American Sports Network
|Type||Ad hoc television network/syndication service|
(available on television stations in several markets, as well as select regional sports networks)
|Founded||July 17, 2014|
|Headquarters||Hunt Valley, Maryland|
(Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(COO, Sinclair Networks)
|August 30, 2014|
|Affiliates||List of affiliates|
American Sports Network (ASN) is the sports division of the U.S. television station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group through its Sinclair Networks subsidiary. Formed in July 2014, ASN produces broadcasts of sporting events that are aired primarily across stations owned by Sinclair (in particular, The CW and MyNetworkTV stations owned and/or operated by the company, or, in some markets, on a digital subchannel of a Sinclair station), and syndicated to non-Sinclair stations and regional sports networks.
ASN primarily deals in college sports from NCAA Division I conferences, including live football and basketball games from the Atlantic 10 Conference, Big South Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, Mid-American Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Southern Conference, Southland Conference, and Western Athletic Conference, as well as a limited number of professional sports events. In 2015, ASN acquired regional rights to Real Salt Lake and DC United of Major League Soccer, with games airing on Sinclair stations in the teams' market area, as well as television rights to the newly established Arizona Bowl.
Sinclair Broadcast Group formally announced the launch of the American Sports Network on July 17, 2014; the service is led by Doron Gorshein, who joined the company in January 2014 in the role of chief operating officer of Sinclair Networks. ASN carries live broadcasts of mainly collegiate sporting events, along with ancillary programming focusing on colleges, their students and student-athletes. ASN's content would air primarily on Sinclair-owned-or-operated affiliates of The CW and MyNetworkTV or on secondary digital subchannels of other stations run by the company (some of which had carried content from competing syndicated sports distributors ESPN Regional Television and Raycom Sports until ASN's launch), the latter especially the case for its stations that have primary affiliations with one of the Big Four networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) which would not pre-empt the higher-tier sports coverage provided by their network partners. Sinclair opened ASN up for distribution by other broadcast outlets interested in carrying the service's content, and announced plans to expand ASN onto digital platforms.
ASN planned to initially broadcast college football, men's and women's college basketball, women's college soccer, and college baseball events, beginning with the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS and FCS football seasons. Prior to the service's formal launch, Sinclair reached broadcast rights agreements with five NCAA Division I conferences, including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and the Patriot League.
ASN's first broadcasts took place on August 30, 2014, featuring two football games involving Conference USA teams (Old Dominion University vs. Hampton University and Florida International University hosting Bethune-Cookman University).
In September 2014, Sinclair reached a two-year deal with the International Motor Sports Association to syndicate broadcasts of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series through ASN beginning that year, with a renewal option that could be exercised in 2016. Its first race broadcast on September 13, 2014 was shown on Sinclair stations in at least 36 markets, marking the first non-college sporting event to be syndicated by ASN.
On September 29, 2014, Sinclair announced a multi-year deal with the Western Athletic Conference to broadcast its games through ASN – marking the sixth conference to partner with the service. Sinclair also announced that it had reached syndication deals with stations in 67 markets where the company does not have a station in its portfolio to carry ASN's programming, expanding its total potential audience to 83 million viewers.
On October 16, 2014, Jonathan B. LeCrone announced the Horizon League had entered into a deal with the American Sports Network to broadcast select games; subsequently on November 10, ASN entered into a broadcast contract with the Ohio Valley Conference.
On December 2, 2014, ASN entered into the collegiate hockey field through an agreement that gave it the rights to air six Penn State Nittany Lions home games. ASN later added two other men's ice hockey contests from the Big Ten Conference, featuring the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes.
On January 23, 2015, Sinclair announced that it had acquired regional television rights to Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer beginning in the 2015 season, with ASN handling production of the telecasts. KMYU and KUTV will air the games locally, and they will be syndicated to Sinclair stations in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada as well as in Boise, Idaho. Stations in Arizona and New Mexico would also be able to bid for the local rights to telecast the matches in their markets.
On May 19, 2015, ASN announced that it had reached an agreement with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) to televise a weekly game during the 2015 season. ASN was scheduled to air a weekly game live from different individual leagues on Sunday nights, and would also air the all-star games for the Florida State League and the Midwest League.
On June 24, 2015 the Southland Conference announced that ASN would televise select matches from their conference beginning with the 2015 fall football season. The ASN package would replace the Southland Conference TV Network syndication package.
In September 2015, ASN reached a deal with the Mid-American Conference, sub-licensed through ESPN, to broadcast selected games. In the 2015–16 academic season, ASN will broadcast 10 football games, 10 men's basketball games, and 5 women's basketball games. ASN also reached deals with the NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, including the Big Ten, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, National Collegiate Hockey Conference, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, to broadcast games as part of a Friday night package.
In November 2015, it was announced that ASN had acquired broadcast rights to the inaugural Arizona Bowl.
On December 18, 2015, DC United soccer club announced that ASN had acquired local broadcast rights to air the club's matches that are not on national television networks. Sinclair Broadcasting owns local stations in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia.
- A-10 Spotlight
- C-USA Showcase
- Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
- Real Salt Lake soccer: Announcers include David James & Brian Dunseth
- Minor League Baseball Sunday Showcase: Announcers for the games include former Major League Baseball players Brian McRae, Keith Moreland and Dave Armstrong.
- The Dance League on ASN (syndicated) with Millenium Dancesport
- local high school sports
- Thursday Night Lights
- Friday Night Rivals
- AMA Pro Flat Track Motorcycle Racing (syndicated) AMA Pro Racing
- DC United soccer
- ARCA Racing Series (9 races for 2016, 5 of them will be shown live)
- All Star Sprint Cars (6 tape-delayed races for 2016)
- ROH Rewind professional wrestling
During the 2014–15 season, ASN televised live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:
During the 2015–16 season, ASN will televise live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:
ASN has also acquired the D2 Game of the Week rights and will televise NCAA Division II football and men's and women's basketball on their network during 2015–16. The D2 package was formerly on CBS Sports Network.
During the 2016-17 season, ASN will televise live events from the following NCAA Division I conferences:
In addition to the above conferences, ASN acquired the rights to University of Massachusetts Minutemen football games for the 2016 season. ASN also has the rights to the D2 Game of the Week and will televise NCAA Division II football and men's and women's basketball on their network during 2016-17.
List of affiliates
American Sports Network telecasts primarily air on stations owned or managed by Sinclair Broadcast Group; this includes stations operated by the firm under local marketing agreements or similar pacts, which itself includes stations owned by companies such as Cunningham Broadcasting, Deerfield Media, and Howard Stirk Holdings among others. These telecasts are not always scheduled to appear on a station's main digital subchannel nor on a fixed single station where Sinclair owns and/or manages more than one station.
In addition to the Sinclair stations, ASN's events have also been syndicated to other broadcasters;
Other broadcast affiliates
Regional sports networks
ASN subchannel network
On January 8, 2016, Sinclair announced that American Sports Network would launch as a dedicated, 24 hour-a-day digital multicast channel in Baltimore, Charleston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Greensboro, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Raleigh-Durham on January 11, 2016. DTV America Corporation also signed a few of its low-power stations for the subchannel network in Cleveland, Des Moines, Kansas City, and Orlando later that year.
- ESPN Regional Television, a similar operation previously run by ESPN
- Raycom Sports, a similar operation run by Raycom Media
- Southland Conference Television Network
- Sports Network
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- "KMYU/KUTV: The New Home Of Real Salt Lake; All 26 non-National MLS Regular Season Games Available on Free, Over-the-Air TV". Real Salt Lake. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
- "SOUTHLAND ANNOUNCES EARLY TV SELECTIONS FOR 2015 SEASON". southland.org. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
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- "American Sports Network to televise 9 ARCA Racing Series events". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
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- "A-10 Reaches Agreement with American Sports Network to Air Women's Basketball Quarterfinals" Check
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- "The Official Site of The American Athletic Conference - American Athletic Conference, ASN Announce Partnership". Theamerican.org. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "A-10 Announces Multi-Year Media Agreement with Sinclair to Televise Events on ASN - Atlantic 10 Conference Official Athletic Site". Atlantic10.com. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "Big South Announces 2015 Football Television Schedule". BigSouthSports.com. 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
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- "Hockey East, American Sports Network Announce Partnership". HockeyEastOnline.com. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "Announces American Sports Network Men's Basketball TV Slate". Horizon League. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "2015 Football Television Schedule Showcases All-Time High 17 Matchups - Ivy League". Ivyleaguesports.com. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- American Sports Network (2015-09-21). "ASN's first NCHC games set for Oct. 23 with Air Force at Omaha | American Sports Network". Americansportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- American Sports Network (2015-07-09). "ASN, OVC to air 6 football games starting Sept. 26 | American Sports Network". Americansportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "American Sports Network to Broadcast Four Patriot League Games in the Fall - Patriot League Official Athletic Site". Patriotleague.org. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "SoCon Announces Football Broadcast Schedule - SoConSports.com—Official Web Site of The Southern Conference". Soconsports.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "Southland Conference - Southland Announces Early TV Selections for 2015 Season". Southland.org. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "Western Athletic Conference Official Site - WAC Announces American Sports Network Broadcast Schedule for 2015-16". Wacsports.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "American Athletic Conference Announces 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule". Theamerican.org. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
- "American Sports Network to Broadcast Two Atlantic Hockey Games in 2016-17". atlantichockeyonline.com. 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
- "A-10 Men's Basketball TV Schedule Features Record Number of Appearances, Conference Games". Atlantic10.com. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
- "Big South Announces 2016 Football Television Package". BigSouthSports.com. 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
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- Wieberg, Eric (2016-06-23). "The CAA & CAA Football on TV/Radio". Caasports.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
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- "Hockey East, League Television Package Announced". HockeyEastOnline.com. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "Horizon League Announces ASN Basketball Schedule". Horizon League. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "Ivy League Announces Its 2016 Television Schedule". brownbears.com. 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "MAC Announces Remainder of 2016 Television Schedule". mac-sports.com. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- American Sports Network (2016-09-15). "American Sports Network to Broadcast 10 NCHC Games in 2016-17". nchchockey.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- American Sports Network (2016-10-20). "American Sports Network to Broadcast Eight OVC Basketball Games". Americansportsnet.com. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
- "American Sports Network to Broadcast Four Patriot League Games in the Fall". Patriotleague.org. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "Football Broadcast Schedule Announced". Soconsports.com. 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "Southland Conference kicks off 2016 football season on ASN". americansportsnet.com. 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "Sun Belt Conference to air games on American Sports Network". Sunbeltsports.org. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "WAC Announces Basketball Broadcast Schedule for 2016-17". Wacsports.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
- "Two WCHA games to air on ASN this season". Wacsports.com. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- "Four Home Games Set For National Distribution". umassathletics.com. 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
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- "Clearance Report" (PDF). cstv.com. American Sports Network. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
- ASN Clearance Report for Wagner @ UMass football Oct-29-2016
- Greenwell, Zach (October 21, 2014). "HILLTOPPER FOCUS: WKU adds five TV games through American Sports Network". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
- Lamar @ Houston - Clearance Report (ASN, 9/10/2016)
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