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Oklahoma's sports get a new home base on Fox Sports channel

by Mel Bracht Published: October 31, 2008
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.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Fox Sports Oklahoma channel locations

→Cox Communications: Channel 37.

→DirecTV: Channel 676, Oklahoma-related programming will air on Channel 679.

→Dish Network: Channel 416, Oklahoma-related programming will air on an alternate channel.

OSSAA programming
Fox Sports Oklahoma will televise 77 hours of original OSSAA programming: 14 live events, 13 tape-delayed events and 12 OSSAA Championship Spotlight one-hour highlight shows. Here is the schedule:

State championship events

Sunday, 6A softball (tape delay) 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 5A softball (tape delay) 10 p.m.

Dec. 5-6, 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A football (live) TBA

Dec. 16, 2A football (tape delay) 10 p.m.

Dec. 19, Class A football (tape delay) 10 p.m.

March 7, A boys, A girls, B boys, B girls basketball (live) TBA

March 14, 6A boys, 6A girls, 5A boys, 5A girls basketball (live) TBA

May 16, 6A , 4A baseball (live) TBA

TBA, 4A, 3A, 2A, boys basketball (tape delay)

TBA, 4A, 3A, 2A girls basketball (tape delay)

TBA, 5A, 3A, 2A baseball (tape delay)

TBA, 3A, 2A baseball (tape delay)

OSSAA Championship Spotlight

(One-hour highlight shows)

Saturday, fall baseball and cheerleading, 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 10, volleyball, 9 p.m.

Nov. 26, cross country, 9 p.m.

Dec. 26, Class B & C football, 10 p.m.

TBA, swimming, wrestling, slow-pitch softball, A & B baseball, track & field, tennis, golf and soccer.

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