Fox Sports Racing

Fox Sports Racing (formerly Speed) is a motorsports-oriented cable network owned by the Fox Sports division of Fox Corporation. The network launched on August 17, 2013 as a continuation of the former cable network Speed for North American markets outside the United States, including Canada and the Caribbean.

The network primarily simulcasts racing events from Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, which would be otherwise unavailable to international markets, with the remainder of its schedule filled with reruns of Speed's previous reality series.[1] The network retained the previous Speed branding until February 20, 2015.

Fox Sports Racing
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LaunchedAugust 17, 2013
Owned byFox Sports Media Group
(Fox Corporation)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaCanada
Caribbean
Puerto Rico
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
Formerly calledSpeed (2013–2015)
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Websitewww.foxsportsracing.com
Availability
Cable
Cogeco (Canada)Channel 423 (SD)
Channel 742 (HD)
Eastlink (Canada)Channel 111 (SD)
Channel 713 (HD)
Rogers (Canada)Channel 370 (SD)
Channel 409 (HD)
Videotron (Canada)Channel 192 (SD)
Channel 792 (HD)
IPTV
Bell MTS (Canada)Channel 175 (SD)
Channel 1175 (HD)
Optik TV (Canada)Channel 960 (HD)
SaskTel (Canada)Channel 128 (SD)
Channel 428 (HD)
VMedia (Canada)Channel 81 (HD)

History

Prior to its replacement with the general sports network Fox Sports 1, the motorsports-oriented network Speed was also carried outside the United States, particularly in Canada. Shortly after its launch as Speedvision, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) added the network to its list of foreign cable networks approved for carriage on Canadian cable and satellite providers in 1997.[2] Prior to August 2013, Canadian viewers saw a largely identical schedule as the U.S. channel, although some programming, particularly live Formula 1 events, were blacked out to protect TSN, which holds domestic broadcast rights to F1 events (under CRTC rules, foreign services must own Canadian broadcast rights to the content they air).[3] However, this point became moot when Speed eventually lost F1 rights to NBC Sports for the 2013 season,[4] as NBCSN is not carried in Canada.

In Canada, as well as the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, Speed was not replaced with Fox Sports 1; it is unlikely that Fox Sports 1 would ever be approved for carriage in Canada, as it would compete directly with existing domestic sports network chains, such as Sportsnet and TSN.[5] In parallel with the launch of Fox Sports 1, the former domestic version of Speed was silently replaced by an international version of the network on August 17, 2013. Its lineup primarily consists of live and repeat broadcasts of racing events and other automotive-oriented programming from Fox Sports' cable networks, along with reruns of Speed's past programs.[1]

In early 2014, several major Canadian service providers, including Rogers Cable and Bell TV began to drop Speed upon the expiration of their carriage contracts. Shaw later announced they would drop Speed from their cable and satellite services on April 1, 2015.[6] Reports indicated that Fox had attempted to raise the channel's carriage fees significantly, despite the major reductions in original programming for international viewers,[5] and Rogers suggested Fox was unwilling to allow Speed to be moved to a more specialized package in light of the programming and cost changes.[7]

On February 19, 2015, Fox Sports announced that it would re-brand Speed's international feed as Fox Sports Racing on February 20, 2015 to coincide with the opening event of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Fox Sports president Eric Shanks explained that the re-branding was intended to "put the power and leverage of the Fox Sports brand behind our commitment to motorsports". Fox also announced that Rogers had reached a deal to restore the re-branded network to its lineup.[8]

As of 2017, Fox Sports Racing is available in Canada via the following providers: Cogeco, Eastlink, Rogers Cable, Vidéotron, Bell MTS and SaskTel.

Programming

Live programming on Fox Sports Racing is simulcast mostly from Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, including NASCAR practice and qualifying sessions in the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, NHRA drag racing, the ARCA Racing Series, Formula E, and Grand Prix motorcycle racing.[8] The network also airs the studio show NASCAR Race Hub. When it is not airing live or encore presentations of events, the remainder of the network's schedule consists primarily of Speed's previous reality and documentary programming; Fox Sports Racing does not otherwise originate any new programming of its own.[1]

The channel has also occasionally carried non-motorsports programming, including skateboarding and snowboarding, and since 2017, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (which was also aired in Canada by National Geographic). For a period prior to its cancellation, it also aired Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan.

The network does not carry outside advertising aside from commercials inserted by local providers: commercial breaks consist solely of promos for Fox Sports Racing programming and public service announcements.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Two channels will carry Speed name". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  2. ^ Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (1997-07-22). "Public Notice CRTC 1997-96". Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. ^ Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (2013-02-13). "Revised list of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution as of 13 February 2013". Retrieved 2013-03-05. Authorization for the services on this list is subject to the following: Providers of these foreign services must have obtained and must remain in possession of all necessary rights for the distribution of their programming in Canada. [...]
  4. ^ "Formula 1 lands four-year deal with NBC". Racer. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  5. ^ a b McDonald, Norris (2014-02-25). "Fogarty, Gurney at large, Villeneuve at Indy and Speed Channel". Wheels.ca. Torstar. Archived from the original on 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  6. ^ "April 2015 - Removal of Speed channel". Shaw. Retrieved 2015-02-12.
  7. ^ "Speed Channel". Rogers Communications. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  8. ^ a b "FOX Sports Racing to launch new era in motor sports Friday". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 67th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 44th modern-era Cup season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, the Budweiser Duels, and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch won the championship, despite missing the first third of the season due to severe leg injuries suffered in an Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Busch also became the first Toyota driver to win a Cup championship. Despite not running the full season, Brett Moffitt was named Rookie of the Year.

The season also marked the first season of a new television contract. During the season, races were televised in the United States on Fox, Fox Sports 1, NBC, and NBCSN. ESPN and Turner Sports, who televised races from 2007 to 2014, did not seek to renew their contracts with NASCAR following the completion of the 2014 season; this marked the end of a 31-year relationship between NASCAR and Turner's primary stations, TBS and TNT. In addition, it was the first season on the newly rebranded Fox Sports Racing in Canada and the Caribbean.

On January 22, 2015, four-time champion Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his final season as a full-time driver, but he did not rule out complete retirement. Chase Elliott replaced him in the No. 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016.

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 Corporation

The Fox Corporation (abbreviated Fox Corp. and informally "New Fox") is an American television broadcasting company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was formed from the 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox (itself formed from the 2013 split of News Corporation) by the Walt Disney Company. Fox Corp. was spun off from 21st Century Fox and its stock began trading on March 19, 2019. It is owned by the Murdoch family via a family trust with 39% interest; Rupert Murdoch is co-executive chairman, while his son Lachlan Murdoch is chairman and CEO.

Fox Corp. deals primarily in the television broadcast, news, and sports broadcasting industries by way of the remaining 21st Century Fox assets that were not acquired by Disney. They include the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Television Stations, Fox News, the Fox Business Network, the national operations of Fox Sports, and others. Its sister company under Murdoch's control, the present-day News Corp, holds his print interests and other media assets in Australia.

Fox Deportes

Fox Deportes (formerly Fox Sports en Español) is an American pay television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming in Spanish, aimed at the Hispanic population in the United States. Launched in 1996, Fox Deportes, a division of Fox Sports, is the first and longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the country.

Fox Deportes features a diversified programming, including NFL pre and post-season games, MLB regular-season, All-Star Game, Divisional Series, National League Championship Series and World Series, the USGA's U.S. Open, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Champions, college football and soccer competitions including Liga MX, MLS, and Bundesliga.

The channel first launched as Fox Sports Americas in 1996, before transitioning to Fox Sports World en Español in 1997. In 2002, the network was relaunched as Fox Sports en Español before becoming Fox Deportes in 2010.As of February 2015, approximately 21,831,000 American households (18.8% of households with television) received Fox Deportes.

Fox Nation

Fox Nation is a streaming service featuring programming separate from Fox News Channel. It began as an opinion website operated by the Fox News Channel on March 30, 2009.

On February 20, 2018, it was announced that Fox Nation would transition into a streaming service that will feature alternative programming separate from the Fox News Channel.According to John Finley, Fox News’ Senior Vice President of Development, “Our short-form daily programming will showcase powerful commentary from our signature roster of talent. Each program will provide distinctive viewpoints, whether it be focused on news of the day or topical, in-depth discussions and we are looking forward to debuting this new platform to the most loyal fans in television.”

According to Fox News, the opinion website “will be a forum for Americans to speak out on important and controversial issues, and to act on their beliefs and values—while always upholding the traditional American ideals of free speech, fair play, and tolerance... at Fox Nation, the American people will be the stars."The site features news articles, video clips, and links to editorial blogs by noted conservative political commentators as well as liberal political commentators, like Susan Estrich. In keeping with the site's premise, viewers are invited to post comments about the various topics featured on Fox Nation, which Fox News described as "a new community where all Americans are encouraged to share, discuss, and debate."In November 2010, the Fox Nation website presented The Onion article "Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail" as a genuine report.

Fox News Radio

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Fox Soccer Plus

Fox Soccer Plus (formerly Setanta Sports) is an American sports channel dedicated to soccer and rugby. Launched in 2005 by the Irish sports broadcaster Setanta Sports to offer live and tape-delayed mainstream sports events in the United States and Caribbean, it was rebranded on March 1, 2010 as a spin-off of the now-defunct Fox Soccer after its owner News Corporation acquired the channel and its coverage rights from Setanta in January 2010.Despite the September 2013 replacement of Fox Soccer with FXX, Fox Soccer Plus remains operational, although in recent years, the channel has lost many of its key events that had carried over from Fox Soccer Channel.

Fox Sports 1

Fox Sports 1 (FS1) is an American pay television channel that is owned by the Fox Sports Media Group, a unit of Fox Corporation. FS1 replaced the motorsports network Speed on August 17, 2013, at the same time that its companion channel Fox Sports 2 replaced Fuel TV. Both FS1 and FS2 absorbed most of the sports programming from its predecessors, as well as content from Fox Soccer, which was replaced by the entertainment-based channel FXX on September 2, 2013.

FS1 airs an array of live sporting events, including Major League Baseball, college sports (most notably Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 football, and Big East basketball), soccer matches (including Major League Soccer, Liga MX, Bundesliga, and Copa Libertadores), United States Golf Association championship events, UFC mixed martial arts, and a variety of motorsports events such as NASCAR, IMSA, Formula E, ARCA, and the NHRA. FS1 also features daily sports news, analysis and discussion programming as well as sports-related reality and documentary programs.

The network is based primarily from the Fox Sports division's headquarters in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, California, though the network also has significant broadcast operations in New York City, New York and Charlotte, North Carolina (the latter of which had served as Speed's home base). As of January 2016, Fox Sports 1 is available to approximately 84,486,000 pay television households (72.583% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.

Fox Sports 2

Fox Sports 2 (FS2) is an American sports-oriented pay television channel that is owned by the Fox Sports Media Group, a unit of Fox Corporation. The channel is based at the Fox Sports division's headquarters in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, California.

The network was founded as Fuel TV on July 1, 2003, focusing on the culture of extreme sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, motocross, surfing, BMX and FMX. The network's prominence expanded further with the introduction of UFC mixed martial arts programming to its lineup in 2012 as part of a wider deal with Fox Sports. On August 17, 2013, Fuel TV was rebranded as Fox Sports 2, refocusing primarily as an overflow channel for the newly launched mainstream sports network Fox Sports 1. The relaunch of Fuel TV as FS1's sister network received little advanced promotion.As of January 2016, approximately 50,836,000 households (43.674 percent of households with TV) receive Fox Sports 2.

Fox Television Stations

Fox Television Stations, LLC (FTS; alternately Fox Television Stations Group, LLC), is a group of television stations located within the United States which are owned-and-operated by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of the Fox Corporation.

FTS produced the first 25 seasons of Fox's program COPS (through Fox Television Stations Productions), until it moved to Spike (now Paramount Network) in the 2013-14 season. It also oversees the MyNetworkTV service and has a half-interest in the Movies! digital subchannel network, which is shared with Weigel Broadcasting.

KTXH

KTXH, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 19), branded on-air as My 20 Vision, is a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Fox owned-and-operated station KRIV (channel 26). The two stations share studios on Southwest Freeway in Houston (between the Uptown and Greenway Plaza districts); KTXH's transmitter is located near Missouri City in northeastern Fort Bend County.

KUTP

KUTP, virtual channel 45 (UHF digital channel 26), branded on-air as Fox 10 Xtra, is a MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Fox owned-and-operated station KSAZ-TV (channel 10). The two stations share studios on West Adams Street in the west end of Downtown Phoenix's Copper Square district; KUTP's transmitter is located atop South Mountain on the city's south side. KUTP's signal is relayed across northern Arizona through a small network of six translators. The station is also carried on channel 9 on Cox Communications and most other Phoenix area cable systems.

Movies!

Movies! is an American free-to-air television network that is owned as a joint venture between Weigel Broadcasting and the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation. The network's programming emphasizes feature films. The network's programming and advertising operations are based in Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.

It is available in several markets through digital subchannel affiliations with free-to-air television stations, as well as through carriage on pay television providers through a local affiliate of the network. Movies! provides programming 24 hours a day and broadcasts in the 16:9 widescreen picture format, available in either standard definition or high definition depending on the station's preference.

The network competes with two similarly formatted broadcast networks: This TV (originally operated by Weigel in a joint venture with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, until the former's operational stake was taken over by Tribune Broadcasting on November 1, 2013) and GetTV (owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment); feature films compose the primary source and children's programming the ancillary source of programming on both networks, though This TV also broadcasts classic television series. However unlike This TV and GetTV, Movies! does not edit the films aired to make room for more commercials. A notation in the Movies! title card stating no film alterations is aired at the beginning of every film broadcast.

NASCAR on television and radio

The television and radio rights to broadcast NASCAR on television and radio are one of the most expensive rights of any American sport, with the current television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports being worth around US$8 billion.

In the early days of the sport, sports programs like CBS Sports Spectacular and ABC Wide World of Sports would air video highlight packages of NASCAR races. These packages were typically 15 to 30 minutes long that were cut from film of the entire race. This is similar to video packages created by NFL Films. For major races, like the Daytona 500, ABC Sports would show it live for a certain number of laps at the beginning and come back to it to show the end of the race. There had been a few races shown in their entirety in the 1970s, but these were always recorded and shown days or weeks later.

In 1979, CBS Sports televised the entire 1979 Daytona 500 live from start to finish. When ESPN came along in 1981, more races began being shown live in their entirety. Since 1992, all NASCAR races have been shown from start to finish, and all have been shown live since 1997. Until 2001, race tracks struck individual agreements with networks to broadcast races, but NASCAR wanted to capitalize on the growing popularity of the sport and announced in 1999 that television contracts would now be centralized; that is, instead of making agreements with individual tracks, networks would now negotiate directly with NASCAR for the rights to air a package of races.

News Corp (2013–present)

News Corporation (officially referred to and trading as News Corp) is an American mass media and publishing company, formed as a spin-off of the original News Corporation (as founded by Rupert Murdoch in 1980) focusing on newspapers and publishing.

It is one of two companies which succeeded the former News Corporation, alongside 21st Century Fox—which consisted of the old News Corporation's broadcasting and media properties, such as Fox Entertainment Group. The spin-out was structured so that 21st Century Fox would be the legal successor and continuation of the old News Corporation, with the new News Corp being an entirely new company formed by a stock split. Following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox's motion picture, television and cable assets by the Walt Disney Company on March 20, 2019, Fox Corporation, which is the News Corp's sister company and the successor of former 21st Century Fox that focused on American broadcasting, news and sports businesses, also owned and controlled by the Murdoch family.

Its notable assets include Dow Jones & Company (publisher of The Wall Street Journal), News UK (publisher of The Sun and The Times), News Corp Australia, Realtor.com as well as book publisher HarperCollins.

Pinks

Pinks is a franchise series of television programs on SPEED TV based on street racing, held at legal closed drag strips with a theme around drag racing. The original aired from 2005 to 2008, with the spinoff Pinks: All Out following in 2006 until 2010. The name of the show, and the tagline "Lose the race – lose your ride", refer to common slang of pink slips representing a vehicle's title document recording ownership, and the derivative street-racing phrase, "racing for pinks," meaning a race in which the winner earns the loser's car. (In California, until recently, the vehicle title was on a pink slip of paper.)

The original was aired by Speed Channel in the United States and Canada, and also airs on Fox Sports 3 in Australia. The series is produced by Pullin Television. The 2016 version will air on Outdoor Channel and Fox Sports Racing starting in March 2016 Produced by Brian Bossone's production company Boss One Media llc.

Competitors compete in a drag race (although in the original Pinks, there was a stepladder shifter kart race in Series 1, and the original franchise was based more on illegal street racing) in the franchise. The formats differ between the franchise's formats.

In the original series, the illegal street racing style drag race has provisions of the winner claiming ownership of the losing vehicle.

The race format changed slightly through each season:

Early Series 1 (2005): 2 out of 3 races

Later Series 1-Series 4 (2005–2007): 3 out of 5 races

Series 5 (2008): 4 out of 7 racesAs the show starts, the host, staff, and contestants sign a binding contract that will transfer the legal title of the two cars in question to Pullin Television, the production company of the show. Since the production company owns the vehicles it guarantees that the show will award the titles to both cars to the winner of the race and eliminates the chance that the loser will refuse to forfeit his/her car after the race.

Speed (TV network)

Speed was a sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that was owned by the Fox Sports Media Group division of 21st Century Fox. The network was dedicated to motorsports programming, including auto racing, as well as automotive-focused programs.

Although the channel was based in the United States (its headquarters were located at University Research Park in Charlotte, North Carolina), Speed ceased being available to most American viewers as a standalone network with its own original programming on August 17, 2013, when it was replaced by the general-interest sports network Fox Sports 1. An "international" version of the network, now known as Fox Sports Racing, concurrently launched in Canada, the Caribbean and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico to replace the domestic feed, airing archived Speed programming and live simulcasts of motorsports events carried by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in the United States that would be otherwise unavailable to international viewers.When it originally launched in 1995 as Speedvision, the network carried a lineup featuring programs profiling the automobile and motorsports industries (including individual companies, vehicles and teams), how-to series, and coverage of various domestic and international racing series (such as the Formula One World Championship, Rolex Sports Car Series, and the American Le Mans Series). After it was acquired by News Corporation in 2001 and relaunched as Speed Channel, the network's programming became increasingly NASCAR-oriented; prior to its shutdown in the U.S., Speed's lineup consisted mostly of automotive-themed reality shows, NASCAR-related programs (including coverage of practice and qualifying sessions, and full coverage of the Camping World Truck Series), along with news programs focusing on motorsports. Most of Speed's live event programming was carried over to Fox Sports 1 (or sister network Fox Sports 2), and is simulcast on the Speed network that remains available outside the U.S.

Due to contractual changes associated with the relaunch, Fox was expected to temporarily distribute a version of Speed (separate from the international version) to fulfill contracts with providers that had not yet signed deals to carry Fox Sports 1, airing a loop of the network's past reality programming. Many of the programs once found on Speed can now be found in the United States on CBS Sports Network, MAVTV and Velocity (such as Gearz, My Classic Car, Chop Cut Rebuild, and Dream Car Garage as well as live coverage of racing events), others not such as Speed Center.

Sports broadcasting contracts in Canada

This article refers to Sports broadcasting contracts in Canada. For broadcasting rights lists of other countries, see Sports television broadcast contracts.

WOGX

WOGX, virtual channel 51 (UHF digital channel 31), is a Fox owned-and-operated television station serving Gainesville, Florida, United States that is licensed to Ocala. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, and although identifying as a separate station in its own right, WOGX is actually considered a semi-satellite of WOFL (channel 35) in Orlando. As such, it clears all network programming as provided through its parent station but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming, albeit with separate local commercials and legal station identifications. Gainesville is by far the smallest designated market area in the U.S. with a "Big Four" network O&O.

WOGX maintains an advertising sales office in Gainesville, and its transmitter is located in unincorporated Marion County, between Williston and Fairfield. Master control and most internal operations of WOGX originate from the studios of WOFL and MyNetworkTV O&O WRBW (channel 65) in Lake Mary. On cable, WOGX can be seen on Cox channel 13 in Gainesville and Altitude Communications channel 13 in High Springs. There is a high definition feed offered on Cox digital channel 1013 in Gainesville.

The Gainesville television market is located between several other Florida media markets. As a result, the Cox and Charter Spectrum systems in Marion County (part of the Orlando market) do not carry WOGX but opt instead for WOFL, despite Ocala being WOGX's city of license. In addition, the Comcast Xfinity system in Marion County carries WOFL's HD signal on its digital tier in lieu of one from WOGX.

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