Three days after the debut of the Oklahoma’s first major league franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the state’s first sports TV network will launch.
Fox Sports Oklahoma will debut Saturday night with a five-hour block of Oklahoma programming — an OSSAA fall baseball and cheerleading special at 5:30 p.m., a Bob Stoops "In My Own Words” special at 6:30 p.m. and the Thunder’s game at Houston, beginning with "Thunder Live” at 7 p.m. The network will provide much more Oklahoma programming than is available on Fox Sports Southwest, which covers five states and 34 TV markets, stretching from El Paso to New Orleans. Network general manager Jon Heidtke said Fox Sports Oklahoma will provide Oklahoma-related programming more than 100 nights a year, including 65 Thunder games, 77 hours of high school state championship programming and some Big 12 sports. Much of the programming will still originate from other FSN regional networks, which may create confusion for viewers.