07-25-2013 07:27 AM
07-25-2013 11:58 AM
Relaunch as Fox Sports 1
On March 5, 2013, Fox Sports announced that it would relaunch Speed as Fox Sports 1 on August 17, 2013. Fox has directly positioned the channel to be a major competitor to ESPN: studio programs featured on the channel will include the daily sports news program Fox Sports Live (which will compete directly against ESPN's SportsCenter), Crowd Goes Wild (originally titled Rush Hour), a new early-evening program hosted by Regis Philbin, and Fox Football Daily (a companion program to Fox NFL Sunday). The new network will also feature Major League Baseball games and coverage of select post-season games (beginning in 2014; the Fox network will air significantly fewer games as a result), and select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be moved to the network as early as 2015. College football and basketball games from the Big East, Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-12 conferences, soccer matches from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League along with rights to the Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cup tournaments. Ultimate Fighting Championship events and live fights will also be featured on the new network.
While Fox Sports 1 will effectively replace Speed, Fox is required to re-negotiate carriage deals with television providers to carry the new network due to its change in scope; as of July 2013, Fox had not yet reached deals with three of the United States' four largest television providers to carry Fox Sports 1. If providers do not reach a deal to carry Fox Sports 1, Fox will reportedly continue to offer Speed on an interim basis until they reach a deal
Did not see Comcast being one of the three providers that they have not reached a deal with.
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