Fox Sports Southwest

Fox Sports Southwest 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, collegiate and high school sports events throughout the South Central United States. The network is headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Irving, Texas, with master control hubbed at Fox Sports Networks' operations center in Houston, which houses master control operations for its regional networks in the central United States.

Fox Sports Southwest is available on cable providers throughout much of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico and Arkansas; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Fox Sports Southwest
Fox Sports Southwest 2012 Logo
LaunchedJanuary 4, 1983
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
(sale pending to Sinclair Broadcast Group)[1]
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaTexas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico
HeadquartersDallas, Texas
Formerly calledHome Sports Entertainment (1983–1994)
Prime Sports Southwest (1994–1996)
Fox Sports Southwest (1996–Late 1999 and 2008-present)
Fox Sports Net Southwest (Late 1999–2004)
FSN Southwest (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports New Orleans
Fox Sports Oklahoma
KESN
Websitewww.foxsports.com/southwest
Availability
(some events may air on Fox Sports Southwest Plus due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV676 Fox Sports Southwest (SD/HD)
676 Fox Sports Southwest Plus (SD)
676 Fox Sports Southwest Plus (HD)
Dish Network416 Fox Sports Southwest (SD/HD)
Cable
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

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Fox Sports Southwest logo, used from 2008 to 2012.

Fox Sports Southwest originally launched on January 4, 1983 as Home Sports Entertainment (HSE), a unit of Warner-Amex Cable.[2] As one of the first regional sports networks in North America, it served as the cable television home of professional and collegiate sports teams throughout Texas and surrounding states. In 1988, HSE became an affiliate of Prime Sports Networks.

Like many Prime Sports-affiliated networks, it shared channel space with other networks on several cable providers in its service area (most often resulting in its programming being restricted to nighttime periods) until the early 1990s, when cable systems began upgrading their headend infrastructures to increase channel capacity, reassigning most of the cable channels that shared time with HSE to other channel slots once these upgrades were complete. In 1994, Liberty Media acquired HSE, converting it into an owned-and-operated affiliate of Prime Sports and changing its name to Prime Sports Southwest.

In 1996, News Corporation, which formed its own sports division for the Fox network two years earlier, acquired a 50% interest in the Prime Network from Liberty Media;[3] the network was officially rebranded as Fox Sports Southwest on November 1 of that year, as part of a relaunch of the Prime Network affiliates as the cornerstones of the new Fox Sports Net.[4] The channel was then rebranded as Fox Sports Net Southwest in late 1999, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner.

In 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN Southwest, through the networks' de-emphasis of the brand, before reverting to the Fox Sports Southwest moniker in 2008. In July 2013, News Corporation spun off the Fox Sports Networks and most of its other U.S. entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox.

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 Southwest. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN (ESPN also owns a stake in the Longhorn Network). 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.[5] The deal will also place Fox Sports Southwest in common ownership with 17 Sinclair stations in Texas.

Programming

Fox Sports Southwest holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs of the NBA; the Dallas Stars of the NHL; and the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. In addition, the channel also provides regional coverage of collegiate sporting events from the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA, as well as the cable rights to the University Interscholastic League, carrying its Class 6A high school state championship games for football, boys' and girls' basketball, baseball and softball, and the 2A-5A high school football championships. Prior to their move to Las Vegas, Fox Sports Southwest had the rights to the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA.

Coverage areas

Fox Sports Southwest has the second-largest market area and total viewer reach of any network in the FSN group (behind Fox Sports South). Its expansive footprint extends from eastern New Mexico to Panama City, Florida. The network is divided into five broadcasting zones, each representing the five largest television markets in its designated broadcast region:

The separation of broadcast zones for the channel is mostly due to the defined broadcast territories set by the National Basketball Association for four of the region's five NBA franchises – the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans (the Houston Rockets are carried on AT&T SportsNet Southwest). In the event of a scheduling conflict between either of the teams (such as Mavericks/Thunder, Mavericks/Spurs, Thunder/Spurs, and sometimes Mavericks/Spurs/Thunder), the games will be shown on their own subfeeds (Thunder on Fox Sports Oklahoma, Spurs or Mavericks on Fox Sports Southwest). In certain circumstances, games involving the Dallas Stars (the only National Hockey League team based in Texas) air on Fox Sports Southwest beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth designated market area, including the Houston market, which no longer receives any NBA broadcasts over Fox Sports Southwest.

Programming seen in each broadcasting zone is common in most areas, and includes a mix of programs supplied by Fox Sports Networks and some original programming exclusive to Fox Sports Southwest (such as High School Spotlight, ″High School Scoreboard Live″ and the Dallas Morning News-co-produced SportsdayOnAir). Other than Fox Sports New Orleans and Fox Sports Oklahoma, which are both treated by Fox Sports Networks as separate channels from Fox Sports Southwest, each feed disambiguated in some electronic program guides and online television listings services as "Fox Sports Dallas", "Fox Sports Houston" and "Fox Sports San Antonio".

Other services

Fox Sports Southwest HD

Fox Sports Southwest HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Fox Sports Southwest, which broadcasts in the 720p format. The channel does not provide a 24-hour simulcast, however it broadcasts various Mavericks, Rangers, Spurs and Stars games, as well as several NCAA football and basketball games shown nationally on FSN and other programming distributed nationally by Fox Sports Networks in high definition.

Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Fox Sports Southwest Plus (also branded as "FOX Sports Southwest +" or FS SOUTHWEST +") is an alternate channel feed of Fox Sports Southwest used to broadcast select events from teams to which Fox Sports Southwest holds the broadcast rights within the designated market in the event that two or more games scheduled to be broadcast on the channel are held simultaneously, requiring the overflow feed to carry games that cannot air on the main feed.[6]

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. ^ David Barron (January 5, 2003). "Regional TV venture grew into Fox Sports Southwest". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia. "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  6. ^ "What is FOX Sports Southwest Plus?". Fox Sports Local.

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Dusty Dvoracek

Dusty Dvoracek (born March 1, 1983) is a former American football nose tackle. Drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft, he played college football at Oklahoma and professionally with the Bears from 2006 to 2009 and the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League in 2010–11.

Since retiring from football, Dvoracek has worked as a color analyst for Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Oklahoma, and ESPN.

Fox Sports Houston

Fox Sports Houston was an American regional sports network that was owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of News Corporation, and operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel, which operated out of facilities based in downtown Houston, Texas, originally began in April 2005 as a sub-feed of sister network Fox Sports Southwest and became a separate 24-hour channel on January 12, 2009.Fox Sports Houston held the broadcast rights to most of the professional sports franchises based in Houston, carrying games from the Houston Astros (Major League Baseball), Houston Rockets (NBA) and the Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer); it also carried coverage of collegiate events involving Conference USA members, the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls as well as high school sports events throughout the Houston area. After losing the broadcast rights to the Astros and Rockets to Root Sports Southwest, the network was re-absorbed into Fox Sports Southwest on October 5, 2012.

Fox Sports New Orleans

Fox Sports New Orleans is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts local coverage of professional and collegiate sports events within New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

Fox Sports New Orleans is available on cable providers throughout Louisiana, East Texas, the Florida Panhandle, and parts of Mississippi and Alabama (including Cox Communications, AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications, Suddenlink Communications and Comcast), with an estimated regional reach of 2.5 million households with a pay television subscription; it is also available on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Fox Sports Oklahoma

Fox Sports Oklahoma 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 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.

List of Houston Astros broadcasters

Broadcasters for the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team.

List of Texas Rangers broadcasters

Texas Rangers games currently air on regional television network Fox Sports Southwest and on radio stations KRLD 105.3 FM and KRLD 1080 AM.

Games are aired in Spanish television station Canal de Teja. Games have aired on Spanish radio station KESS from 1991 to 2010, KZMP from 2011 to 2016, and KFLC since 2017.

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