Root Sports Rocky Mountain

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Root Sports Rocky Mountain
Root sports logo.png
Launched November 1988
(as Prime Sports Network)
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned by DirecTV Sports Networks
(DirecTV, LLC)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Colorado
Wyoming
Southern Idaho
western Kansas
western Nebraska
northeastern Nevada
western South Dakota
Nationwide via satellite
Headquarters Denver, Colorado
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
Website http://rockymountain.rootsports.com/
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 683 (SD/HD)
Dish Network 414 (SD)
5414 (HD)
Cable
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.

History

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.

College sports

Personalities

Current

References

  1. ^ Denver.com: FSN Rocky Mountain / FSN Utah
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (4 May 2009). "DirecTV, Liberty Media Announce Spin-Off Plan". Multichannel News. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  3. ^ 'Root Sports' new name for sports networks
  4. ^ Harding, Thomas (February 6, 2014). "Spilborghs joins Rockies' broadcast team". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 







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