Suddenlink Beefs Up Sports Tier

Suddenlink has been on a summer sports tear lately, adding a handful of new networks to its Sports Plus tier, the latest two being MAV TV Motorsports Network and global sports network One World Sports.

In the past week, Suddenlink has added Fantasy Sports Network, The Fight Network and World Fishing Network to the Sports Plus lineup. On July 1 Suddenlink added Universal Sports and Outside TV to a lineup that also includes NFL RedZone HD.

With the addition of MAV TV and One World, Sports Plus now has eight networks to offer sports fans. One World recently acquired the rights to North American Soccer League Games, carrying one Wednesday night game per week during the NASL 2015 fall season. Its first match was July 8, between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina RailHawks. Beginning on July 14, One World will air the weekly 30-minute review show, NASL This Week, highlighting games across the league.  

“Over the past year, One World Sports has steadily grown its distribution -- resulting in a larger U.S. audience to experience and expect quality live sports programming from around the globe,” said One World’s executive vice president distribution Randy Brown in a statement. “By offering One World Sports to its customers, Suddenlink is helping to meet growing viewer demand for global sports and is furthering its appeal to the interests of a burgeoning multi-cultural audience.” 

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV offers a line-up of exclusive motorsports including the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. In addition the channel covers racing series featuring drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing.

“With the millions of race fans across their customer base, Suddenlink is a great fit for us. No other network offers the depth and variety of motorsports programming and we are sure to offer something of interest for every race fan,” said MAV TV president Bob Patison in a statement.

“We’re pleased to continue to enhance the choices we offer our customers,” said Suddenlink senior vice president and chief programming officer Kathy Payne in a statement.