Fox Sports Wisconsin
|Fox Sports Wisconsin|
|Launched||April 1, 2007|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
Fox Entertainment Group|
(21st Century Fox)
Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Nationwide (via satellite)
Wisconsin Sports Network (1996–1998)|
Midwest Sports Channel, Wisconsin feed (1998–2001)
FSN North (2001–2007)
FSN Wisconsin (2007–2012)
|Replaced||Fox Sports North (in Wisconsin only)|
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports North|
(some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus due to event conflicts)
668-1 Fox Sports Wisconsin (SD/HD)|
668-3 Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus (SD/HD)
448 Fox Sports Wisconsin (SD/HD)|
447 Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus (SD)
9517 Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus (HD)
|Time Warner Cable|
Fox Sports Wisconsin:|
Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus:
|Time Warner Cable|
|Available on most cable systems in designated broadcast area||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
Fox Sports Wisconsin:|
Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus:
|Fox Sports Go||
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)
Fox Sports Wisconsin is an American regional sports network that is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. Originally operating as the "Wisconsin" sub-feed of Fox Sports North until 2007, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events throughout the state of Wisconsin, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Milwaukee. It primarily operates from a studio/office facility in downtown Milwaukee, with asecondary offices and production studio/office hub based in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Fox Sports Wisconsin is available on cable providers throughout Wisconsin, eastern portions of Minnesota near the Wisconsin border, the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northwestern Illinois, and Iowa; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.
The first regional sports network in the state was the Wisconsin Sports Network, a gametime-only network that broadcast Milwaukee Brewers baseball and Milwaukee Bucks basketball games. The channel was owned by Time Warner Cable's Milwaukee franchise and Group W. In 1996, it was taken over by the Minneapolis-based Midwest Sports Channel, which was owned by CBS owned-and-operated station WCCO-TV (channel 4) in Minneapolis and CBS Cable (which was formed following CBS' 1995 merger with Group W's coporate parent Westinghouse). Shortly afterward, MSC became an affiliate of the fledgling Fox Sports Net in the fall of 1996.
From then on until 2007, Wisconsin was served by one of three regional subfeeds of MSC/FSN North; the other two being a feed for the Twin Cities metropolitan area and a feed for the rest of Minnesota (as well as Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota). CBS sold the network to News Corporation in 2000, ultimately rebranding as FSN North in April 2001. Despite being well out of the station's market area, MSC's late night encore of WCCO's 10:00 p.m. newscast also aired on the Wisconsin network until the Fox purchase. The network then began maintaining offices at the studios of Fox owned-and-operated station WITI (channel 6, now an affiliate of the network) in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer.
FSN North converted the Wisconsin feed into a separate channel, FSN Wisconsin. The channel launched on April 1, 2007, coinciding with the start of the 2007 Milwaukee Brewers season, originating from facilities in Milwaukee. After Fox Television Stations sold WITI to Local TV in 2008, FSN Wisconsin relocated its operations to facilities in downtown Milwaukee. As part of the national rebranding of the Fox Sports Networks in 2012, FSN Wisconsin was rebranded as Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Fox Sports Wisconsin holds the regional cable television rights to Major League Baseball games from the Milwaukee Brewers, NBA games from the Milwaukee Bucks (whose telecasts became exclusive to the network starting with the 2007–08 season) and (since 2000) simulcasts a limited schedule of NHL games from the Minnesota Wild televised by Fox Sports North, as well as pre-game, post-game and fan shows for all three teams.
The channel also carries high school sports competitions sanctioned by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) (the girls and boy's state tournament final rights are held by Quincy Newspapers and a statewide network of broadcast stations, though Fox Sports Wisconsin is allowed to carry replays of the tournament), weekend outdoor sports programming, and many of national programs distributed by Fox Sports. It also airs NCAA competitions from the Big East Conference, Big Ten Conference and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and a limited schedule of Marquette men's games through a sub-licensing deal with sister network Fox Sports 1 in which some games not of national interest are distributed to their regional sports network partners, CBS Sports Network and the ESPN family of networks as part of the "new" Big East's television contract (Fox Sports Wisconsin acquired the partial rights to Marquette sports events from Time Warner Cable Sports 32, a regional network available only on Time Warner systems in eastern Wisconsin, which had been carrying the games since 2006 until 2013).
From 2007 to 2011, Fox Sports Wisconsin sub-licensed a package of fifteen Milwaukee Brewers games for broadcast on Milwaukee independent station WMLW-CA (channel 41, now Me-TV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD); the Fox Sports-produced broadcasts aired outside of the Milwaukee market on Fox Sports Wisconsin, while WMLW owner Weigel Broadcasting sold advertising for those telecasts. The deal was discontinued after the 2011 season due to the Brewers wanting a schedule of games entirely in high definition (until a move of WMLW's schedule to a full-power signal in August 2012, this was impossible for them to do), making the team exclusive to the network.
Team and conference coverage
- Wisconsin Badgers (via Fox/Big Ten Conference-owned Big Ten Network; BTN game rebroadcasts and coaches shows only)
- Big East, Big 12 and Pac-12 football and basketball (through Fox Sports 1 and ESPN Plus)
- Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball (limited schedule via sublicensing by Fox Sports 1, holder of Big East Conference television rights)
- WCHA Hockey.
- NCAA Division III athletics
- High school athletics
- WIAA Wisconsin State Tournaments (exclusive rights to all but the boy's and girl's basketball championships, whose rights are held by Quincy Newspapers and air over a local broadcast station network; tape-delayed replays air on Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Fox Sports Wisconsin HD
Fox Sports Wisconsin HD is a 720p high definition simulcast feed of Fox Sports Wisconsin. All Bucks and Brewers games are broadcast in HD, as well as sports and magazine programs distributed nationally by FSN. Depending on the market, Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus is also transmitted in high definition. Since 2012, the HD feed has been downscaled in letterbox on the channel's standard definition feed, as had become standard for all of Fox's cable networks.
Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus
Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus is an overflow feed that launched on April 9, 2012, and is available in both high definition and standard definition on most cable and satellite providers. The channel is mainly used to allow the network to air games that cannot air on Fox Sports Wisconsin due to events with conflictory scheduling – for example, when a Brewers game airs on Fox Sports Wisconsin, a Milwaukee Bucks game scheduled to start during the duration of the game would be carried over Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus (this example often occurs March to April (or as late as June), when the NBA and Major League Baseball seasons overlap, although the reverse situation may occur whenever the Bucks are involved in an pre-Conference Final playoff game).
Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus also airs Minnesota Wild hockey games simulcast from Fox Sports North that can be shown in-market when Fox Sports Wisconsin is airing a game of local interest. Due to blackout restrictions imposed by Major League Baseball and the NBA, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves games are not broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin, although games from both teams are cleared to air via Fox Sports North in parts of Wisconsin. Some systems will carry the Plus channel on a full-time basis, while others will carry it only for game telecasts; non-game Plus programming contains a loop of national Fox Sports Net programming such as the World Poker Tour.
Milwaukee Bucks telecasts
- Jim Paschke – play-by-play announcer
- Jon McGlocklin – color analyst
- Telly Hughes – field reporter
- Craig Coshun – Bucks Live host
- Jeff Grayson – Bucks Live host
- Tony Smith – Bucks Live analyst
Milwaukee Brewers telecasts
- Brian Anderson – play-by-play announcer
- Bill Schroeder – color analyst
- Sophia Minnaert – field reporter
- Telly Hughes – field reporter
- Craig Coshun – Brewers Live host, play-by-play announcer and field reporter
- Jeff Grayson – Brewers Live host
- Davey Nelson – Brewers Live analyst
- Jerry Augustine – Brewers Live analyst
Wisconsin Badgers telecasts
- Matt Lepay – Wisconsin Badgers athletics announcer and host of syndicated Badger Sports Report; substitute play-by-play announcer
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