Fox Sports announces new network to challenge ESPN


Fox Sports is ready to take on ESPN for the title of ultimate sports cable network. On Tuesday the network revealed plans to launch a new, national, multi-sport network called FOX Sports 1.

The network officially launches August 17th with a line up peppered with both college football and basketball, NASCAR, soccer and UFC. In 2014 playoff baseball will also make it’s way to the network.

FS1 will also have it’s own version of SportsCenter, FOX SPORTS LIVE, which will provide updates through out the day and have an 11:00 PM newscast and a morning show launching in January 2014.

They will also offer a slate of original programming including a show centered around talk show veteran Regis Philbin. In an answer to 30 for 30, FS1 will introduce “Being,” “a deep look into today’s greatest athletes, teams and sports icons via unprecedented access.” You can also expect to see your favorites from Fox’s NFL Sunday to appear on a daily NFL show, FOX FOOTBALL DAILY. Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jay Glazer, Gus Johnson, Erin Andrews and Mike Pereira, will be on hand for a daily dose of news, interviews and commentary from pro and collegiate football worlds.

Check out full details of the programming. FS1 will launch in 90 million homes.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Dozens of exclusive prime time games on Monday and Thursday nights, plus Saturday and Sunday coverage of the Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Led by Notre Dame at Stanford, the Big Ten Championship Game and Pac-12 Championship Game (2014) on FOX, dozens of exclusive, live games from the Pac-12, Big 12 and Conference USA on Thursday nights and Saturdays; triple- and quadruple-headers on Saturdays; Saturday pre- and postgame coverage.

MLB – Beginning in 2014, select League Championship Series and Division Series games; regular-season games over 26 Saturdays; live game-in-progress look-in show.

NASCAR – Select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as soon as 2015; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races; NASCAR Sprint All-Star race; all SpeedWeeks events leading up to the Daytona 500 including: Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (2014, 2017-22) and the Budweiser Duel, now in prime time; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NCWTS Practice and Qualifying sessions; NASCAR RaceDay, providing pre- and post-race coverage; NASCAR Victory Lane, a weekly wrap-up show; and Race Hub, a daily mid-day studio show with the latest from drivers, owners and garages.

SOCCER – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday afternoon coverage of the world’s most prolific club soccer competitions, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, and CONCACAF Champions League featuring many of the world’s greatest and most successful clubs; the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage in 2015 and 2019; FIFA Men’s World Cup coverage in 2018 and 2022; delayed matches in prime time; weekly magazine and highlights shows.

UFC – Featured on Wednesday nights; live FIGHT NIGHTS through 2014, the first is scheduled for launch night, Saturday, Aug. 17; FOX event preliminary cards; UFC Tonight, the weekly authority for UFC news and information; 14 Saturday pay-per-view preliminary cards; hundreds of hours of library programs and events.