, April 3, 2000

Fox Sports Net Celebrates 10 Years As Northern California’s Sports Leader

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Ten years after arriving on the local cable scene, FOX Sports Net in the Bay Area announced it is celebrating its 10th anniversary as Northern California’s sports leader. In addition to providing 10 years of regional sports coverage, the network will embark on another milestone this coming July – Regional Sports Report, a nightly regional news telecast. Jeff Krolik, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports Net in the Bay Area, made the announcement.

On April 4, 1990, FOX Sports Net (formerly SportsChannel Bay Area) went on the air reaching 385,000 households. Over the last 10 years, FOX Sports Net has become an industry leader in regional sports programming, delivering coverage of six professional sports teams and over 300 live events each year to more than 3 million fans in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

At the center of FOX Sports Net’s first 10 years has been a constant focus on the region’s “Home Team”. The network is home to MLB’s San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, and MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes. It also features collegiate athletics from local schools like Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. FOX Sports Net in the Bay Area has grown into one of the strongest members in the national alliance of regional sports networks that together form FOX Sports Net.

FOX Sports Net in the Bay Area and the other regional sports networks across the country, aided by the extensive sports newsgathering capabilities of FOX Sports Net, will premiere Regional Sports Report, a local sports news program on July 31.

The 30-minute news show complements the national FOX Sports News programs, and provides a comprehensive look at the world of sports from a regional perspective. The format provides for heavy emphasis on key local stories and games, and also includes important national stories and how they impact local fans.

“Over the past 10 years, FOX Sports Net has grown to become the ultimate viewing experience for Northern California sports fans,” said Krolik. “We offer viewers the best of all worlds: live coverage of the Bay Area’s ‘Home Teams’, coupled with outstanding national and local sports news and original programming from FOX Sports Net.”

“Regional Sports Report is one of the network’s most ambitious undertakings since our launch in 1990,” added Krolik. “The network’s goal is to provide the latest and most in-depth national and local sports news on television, thus becoming the viewers’ first sports choice. The Regional Sports Report will be like reading the sports section of a Bay Area newspaper.”

FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, a 50/50 joint venture between Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and News Corp.’s FOX Entertainment Group. Equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and FOX Entertainment Group, FOX Sports Net now reaches more than 68 million homes nationwide.

Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, majority ownership of Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of FOX Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets – Chicago, New York, New England, Florida, Ohio and San Francisco.


Jay dela Cruz
FOX Sports Bay