Fox Sports 1 will be on all major Wichita-area TV systems

08/15/2013 11:59 AM

08/15/2013 11:59 AM

College football fans throughout the state can rest easy.

Fox Sports 1, a new sports cable network that will televise Big 12 football games this season, will be available on every major provider when it launches Saturday. The network was in danger of not being on DirecTV and Dish Network and Time Warner Cable, but agreements were reached with all three companies Thursday morning.

Kansas State fans might be most pleased by the news. The Wildcats play their first two football games of the season — against North Dakota State on Aug. 30 and Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 7 — on Fox Sports 1.

Fox Sports 1 will mimic ESPN with a mixture of live sporting events, studio shows and highlights. It will air everything from football and golf to soccer and racing. An early emphasis will be placed on college football, with games from the Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA being televised every week. It will also televise Big East basketball.

K-State will be one of the first teams to play on the new network, but the Wildcats won’t appear in its first game. That honor goes to Utah State and Utah on Aug. 29.

Fox Sports 1 will take the place of Speed Channel, which is currently carried on most major television platforms.

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