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Fox Sports
Fox Sports Logo.svg
Fox Sports logo in use since 2012 globally; except for the Australian and Dutch regions, which the Australian version retains its 2000 logo.
Product typeTrademark
Owner
Produced by Rupert Murdoch
Country United States
IntroducedAugust 12, 1994 (1994-08-12)
Related brands
MarketsWorldwide
Previous owners
Website www.foxsports.com

Fox Sports is the brand name for a number of sports channels, broadcast divisions, programming, and other media around the world that are either controlled or partially owned by the family of Rupert Murdoch. [1] [2] These assets are held mainly by Fox Corporation, with the exceptions of the operations in Australia, which are part of News Corp Australia and rest of the international Fox Sports channels which are owned by The Walt Disney Company. [3] [4] [5] In addition, its regional sports networks along with Fox College Sports are owned by Diamond Sports Group, which is a joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios; they were managed by Disney until the sale to Sinclair and Entertainment Studios occured on August 23, 2019. [6]

Rupert Murdoch Australian-born American media mogul

Keith Rupert Murdoch, is an Australian-born American media mogul who founded News Corp.

Fox Corporation American television broadcasting company; successor of 21st Century Fox

Fox Corporation is an American television broadcasting company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was formed from the 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. Fox Corp. was spun off from 21st Century Fox and its stock began trading on March 19, 2019. It is owned by the Murdoch family via a family trust with 39% interest; Rupert Murdoch is co-executive chairman, while his son Lachlan Murdoch is chairman and CEO.

Fox Sports (Australia) Australia group of sports channels

Fox Sports is an Australian group of sports channels, which is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited. Its main competitors are ESPN and beIN Sports, both available as part of a Foxtel subscription.

Contents

The name originates from the Fox Broadcasting Company in the United States, which in turn was derived from the name of the Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century Fox). The Fox Sports name has since been used in Fox Corp's, News Corp's and Disney's other sports media assets around the world.

Fox Broadcasting Company American television network

The Fox Broadcasting Company is an American free-to-air television network that is a flagship property of the Fox Corporation. The network is headquartered at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, with additional offices at the Fox Broadcasting Center and at the Fox Television Center in Los Angeles.

20th Century Fox American film studio

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is located on the Fox Lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

On December 14, 2017, Disney announced the plan to acquire 21st Century Fox (Fox Sports' parent) for $52.4 billion; this included key assets such as 20th Century Fox, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, its regional sports networks, and its international sports networks. The Fox television network, Fox News Channel, and the non-regional Fox Sports assets (FS1 and FS2 cable channels, and the part of Fox Sports attached to the Fox television network) were spun off into an independent company run by the Murdoch family, eventually named Fox Corporation. [7] [8]

Acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney 2019 business transaction involving Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company

The acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company took place on March 20, 2019. Among other key assets, the acquisition included the 20th Century Fox film and television studios, U.S. cable/satellite channels such as FX, Fox Networks Group International, a 73% stake in National Geographic Partners, Indian television broadcaster Star India, and a 30% stake in Hulu. Immediately preceding the acquisition, 21st Century Fox spun off the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Television Stations, Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes, and the Big Ten Network into the newly-formed Fox Corporation.

21st Century Fox Former American multinational mass media corporation

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., doing business as 21st Century Fox (21CF), was an American multinational mass media corporation that was based in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was one of the two companies formed from the 2013 spin-off of the publishing assets of News Corporation, as founded by Rupert Murdoch in 1980.

National Geographic Partners American media company; joint venture of The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society

National Geographic Partners, LLC is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the namesake non-profit scientific organization National Geographic Society. The company oversees all commercial activities related to the Society, including magazine publications and television channels.

Divisions

Fox Sports (United States) Sports programming division of the Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Sports, also referred to as Fox Sports Media Group, is the programming division of the Fox Broadcasting Company, owned by Fox Corporation, that is responsible for sports broadcasts on the network, and its dedicated regional and national sports cable channels. The flagship entity of Fox Sports Media Group division, it was formed in 1994 with Fox's acquisition of broadcast rights to National Football League (NFL) games. In subsequent years, it has televised the National Hockey League (1994–1999), Major League Baseball (1996–present), NASCAR (2001–present), Bowl Championship Series (2007–2010), Major League Soccer (2015–present), the USGA Championships (2015–present) and NHRA (2016–present).

Fox Sports International International sportcasting division of Disney

Fox Sports International (FSI) is an international sports programming and production division of the Fox Networks Group, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, one of the major units of The Walt Disney Company. FSI operates the sports channels worldwide.

Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International business segment of The Walt Disney Company

Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International (WDDTCI) is a business segment and subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company consisting of Disney's streaming services, overseas media businesses, global advertising sales for ABC, ESPN, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic, as well as other channels and syndicated television sales. As part of the company's formation, BAMTech has been placed under Direct-to-Consumer & International.

Channels

Africa

Fox Sports Africa is an African pay television sports channel owned by Fox Networks Group Africa, and thus ultimately by The Walt Disney Company, that was re-branded in August 2014, replacing Setanta Sports and Setanta Action. The channel broadcasts across 30 nations in Sub-Saharan Africa in English and French. It was also previously available for a brief period in 2016 in Portuguese.

Asia

Fox Sports (Southeast Asian TV network) Southeast Asian pay television network

Fox Sports is a Southeast Asian pay television network broadcasting on Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, currently operated by Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. It also oversees Fox Sports operations in Taiwan, and a version of Star Sports available in Mainland China and South Korea. As ESPN Star Sports, it was also operated in South Asia, but Star India took over the Indian business in 2013.

Taiwan

South Korea

Australia

Brazil

Canada

Israel

Italy

Middle East

Japan

Latin America

Netherlands

Turkey

United States

Other media

News Corporation (and subsequently 21st Century Fox later Fox Corporation) has also used the Fox Sports name in its other sports media assets. Foxsports.com, a web site operated by Fox Sports Digital Media, provides sports news online. The Fox Sports College Hoops '99 basketball video game is published by their Fox Interactive division. [14]

See also

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Fox Sports Networks television station

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 owned by Diamond Sports Group, a joint-venture company of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios. 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. A condition of that acquisition imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice required Disney to sell FSN by June 18, 2019, 90 days after the completion of its acquisition. Disney subsequently agreed to sell the networks to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which was completed on August 22, 2019.

Fox Sports Sun

Fox Sports Sun, formerly Sun Sports and originally Sunshine Network, 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 local coverage of professional, collegiate and sporting events in the state of Florida, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Miami, Tampa and Orlando. Fox Sports Sun and sister regional sports network Fox Sports Florida are headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fox Sports South

Fox Sports South is an American regional sports network that is owned by Diamond Sports Group, 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 Ohio

Fox Sports Ohio is an American regional sports network that is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events in the state of Ohio, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Cleveland and Cincinnati, which are broadcast on separate programming feeds, as well as Columbus.

SportsTime Ohio

SportsTime Ohio (STO) is an American regional sports network that is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, with a sale to. The channel, which is a sister network to Fox Sports Ohio, broadcasts statewide coverage of professional, collegiate and high school sports events throughout northern Ohio, including the Cleveland area.

Walt Disney Television is a subsidiary of Disney Media Networks that oversees television assets owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. It was formerly called Disney–ABC Television Group, until Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019. Assets in the group include the ABC network; cable networks: Freeform, Disney Channels, FX and National Geographic channels; Disney Television Studios: ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios; ABC News; and ABC Owned Television Stations. The division also manages Disney's 50% equity stake in A&E Networks. Along with ESPN, Walt Disney Television are the two primary subsidiaries of Disney Media Networks.

Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket

Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket are American regional sports networks owned by Diamond Sports Group, a joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios, and operate as Fox Sports Networks affiliates. The channels broadcast regional coverage of professional and collegiate sports events in California, focusing primarily on professional sports teams based in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Fox Sports Florida

Fox Sports Florida is an American regional sports network that is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts local sports coverage in the state of Florida, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

Fox Sports North Regional sports network in the Upper Midwest and Minnesota

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.

Fox Sports Midwest

Fox Sports Midwest is an American regional sports network owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group. The channel broadcasts regional event coverage of sports teams throughout the Midwestern United States, most prominently, professional sports teams based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fox Sports Southwest

Fox Sports Southwest is an American regional sports network that is owned by Diamond Sports Group, 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 Wisconsin is an American regional sports network that is owned by Diamond Sports Group, 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 Networks Group The subsidiary of Disney that oversees Foxs international television assets

Fox Networks Group (FNG) is a division of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International that oversees international television assets that were acquired from 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. It produced and distributed 300 and more entertainment, film, sports and factual channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, using several brands, including Fox, National Geographic and BabyTV. Among their non-linear brands were Fox Play and Fox Plus. These brands reached over 1.725 billion households around the world.

Fox Sports Arizona

Fox Sports Arizona is an American regional sports network that is owned by Diamond Sports Group, a joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports. The channel broadcasts professional, collegiate and high school sports events, with a primary focus on Phoenix area teams. It is available on most cable providers throughout Arizona; Fox Sports Arizona is also available nationwide on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.

Fox Sports Oklahoma

Fox Sports Oklahoma is an American regional sports network that is owned by Diamond Sports Group, 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 (Dutch TV channel)

Fox is a Dutch pay television channel owned by Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV in which Fox Networks Group Benelux has a 51% share. Fox was already in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2001 that has been rebrandend by Veronica. The current channel launched on 19 August 2013. The channel has a line-up consisting of television series, sporting events and films.

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