Fox Sports Net
The Fox Sports Regional Networks, or simply Fox Sports Net
, are cable TV
networks that were originally owned by separate companies. The most notable were the SportsChannel networks, which went on the air in 1977
with the original SportsChannel (now Fox Sports New York), and the Prime Sports Networks, which went on the air in 1983
with the charter member being Prime Sports Southwest (now Fox Sports Southwest).
During the 1990s, News Corporation, which launched the Fox Network in 1986, bought both the Prime Sports and SportsChannel regional sports networks. Only three major regional sports networks are not part of Fox Sports Net (as of 2002): Sunshine Network (Florida sports), NESN (New England Sports Network), and Midwest Sportschannel (not part of the older SportsChannel networks).