FNTSY Sports Network

FNTSY Sports Network
Launched March 4, 2014
Owned by Anthem Sports & Entertainment
Slogan Bring Your A Game
Country Canada, United States
Broadcast area National
Sister channel(s) Pursuit Channel
Fight Network
My Combat Channel
Website FNTSY Sports Network
Cogeco (Canada) Channel 430 (SD)
Channel 482 (HD)
EastLink (Canada) Channel 718 (HD)
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 499 (SD) / (HD)
Cablevision (USA) Channel 147 (SD)
ShenTel Cable (USA) Channel 366 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada) Channel 425 (SD)
Channel 1425 (HD)
MTS (Canada) Channel 190 (SD)
Channel 1190 (HD)
Optik TV (Canada) Channel 921 (HD)
Sasktel (Canada) Channel 127 (SD)
Channel 427 (HD)
Streaming media
Amazon Fire TV (Worldwide) Application
Apple TV (Worldwide) Application
LG Channel Plus (Worldwide) Application (Ch 287)

FNTSY Sports Network (also known as Fantasy Sports Network) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel that is owned by Anthem Sports & Entertainment. The channel broadcasts programming aimed at the fantasy sports market including commentary, call-in shows, coverage of drafts, and reality series.[1] Fantasy Sports Network officially launched on March 4, 2014 on MTS.[1]


In January 2013, Anthem Media's subsidiary Fight Media Inc. was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called "The League – Fantasy Sports TV," described as "a national, English-language specialty Category B service devoted to fantasy sports, allowing viewers to act as owners and assume all the responsibilities associated with operating real sports franchises, and allowing viewers to create, monitor, trade and discuss players on their teams with others also playing fantasy sports."[2]

CEO of Anthem Media Group Inc., Leonard Asper, only a few months after receiving approval from the CRTC, told The Toronto Star that the channel was slated for a launch in September 2013 after already securing one distributor to carry the channel; however, the channel did not launch as planned for unknown reasons.[3]

To bolster its footprint in the fantasy sports market and provide content for the upcoming channel, Anthem Media acquired RotoExperts.com and SportsGrid.com, two leading U.S.-based websites operating in the fantasy sports field, in August 2013.[4]

In December 2013, it was reported that the channel is expected to launch in Canada and the United States in March 2014.[5] On January 14, 2014, Anthem Media announced the launch date for the channel as March 4, 2014.[1] However, it was initially expected to launch only in the U.S. on that date with the Canadian launch limited to only an app and streaming online channel[6] until January 29, 2014 when Anthem Media announced it will launch in Canada the same day as the U.S. through a carriage agreement with MTS.[7] Three months after the channel's expected launch in the U.S., the channel officially launched in the U.S. on Cablevision's Optimum TV service.[8]

On December 4, 2014, FNTSY Sports Network launched on Bell Fibe TV.[9]

On September 13, 2016, FNTSY Sports Network announced a content deal with The Associated Press.[10]



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