Fox Sports South

Fox Sports South is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The network carries regional coverage of professional and collegiate sports events from across the Southern United States, along with other sporting events and programming from FSN.

Fox Sports South is available on cable providers throughout Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Fox Sports South
Fox Sports South logo
LaunchedAugust 29, 1990
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaAlabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Formerly calledSportSouth (1990–1996)
Fox Sports South (1996–2000)
Fox Sports Net South (2000–2004)
FSN South (2004–2008)
FS South (2008–2012)
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports Carolinas
Fox Sports Tennessee
Websitewww.foxsports.com/south
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports South Plus and Fox Sports South Plus 2 due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV646 Fox Sports South (SD/HD)
647 Fox Sports South Plus (SD)
646-1 Fox Sports South Plus (HD)
648 Fox Sports South Plus 2 (SD)
646-5 Fox Sports South Plus 2 (HD)
Dish Network420 Fox Sports South (SD)
5420 Fox Sports South (HD)
Plus channels vary by date
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Available on most cable systems in designated broadcast areaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
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 South was originally launched on August 29, 1990 as SportSouth, under the ownership of the Turner Broadcasting System, in conjunction with business partners Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) and Scripps-Howard Broadcasting. At its launch, the channel held the regional cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets. Shortly after Turner completed its merger with Time Warner, SportSouth was purchased by News Corporation's Fox Cable Networks in the winter of 1996; the channel was integrated into the recently formed Fox Sports Net group of regional sports networks, and was officially rebranded as Fox Sports South in the spring of 1997 (later amending the name to "Fox Sports Net South" in 2000, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner).

In 2002, Fox Sports South began producing the Southern Sports Report from its Midtown Atlanta studios, as part of the collective FSN networks' expansion of "regional sports reports" to complement the National Sports Report, both formatted as daily news programs focusing on sports news and highlights. The Atlanta studios served as a production hub for the regional sports reports broadcast on other FSN networks, often utilizing the same anchors (with Terry Chick being the most prominent). The Southern Sports Report was discontinued in 2005; around the same time, FSN South began producing a similar program, Around The South, which focused on sports stories across the region. In 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN South, through the networks' de-emphasis of the Fox Sports Net brand.

On February 23, 2006, News Corporation purchased the general entertainment cable channel Turner South from the Turner Broadcasting System for $375 million.[1] After the deal was completed, the channel dropped all remaining entertainment programming and converted into a sports-exclusive channel as it became part of the Fox Sports Networks group, adopting the "SportSouth" name formerly used by Fox Sports South. FSN South, which effectively became a sister network to the new SportSouth (which was renamed Fox Sports Southeast in October 2015[2]), reverted to the Fox Sports South moniker in 2008.

In 2008, SportSouth acquired the partial television rights to the Atlanta Braves, splitting the telecasts with Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17), which ceased distributing the station's Braves telecasts nationally after its separation from its companion superstation feed TBS (which became a conventional cable network) in October 2007.[3] After Turner turned over the operations of WPCH to the Meredith Corporation under a local marketing agreement in 2011, production of the Braves telecasts was transferred from Turner Sports to Fox Sports South, in a deal in which the channel would produce a package of 45 regular season games each year for WPCH.

On February 28, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth reached a deal with the Braves to acquire the 45 additional Atlanta Braves games beginning with the 2013 season, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV and marking the first time in 40 years that the team's game telecasts were not available on broadcast television in the Atlanta market.[4][5] In July 2013, News Corporation spun off the Fox Sports Networks and most of its other U.S. entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox.

Coverage area

Fox Sports South's coverage area includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, most of Kentucky and parts of Florida. It is, by far, the largest coverage by area and total market reach of any FSN affiliate. As such, the channel is often separated into several sub-regional feeds for the purposes of adhering to the various professional leagues' home territory rules.

For example, Memphis Grizzlies and Nashville Predators games are only seen in Tennessee, most of Kentucky, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama. Meanwhile, Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Hurricanes games are only seen in North and South Carolina. Neither team's games are seen elsewhere within Fox Sports South's coverage area, although Predators games are occasionally rebroadcast in North Carolina.

In October 2008, Fox decided to split Fox Sports South into three separate channels to offer more localized sports coverage. It launched separate respective feeds for the Carolinas and most of Tennessee, Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports Tennessee.[6] FSN considers these feeds as separate networks, which maintain their own sub-sites within the main Fox Sports Local website. The main Fox Sports South channel now only serves Georgia and most of Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Programming

Fox Sports South holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball franchise; the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA; the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA; the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators of the NHL, and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer.[7][8] The channel also provides coverage of collegiate sports events from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Announcers

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta United FC

  • Kevin Egan - play-by-play
  • Dan Gargan - analyst
  • Jillian Sakovits - sideline reporter / Atlanta United LIVE host

Carolina Hurricanes

Charlotte Hornets

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Pete Pranica - play-by-play
  • Brevin Knight - analyst
  • Rob Fischer - sideline reporter / Grizzlies LIVE host
  • Sean Tuohy - analyst (select games)
  • Chris Vernon - Grizzlies LIVE contributor

Nashville Predators

  • Willy Daunic - play-by-play
  • Chris Mason - analyst
  • Kara Hammer - rinkside reporter
  • Terry Crisp - Predators LIVE analyst (home games)
  • Lyndsay Rowley - Predators LIVE host/ (away games)

See also

References

  1. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (February 23, 2006). "Fox Cable Buys Turner South". Multichannel News. Reed Business Information. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "FOX Sports regional network 'SportSouth' to be rebranded 'FOX Sports Southeast'". Fox Sports South/SportSouth. Fox Sports Networks. August 24, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "WTBS to become PeachTree TV". Atlanta Business Journal. American City Business Journals. June 27, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Fox Picks Up Braves' Games from PeachTree TV". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. March 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "FOX Sports South and SportSouth acquire 45 additional Braves games beginning this season". Fox Sports South. February 28, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Fox Sports Launches Regional Nets in Tennessee, Carolinas". Multichannel News. November 1, 2008. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Atlanta United announces TV partnership". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Analyzing the Atlanta United broadcast deal". Dirty South Soccer (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved February 22, 2017.

External links

2010 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2010 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament was the championship tournament of the Southeastern Conference in the 2009–10 season, with the winner earning the SEC's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. It was held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Georgia from March 4 to March 7. The first round and quarterfinals were televised by Fox Sports South, the semifinals were aired by ESPNU, and the final aired on ESPN2.

The regular-season champion, Tennessee, won the tournament, which was believed at the time to have secured a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament (which proved true).

2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC from May 25 through May 29. All of the games were shown live on Fox Sports South with select games being shown on Fox Sports Florida, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Sun Sports, and New England Sports Network. Top seeded Virginia won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. It was Virginia's third ACC tournament win and second in three years.

2011 was the fifth year in which the conference used a round-robin tournament format, with the team with the best record in each group at the end of the three-game round robin advancing to a one-game championship.

2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at the NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC from May 23 through May 27. All of the games were shown live on Fox Sports South with select games being shown on Fox Sports Florida, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, Sun Sports, and New England Sports Network. Eighth seeded Georgia Tech won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. It was Georgia Tech's eighth ACC tournament win. This was the first time in which an eighth seeded team won the tournament.

2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from March 1-4, 2012. The Tennessee Lady Volunteers won the tournament and received the SEC’s automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament by defeating the LSU Lady Tigers 70-58 in the championship game.

Alan Green (broadcaster)

Alan Green (born 25 June 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) has been a BBC Radio sports commentator since 1981, mainly on football but also on golf, rowing and the Olympic Games.Green is one of BBC Radio 5 Live's most senior football commentators and has been a winner of a Sony Radio Academy Award for Sports Broadcaster Of The Year. He is noted for his forthright style of football commentary and has been involved in several controversies and disputes with managers including Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce. He also works in the MLS as Atlanta United play by play lead announcer for Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast.

Braves TBS Baseball

Braves TBS Baseball (or Braves Baseball on TBS) was a presentation of regular season Major League Baseball game telecasts featuring the Atlanta Braves National League franchise that aired on the American cable and satellite network TBS. The games were produced by Turner Sports, the sports division of the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner, TBS's corporate parent. The program, which made its debut in 1973, ended national broadcasts in 2007.

TBS phased out its national coverage of Braves baseball after it was awarded an MLB-wide national broadcast contract effective in 2008. WPCH-TV, the rebranded former originating signal of the TBS superstation feed, retained Atlanta-market rights to a partial schedule of Braves games through 2013, but primary rights moved to cable regional sports networks, eventually settling with Fox Sports South. TBS may select Braves games for national broadcast on equal grounds with other MLB clubs, but their national broadcast would be blacked out in the Braves' MLB-designated territory if the regional rights-holder carries the game as well.

Chip Caray

Harry Christopher "Chip" Caray III (born February 27, 1965) is a television broadcaster for Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast's coverage of the Atlanta Braves baseball and Southeastern Conference basketball, and is an occasional radio broadcaster and co-host of the pre-game and post-game shows on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Chip is also known from his time as a broadcaster for the Fox Saturday Game of the Week and as the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs from 1998 to 2004. He is the son of broadcaster Skip Caray, the grandson of broadcaster Harry Caray and the older half-brother of broadcaster Josh Caray.

Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast

Comcast Sports Southeast and Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) was an American regional sports network for the Southern United States that was operated as a joint venture between cable television providers Comcast and Charter Communications. In contrast to its competitor Fox Sports South, CSS had a heavier focus on college sports – with broadcasting partnerships with many of the area's colleges and universities.

The network was carried exclusively on cable television systems in the region, primarily those owned by Comcast and Charter. The initials stood for Comcast Sports Southeast in Comcast markets and Charter Sports Southeast in Charter markets. However, the logo closely resembled the logo Comcast used until 2013, and it was operated as part of the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal, along with the Comcast SportsNet networks. The channel reached over six million homes in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Dan Gargan

Dan Gargan (born December 14, 1982) is an American soccer player who last played for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer. He is now the color commentator for Atlanta United FC on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast.

Elizabeth Moreau

Elizabeth Moreau is a reporter and host for Fox Sports South. In addition to her work with Fox, she is also a host at the ACC digital network.

Eric Collins

Eric Collins (born June 16th,1969 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a play-by-play sports announcer, currently the voice of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets on Fox Sports South.He has 2 daughters, Beatrice and Harriett Collins, and a wife named Keri Bartholomew.

From 2009 through 2013, Collins served as the part-time television voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking over the duties of Dodger radio voice Charley Steiner, who was the team's play-by-play announcer on road telecasts east of Denver.

Collins' broadcasting experience also includes play-by-play for NBC Sports' coverage of the USA Baseball team during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, as well as calling ESPN's coverage of college football, college basketball, and college baseball and softball Super Regional tournaments and Women's College World Series games (WCWS in 2005 and 2006); part-time announcing for the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and 2008; and working in Minor League Baseball for the Schaumburg Flyers and Rochester Red Wings. He also worked as a sideline reporter for Chicago Bulls broadcasts from 1997 to 2002. Collins has broadcast every game of the World Cup of Softball on ESPN since its inception in 2005, with partner Michele Smith. In August 2010, the Big Ten Network announced that Collins would handle play-by-play duties in college football and basketball. He also does play-by-play announcing for Fox College Hoops.On August 27, 2015, Collins was named the new television play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, replacing Steve Martin, who will return to his original role as the team's radio play-by-play voice. Collins will be joined by former Hornet Dell Curry and Stephanie Ready, the NBA's first full-time female analyst.Collins is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (bachelor's degree) and Syracuse University (master's degree).

Fox Sports Carolinas

Fox Sports Carolinas 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 is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The channel broadcasts professional, collegiate and high school sports events, with a primary focus on North Carolina-based teams, namely the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Hurricanes. It is available on most cable providers in North and South Carolina, with an estimated reach of four million cable television subscribers; Fox Sports Carolinas is also available nationwide on satellite providers 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. Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Disney must sell the channels off to third parties by June 18, 2019, 90 days after the completion of its acquisition.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).

Fox Sports Southeast

Fox Sports Southeast (originally named SportSouth from its inception until October 4, 2015) is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events throughout the southeastern United States, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Atlanta and Charlotte.

Fox Sports Southeast is available on cable providers throughout Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina (roughly from Asheville to Charlotte); it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network. The channel's programming reaches an estimated 8.9 million cable and satellite subscribers.

Fox Sports Tennessee

Fox Sports Tennessee 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 regional coverage of professional and collegiate sports events in the state of Tennessee, namely the Memphis Grizzlies and Nashville Predators.

Fox Sports Tennessee is available on cable providers throughout Tennessee, northern Alabama, eastern Arkansas and northeastern Mississippi, with an estimated reach of 1.8 million subscribers, and nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Kelsey Wingert

Kelsey Wingert (born June 20th) is an American journalist for Fox Sports South covering the Atlanta Braves and other teams that Fox Sports South Covers. Wingert grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School where she played volleyball. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she played intramural volleyball. Prior to working for Fox Sports South, she worked at KALB-TV in Alexandria, Louisiana. She suffered a broken eye socket in a game in 2018 after getting hit with a foul ball hit by Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies. She returned a few days later.

UK Sports Network

The UK Sports Network, historically known as the Big Blue Sports Network (BBSN) and also formerly known as the UK IMG Sports Network, is the radio and television network of the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's and women's sports teams. It consists of seven over-the-air television affiliates, two regional sports networks, and 44 radio stations in Kentucky and neighboring states.Except for the Blue/White game, beginning in the 2012-2013 season, all men's basketball broadcasts on Fox Sports South began to be produced by Fox Sports, using their graphics and music.

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