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Bally Sports South
Bally sports logo.png
Type Regional sports network
Country United States
Broadcast area Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Network Bally Sports
Slogan "The Heart of the Fan"
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Programming
Language(s) English
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
Owner Diamond Sports Group
Parent Sinclair Broadcast Group & Entertainment Studios Networks
Sister channels Bally Sports Southeast
History
Launched August 29, 1990 (30 years ago) (1990-08-29)
Former names SportSouth (1990–1996)
Fox Sports South (1996–2000, 2012–2021)
Fox Sports Net South (2000–2004)
FSN South (2004–2008)
FS South (2008–2012)
Links
Website www.ballysports.com/south/
Availability
(DirecTV may air some events an overflow feed due to event conflicts)
Terrestrial
Cable
Comcast Xfinity 1250
Charter Spectrum 722, 810, or 811
Available on most other cable systems in designated broadcast area Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
Satellite
DirecTV 646
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 1724

Bally Sports South (BSSO) is an American regional sports network owned by Diamond Sports Group, and operates as an affiliate of Bally Sports Networks. The network carries regional coverage of professional and collegiate sports events from across the Southern United States, along with other sporting events and programming from Bally Sports.

Bally Sports South is available on cable providers throughout Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. ; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

History[]

Old Fox Sports South logo

Bally Sports South was originally launched on August 29, 1990 as SportSouth, under the ownership of the Turner Broadcasting System, in conjunction with business partners Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) and Scripps-Howard Broadcasting.[1] At its launch, the channel held the regional cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets. Shortly after Turner completed its merger with Time Warner, SportSouth was purchased by News Corporation's Fox Cable Networks in the winter of 1996; the channel was integrated into the recently formed Fox Sports Net group of regional sports networks, and was officially rebranded as Fox Sports South in the spring of 1997 (later amending the name to "Fox Sports Net South" in 2000, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner).

In 2002, Fox Sports South began producing the Southern Sports Report from its Midtown Atlanta studios, as part of the collective FSN networks' expansion of "regional sports reports" to complement the National Sports Report, both formatted as daily news programs focusing on sports news and highlights. The Atlanta studios served as a production hub for the regional sports reports broadcast on other FSN networks, often utilizing the same anchors (with Terry Chick being the most prominent). The Southern Sports Report was discontinued in 2005; around the same time, FSN South began producing a similar program, Around The South, which focused on sports stories across the region. In 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN South, through the networks' de-emphasis of the Fox Sports Net brand.

On February 23, 2006, News Corporation purchased the general entertainment cable channel Turner South from the Turner Broadcasting System for $375 million.[2] After the deal was completed, the channel dropped all remaining entertainment programming and converted into a sports-exclusive channel as it became part of the Fox Sports Networks group, adopting the "SportSouth" name formerly used by Fox Sports South. FSN South, which effectively became a sister network to the new SportSouth (which was renamed Fox Sports Southeast in October 2015[3]), reverted to the Fox Sports South moniker in 2008.

In 2008, SportSouth acquired the partial television rights to the Atlanta Braves, splitting the telecasts with Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17), which ceased distributing the station's Braves telecasts nationally after its separation from its companion superstation feed TBS (which became a conventional cable network) in October 2007.[4] After Turner turned over the operations of WPCH to the Meredith Corporation under a local marketing agreement in 2011, production of the Braves telecasts was transferred from Turner Sports to Fox Sports South, in a deal in which the channel would produce a package of 45 regular season games each year for WPCH.

On February 28, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth reached a deal with the Braves to acquire the 45 additional Atlanta Braves games beginning with the 2013 season, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV and marking the first time in 40 years that the team's game telecasts were not available on broadcast television in the Atlanta market.[5][6] In July 2013, News Corporation spun off the Fox Sports Networks and most of its other U.S. entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox.

On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports networks from 21st Century Fox, including Fox Sports South and sister network Fox Sports Southeast. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. On May 3, 2019, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (through their joint venture, Diamond Holdings) bought Fox Sports Networks from The Walt Disney Company for $10.6 billion.[7] The deal closed on August 22, 2019.[8] On November 17, 2020, Sinclair announced an agreement with casino operator Bally's Corporation to serve as a new naming rights partner for the FSN channels. Sinclair announced the new Bally Sports branding for the channels on January 27, 2021.[9] On March 31, 2021, coinciding with the 2021 Major League Baseball season, Fox Sports South and sister network Fox Sports Southeast was rebranded as Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast, resulting in 18 other Regional Sports Networks renamed Bally Sports in their respective regions.[10] The first live sporting event on the regional network was the opening-day coverage of the Braves visiting the Phillies on April 1. The game was preceded by the "Braves Live" pregame show.[11]

Coverage area[]

Bally Sports South's coverage area includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and most of Kentucky. It is, by far, the largest coverage by area and total market reach of any Bally Sports affiliate. As such, the channel is often separated into several sub-regional feeds for the purposes of adhering to the various professional leagues' home territory rules.

For example, Memphis Grizzlies and Nashville Predators games are only seen in Tennessee, most of Kentucky, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama. Meanwhile, Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Hurricanes games are only seen in North and South Carolina. Neither team's games are seen elsewhere within Bally Sports South's coverage area, although Predators games are occasionally rebroadcast in North Carolina. The Atlanta Hawks also have restrictions preventing games from being carried in most of the Carolinas, parts of Mississippi, and all of Kentucky.[12]

In some areas select games from neighboring Bally Sports Networks are carried on either Bally Sports South or an alternate channel. These include games from the St. Louis Cardinals (Bally Sports Midwest),[13] Indiana Pacers (Bally Sports Indiana),[14] Cincinnati Reds (Bally Sports Ohio), and New Orleans Pelicans (Bally Sports New Orleans).

In October 2008, Fox decided to split Fox Sports South into three separate channels to offer more localized sports coverage. It launched separate respective feeds for the Carolinas and most of Tennessee, Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports Tennessee.[15] Fox Sports considered these feeds as separate networks, which maintained their own sub-sites within the main Fox Sports Local website. These channels were collapsed back into Bally Sports South when it launched on March 31, 2021, but the separate feeds will continue to exist.

Teams by Media Market[]

MLB NBA NHL MLS WNBA
Atlanta Braves Cincinnati Reds
(Bally Sports Ohio)
St. Louis Cardinals
(Bally Sports Midwest)
Atlanta Hawks Charlotte Hornets Memphis Grizzles Indiana Pacers
(Bally Sports Indiana)
New Orleans Pelicans
(Bally Sports New Orleans)
Carolina Hurricanes Nashville Predators Atlanta United Atlanta Dream
Network(see note) South/Southeast South/Southeast South/Southeast Southeast Southeast Southeast South South South South South/Southeast South/Southeast
Georgia (all markets including Atlanta) Yes No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alabama (excluding Huntsville and Mobile) Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Huntsville Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Kentucky (excluding Western Kentucky) No Available on Bally Sports Ohio No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Western Kentucky No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Mississippi (excluding Biloxi/Gulfport, Memphis and New Orleans) Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Biloxi/Gulfport Yes No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Northern Mississippi (Memphis) Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
North Carolina Charlotte, Asheville (excluding Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties), Greensboro-High Point Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Greenville No No No No Yes No No No Yes No No No
Raleigh-Durham No No No No Yes No No No Yes No No Yes
South Carolina Charleston, Augusta, Savannah, Greenville/Spartanburg (Abbeville, Anderson, and Oconee counties only) Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg (excluding Abbeville, Anderson, and Oconee counties), Myrtle Beach Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Tennessee Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Memphis, Jackson Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes

Note: In Kentucky, most of North Carolina, and parts of Mississippi, Bally Sports Southeast is not available. In these areas all games are shown on Bally Sports South or an alternate channel.

Programming[]

Bally Sports South holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball franchise; the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA; the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators of the NHL, and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer.[16][17] The channel also provides coverage of collegiate sports events from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Announcers[]

Atlanta Braves[]

  • Chip Caray – play-by-play announcer
  • Joe Simpson – analyst
  • Tom Glavine – analyst
  • Jeff Francoeur – analyst
  • Jerome Jurenovich - Braves LIVE host
  • Brian Jordan – Braves LIVE analyst
  • Nick Green – Braves LIVE analyst
  • Paul Byrd – reporter
  • Kelly Crull – reporter / Braves LIVE fill-in pre-game and post-game [18]

Atlanta Hawks[]

  • Bob Rathbun – play-by-play announcer
  • Dominique Wilkins – analyst
  • Andre Aldridge – sideline reporter / Hawks LIVE host
  • Mike Glenn – Hawks LIVE analyst
  • Rebecca Kaple – sideline reporter
  • Jerome Jurenovich - Hawks LIVE host

Atlanta United FC[]

  • Kevin Egan - play-by-play announcer
  • Dan Gargan - analyst
  • Jillian Sakovits - sideline reporter / Atlanta United LIVE host

Carolina Hurricanes[]

  • Mike Maniscalco - play-by-play announcer
  • Tripp Tracy - analyst
  • Abby Labar - Hurricanes LIVE host / in-game reporter
  • Shane Willis - Hurricanes LIVE analyst

Charlotte Hornets[]

  • Eric Collins – play-by-play announcer
  • Dell Curry – analyst
  • Ashley ShahAhmadi – sideline reporter / Hornets LIVE host
  • Gerald Henderson Hornets Live analyst

Memphis Grizzlies[]

  • Pete Pranica - play-by-play announcer
  • Brevin Knight - analyst
  • Rob Fischer - sideline reporter / Grizzlies LIVE host
  • Chris Vernon - Grizzlies LIVE analyst / contributor

Nashville Predators[]

  • Willy Daunic - play-by-play announcer
  • Chris Mason - analyst
  • Kara Hammer - rinkside reporter
  • Terry Crisp - Predators LIVE analyst
  • Lyndsay Rowley - Predators LIVE host/reporter

References[]

  1. "Sports Network Date Is Set", The New York Times, 17 May 1990. 
  2. R. Thomas Umstead (February 23, 2006). Fox Cable Buys Turner South. Reed Business Information.
  3. FOX Sports regional network 'SportSouth' to be rebranded 'FOX Sports Southeast'. Fox Sports Networks (August 24, 2015).
  4. "WTBS to become PeachTree TV", American City Business Journals, June 27, 2007. 
  5. Fox Picks Up Braves' Games from PeachTree TV. NewBay Media (March 1, 2013).
  6. FOX Sports South and SportSouth acquire 45 additional Braves games beginning this season. Fox Sports South (February 28, 2013).
  7. Littleton, Cynthia. Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner (en).
  8. Sinclair completes acquisition of regional sports networks from Disney. Bloomberg (22 August 2019).
  9. Novy-Williams, Eben (2020-11-19). Bally’s Buys Sinclair RSN Naming Rights As Part of Sports Betting Push (en-US).
  10. Bally Sports South/Southeast FAQ. FOX Sports South (17 March 2021).
  11. Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast set to launch Wednesday, March 31 (29 March 2021).
  12. SportSouth to Televise 75 Atlanta Hawks Games (en). NBA Media Ventures.
  13. How to watch Cardinals baseball on FOX Sports Midwest. FOX Sports Midwest (6 March 2020).
  14. How to watch the Pacers on FOX Sports Indiana. FOX Sports Indiana (15 December 2020).
  15. Fox Sports Launches Regional Nets in Tennessee, Carolinas (November 1, 2008).
  16. "Atlanta United announces TV partnership", Cox Enterprises. 
  17. Analyzing the Atlanta United broadcast deal. Vox Media.
  18. FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast announce in-game broadcast team for 2020 Braves season

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