FOX Sports 1 is an American sports channel which is owned by the Fox Sports Media Group, a division of the Fox Corporation. FOX Sports 1 (also known as FS1) replaced the motorsports channel Speed in August 2013, and the new channel inherited its content, along with the defunct FOX Soccer channel. The brand has its headquarters based in Los Angeles and broadcasting facilities in New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina – the former head office of Speed.
The channel was launched to provide a legitimate competitor to other sports networks such as ESPN. As the former channel Speed was already a part of many cable subscriptions, FOX Sport 1 was immediately available to all its subscribers, approximately 81 million households. However, the channel eventually reduced its coverage of motorsports, including NASCAR, to favor a more diverse sports portfolio.
Audience reach, public awareness of the Fox brand, and its programming strategy saw FOX Sports 1 instantly become a worthy rival to other major sporting networks. On its first day, FOX Sports 1 broadcasted 16.5 hours of live sports, including NASCAR and UFC.
As its name suggests, FOX Sports 1 exclusively broadcasts sports programs, although it does not have any particular specialty. Its portfolio includes Major League Baseball and college sports such as Pac-12, Big 12, and Big Ten. Soccer events from several countries and regions are also available to watch, including Mexico (Liga MX), Germany (Bundesliga), and South America (Copa Libertadores). Golf and MMA have extensive coverage, as well as motorsports like ARCA, Formula E, NASCAR, IMSA, and the NHRA.
In addition to showing a wealth of live sporting events, FOX Sports 1 offers daily sports news and opinion and discussion programs. There are also a number of sports-based reality shows and documentaries which are regularly broadcasted.
By 2018, FOX Sports 1 had grown to become one of America’s leading sports broadcasters. It is available in 83.3 million American TV-viewing households, which represents more than 90% of the country. One week in October 2016 saw FOX Sports 1 have its best week ever in terms of viewing figures as an NLCS playoff game attracted almost 7.3 million viewers to the channel.
The average age of viewers of FOX Sports 1 varies depending on the sport which is being shown. However the age range viewing all sports across Fox networks has increased slightly in the last ten years. For example, the audience for golf has increased from 59 to 64 years old. The sport with the youngest viewers is soccer, and an average MLS viewer is 40 years old.
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