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Prime Network was a cable sports network owned by Liberty Media that served several regionalized areas between 1983 and late-1997. While Liberty owned many of these stations, some were affiliates and owned by another company. Affiliates also had the choice of what Prime programming they wanted to air and when. Prime Network was revolutionary in the sense that it was one of the first sports networks to give live national coverage to regional auto racing series, such as the NASCAR West Series and ARCA stock car series. They were also the exclusive live broadcast home to the USAR Hooters ProCup Series from the series' inception in 1994 until Prime Sports' demise in November 1997, when ESPN2 secured the rights to the series from 1998-1999. In addition to this, Prime also televised a great deal of ASA (American Speed Association) races in the 80s and 90s, sharing broadcast rights with now-defunct TNN (The Nashville Network). The network also was the first to televise NASCAR Nextel (then Winston) Cup qualifying on a regular basis, mainly for races televised by TBS (Turner Broadcasting System). Prime also televised a number of regional NHL hockey games and college basketball games, along with bodybuilding and wrestling matches. They would also occasionally show workout programs, like "Body by Jake." Some of Prime Networks affiliates were "time-share" stations. In other words, they shared time with other cable networks on some cable systems. For example, Home Sports Entertainment (now FSN Southwest) shared time with QVC network on some cable outlets. Ironically, QVC is now owned by Liberty Media, who owned Prime. However, during the Prime/QVC timeshare, QVC was owned by Comcast. Usually, QVC would air from about 3am-1pm on a given day, and then Prime would take over with its feed and feature a brief sign-on and display its bright red HSE symbol in a large font. They would then give a program listing of the day's shows, which was usually superimposed over a decorative sports-related background, such as a basketball court. Some cable systems would scramble HSE when its feed took over because they treated it as a premium channel, such as Sports Time, which was on in the 80s. The Liberty Media Corporation is an American media conglomerate. ... // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ...


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In 1993, Liberty, NBC and Cablevision created a new venture called Prime SportsChannels America sharing programming and sales agreements between Prime and SportsChannel America. In 1996, Liberty Media sold 50 percent of their regional Prime Sports channels to News Corporation creating FOX Sports Net and a new company, FOX/Liberty Networks. In 1997, FOX/Liberty merged with SportsChannel America creating National Sports Partners, and the Prime Network and SportsChannel names were dropped for the FSN name nationwide. FSN Midwest is a regional cable sports network that operates in all or parts Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and Kansas. ... The regional sports network now known as FSN South (longform Fox Sports Net South) had its origins as the Turner Broadcasting System network SportSouth. ... FSN (Fox Sports Net) Southwest is a regional cable sports network that operates in all or parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. ... FSN Pittsburgh is a cable channel controlled by Fox Sports Net. ... FSN Pittsburgh is a cable channel controlled by Fox Sports Net. ... FSN Detroit (formerly known as Fox Sports Net Detroit) is a regional sports network that covers local sports teams in the state of Michigan. ... FSN Northwest is a sports television channel available in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, parts of Wyoming, and parts of northern Nevada. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... Empire Sports Network was a regional cable television network which served Upstate New York from Buffalo to Albany, parts of northern Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. ... Sun Sports is a Florida sports broadcasting network, headquartered in Orlando. ... Comcast SportsNet (or CSN) is a group of four regional sports networks. ... FSN North is a regional sports network serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa and the eastern parts of North Dakota and South Dakota. ... The New England Sports Network is a regional cable television network that covers the six New England states. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... For other uses, see Cablevision (disambiguation). ... SportsChannel America was a cable television network that existed in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The Liberty Media Corporation is an American media conglomerate. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... SportsChannel America was a cable television network that existed in the 1980s and early 1990s. ...


In 2007, Liberty bought back FSN Pittsburgh, FSN Rocky Mountain, and FSN Northwest from News Corporation. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


 
 

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