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Fox to launch new cable sports channel

March 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Fox Sports will launch a new cable television sports network called Fox Sports 1 in August, company officials said Tuesday.

Fox Sports Media Co-Presidents Randy Freer and Eric Shanks announced in New York the new channel will replace the company's Speed Network in cable and satellite lineups starting Aug. 17.

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The new channel will initially include college basketball, college football, NASCAR, soccer and ultimate fighting.

Starting in 2014, Major League Baseball games will also be shown on Fox Sports 1 as part of Fox Sports' agreement with MLB.

The new channel will compete with Disney Corp.'s long-established ESPN for live sports programming.

"Fans are ready for an alternative to the establishment, and our goal for FS1 is to provide the best in-game experience possible, complemented by informative news, entertaining studio shows and provocative original programming," Shanks said.

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