Victory Sports One

Victory Sports One was a cable and satellite television regional sports network owned by the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It was first conceived in 2001[1][2] and launched on October 31, 2003.[3] Victory Sports was the exclusive cable TV home of Twins games for the first month of the 2004 season; in addition, it was planned to have coverage of various Minnesota college and high school games along with outdoors programming, including former Twin Kent Hrbek's popular program. The channel also simulcast ESPNEWS.[4]

The Twins opted to take their local broadcast rights in-house after the 2003 season, ending a 15-year partnership with MSC/FSN North. The model for the plan was the success of the New York Yankees' YES Network.[2]

Victory Sports was slated to air 105 Twins games, with the other 57 airing on KSTC-TV. However, it was unable to obtain carriage from the primary cable television providers in the Twin Cities, the rest of the state of Minnesota, and the Dakotas, or from DirecTV or Dish Network. These providers balked at the $2.20-per-subscriber price that the Pohlads were demanding, which they felt was too much for a regional sports network. The cable companies were only willing to air it on a digital tier, but the Pohlads insisted that it air on basic cable.[4] It did, however, sign contracts with several smaller providers.[5][6] By April 2004, so few providers had signed on with the network that it was apparent it would never be viable. After a month in which only a tiny percentage of Twins fans could watch games locally, Victory Sports One signed off on May 8. The Twins quickly re-signed with FSN North to placate viewers inconvenienced by the change, and were able to obtain a significant increase in cable revenue over their previous contract with FSN North.[7]

Victory Sports One
Launched31 October 2003
Closed8 May 2004
Owned byCarl Pohlad
CountryUnited States
LanguageAmerican English
Broadcast areaMinneapolis-Saint Paul and outlying areas


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  3. ^ Fink, Adam (2003-10-31). "TV future cloudy for men's hoops". The Minnesota Daily. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  4. ^ a b "Cable dispute means most fans can't watch games". Associated Press. 2004-03-22. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  5. ^ "Victory Sports inks deals with three cable systems". The latest happenings from around the world of sports. Broadcast Engineering. 2004-04-30. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  6. ^ Garrison-Sprenger, Nicole (2003-10-17). "Satellite firm signs major deal with Victory Sports". Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
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Fox Sports North

Fox Sports North is an American regional sports network owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as a Fox Sports Networks affiliate. The channel broadcasts coverage of sporting events involving teams located in the Upper Midwest region, with a focus on professional and collegiate sports teams based in Minnesota.

The network maintains production studios and offices located in downtown Minneapolis, which are shared with production and office operations of Fox Sports Wisconsin, which formerly served as a subfeed of Fox Sports North until it was spun off into a separate channel in 2006.

Fox Sports North maintains two separate feeds: a "metro" feed (which is broadcast to the Twin Cities and surrounding areas) and the "outstate" feed (which is seen elsewhere throughout Minnesota, as well as North and South Dakota, Iowa and extreme western Wisconsin).

Fox Sports North is available on cable providers throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, Upper Michigan along the Wisconsin border and the eastern parts of North Dakota and South Dakota; the "outstate" feed of the channel is also available on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Fox Sports Wisconsin

Fox Sports Wisconsin is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. Operating as the "Wisconsin" sub-feed of Fox Sports North until 2007, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events throughout the state of Wisconsin, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Milwaukee. It primarily operates from a studio/office facility in downtown Milwaukee, with secondary offices and production studio/office hub based in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Fox Sports Wisconsin is available on cable providers throughout Wisconsin, extreme eastern Minnesota, the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northwestern Illinois, and Iowa; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcasts 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year and reaches more than 1.7 million homes.

List of Minnesota Twins broadcasters

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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.

Victory Sports Network

For the television network, see Victory Sports OneVictory Sports Network (VSN) is an internet sports news provider founded in 2002 that focuses primarily on sporting events between colleges and universities in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The website provides news stories, press releases, and live streaming video of football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, and softball competitions. The network periodically broadcasts NAIA sports-related videos on its website.

The Victory Sports Network was founded July 5, 2002 by Jason Dannelly to become a promoter of NAIA athletics. In the past years Dannelly has built very strong relationships with the NAIA member institutions and their coaches. Dannelly has published the only magazine dedicated to NAIA athletics, founded three major sports web sites, and produces weekly features on latest news of the NAIA. VSN currently produces the NAIA bracket announcements for NAIA Football and all divisions and genders of NAIA basketball.

In 2008, the network was purchased by College Fanz Sports Network. On July 23, 2010 the College Fanz Sports Network's mission changed and control of VSN reverted to Jason Dannelly.

VSN's mission is to give fans, coaches, and players of small college athletics a place to find out the latest information on the NAIA.

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