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SportsChannel Cincinnati

SportsChannel Cincinnati
Launched1990 (1990)
Closed1998 (1998)
NetworkSportsChannel America
Owned byCablevision
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaMiami Valley
HeadquartersCincinnati
Replaced byFox Sports Ohio

SportsChannel Cincinnati is a defunct American regional sports network that was owned by the Rainbow Media division of Cablevision, and operated as an affiliate of SportsChannel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the channel used to broadcast regional coverage of sports events throughout the Miami Valley, focusing mainly on professional sports teams based in the Cincinnati area.

History

The network launched in 1990, with coverage of Major League Baseball games involving the Cincinnati Reds as its flagship programming. In 1996, the network's Reds broadcasts were fed to Tennessee and western North Carolina via Fox Sports South; much of that area is part of the Reds' home territory as defined by the league.

On June 30, 1997, Fox/Liberty Networks (owned as a joint venture between News Corporation and Liberty Media) purchased a 40% interest in Cablevision's sports properties (including the SportsChannel networks, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks and New York Rangers) for $850 million.[1][2][3][4] In January 1998, SportsChannel was integrated into Fox Sports Net, a group of regional sports networks created by Fox/Liberty in November 1996. At that time, SportsChannel Cincinnati was folded into Fox Sports Ohio (the former SportsChannel Ohio), serving as a regional subfeed of that network.

References

  1. ^ "Fox putting together national Sports Net // Changes ahead for SportsChannel". Chicago Sun-Times. June 24, 1997. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.
  2. ^ John M. Higgins (June 30, 1997). "National net keys regional deal. (Fox Sports, Liberty Media Corp. challenge ESPN with stake in SportsChannel)". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ "SPORTS LANDSCAPE ALTERED WITH FOX/LIBERTY-CABLEVISION DEAL". Sports Business Journal. June 23, 1997. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  4. ^ John M. Higgins (June 23, 1997). "TCI/News Corp. $850M SportsChannel deal close. (Tele-Communications Inc, proposed acquisition of cable sports network)". Broadcasting & Cable. Cahners Business Information. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.