Fox Considers Sports Network to Rival ESPN
One report says News Corp could launch it later this year
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2012 7:24 PM CDT
Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is looking at launching a national sports channel to rival ESPN, reports Bloomberg. It quotes one insider as saying the owner of Fox News could pull the trigger late this year. The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Murdoch, quotes an anonymous source (maybe one with an Australian accent?) as saying the company has been seriously kicking around the idea for several months. One difference with the Bloomberg report: The Journal says it would not launch this year.

Both reports say News Corp would probably take an existing channel, such as the action-sports network Fuel TV, and convert it into the national channel. The company already has a major player in the field in Fox Sports, but the new channel would be considerably bigger in scope. At the Los Angeles Times, a skeptical Joe Flint says News Corp has been making noises about such a channel for more than a decade, and "there is no guarantee that such an effort will get off the ground."

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Mar 29, 2012 3:11 PM CDT
Ah jeez, now Rupert is going to fuck up sports for us. How many channels does he want to own anyway?
Mar 29, 2012 9:09 AM CDT
As much as I dislike Fox News, Fox Sports does a better job than ESPN. Maybe the winter won't have to be all college basketball and the rest of the year Boston v. New York.
Mar 29, 2012 7:36 AM CDT
Yeah ... that's what we need ... more sports on cable ... all we have now is poker ... fishing ... hunting ... golf ... soccer ... football ... baseball ... basketball ... women's basketball ... college basketball ... prep baseball ... prep football ... prep swimming ... Israeli soccer ... Italian soccer ... rugby ... wrestling ... cage fighting ... boxing ... the Olympics ... the Pan American games ... more ... more ... please ...