In 1996, News Corporation, which launched the over-the-air general-interest Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986, took over the Prime Network affiliates and renamed them all "Fox Sports Net." In 1996, Fox bought SportSouth and renamed it "FSN South." In 1998, SportsChannel America joined the Fox Sports Net family (except for the Florida affiliate, which joined in 2000).
Starting in September 2004, Fox Sports Net became known simply as FSN, but the name Fox Sports Net is also still in common use.
The programming strategy that most FSN networks have adopted is to acquire play-by-play broadcast rights to major teams in their regional market, which can then be marketed to advantage against the nationally broadcast feeds from ESPN. The strategy is also meant to encourage non-cable subscribers to subscribe in order to watch their favorite teams play.
Besides play-by-play, a common set of FSN programming is available to all its regional sports networks, most notably The Best Damn Sports Show Period. In some of its regions, the competing Comcast SportsNet carries FSN programming on their channels.
|Name||Region served||Home to||Former Name||Notes|
|FSN Arizona||Arizona, New Mexico and southern Nevada.||Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Phoenix Mercury (WNBA), local coverage of the Pacific 10, Western Athletic, Big Sky, and Mountain West conferences.||PRIME Sports Arizona||New LIVE shows follow Diamondbacks, Coyotes, and Suns games each evening, either from their respective sites or the FOX Sports Grill in North Scottsdale.|
|FSN Detroit||Michigan (statewide), northwestern Ohio, northeastern Indiana, and some portions of northeast Wisconsin along the Upper Michigan border.||Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Pistons (NBA), Detroit Red Wings (NHL), Detroit Shock (WNBA), local coverage of the Big Ten, Horizon League, CCHA and the MAC athletic conferences, as well as the MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletics Assotiation)||None||Tigers Live, Red Wings Live, and Pistons Live are produced by FSN Detroit. Fox Sports Net Detroit put Pro-Am Sports System (PASS Sports), which was owned by Post-Newsweek, out of business in 1997 when FOX acquired the TV rights to all the pro sports teams in Detroit.|
|FSN Florida||Florida (statewide), and parts of southern Alabama (not including Mobile) and southern Georgia.||Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Orlando Magic (NBA), Florida Marlins (MLB), Florida Panthers (NHL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Atlantic Sun, Conference USA, and Atlantic Coast athletic conferences.||SportsChannel Florida||Shares broadcast rights with co-owned Sun Sports. Last FSN network to discontinue the SportsChannel name.|
|FSN Houston||Southern Half of Texas and Southern Louisiana||Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Comets (WNBA), Houston Texans programming (NFL), Big 12, high school, and local collegiate sports.||FSN Southwest||Will launch 24 hours a day in early 2009.|
|FSN Indiana||Central Indiana||Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indiana Fever (WNBA), Cincinnati Reds (MLB) and local coverage of minor league baseball and collegiate sports featuring the Big 12, Conference USA, Southeastern, Western Athletic, Missouri Valley, and Horizon League conferences.||Formerly part of FSN Midwest; Was Prime Sports Network prior to that||FSN Indiana became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Indiana Pacers. It is still a part of FSN Midwest in some markets.|
|FSN Kansas City||Kansas City region||Kansas City Royals (MLB), Kansas City Brigade (AFL), and local coverage of collegiate sports featuring the Big 12 and Missouri Valley.||Formerly part of FSN Midwest; Was Prime Sports Network prior to that||FSN Kansas City became a channel after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down and FSN signed a long-term deal for the Kansas City Royals. Having 2 networks eliminates conflicts with St. Louis Cardinals coverage on FSN Midwest. Some programming is produced by FSN Midwest.|
|FSN Midwest||Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, western Kentucky and northern Arkansas.||St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), St. Louis Blues (NHL), and local coverage of minor league baseball and collegiate sports featuring the Big 12, Conference USA, Southeastern, Western Athletic, Missouri Valley, and Horizon League conferences.||Prime Sports Midwest||FSN Midwest also airs Cardinals games in West Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Royals broadcasts returned to FSN Midwest in the Kansas City market beginning in 2008, after Royals Sports Television Network was shut down. As a result, the network has been re-branded in the Kansas City market as FSN Kansas City to avoid conflicts with St. Louis Cardinals coverage.|
|Fox Sports North||Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.||Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL), Minnesota Swarm (NLL) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Big Ten, Big East, and Horizon League athletic conferences.||WCCO II, Wisconsin Sports Network, Midwest Sports Channel||Regional subfeeds for the Minnesota/Dakotas region, and for the state of Wisconsin not included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The Wisconsin feed is operated under FSN Wisconsin as of April 2007 and originates from the Twin Cities also.|
|FSN Northwest||Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, parts of Wyoming, and parts of northern Nevada.||Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle Storm (WNBA), plus local coverage of the University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and Gonzaga University||Northwest Cable Sports, Prime Sports Northwest||Acquired by Liberty Media as part of its purchase of DirecTV. FSN Northwest lost coverage of the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) to Comcast SportsNet after refusing to come to an agreement with the team on a rights fee. FSN has also lost coverage of the Seattle SuperSonics as a result of the team's recent move to Oklahoma City.|
|FSN Ohio||Ohio (with the exception of the Youngstown-Steubenville region where FSN Pittsburgh is carried), parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Northwestern Pennsylvania (primarily Erie), and extreme Southwestern New York.||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Cincinnati Reds (MLB), Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Southeastern, Atlantic 10, Mid American, Metro Atlantic, Great Midwest, Conference USA, Atlantic Coast, and Missouri Valley athletic conferences.||SportsChannel Ohio||FSN Ohio airs Reds games in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas, including western North Carolina. FSN Ohio also broadcasts select Cavaliers games on FSN Pittsburgh. Sometimes, only FSN is listed in the Fox Box rather than the full FSN Ohio name, all other FSN networks list the networks name (the Columbus Blue Jackets telecasts use the FSN Ohio name in the box). The network also produces a call-in show called "Cleveland Rants" that makes it unique to most other FSNs. Also, it should be noted that there are actually two separate feeds, an FSN OHIO Cleveland and an FSN OHIO Cincinnati that are slightly different, mainly on the Reds games and on high school sports. The Columbus market usually receives both feeds, especially in times of conflicting games. For example, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Cavaliers play at the same time, the Blue Jackets will be on the regular FSN Ohio channel, while the Cavaliers are on an alternate channel. Other such conflicts include the Blue Jackets and Cincinnati Reds and the Cavaliers and Reds.|
|FSN Oklahoma||All of Oklahoma.||Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), local coverage of Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big XII) Football and Basketball games.||FSN Southwest||Launches with OKC Thunder Opening Game on October 29, 2008. Select Dallas Mavericks (NBA) games will be available in areas of Oklahoma more than 75 miles from Oklahoma City.|
|FSN Pittsburgh||All of Pennsylvania except the Philadelphia metro, all of West Virginia except the two counties in metro DC, western Maryland, eastern Ohio, the extreme northeast of Kentucky and the extreme southwest of New York.||Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA—via FSN Ohio), Washington Wild Things (Frontier League), plus local coverage of the Big East, Big Ten, Atlantic 10, PIAA, WPIAL and Horizon League athletic conferences.||KBL Sports, Prime Sports KBL.||Produced Midwest Sports Report for FSN Midwest until its move to St. Louis in 2006. Acquired by Liberty Media as part of its purchase of DirecTV.|
|FSN Rocky Mountain||Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, western Kansas, western Nebraska, and parts of Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico.||Colorado Rockies (MLB), Colorado Crush and Utah Jazz (NBA) plus local coverage of the Big 12, Big Sky, Western Athletic, Conference USA, and Mountain West athletic conferences.||Prime Sports Rocky Mountain, Prime Sports Intermountain West||Acquired by Liberty Media as part of its purchase of DirecTV. A sub-feed for Utah (FSN Utah) carries the Utah Jazz (NBA), Phoenix Coyotes (NHL—via FSN Arizona), Real Salt Lake (MLS), and local collegiate sports.|
|FSN South||Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, parts of Kentucky and most of North Carolina.||Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), Atlanta Braves (MLB), Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), Nashville Predators (NHL) plus local coverage of Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Conference USA, Big South, and Southern athletic conferences.||(Original) SportSouth||Purchased Turner South in May 2006; name changed to SportSouth; SportSouth carries the Braves, Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL).|
|FSN Southwest||Northern Texas, Northern Louisiana, Oklahoma, parts of New Mexico, and Arkansas.||Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Rangers (MLB), FC Dallas (MLS), San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Southland, Big 12, and Conference USA athletic conferences.||Home Sports Entertainment, Prime Sports Southwest.|
|FSN West||Southern California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii.||Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), Chivas USA (MLS), and local coverage of the Pacific 10, West Coast, Mountain West, Western Athletic, and Big West conferences.||(Original) Prime Ticket, Prime Sports West||Shares programming with FSN Prime Ticket, which serves the same area.|
|FSN Wisconsin||Wisconsin, except for western counties in Minneapolis-St. Paul DMA, and a few counties on the border with Michigan (which show FSN Detroit).||Milwaukee Brewers (MLB), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL; limited schedule), Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA hockey only), WIAA, other local coverage||FSN North||FSN Wisconsin became a channel after FSN became the primary network for the Milwaukee Brewers. It is still a part of FSN North in some markets.|
|FSN Prime Ticket||Southern California, southern Nevada, and Hawaii.||Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB), Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), Chivas USA (MLS), and local coverage of the Pacific 10, West Coast, Mountain West, Western Athletic, and Big West conferences.||FSN West 2||Shares programming with FSN West, which serves the same area.|
|Name||Region served||(Former) Home to||Former Name||Other|
|Bay Area||Northern and central California, Sacramento, northwestern Nevada (including the Lake Tahoe-Reno-Carson City region), and parts of southern Oregon.||San Francisco Giants (MLB), Oakland Athletics (MLB), San Jose Sharks (NHL), Golden State Warriors (NBA), San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), San Jose Stealth (NLL), San Jose Sabercats (AFL) and local coverage of the Pacific 10, West Coast, Mountain West, and Western Athletic conferences.||Pacific Sports Network (PSN), SportsChannel Bay Area, SportsChannel Pacific||25% owned by Fox, 45% owned by Comcast, and 30% owned by the San Francisco Giants as of December 2007. Managed by Comcast. SportsChannel Pacific was formed when Pacific Sports Network (PSN) merged with SportsChannel Bay Area. Due to Comcast's majority ownership of the network, the network was rebranded as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on March 31, 2008..|
|Chicago||Northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and eastern Iowa.||Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Fire (MLS) Chicago Rush, (AFL), Chicago White Sox (MLB), local and national collegiate sports, including those from FSN Detroit.||Sportsvision, SportsChannel Chicago||Closed on June 23, 2006. Was the production and origination point of the Chicago, Ohio, and Bay Area Sports Report programs (all 50% owned by Rainbow Sports/Cablevision). Comcast SportsNet Chicago now occupies the former FSN Chicago facility located at 350 North Orleans Street, and has acquired the rights to air the nationally-distributed FSN programs. The old Chicago Sports Report set was purchased (and is now used as the main news set) by WREX in Rockford, IL. Building current home of the Chicago Sun-Times.|
|New England||Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.||Boston Celtics (NBA), Boston Cannons (MLL), and local college sports.||SportsChannel New England||As of July 1, 2007, 100% owned by Comcast. Rebranded as Comcast SportsNet on October 1, 2007, and more local programming in the network will be added.|
|New York||New York, northern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut.||New York Islanders (NHL), New Jersey Devils (NHL), Long Island Lizards (MLL), plus local coverage of the Big East, Northeast, and Metro Atlantic athletic conferences.||SportsChannel New York||Co-owned with MSG, which carries the New York Knicks (NBA), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), New York Rangers (NHL), New York Liberty (WNBA), Red Bull New York (MLS), plus regional collegiate football and basketball. Rebranded as MSG Plus on March 10, 2008 and will continue to air programming from Fox Sports Net. Owned by Cablevision.|
|Name||Region served||Home to||Former Name||Other|
|Sun Sports||Florida.||Orlando Magic (NBA), Miami Heat (NBA), Florida Marlins (MLB), Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL).||Sunshine Network||Originally a Prime Network affiliate, it is now owned by Fox Sports Net.|
|SportSouth||Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina.||Atlanta Braves (MLB), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Charlotte Bobcats (NBA), Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Atlanta Thrashers (NHL).||Turner South||Previously owned by Time-Warner as part of the TBS family, sold to News Corporation (parent company of Fox Sports Net) in 2006. Renamed to SportSouth on October 13, 2006.|
FSN also offers Fox College Sports (formerly Fox Sports Digital Networks) for digital cable subscribers. These are three channels (marked Atlantic, Central, and Pacific) that provide programming (primarily colleigate and high school sports, plus minor league sports) that would be carried from each individual FSN network, as well as each affiliate's regional sports reports and individually-produced programming (such as coaches shows, team magazines, and documentaries). More or less, these three networks are condensed versions of the 22 FSN-affiliated networks, including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, though the channels also show international events that fit too oddly on FSN or Fox Soccer Channel, such as the Commonwealth Games, World University Games, and the FINA World Swimming Championships.
The 3 FCS Channels offer the FSN feeds from the following channels, including live Big 12 Conference football, Pacific 10 Conference football and basketball and Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. They also rerun shows originally produced by and shown on the networks listed:
Fox College Sports also shows Independent Women's Football League games, high school games, college magazine shows, and college coach's shows.
''See Regional sports network for those regional sports channels which are not part of Fox Sports Net.
Fox College Sports' partner channel is Big Ten Network.
FSN has often been the testing ground for the innovations that FOX comes up with graphically and the source of inspiration that other networks have for their graphics. They were the first U.S. sports channel to introduce the bar score/time graphic on the top of the screen. Since FSN came up with the top-screen bar graphic, many other major networks have abandoned the corner box graphic in favor of the bar.
In the middle of June 2005, the banner was given a cosmetic upgrade, despite the graphics used since July 2003 are still used. The team abbreviations became white or black in the team's main color (depending on color contrast), and the scores are now in white boxes. The scores would flash, making a futuristic computer sound, whenever the scores change. On the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic on the far left would flash, circling the bases with a graphic below the banner with the words "HOME RUN" and the team's or player's name shown in electronic lettering. Also with the baseball broadcasts, the diamond graphic changed between 2005 and 2006. Also, the FSN logo on the far right is now in a black oval-like shape with the region in white.
For the 2008 college football season, the scoring banner became a box on the top-left portion of the screen, featuring text in an athletic-like font, with similarities to the text style of Big Ten Network's and FOX's graphic styling. The box changes to the colors of the team possessing the ball, with down information in the top portion of the box and a text box with information such as punt hangtime extending from the bottom, and the size of the possessing team's scoring area expands with the possession arrow. The box flips over to indicate a score, and no FSN branding is seen onscreen beyond the local FSN network's logo in the top-right corner, displayed in italics as "FS(region)". Voiceovers had also been heard to drop out the "Net".
The new graphical design began being used on NHL telecasts on October 11th, 2008. Logo bugs now use the team's name and colors instead of the FSN region name; such as FSSTARS for FS Southwest's coverage of the Dallas Stars, creating a generic branding that can be used for telecasts shown across multiple FSN affiliates (as is the case with Cincinnati Reds baseball). SportSouth however, still uses their own logo.
Other shows seen on FSN across the country are The Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Chris Myers Interview, FSN Pro Football Preview, Totally Football, and FSN Baseball Report. The Sports List and Beyond the Glory are still seen in reruns in most markets.
In addition, FSN airs an extensive lineup of poker shows, including Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and MansionPoker.net PokerDome Challenge. Recently, it was announced that the World Poker Tour will broadcast it's 7th season on FSN as well.