Fox Sports Oklahoma

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Fox Sports Oklahoma
Fox Sports Oklahoma Logo 2012.png
LaunchedOctober 29, 2008 (2008-10-29)
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned byDiamond Sports Group (Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Oklahoma
Nationwide (via satellite)
Headquarters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports Southwest
Website http://www.foxsports.com/southwest
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV 675 (SD/HD)
Cable
Cox Communications (Oklahoma City)Fox Sports Oklahoma:
37 (SD)
722 and 1310 (HD)
Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus:
68 (SD)
715 and 1315 (HD)
Cox Communications (Tulsa)Fox Sports Oklahoma:
27 (SD)
722 and 1310 (HD)
Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus:
68 (SD)
715 and 1315 (HD)
Available on all other Oklahoma cable systemsConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
Streaming media
Fox Sports Go www.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)

Fox Sports Oklahoma 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 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.

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In the United States and Canada, a regional sports network (RSN) is a cable television channel that presents sports programming to a local market or geographical region.

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Contents

Fox Sports Oklahoma is available on cable providers throughout Oklahoma, and nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

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Background

Fox Sports Oklahoma logo, used from 2008 to 2012. Fox sports oklahoma.jpg
Fox Sports Oklahoma logo, used from 2008 to 2012.

Fox Sports Oklahoma launched on October 29, 2008 as a spinoff of Fox Sports Southwest. It was created order to serve as the cable broadcaster of the Oklahoma City Thunder, after Fox Sports Southwest acquired the broadcast rights to the NBA franchise following its relocation to Oklahoma City that year from Seattle. [1]

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.

Oklahoma City Thunder Professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Thunder are an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City. The Thunder compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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It initially split the rights to Thunder game telecasts with independent station KSBI (channel 52, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate), under an agreement in which Fox Sports Oklahoma would produce a limited schedule of regular season games (most of which aired on weekends) for the station; the Thunder signed a new multi-year broadcast agreement with Fox Sports Oklahoma on August 3, 2010, rendering the team's games cable-exclusive beginning with the 2010-11 season. [2]

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KSBI MyNetworkTV affiliate in Oklahoma City

KSBI, virtual channel 52, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by locally based Griffin Communications, as part of a duopoly with CBS affiliate and company flagship KWTV-DT. The two stations share studios on Kelley Avenue and 74th Street in northeast Oklahoma City, adjacent to the studios and main offices of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) PBS member network; KSBI's transmitter is located near 122nd Street, also on the city's northeast side. On cable, KSBI is available on Cox Communications channel 7 and AT&T U-verse channel 52 in standard definition, and in high definition on Cox digital channel 707 and U-verse channel 1052.

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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 Oklahoma. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. 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. [3] The deal closed on August 22, 2019, thus placing Fox Sports Oklahoma in common ownership with Sinclair stations KOKH-TV/KOCB in the network's homebase of Oklahoma City, and KTUL in Tulsa. [4]

The Walt Disney Company American mass media corporation

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21st Century Fox Former American multinational mass media corporation

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Programming

In addition to holding the regional television rights to Thunder's regular season and any early-round playoff games, Fox Sports Oklahoma also broadcasts sporting events from the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, including basketball, baseball and football telecasts. [1] The channel also holds exclusive broadcast rights to state football, basketball and baseball championships held by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Fox Sports Oklahoma has broadcast Class A-6A Football Championship games and periodically runs OSSAA Championship Spotlight, a magazine program that highlights various high school sports depending on the time of year. [5]

Oklahoma Sooners intercollegiate sports teams of the University of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Sooners are the athletic teams that represent the University of Oklahoma, located in Norman. The 19 men's and women's varsity teams are called the "Sooners", a reference to a nickname given to the early participants in the Land Run of 1889, which initially opened the Unassigned Lands in the future state of Oklahoma to non-native settlement. The university's athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I in the Big 12 Conference. The university's current athletic director is Joe Castiglione.

High school football Secondary school competition in gridiron football

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Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association organization

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA), is an organization which organizes secondary school athletics and activities competitions at the state level. Derald Glover is its president. The OSSAA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations. 482 public and private schools are members of the OSSAA.

Fox Sports Oklahoma also broadcasts pre-game and post-game shows for the Oklahoma City Thunder (under the Thunder Live banner), and Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys-related programs (such as coaches' shows and team magazine programs). Outside of programming exclusive to Fox Sports Oklahoma, the channel runs various programs supplied by Fox Sports Southwest (including sports interview, magazine and analysis programs focusing on Texas sports) as well as some game telecasts including Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars hockey.

Other services

Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus

Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus (also branded as "FOX Sports Oklahoma +" or FS OKLAHOMA +") is an alternate feed of Fox Sports Oklahoma used to broadcast select events within the designated market that cannot air on the main feed due to scheduling conflicts. [6]

Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus primarily serves an overflow feed in the event that teams whose games Fox Sports Oklahoma has the right to broadcast play conflicting games simultaneously, mainly those that are televised on Fox Sports Southwest that may otherwise also air on Fox Sports Oklahoma (such as Texas Ranger Baseball or Dallas Star Hockey) are scheduled to be held at the same time as the scheduled telecast of a Thunder, Sooners or Cowboys game, or a high school or collegiate sporting event involving an Oklahoma team.

On some cable systems in Oklahoma, Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus airs St. Louis Cardinals telecasts from Fox Sports Midwest and select Kansas City Royals telecasts from Fox Sports Kansas City to the fans of those teams living in Oklahoma who otherwise cannot receive Cardinals or Royals games on Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports Kansas City.

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