Fox Sports Net adds DIRECTV


DIRECTV and Fox Sports Net (FSN), are making broadcast history through a syndication deal that enables FSN to distribute DIRECTV’s The Dan Patrick Show – seen on DIRECTV’s The 101 Network – to its regional sports networks (RSNs) and affiliates, including DIRECTV’s RSNs, reaching more than 85 million homes and marking the first time that a programming distributor has sold its original content into national syndication. The TV show, based on The Content Factory’s (they sold it to DirectTV about a year ago) nationally syndicated weekday radio show, “The Dan Patrick Show,” will be launched on FSN’s network of regional sports networks including DIRECTV’s three regional sports nets beginning 10/25. The show airs live 9 a.m. to noon ET, Monday-Friday.

Carriage includes DIRECTV Sports Networks – FSN Rocky Mountain, FSN Northwest and FSN Pittsburg; Fox RSNs and affiliates – FS Florida, FS Ohio, FS Arizona, FS Detroit, FS Midwest, FS Indiana, FS Kansas City, FS North, FS Wisconsin, Prime Ticket, FS South, FS Carolinas, FS Tennessee, FS Southwest, FS Oklahoma, FS Houston, FS West, SportSouth, SunSports, MSG Plus, CSN Chicago, CSN Mid Atlantic and CSN New England.

“I’m proud that the show we’ve developed will be seen by even more fans,” said Patrick. “DIRECTV took a radio show and seamlessly developed it into a hybrid of radio and television in one show. And it’s not stagnant. It’s not us doing a radio show with two cameras showing us talking. We will show you the good and bad of what goes on during a show and during the breaks. If we screw up, we can’t hide it.”

Jeff Krolik, FSN EVP, added, “This show will create water cooler talk. Dan is a unique talent who has a razor-sharp wit and a piercing insight into the world of sports. The show consistently delivers great, timely guests, smart conversation, and an unpredictable cast of characters that will connect with our viewers.”

The Dan Patrick Show began airing exclusively on DIRECTV’s The 101 Network, 8/3/09, and expanded on the radio show format using Patrick’s trademark humor and interaction with his production staff that includes Paul Pabst, Patrick O’Connor, Andrew Perloff and Todd Fritz, known as “The Danettes.”