Root Sports Rocky Mountain
|Root Sports Rocky Mountain|
(as Prime Sports Network)
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||DirecTV Sports Networks
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
western South Dakota
Nationwide via satellite
|Formerly called||Prime Sports Network (1988–1990)
Prime Sports Rocky Mountain (1990–1996)
Fox Sports Rocky Mountain (1996–2000)
Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain (2000–2004)
FSN Rocky Mountain (2004–2011)
|Sister channel(s)||Root Sports Utah|
|Dish Network||414 (SD)
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Root Sports Rocky Mountain is an American regional sports network based in Denver, Colorado1 that is part of Root Sports and is an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel is owned by DirecTV Sports Networks.2
Root Sports Rocky Mountain holds the regional cable television rights to MLB's Colorado Rockies and local college sports. Root Sports Rocky Mountain has a large broadcast area which includes Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Southern Idaho, northern New Mexico, western Kansas, western Nebraska, western South Dakota, northeastern Nevada, and nationwide via DirecTV and Dish Network.
Root Sports Rocky Mountain was launched in November 1988 as the Prime Sports Network as a joint venture between Bill Daniels and Tele-Communications Inc.. Later renamed Prime Sports Rocky Mountain in 1990, it was one of the original members of the Prime Network.
Along with the rest of the Prime Network, it affiliated with Fox Sports Net in 1996, and rebranded as Fox Sports Rocky Mountain. The channel was also the home of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche prior to 2004 when Stan Kroenke, owner of both clubs, launched the Altitude Sports and Entertainment network.
In a 2007 asset-swap deal, Liberty Media (which operated the now-defunct TCI) reacquired the network, then known as Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain. In December 2010, the name "Root Sports" was chosen for three DirecTV Sports Networks, including FSN Rocky Mountain and FSN Utah.3 The rebranding to Root Sports Rocky Mountain was completed on April 1, 2011 with The Dan Patrick Show as the first show under the Root Sports branding.
In February 2013, Root Sports ordered a pilot for Rockies Weekly to be hosted by Walt Weiss. On February 28, 2013, Root Sports picked up Rockies Weekly with Walt Weiss for a full season, which debuted in April 2013. It was also announced that Root Sports picked up Rockies: Real Time for a full season (to debut in April 2015), and renewed Rockies Double Play and Rockies All Access for another season.
On March 31, 2013, Root Sports aired a 24-hour Rockies Opening Day Countdown marathon, featuring seven episodes of Rockies All Access, three episodes of Rockies Weekly, and seven classic Rockies games that led up to the one-hour opening day pregame show and the Rockies' first regular season game of the 2013 season.
- Big 12 Conference
- Big Sky Conference
- Western Athletic Conference
- Conference USA
- Mountain West Conference
- Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey
- Ceal Barry - college basketball analyst
- Jenny Cavnar - Rockies on-field reporter
- George Frazier - Rockies analyst
- Drew Goodman - Rockies play-by-play, college basketball play-by-play, spotlight host
- Joel Klatt - host of Rockies pre- and post-game shows
- Charlie Host - college hockey analyst
- Jeff Huson - Rockies analyst
- Mark Johnson - college football analyst
- Jay Leeuwenburg - pro football analyst, college football analyst
- Tracy Ringolsby - Rockies pre- and post-game analyst
- Bill Romanowski - NFL analyst
- Ryan Spilborghs - Rockies pre- and post-game analyst4
- Marc Stout - Rockies pre-game host and on-field reporter
- Alfred Williams - NFL analyst, high school football analyst
- Denver.com: FSN Rocky Mountain / FSN Utah
- Spangler, Todd (4 May 2009). "DirecTV, Liberty Media Announce Spin-Off Plan". Multichannel News. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- 'Root Sports' new name for sports networks
- Harding, Thomas (February 6, 2014). "Spilborghs joins Rockies' broadcast team". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2014.