stations (52 AM, 59 FM) and six FM translators in nine states (four in the Midwest and five in the South). Its flagship station is KMOX in St. Louis. Due to an earlier deal with KTRS/550, it is still a partial owner of that station although Cardinals games no longer air on KTRS (which they did for the 2006-2010 seasons).

As of the 2016 season, the play-by-play is provided by former Cardinals right fielder Mike Shannon (home games only) and John Rooney, who have been calling games for the team since 1972 and 2006 respectively. Former Cardinals pitcher Rick Horton (who also serves as a color analyst for Cardinals telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest) fills in for Shannon on road games. Mike Claiborne hosts the pre- and post-game shows and occasionally fills in on play-by-play.

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