Will Baseball's Playoffs Give Fox Sports 1 a Win?

Despite its best ratings, the new network trails ESPN by a mile

Madison Bumgarner
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When 21st Century Fox announced Fox Sports 1, a 24-hour cable sports network, in March 2013, it wasn’t shy about its ambition: to go one-on-one with Walt Disney’s ESPN. “We’re coming in trying to take on the establishment,” Bill Wanger, Fox Sports Media Group’s executive vice president for programming, said then at a news conference. “It’s no different than Fox News or Fox Broadcasting back in the ’80s. We’re going to have to scratch and claw our way all the way to the top.”

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