FOX SPORTS will announce a $1.1 billion investment in its network, Fox Sports Go, as it prepares to launch a new sports-entertainment network in 2017.
The new network will focus on sports-centric programming and a “broadcast network that offers an expansive lineup of original programming.”
The new network also will include new programming and content from Fox Sports’ flagship brands, FOX Sports and Fox Sports GO.
The network will be part of the Fox Business Network, a network of businesses and networks that include the NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC, NASCAR, NFL Network, ESPN and more.
The new Fox Business network will launch in 2016, according to the network’s website.
Fox Sports will operate out of Fox Sports HQ in Arlington, Texas, and will be led by former FOX Sports president of programming Jeff Zucker.
Zucker will continue to serve as a senior vice president at Fox Sports Group, and Fox will be headquartered in the Chicago area.
Fox will have an exclusive license to air FOX Sports 1, which will be owned by Fox Sports Networks, a unit of 21st Century Fox, a division of 21ST Century Fox.
Fox Sports 1 will air on the Fox network, which is owned by Disney.
The network will air the most popular sports content on the cable channel in a lineup that will include live coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the NFL playoffs and the World Series of Poker.
In addition, the network will feature NFL games in the evening and live events in the mornings and late nights.
The sports-focused channel will be available on the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Instant Video and other devices and apps.
FOX Sports GO will also be available for $8.99 a month for the AppleTV, Roku and Chromecast.
The announcement was made Thursday by Fox CEO Scott Flanders in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“This new network is an important first step in what we’ve been working on for years, and I think the world of FOX Sports.
We’re going to be delivering the best sports programming on the biggest platforms, and we’re going be able to do it with the greatest people in the business, and that’s what we’re most excited about,” Flanders said.
Flanders said that the new Fox Sports will be a product of a collaboration between Fox and Fox Business Networks, the business unit that operates Fox Sports, the sports network and a division called 21st Sports that runs the Fox business, among other brands.
Flander said that he is excited to be partnering with the people who have helped create and build FOX Sports, which has included his brother, George, former Fox Sports executive vice president of business operations, and former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.
“We’ve been really fortunate to have a great team of people and it’s going to give us a great opportunity to deliver great programming to audiences across the globe,” Flander said.