SBJ/November 15 - 21, 2004/SBJ In Depth

Regional sports networks

The following is a directory of RSNs operating in addition to the four — Altitude, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, C-SET and Comcast SportsNet West — that launched this fall.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Households:
4.4 million
Major sports rights held: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, D.C. United

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Households:
3 million
Major sports rights held: Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers

Cox Sports Television
Households:
1 million
Major sports rights held: New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Voodoo, Louisiana State University, Southern University, Tulane University, University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans Saints (preseason, coaches show, offseason show)

Empire Sports Network
Households:
NA*
Major sports rights held: Buffalo Sabres

Fox Sports Net Arizona
Households:
1.8 million
Major sports rights held: Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Arizona Rattlers

Fox Sports Net Bay Area**
Households:
3.7 million
Major sports rights held: San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, San Jose Earthquakes

Fox Sports Net Chicago**
Households:
3.8 million
Major sports rights held: DePaul University, Big Ten Conference, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois University

Fox Sports Net Detroit
Households:
3.4 million
Major sports rights held: Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Shock

Fox Sports Net Florida**
Households:
5 million
Major sports rights held: Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Florida Panthers

Fox Sports Net Midwest
Households:
4.2 million
Major sports rights held: St. Louis Blues, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana Fever, Missouri Valley Conference, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Missouri

Fox Sports Net New England***
Households:
3.7 million
Major sports rights held: Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Boston University, Connecticut Sun

Fox Sports Net New York^
Households:
6 million
Major sports rights held: New York Mets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers

Fox Sports Net North
Households:
3.7 million
Major sports rights held: Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin

Fox Sports Net Northwest
Households:
3.4 million
Major sports rights held: Seattle Mariners, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics, Seattle Storm, Seattle Seahawks (marketing and production partnership), University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University, Gonzaga University

Fox Sports Net Ohio**
Households:
4.5 million
Major sports rights held: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlantic 10, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Cleveland State University, Xavier University

Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
Households:
3 million
Major sports rights held: Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins

Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain
Households:
3 million
Major sports rights held: Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, University of Denver, University of Colorado, Colorado State University

Fox Sports Net South
Households:
10.6 million
Major sports rights held: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, Memphis Grizzlies

Fox Sports Net Southwest
Households:
8 million
Major sports rights held: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Stars, Memphis Grizzlies

Fox Sports Net West
Households:
6.5 million
Major sports rights held: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Avengers, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA, University of Southern California, University of California-Los Angeles

Fox Sports Net West 2
Households:
5.6 million
Major sports rights held: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Clippers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeles Avengers, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA, University of Southern California, University of California-Los Angeles

MSG Network^
Households:
8 million
Major sports rights held: New York Mets, New York Knicks, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers

New England Sports Network
Households:
4 million
Major sports rights held: Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins

RDS^^
Households:
2.5 million
Major sports rights held: Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, NHL, Formula One, CFL, NFL, Champ Car, PGA (including all four majors), ATP (including all four grand slams), Olympics, MLB, NASCAR

Rogers Sportsnet^^^
Households:
7.5 million
Major sports rights held: Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Raptors, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA, MLB, Vancouver Ravens, Toronto Rock, Calgary Roughnecks, Canadian Hockey League, AHL, NCAA men’s basketball tournament, curling, English Premier League soccer, Canadian soccer, Canadian rugby, Woodbine (horse racing), NASCAR

Sunshine Network
Households:
6.1 million
Major sports rights held: Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida

YES Network
Households:
8 million
Major sports rights held: New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets

Note: Information presented is current only as of Dec. 15, 2003, for the following networks: Fox Sports Net Bay Area, Fox Sports Net Chicago, Fox Sports Net New England, Fox Sports Net New York, Fox Sports Net Ohio, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and MSG Network. Turner South is not exclusively a sports network, so it is not shown, but the network has rights to the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers.
* Because of parent company Adelphia Communications filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and subsequent decision to sell the company’s cable systems, the number of households served by Empire is undetermined.
** Network is owned by Regional Programming Partners, which is 60 percent owned by Rainbow Media Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp., and 40 percent owned by Fox Entertainment Group Inc.
*** Network is 50 percent owned by Regional Programming Partners (see note above) and 50 percent owned by Comcast Corp.
^ Network is owned by Cablevision Systems Corp.
^^ French language broadcaster
^^^ Rogers Sportsnet is made up of four regional sports networks (Pacific, West, Ontario and East) but regional numbers are not available.

Research by Melissa Sedlak
Sources: SportsBusiness Journal research and the networks

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