No more UFC on FX? Fuel TV and Speed Channel to be rebranded

Konstantin K

Big League Poster
Aug 25, 2010
273
#1
... as Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.
For those of us that don’t have Fuel TV on our cable or satellite systems, there could still be more UFC coming our way in the future, just check to see if you currently get the Speed Channel as part of your line-up.

The Sports Business Journal on Monday reported that the Fox-owned Speed Channel, as well as Fuel TV, is included in the company’s push to become a bigger player in the sports channel arena.

The plan, as it stands, is for the Speed Channel – which is available in more than 80 million homes – to be re-branded as Fox Sports 1, sometime around August 2013. Fuel TV is expected to follow suit around the same time becoming Fox Sports 2. Fuel TV is currently available in just under 38 million homes, and Fox has had trouble extending the channel’s reach in the ultra-competitive basic cable market.

The re-branded channels include the reported removal of all sports programming from FX. The channel is currently the home for The Ultimate Fighter.
Fox Sports 1 will become the home of premier Major League Baseball, NASCAR, college football, UFC, soccer and other sports programming, while Fox Sports 2 will be the next tier down for less popular or ancillary programming.

Fox Soccer is also part of the re-branding effort. That network will likely carry general entertainment programming following the launch of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.

Fox executives have yet to weigh-in on the changes, but they appear to be on the way.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fox-remove-sports-fx-brand-215426704--mma.html


It is currently unclear how this will affect the UFC’s agreement with Fox, as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement regarding the news. As it stands, the promotion is set to air its seventh and eighth UFC on Fuel TV events in February and March, with a ninth offering headlined by Alexander Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi set for Sweden in April.
http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Re...ve-Sports-Programming-from-FX-in-August-49265
 

GrammatonCleric

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Nov 19, 2008
423
#2
Fucking assholes finally managed to kill SpeedTV. That's why I'll never again have cable; quality channels get destroyed and eventually phased out for shit programming.
 

luckie1710

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Jul 21, 2008
343
#3
Speed is going to be Fox Sports 1

Fuel is going to be Fox Sports 2

You will see Fox Sports 1 start the roll out in August. And a major roll out before the SuperBowl. Since Fox has the SuperBowl.

Starting in 2014 is when you will see some major changes. You will see a ton of baseball on Fox Sports 1 thanks to Fox owing a bunch of RSN's.

The goal is to go up against ESPN and be major competition for them.
 

MetalBender

I like fistables.
Dec 20, 2009
198
#4
Why put "sports" in the name when they are removing them from the channel in favor of games?
 

Ballbuster1

In The Danger Zone...
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Aug 26, 2002
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#6
Knew this was gonna happen when they
took over Speed TV. Fuck Fox.
 

luckie1710

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Jul 21, 2008
343
#7
Knew this was gonna happen when they
took over Speed TV. Fuck Fox.
This has been in the works since last summer. Speed channel in in 80 million homes. That's pretty huge. Thats more then NBC's sporst channel and CBS's sports network and almost as many as ESPN 2.
 

mills

I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness
Jan 30, 2005
628
#8
Racing's not as bad as wrestling. but it's close.

They should be shoved together onto the same shitty channel so real people can skip it more easily.
 

Ballbuster1

In The Danger Zone...
Wackbag Staff
Aug 26, 2002
919
#9
Racing's not as bad as wrestling. but it's close.

They should be shoved together onto the same shitty channel so real people can skip it more easily.
I should ban you for that. ;)
 

fletcher

Darkness always says hello.
Donator
Feb 20, 2006
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#10
I should ban you for that. ;)
You could go with "just because" and no one would mind.

Cable channels switching things up is nothing new. Its annoying but it happens.
 

mills

I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness
Jan 30, 2005
628
#11
Hey, I'd mind.

Not for myself mind you. Just that racing and wrestling really fucking suck depressing white trash asshole.
 

Ballbuster1

In The Danger Zone...
Wackbag Staff
Aug 26, 2002
919
#12
You could go with "just because" and no one would mind.

Cable channels switching things up is nothing new. Its annoying but it happens.
Yeah, but Speed was the one stop shopping of racing. They cover Nascar,
the Grand Am series, Motocross biking and anything else that races
except horses. They have their own channel for that. It's what they
do best and now the programming will be shit and way less of it.

Fuck Fox and their fucking robots and ground hogs.
 

MetalBender

I like fistables.
Dec 20, 2009
198
#13
Hey, I'd mind.

Not for myself mind you. Just that racing and wrestling really fucking suck depressing white trash asshole.
Oh piss off. Assaulting one another is not sport, it's a game. Putting yourself in the hands of equipment is sport. Racing, skyding, flying is sports.
 

MTJonny

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Apr 24, 2009
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#14
Oh piss off. Assaulting one another is not sport, it's a game. Putting yourself in the hands of equipment is sport. Racing, skyding, flying is sports.
So football, basketball, baseball, tennis, hockey, soccer, etc, etc, are not sports?
 

UCJOE

I have a lot of business with the Chinese
Mar 7, 2009
293
#15
Oh piss off. Assaulting one another is not sport, it's a game. Putting yourself in the hands of equipment is sport. Racing, skyding, flying is sports.
That might be the most ass-backwards post ever
 
Oct 16, 2002
443
#16
Yeah, but Speed was the one stop shopping of racing. They cover Nascar,
the Grand Am series, Motocross biking and anything else that races
except horses. They have their own channel for that. It's what they
do best and now the programming will be shit and way less of it.

Fuck Fox and their fucking robots and ground hogs.
That's going to fucking blow. Leave speed alone, fuck Fox and their fucking cartoon bullshit.
 

MetalBender

I like fistables.
Dec 20, 2009
198
#17
So football, basketball, baseball, tennis, hockey, soccer, etc, etc, are not sports?
No, they're games. Scuba diving is a sport, rock climbing is a sport. Subjecting yourself to potential lifelong injuries at the hands of others is not.
 

VMS

Victim of high standards and low personal skills.
Apr 26, 2006
586
#18
No, they're games. Scuba diving is a sport, rock climbing is a sport. Subjecting yourself to potential lifelong injuries at the hands of others is not.
You see, that's backwards from the way I always heard it delineated.

An athletic competition where you can perform defense is a sport.
An athletic competition where you cannot perform defense is a game.
An athletic activity which is not competitive is just an activity.

Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, MMA, etc., are sports. There's defense and competition.
Track and field is a game. There's competition, but no defense.
Diving, rock climbing, etc., are activities. They require athletic ability and effort, but there's no direct competition. There is, I guess, competitive rock climbing (who climbed to the top of El Capitan in the shortest time), which moves it into a game, but regular rock climbing for the fun of it isn't even a game. It's just an activity.

Every definition of "sports" includes "competition". Sports, by definition, is a competitive activity. You may disagree with splitting track and field away from "sports", but I don't see how you could ever claim an athletic activity that doesn't include competition as a sport.
 

GrammatonCleric

Registered User
Nov 19, 2008
423
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Racing's not as bad as wrestling. but it's close.

They should be shoved together onto the same shitty channel so real people can skip it more easily.
Before Fox's takeover, Speed was gone to F1, WRC, GrandAM, FIA GT, MotoGP, btcc etc. It wasn't until the takeover it became Nascar central.
 

JMCC

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Oct 4, 2004
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#23
FOX announces FOX Sports 1 network

NEW YORK

Today, FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) makes television history, officially unveiling plans to launch a new, national, multi-sport network called FOX Sports 1. The announcement was made by FSMG Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. Set to debut on Saturday, Aug. 17, just as FOX Sports kicks-off its 20th anniversary year, FS1 is available in over 90 million homes, making this the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever. At the outset, FS1 boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually.

“Our ‘secret,’ admittedly a very poorly kept one, is now revealed,” said Shanks. “Fans are ready for an alternative to the establishment, and our goal for FS1 is to provide the best in-game experience possible, complemented by informative news, entertaining studio shows and provocative original programming.”
A robust schedule of live events forms the backbone of FOX Sports 1’s programming from Day 1, with college basketball, college football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC all on tap between launch and year’s end. In fact, the schedule on Aug. 17 features live events morning, noon and night including a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan and “UFC on FS1 1” in prime time. In 2014, FSMG’s new rights agreement with MLB takes effect, bringing regular and postseason games to FS1.

“As a company we haven’t been afraid to innovate and take well-calculated risks,” added Freer. “We’ve devoted significant resources over the last few years to acquire and/or extend multi-platform rights with a wide variety of leagues and governing bodies well into the next decade, enough to give us a rich schedule right out of the box.”

More people consume and care about sports than ever before, so to satisfy that voracious demand FSMG deems the time is now to launch FS1. For example, when FOX Sports launched in 1994, late Sunday afternoon NFL on FOX games ranked as the 26th highest-rated program on television. Today, FOX’s national doubleheader games rank No. 1 for three years running.
FOX Sports 1 Programming Highlights



COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Dozens of exclusive prime time games on Monday and Thursday nights, plus Saturday and Sunday coverage of the Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Led by Notre Dame at Stanford, the Big Ten Championship Game and Pac-12 Championship Game (2014) on FOX, dozens of exclusive, live games from the Pac-12, Big 12 and Conference USA games on Thursday nights and Saturdays; triple- and quadruple-headers on Saturdays; Saturday pre- and postgame coverage.

MLB – Beginning in 2014, select League Championship Series and Division Series games; regular-season games over 26 Saturdays; live game-in-progress look-in show.

NASCAR – Select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as soon as 2015; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races; NASCAR Sprint All-Star race; all SpeedWeeks events leading up to the Daytona 500 including: Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (2014, 2017-22) and the Budweiser Duel, now in prime time; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NCWTS Practice and Qualifying sessions; NASCAR RaceDay, providing pre- and post-race coverage; NASCAR Victory Lane, a weekly wrap-up show; and Race Hub, a daily mid-day studio show with the latest from drivers, owners and garages.

SOCCER – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday afternoon coverage of the world’s most prolific club soccer competitions, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, and CONCACAF Champions League featuring many of the world’s greatest and most successful clubs; the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage in 2015 and 2019; FIFA Men’s World Cup coverage in 2018 and 2022; delayed matches in prime time; weekly magazine and highlights shows.

UFC – Featured on Wednesday nights; live FIGHT NIGHTS through 2014, the first is scheduled for launch night, Saturday, Aug. 17; FOX event preliminary cards; UFC Tonight, the weekly authority for UFC news and information; 14 Saturday pay-per-view preliminary cards; hundreds of hours of library programs and events.

In addition to live events and studio programs, FS1 introduces FOX SPORTS LIVE, a 24/7 news franchise providing around-the-clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information-rich ticker that provides a network agnostic sports event television schedule. Thousands of hours of news programming are expected annually from newly minted sets including a nightly program at 11:00 PM ET or immediately following events. A morning newscast is expected to launch in January 2014 in conjunction with FSMG’s expansive coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII.

“Building credibility and trust with our audience is paramount, so naturally we’ll provide the staples, like news, scores and highlights, but we’ll do it in a FOX Sports way,” offered Shanks. “Just as FOX NFL SUNDAY reinvented the pregame show, FOX SPORTS LIVE breaks new ground in the way sports news is presented. We already have the home-team advantage of significant audiences watching local games on our 22 regional sports networks as a platform to launch our new national news.”

Complementing FS1’s live events and news coverage at launch are several original programs, highlighted by RUSH HOUR, hosted by Regis Philbin, airing live weekdays (5:00-6:00 PM ET). Originating in New York City, Regis leads the charge along with a panel of sports professionals, celebrity guests and die-hard fans in this brand new, unpredictable, talk show. Following RUSH HOUR live every day is FOX FOOTBALL DAILY (6:00-7:00 PM ET), an extension of FOX NFL SUNDAY, the most-watched NFL pregame show for 19 straight years. FOX FOOTBALL DAILY, hosted by NFL on FOX personalities, including Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jay Glazer, Gus Johnson, Erin Andrews and Mike Pereira, provides a daily dose of news, interviews and commentary from pro and collegiate football worlds. Both shows are expected to premiere at launch in August. Earlier this year, FSMG unveiled a unique and groundbreaking documentary franchise titled BEING:, a deep look into today's greatest athletes, teams and sports icons via unprecedented access. The first subject to appear this fall on FS1 is BEING: MIKE TYSON, the most feared man ever to step in a boxing ring. The multi-episode series is now in production.

FSMG’s experimentation with the “double box” commercial format, intended to keep viewers engaged throughout breaks, is expected to be an FS1 staple. Custom commissioned research conducted this year by Innerscope in concert with FOX Sports advertisers, along with data from IAG and Nielsen, demonstrates how the “double box” format adds value compared to the traditional full-screen break: IAG reported a 62% increase in brand recall; younger viewers are more likely to view “double box” commercials, according to Nielsen minute-by-minute ratings; Innerscope’s engagement score for “double box” commercials ranked +13% than average; and viewers see advertiser logos more than three times longer in “double box” versus standard format.

Launching together with FOX Sports 1 will be FOX Sports GO – a groundbreaking mobile sports experience for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and web. FOX Sports Go will offer more than 1,000 live games and events from across FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports’ 22 regional sports networks, as well as scores, highlights, news, stats, and analysis. The live games and events will be available to subscribers of participating cable, satellite, and telco providers at no additional cost.

If you're an UFC fan this is great news, especially if you don't get Fuel tv. This switch can't come soon enough.
 

luckie1710

Registered User
Jul 21, 2008
343
#24
We'll see. Anything that kills Speed's coverage of racing sucks balls though.

Well here goes.

Stock car racing will still have a large presence on FS1. The network will televisie practice sessions, qualifying, Speedweeks at Daytona, the All-Star Race from Charlotte, pre and post race coverage of Sprint Cup races, and a daily NASCAR studio show - Race Hub. And, some Sprint Cup races will appear in 2015. With all of those hours of coverage, NASCAR will be an FS1 mainstay.