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SportSouth logo.png
Type Cable television network
Country United States
Availability Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina
Owner FOX Cable Networks
Key people Jeff Genthner, senior vice president and general manager
Launch date October 13, 2006
Official Website
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports South
Fox Sports Carolinas
Fox Sports Tennessee
DirecTV 649 (SD/HD)

SportSouth is a regional sports network in the United States, with its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. SportSouth, formerly Turner South, relaunched on October 13, 2006. The first official event on the channel was a National Hockey League game between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Carolina Hurricanes.

SportSouth reaches about 8.9 million cable and satellite subscribers in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina.


Network histories


In March 2006, FSN's parent company News Corporation, looking to further expand its roster of sports teams and events, bought the network for $375 million. [2]. After the deal was completed, FSN sought a new name. After about 60 different suggestions, network officials chose SportSouth, the original name of the other network owned by News Corp, FSN South.

Current operations

SportSouth plans to air 61 Thrashers games, 45 Hawks games in 2006-07 and 55 Braves games in the 2007 MLB season. That number will expand to 80 in 2008, when TBS ends national broadcasts of Braves games in favor of a leaguewide package.[3] It shares local Braves broadcasting with WPCH-TV, the spun-off local broadcast version of TBS, an arrangement which begun in 2008. (Select games of the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will also be distributed on SportSouth, subject to Major League Baseball territory restrictions.) However, conflicts with NBA and NHL playoff games could see the split between SportSouth and Fox Sports South differ from the planned 80/25 games per network. Also, in 2006-07, SportSouth began televising some Memphis Grizzlies games. [4] This ensures that both they and the Nashville Predators have the maximum number of games televised that they wish to offer.

Sportsouth also has acquired the rights to University of Tennessee sporting events as of August 28, 2007, including 12 encore presentations of Tennessee football, four men’s basketball games, four women’s basketball games, six Olympic sporting events, 12 60-minute episodes of The Phillip Fulmer Show, nine 30-minute episodes of The Pat Summitt Show, and nine 30-minute episodes of The Bruce Pearl Show.

There are two major differences between Fox Sports South and SportSouth:

  • SportSouth plans to air only programs of interest to the region, much as PRIMETICKET does in Southern California. Jeff Genthner, vice president and general manager of FSN South and SportSouth, cited a program currently in the works on Hawks rookie Shelden Williams' first year in the NBA as one example. Thus, only Fox Sports South will carry national FSN games, such as those from the Big 12 and Pac-10 Conferences. The two channels also try to put virtually all Southeastern Conference or Atlantic Coast Conference games on one channel or the other, again often targeted to regional vs. national interests.
  • SportSouth is blacked out in areas not covered by the ZIP codes in the regional coverage area. For example, viewers of DirecTV's "Sports Pack" in other parts of the United States will not receive the channel. The blackout policy dates back to the days of Turner/Time Warner ownership. However, as of August 2007, it appears the restrictions have been lifted on DirecTV and "Sports Pack" subscribers are now receiving the channel without blackouts (except during major league sporting events).
  • Fox Sports South also covers a somewhat wider broadcast area, and offers a variety of different MLB, NBA, and NHL teams, depending on location.

Promotional commercials for SportSouth have included sports figures such as Steve Spurrier, Bob Hartley, Bo Jackson, and Heath Shuler.


Time Warner Cable carriage dispute

Time Warner Cable may drop the channel on January 1, 2010 as a result of a nationwide carriage dispute between the cable provider and News Corporation, which effects 11 FSN owned and operated channels (including SportSouth), the FOX Network, MyNetworkTV, and several other cable and local television properties owned by News Corp. However, FS South, FS Carolinas, FS Tennessee and three other cable networks owned by News Corp are not afffected.[2]


Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Thrashers

  • Matt McConnell: play-by-play, Thrashers Live host
  • Darren Eliot: analyst, Thrashers Live analyst
  • Natalie Taylor: rink reporter (Home Games Only)

Charlotte Bobcats

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Pete Pranica: play-by-play
  • Sean Tuohy: analyst
  • Rob Fischer: sideline reporter

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Wolf, Alan (19 December 2009). "Fox, Time Warner fight put FX at risk -". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 19 December 2009.  

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