Origin Sports Network Launched By Gray TV’s Raycom Sports

The new streaming network offers big sports stars combined with nostalgic throwback content and original programming via Xumo in the U.S. and the Roku Channel in Canada along with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Origin Sports Network, a new OTT network powered by Gray Television’s Raycom Sports, is now live on The Roku Channel in Canada and on Xumo (ch. 713) in the United States, along with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Leveraging Raycom’s more than four decades of award-winning production expertise, Origin Sports is a 24/7 linear streaming network bringing viewers “unique content featuring Hall of Famers, All-Americans, All-Stars, No. 1 picks and National Champions before they became household names,” according to Raycom.

Origin Sports “will serve as a destination for iconic buzzer-beaters, huge hits, game-winning goals, classic comebacks and killer crossovers from the legendary,” the company said.

The network’s first original production is called The Rise, a series of 30-minute conversations starting with stars such as All-Pro Luke Kuechly (NFL) and Hall of Famers James Lofton (NFL) and Dominique Wilkins (NBA). The Rise will provide exclusive anecdotes and perspectives on the influences and moments that led to their accomplishments and recognition.

Origin Sports is scheduled with a responsive approach to its programming lineup, intentionally delivering relevant programming that caters to current trends in the sports world, adjusting the schedule in real-time when opportunities arise. For example, as the NBA Finals and Draft approach, Origin Sports will highlight the NBA’s leading current and future stars, such as Trae Young, Devin Booker, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Cade Cunningham and Keon Johnson by showing them in action during their high school and college days.

“Raycom Sports has a rich tradition of delivering the biggest moments, rivalries, stories and stars in sports directly to fans with no pay walls. We’re excited to continue that tradition with the introduction of Origin Sports,” said Chad Swofford, VP of digital content at Raycom Sports. “Building on our vast archives and leveraging our Emmy award-winning production team, Origin Sports will offer fans round-the-clock access to the biggest names in sports. From our flagship linear streaming network to social media destinations, we believe Origin Sports brings fans a unique perspective in the sports space, sitting at the intersection of the star-driven landscape of today and nostalgia of the past.

Origin Sports will announce additional distribution partners and original programming in the coming months.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Sample Origin Sports content from the introductory program lineup includes:

  • Jordan’s final University of North Carolina game against storied rival Duke.
  • Steph Curry engineering Davidson College’s improbable 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament run.
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton in The Rise.
  • Peyton Manning beginning his college football career at Tennessee the day he relieved starting QB Todd Helton, a future five-time MLB All-Star.
  • Patrick Mahomes leading Texas Tech with precision passing and rushing.
  • Walker Buehler striking out 13 batters in a dominant SEC baseball performance.
  • Megan Rapinoe and the Portland Pilots toppling UCLA for the 2005 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

“Raycom’s Origin Sports channel on XUMO brings unique focus and access to the most iconic games, sports moments and the all-star athletes who made them happen,” said Stefan Van Engen, SVP of programming and partnerships at Xumo. “Xumo’s enormous audience of sports lovers will gravitate to the variety and caliber of ‘best of’ action that Raycom is delivering.”


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