The ever-changing TV network horizon is about to sprout another regional sport network as the curtain closes on a southeastern movie and entertainment favorite. Fox Sports Networks announced plans to launch a new regional network exclusive to Southern sports fans. SportsSouth, formerly Turner South will be available to approximately 8 million cable and satellite subscribers across a six-state region comprised of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina. SportsSouth “SPSO” will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with a matchup between the Atlanta Thrashers versus the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes.
The network plans to offer 180 live events, including 61 Atlanta Thrashers games and 45 Atlanta Hawks games during the upcoming 2006-07 NHL and National Basketball Association seasons, respectively. SportSouth will telecast 55 Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball games in 2007, increasing to 80 Braves games in 2008. Select games of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will also be distributed on the network, subject to the league’s territory restrictions, and the service will showcase Southern collegiate sports, including action from the Big South and Southern Conferences. Link: Past SMM Post 02/19/06 – Turner South May be Acquired by Fox