Fox Sports Oklahoma
|Fox Sports Oklahoma|
|Launched||October 29, 2008|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Headquarters||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports Southwest|
|Available on all cable systems in Oklahoma||Check local listings|
Fox Sports Oklahoma is an American regional sports network that is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, and airs coverage of sports teams in Oklahoma. The channel is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox.
Fox Sports Oklahoma launched on October 29, 2008 as a spinoff of Fox Sports Southwest, in order to serve as the cable broadcaster of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder (which relocated to Oklahoma City that year from Seattle).1 It originally split the rights to Thunder game telecasts with then-independent station KSBI (channel 52), but on August 3, 2010, the team signed a new multi-year agreement with Fox Sports Oklahoma beginning with the 2010-11 season, rendering the team's games cable-exclusive.2
In addition to the Thunder, it also broadcasts sporting events from the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, including basketball, baseball and football telecasts.1 Fox Sports Oklahoma also has exclusive broadcast rights to Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state championships. Fox Sports Oklahoma has broadcast Class A-6A Championship games in football and periodically runs OSSAA Championship Spotlight, which highlights various high school sports depending on the time of year.3
Fox Sports Oklahoma also broadcasts pregame and postgame shows for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys-related programs (such as coaches' shows). Outside of programming exclusive to Fox Sports Oklahoma, the channel runs programming supplied by Fox Sports Southwest (including sports interview and discussion programs focusing on Texas sports) as well as some sports telecasts such as Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars hockey and Dallas Mavericks basketball games.
Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus, also branded as "FOX Sports Oklahoma +" or FS OKLAHOMA +", is a channel used by Fox Sports Oklahoma as an alternate feed to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels in the same market.4 Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus primarily serves an overflow feed in the event that multiple regional teams that would be shown on Fox Sports Oklahoma are playing at the same time, mainly games that are televised on Fox Sports Southwest that may otherwise also air on Fox Sports Oklahoma (such as Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars or Dallas Mavericks games) are playing at the same time as the scheduled telecast of a Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys game or other high school or collegiate sporting event involving an Oklahoma team.
- Brian Davis - Thunder play-by-play
- Grant Long - Thunder color commentator
- Lesley McCaslin - Thunder sideline reporter
A logo bug appears on the top right screen during regular programming. For most programs (including nationally-televised sports) the Fox Sports logo is shown with a dark blue, rounded arrow shaped drop-down containing the word "OKLAHOMA". The bottom of the drop-down contains a small arrow, colored light blue. Unlike other Fox Sports Networks, during Oklahoma City Thunder games, the logo bug stays the same rather than changing to a team-centric bug.
- Fox Sports Southwest rebranded as Fox Sports Oklahoma "tulsaworld.com" November 1, 2008.
- Thunder Signs Exclusive Television Agreement with FOX Sports Southwest NBA.com/Thunder August 3, 2010.
- Media Notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma to air six state football finals NewsOK.com" December 8, 2010.
- What is FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus?