Origin Sports Network, Powered by Raycom Sports of Gray Television, Expands Distribution Partners | New



CHARLOTTE, November 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Origin Sports Network has expanded its range of channel partners to include The Roku®Channel (Ch. 238, US only) and Samsung TV Plus (Ch. 1163), over quadruple its addressable audience size. A 24/7 linear streaming network, Origin Sports brings viewers unique content featuring Hall of Fame members, All-Americans, All-Stars, No.1 picks and Champions. nationals before they became household names. Leveraging over four decades of award-winning production expertise from Raycom, Origin Sports launched in July with distribution on The Roku® Channel in Canada and XUMO (Ch. 713) in the US, as well as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Combining nostalgic content with original programming, Origin Sports is the perfect destination for instant classic returns, unforgettable performances, compelling stories and epic endings. From legendary athletes like Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal and Joe Montana – to current superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Devin Booker and Zion Williamson – there is something for sports fans of all ages and from all ages. all eras! Leveraging the archives of Raycom Sports and Gray TV, Origin Sports offers today’s fans rarely seen footage on their favorite platforms.

The Rise, Origin Sports’ original original production, is a conversation series with personalities from the sports world, offering exclusive anecdotes and perspectives on the influences and moments that led to their incredible accomplishments. This month’s new episodes will feature NFL Pro Bowler Herman Moore and NBA All-Star Ralph Sampson, with additional episodes arriving each month. Click here for a full episode sample, featuring NBA Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins.

In the network’s second original series, Origin Sports Portraits, episodes will paint the portrayal of sports figures beyond their time as a star athlete. The portraits will detail their colorful personalities, focusing on other interests and relationships they have cultivated beyond sports. The first episode of Portraits will feature the winner of the Heisman Trophy, the head coach of national varsity football champion and visor trendsetter Steve Spurrier.

In addition to the original content, Origin Sports has designed its programming cadence to align with the current sports landscape. The weekly themes anchor the Origin Sports program, taking fans on a journey to the past, delivering programming relevant to today’s trending athletes, and reliving some of the most remarkable and landmark performances of the past.

December 6-12: Heisman Week

Former Heisman winners are in the spotlight, featuring some of their most memorable matches including: 1985 Heisman winner Bo Jackson vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl just weeks after receiving the honor. 2004 Heisman winner Matt Leinart in one of the best National Championship Championship games ever, against Texas and Vince Young for the 2005 title. Five touchdown performance of 2020 Heisman winner DeVonta Smith against Ole Miss.

26 Dec-Jan 2: Bowl week

Classic moments, memorable performances, and stars galore in memorable pink, orange and cotton bowls from the 1970s to today including: Oregon’s Justin Herbert’s masterful performance against Jonathan Taylor’s Wisconsin Badgers in the 2020 Rose Bowl. Joe Montana and Notre Dame vs. Houston in the 1979 Cotton Bowl.Saquon Barkley, Chris Godwin, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sam Darnold shine in the 2017 Rose Bowl (USC vs. Penn State).

“We are delighted with the initial growth of Origin Sports,” said Chad Swofford, vice president of digital content at Raycom Sports. “In addition to our two compelling original content series, our responsive approach to programming was well received. Origin Sports’ agility has allowed us to give our audience a historical perspective directly linked to what is happening in the world of sport today.

Click HERE for the Origin Sports press kit.

About Raycom Sports Raycom Sports, based in Charlotte, NC, is a national leader in content production, distribution and event management with over 40 years of experience and a reputation for being the one of the best independent sports trustees and producers in the country. The company has produced amateur, college and professional games since its founding in 1979, including ACC Basketball for 39 years and ACC Football for 37 years. Currently, the company coordinates and produces the ACC Regional Sports Network (RSN) football and men’s / women’s basketball games for Bally Sports. In addition, Raycom has been the pre-season game conditioner for the Carolina Panthers since the team was formed in 1995 and was recently assigned the production of Charlotte’s MLS team, Charlotte FC. A multiplatform solutions provider, Raycom also manages ACC’s digital, social, mobile and gaming application platforms. Through parent company Gray Television‘s stake in new Family Entertainment Holdings, LLC, Raycom is an operating partner in several international family entertainment properties, including Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live â„¢, the Monster Truck show at the fastest growing in the world and Magic of Lights â„¢, North America’s largest driving vacation experience. Gray Television is the largest owner of top rated local TV stations and digital assets in the United States. Upon completion of its acquisition of the television stations owned by Meredith Corporation, it will serve 113 television markets that will collectively reach 36 percent of US television households.

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