|Broadcast area||Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Owner||Diamond Sports Group (Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios)|
|Sister channels||Fox Sports Southeast|
Fox Sports Carolinas
Fox Sports Tennessee
|Launched||August 29, 1990specify][|
|Former names||SportSouth (1990-1996)|
Fox Sports South (1996-2000)
Fox Sports Net South (2000-2004)
FSN South (2004-2008)
FS South (2008-2012)
|Availability (some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports South Plus and Fox Sports South Plus 2 due to event conflicts)|
|Available on most cable systems in designated broadcast area||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
|DirecTV||646 Fox Sports South (SD/HD)|
647 Fox Sports South Plus (SD)
646-1 Fox Sports South Plus (HD)
648 Fox Sports South Plus 2 (SD)
646-5 Fox Sports South Plus 2 (HD)
|Dish Network||420 Fox Sports South (SD)|
5420 Fox Sports South (HD)
Plus channels vary by date
|Fox Sports Go||www.foxsportsgo.com/|
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
Fox Sports South (FSS) is an American regional sports network that is owned by Diamond Sports Group, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The network carries regional coverage of professional and collegiate sports events from across the Southern United States, along with other sporting events and programming from FSN.
Fox Sports South was originally launched on August 29, 1990 as SportSouth, under the ownership of the Turner Broadcasting System, in conjunction with business partners Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) and Scripps-Howard Broadcasting. At its launch, the channel held the regional cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets. Shortly after Turner completed its merger with Time Warner, SportSouth was purchased by News Corporation's Fox Cable Networks in the winter of 1996; the channel was integrated into the recently formed Fox Sports Net group of regional sports networks, and was officially rebranded as Fox Sports South in the spring of 1997 (later amending the name to "Fox Sports Net South" in 2000, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner).
In 2002, Fox Sports South began producing the Southern Sports Report from its Midtown Atlanta studios, as part of the collective FSN networks' expansion of "regional sports reports" to complement the National Sports Report, both formatted as daily news programs focusing on sports news and highlights. The Atlanta studios served as a production hub for the regional sports reports broadcast on other FSN networks, often utilizing the same anchors (with Terry Chick being the most prominent). The Southern Sports Report was discontinued in 2005; around the same time, FSN South began producing a similar program, Around The South, which focused on sports stories across the region. In 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN South, through the networks' de-emphasis of the Fox Sports Net brand.
On February 23, 2006, News Corporation purchased the general entertainment cable channel Turner South from the Turner Broadcasting System for $375 million. After the deal was completed, the channel dropped all remaining entertainment programming and converted into a sports-exclusive channel as it became part of the Fox Sports Networks group, adopting the "SportSouth" name formerly used by Fox Sports South. FSN South, which effectively became a sister network to the new SportSouth (which was renamed Fox Sports Southeast in October 2015), reverted to the Fox Sports South moniker in 2008.
In 2008, SportSouth acquired the partial television rights to the Atlanta Braves, splitting the telecasts with Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17), which ceased distributing the station's Braves telecasts nationally after its separation from its companion superstation feed TBS (which became a conventional cable network) in October 2007. After Turner turned over the operations of WPCH to the Meredith Corporation under a local marketing agreement in 2011, production of the Braves telecasts was transferred from Turner Sports to Fox Sports South, in a deal in which the channel would produce a package of 45 regular season games each year for WPCH.
On February 28, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth reached a deal with the Braves to acquire the 45 additional Atlanta Braves games beginning with the 2013 season, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV and marking the first time in 40 years that the team's game telecasts were not available on broadcast television in the Atlanta market. In July 2013, News Corporation spun off the Fox Sports Networks and most of its other U.S. entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox.
On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports networks from 21st Century Fox, including Fox Sports South and sister network Fox Sports Southeast. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. On May 3, 2019, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (through their joint venture, Diamond Holdings) bought Fox Sports Networks from The Walt Disney Company for $10.6 billion. The deal closed on August 22, 2019.
Fox Sports South's coverage area includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, most of Kentucky and parts of Florida. It is, by far, the largest coverage by area and total market reach of any FSN affiliate. As such, the channel is often separated into several sub-regional feeds for he purposes of adhering to the various professional leagues' home territory rules.
For example, Memphis Grizzlies and Nashville Predators games are only seen in Tennessee, most of Kentucky, northern Mississippi and northern Alabama. Meanwhile, Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Hurricanes games are only seen in North and South Carolina. Neither team's games are seen elsewhere within Fox Sports South's coverage area, although Predators games are occasionally rebroadcast in North Carolina.
In October 2008, Fox decided to split Fox Sports South into three separate channels to offer more localized sports coverage. It launched separate respective feeds for the Carolinas and most of Tennessee, Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports Tennessee. FSN considers these feeds as separate networks, which maintain their own sub-sites within the main Fox Sports Local website. The main Fox Sports South channel now only serves Georgia and most of Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Fox Sports South holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball franchise; the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA; the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators of the NHL, and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer. The channel also provides coverage of collegiate sports events from the Atlantic Coast Conference.