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|Fox Sports 1|
|Launched||August 17, 2013|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
|Slogan||America's New Sports Network|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Fox College Sports
Fox Sports Networks
Big Ten Network
|DirecTV||Channel 219 (HD/SD)|
|Dish Network||Channel 150 (HD/SD)|
|Available on most American cable providers||Check local listings|
|Time Warner Cable||Channel 123 (HD)
Channel 468 (HD)
Channel 266 (SD)
|Cablevision/Optimum||Channel 769 (HD)
Channel 56 (SD)
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1652 (HD)
Channel 652 (SD)
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 583 (HD)
Channel 83 (SD)
|Google Fiber||Channel 207 (HD)|
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television channel. The network, which launched on August 17, 2013 (replacing the motorsports network Speed), is owned by the Fox Sports Media Group, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. The network, along with companion channel Fox Sports 2 (which replaced Fuel TV at the same time that FS1 replaced Speed), is based primarily from the Fox Sports division's headquarters in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, California, though the networks also operate offices in New York City, New York and Charlotte, North Carolina (the latter of which served as Speed's home base). Fox Sports 1's logo bug is derived from that of Fox Sports.
Fox Sports 1 airs an array of live sporting events, including college sports (most notably Pac-12 Conference and Big 12 Conference football, and Big East Conference basketball), soccer matches (including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and CONCACAF Champions League), UFC mixed martial arts, and a variety of motorsports events. Beginning in 2014, FS1's schedule will expand to include Major League Baseball, United SportsCar Racing, and FIA Formula E Championship events, with coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and United States Golf Association championship events starting in 2015. FS1 also features daily sports information, highlights, and discussion programming (with Fox Sports Live serving as the centerpiece), as well as sports-related reality and documentary programming. 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 channel FXX on September 2, 2013.
In March 2012, reports began circulating that plans were in the works to launch a national Fox Sports cable network by August 2013 known as Fox Sports 1, giving Fox Sports a dedicated cable presence to better compete against established networks like ESPN. Fox was already a major force in cable sports programming. It operated several niche channels such as Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes, Fuel TV, and Fox College Sports. Also in its portfolio were the Fox Sports Networks, a group of Fox-owned or affiliated regional sports networks that, in addition to carrying play-by-play rights to several local sports teams, also featured common national content produced and distributed by Fox Sports, including national college sports broadcasts and specialty programs such as The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Baseball's Golden Age. Though this local/national hybrid approach gave Fox prominence at the local sports level, it was somewhat disadvantaged as being the only major U.S. broadcast television network not to have a national general-sports channel to complement its sports division, unlike ABC (whose corporate parent The Walt Disney Company owns a controlling 80% stake in ESPN), CBS (which operates CBS Sports Network), and NBC (which runs NBCSN).
The reports indicated that Fox planned on converting one of these niche sports channels, Speed – which focused on auto racing and other motorsports, as well as motorsports-related specialty programs, into the new Fox Sports 1 due to its established reach by U.S. pay television providers (Speed maintained a subscriber base of 81 million homes with cable, IPTV or satellite service by 2012), which would result in the reduction of the channel's commitment to NASCAR and other motorsports coverage.
Further supporting this theory, reports surfaced in January 2013 that Fox Soccer would be relaunched as FXX, a general entertainment network that would be spun off from FX and would feature comedy series and feature films; such reports were confirmed when the channel was officially announced on March 28, 2013. In October 2012, Speed altered its on-air logo bug to include the Fox Sports logo above its own, which was believed to indicate a step towards this replacement. Fox Sports would officially confirm the conversion of Speed into Fox Sports 1 in an announcement on March 5, 2013.
Despite being established well after ESPN (1979) and the CBS- and NBC-owned sports networks (2002 and 1995, respectively), Fox Sports 1, even before commencing programming, has been seen as a legitimate and serious competitor to ESPN, in part due to three factors:
Fox Sports executives see FS1 as "an alternative to the establishment", much as Fox was to other broadcast networks in the 1980s and Fox News Channel was to CNN in the 1990s. In terms of growth, Fox believes FS1 will start modestly and not be competitively equal with ESPN right out of the gate; however, they do foresee the network growing incrementally, believing the channel will be on-par with its senior competitor within a few years of its launch.
Fox Sports 1 formally launched on August 17, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. ET, with these words:
|“||Good morning and welcome to the very first day of Fox Sports 1. Here on America’s new sports network, our promise to you is that we will share your passion for the game, never take ourselves too seriously, and, most importantly, never put ourselves above the game nor the athletes. We will be informative without ever sacrificing accuracy. We work for you, the fan, and every day we will live up to this simple promise. Now let’s get on with the show.||”|
—Curt Menefee, FOX NFL Sunday host
The launch day featured 16.5 hours of live sports coverage, including NASCAR coverage during the late morning and afternoon (highlighted by Camping World Truck Series qualifying and race), five hours of UFC bouts in the evening (the main event of the Fight Night card being a match between Maurício Rua and Chael Sonnen), and the premiere of the sports news and discussion show Fox Sports Live following the conclusion of the UFC event.
Deals for carriage of Fox Sports 1 on launch day were made with all major cable and satellite providers including cable/telco providers Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, Mediacom, Suddenlink Communications, Cable One, and Time Warner Cable, as well as satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. The deals with Time Warner, Dish, and DirecTV – which were announced just days before FS1's launch – were seen as crucial to the network, as those three providers combined reach over 40 million homes, nearly half the 90-million household goal that FS1 set for its launch.
Although marketed as a relaunch of Speed, Fox Sports 1 was effectively a new channel – due to its change in scope, Fox was required to reach new deals with providers for them to carry the network; Fox also sought a higher carriage fee as well, estimated at 80¢ per subscriber (more than triple the fee of 23¢ per subscriber that Speed commanded; by comparison, ESPN pulls in fees of approximately $5.00 per subscriber). Concerns by providers over the increasing costs for cable and satellite services for their customers (largely believed to be partly due to the higher fees commanded by certain sports channels) resulted in Fox backing off charging the 80¢ per subscriber rate, instead charging the same 23¢ rate that those providers paid to carry Speed. For any remaining providers that have not reached a deal to carry Fox Sports 1, Fox planned to offer a version of Speed with limited programming on an interim basis until they reach a deal, in order to fulfill existing contracts requiring Fox to provide a motorsports channel (the number of providers remaining in this situation is unclear).
International markets that previously received the U.S. version of Speed (such as Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico) were not switched to Fox Sports 1; in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission permitted the carriage of Speed as a foreign service, but Fox did not seek carriage of FS1 in that country (most of the sports event programming that Fox Sports 1 maintains contracts to carry already air in that country on domestic sports networks such as TSN and Sportsnet). A version of Speed remains operational for these markets, airing a lineup of past Speed reality shows, and coverage of NASCAR and other motorsports events simulcast with Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2.
The slate of sports event programming on Fox Sports 1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Fox Sports 1 airs several studio shows, especially in the afternoon and early evening, including the programs listed below (the shows' start times may be affected by the network's live sports schedule and may occasionally be moved to Fox Sports 2 to ensure live clearance).
As part of the channel's acquisition of broadcast rights to UFC events, the promotions reality/competition program The Ultimate Fighter moved to FS1 from FX. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate is slated to air Wednesday evenings at 10 p.m. ET beginning on September 4, 2013.