When Fox's new national sports network, Fox Sports 1, debuts at 5 a.m. Saturday, it will be the biggest sports cable network launch in history with 90 million homes as the replacement for the Speed channel. The network will be available on most Oklahoma cable systems, including Cox Communications and Suddenlink, along with major satellite distributors. Secondary channel Fox Sports 2 also will be launching on some systems.
As a major competitor to ESPN, Fox Sports 1 plans to air nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually, including college basketball, college football, NASCAR, soccer, boxing and UFC. Saturday night's schedule will include a UFC fight night, beginnings with the prelims at 5 p.m. and the main card at 7 p.m.
Major league baseball will be added in 2014.
The network hopes to draw viewers from ESPN's “SportsCenter” with its signature show, “Fox Sports Live,” which will air nightly from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole will provide the highlights. Host Charissa Thompson will join panelists Donovan McNabb, Ephraim Salaam, Gary Payton and Andy Roddick in discussing sports topics.
Weekday shows include the “Crowd Goes Wild” at 4 p.m. with Regis Philbin, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce, Georgie Thompson, Katie Nolan and in-studio guests taking on the biggest sports stories of the day.
“Fox Football Daily,” at 5 p.m., will break down the latest stories from the NFL and college football with Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer, Mike Pereira, Ronde Barber, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher.
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