Fox Deportes
FOX Deportes logo.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Programming
Language(s)Spanish
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Downgraded to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed
Ownership
OwnerFox Sports Media Group
(Fox Corporation)
Sister channelsFox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Big Ten Network
History
LaunchedNovember 1, 1993; 28 years ago (November 1, 1993)
Former namesLa Cadena Deportiva Prime Ticket (1993-1995)
Prime Deportiva (1995-1996)
Fox Sports Américas (1996–1999)
Fox Sports World Español (1999–2002)
Fox Sports en Español (2002–2010)
Links
Websitewww.foxdeportes.com
Availability
Streaming media
Fox Sports appWatch Live
Fox NowWatch Live
DirecTV StreamInternet Protocol television
Fubo TVLive Stream
Hulu (Fox Sports app)Internet Protocol television

Fox Deportes (formerly Fox Sports en Español and stylized in all caps as FOX Deportes) is an American pay television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming in Spanish, aimed at the Hispanic population in the United States. Launched in 1993, Fox Deportes, a division of Fox Sports, is the first and longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the country.

Fox Deportes features a diversified programming, including NFL pre and post-season games, MLB regular-season, All-Star Game, Divisional Series, National League Championship Series and World Series, the USGA's U.S. Open, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Champions, college football and soccer competitions including Liga MX and MLS.

The channel first launched in Southern California as La Cadena Deportiva Prime Ticket, a sister network to the original Prime Ticket regional sports network (the present day Bally Sports West), on November 1, 1993. The network was renamed Prime Deportiva on April 1, 1995 to align with the rebranding of Liberty Media-owned regional sports networks with the "Prime Sports" brand. After News Corporation (NewsCorp) formed a 50-50 sports television joint venture with Liberty Media, NewsCorp rebranded the network Fox Sports Américas on October 1, 1996. The network was rebranded Fox Sports World Español in February 1999 to align with the recently-launched (November 1997) English-language soccer centric network Fox Sports World. In 2002, the network was rebranded as Fox Sports en Español before becoming Fox Deportes on October 1, 2010.[1]

As of February 2015, approximately 21,831,000 American households (18.8% of households with television) received Fox Deportes.[2]

Programming

Association Football

The network holds rights to international football including MLS, Liga MX and Liga MX Femenil (matches hosted by CF Monterrey, Santos Laguna and Club Tijuana). During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it carried replays of Fox's English-language coverage of the tournament.

American football

The network began to carry simulcasts of some Fox College Football games in 2013 with Spanish play-by-play and graphics, and starting with the 2013 Thanksgiving Game on Fox, also carries select NFL games from the NFL on Fox package featuring Spanish-language play-by-play and graphics, including Fox's NFC playoffs package (Fox continues to carry all NFL games with Spanish-language play-by-play via the SAP channel, regardless of a game also airing on Fox Deportes). The network also carried Super Bowl XLVIII, a first for a Spanish-language sports network in the United States, and has continued to carry Super Bowls in years the Fox broadcast network holds the rights to the game.[3]

Baseball

The network also serves as the Spanish-language home to Major League Baseball, including the MLB All-Star Game, American and National League Championship Series (AL odd years, NL even years) and World Series. Although the Fox network itself has expanded the availability of SAP audio since the start of 2012 to expand the availability of audio description of primetime programming and Spanish language audio to their NFL package, Fox Sports has chosen to retain Spanish audio of their MLB coverage exclusively on Fox Deportes for the time being.

Auto Racing

On October 9, 2010 Fox Deportes picked up Spanish language rights to Formula One coverage, a contract which ran through 2012.[4] In August 2012, NASCAR and Fox Deportes made a deal to have Fox Deportes Broadcast 15 races, 6 of them live, one of which is the Daytona 500.

Professional wrestling

As of October 2019, Fox Deportes holds the Spanish language rights to WWE's Friday Night SmackDown, which is aired in a live simulcast with Fox.

Sports news and talk

Ratings

References

  1. ^ Fox Sports En Espanol Will Become Fox Deportes - Following Consumer Research, Name Change Set For Oct. 1 Multichannel News July 12, 2010
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "NFL, FOX Deportes announce historic broadcast partnership". NFL.com. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ Fox Deportes Drops Flag On Formula One Coverage - Network Acquires Racing Circuit's Spanish-Language Rights Through 2012 Multichannel News October 9, 2010
  5. ^ a b UEFA Champions League Final on FOX & FOX Deportes Posts Best Audience in 4 Years - TV By The Numbers, 9 June 2015
  6. ^ "Super Bowl Blowout Draws Record TV Audience to Fox". Bloomberg. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ Copa Libertadores final, Red Sox-Yankees, PTI lead cable sports for Wednesday August 5, 2015 - Sports TV Ratings, 6 August 2015
  8. ^ NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: October 31-November 6 - Doublas Pucci, Awful Announcing, 12 November 2016
  9. ^ Super Bowl 51 Lowest Rated in Seven Years, But Viewership Holds Up - Paulsen, Sports Media Watch, 6 February 2017
  10. ^ UEFA Final Inches Up on FOX, Dips on Fox Deportes - Paulsen, Sports Media Watch, 6 June 2017