FOX Sports Media Group unveiled plans Tuesday to launch FOX Sports 1, which is being branded as a new, national multi-sport network that is being talked about as a potential competitor for ESPN.
The network will debut Aug. 17, and be available in more than 90 million homes. FS1 is touting nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually.
Among the programming are big plans for the UFC:
- 12 UFC “Fight Nights,” starting Saturday, Aug. 17 with the awkwardly dubbed “UFC on FS1 1,” then airing on Wednesdays — but not weekly — through the end of the year. Bouts will air from 8-11 p.m.
- The studio show “UFC Tonight” from 7:30-8 p.m. ET every Wednesday.
- 14 Saturday preliminary cards to pay-per-view events.
- Hundreds of hours of library programs and events.
FOX announced earlier this year that SPEED and FUEL TV would be rebranded as FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.
For more about FOX Sports 1’s programming, which includes college football, college basketball, NASCAR and soccer, check Tom Hoffarth’s blog Farther Off The Wall.