Cox latest cable op in Fox fold

Fox Sports West 2, the regional sports channel spinoff that has found tough sledding in gaining cable operator commitments, nailed down a key player late last week.

FSW2 inked Cox Communications to a deal that will bring the channel to the system’s approximately 305,000 subscribers in Orange County, Palos Verdes, Santa Barbara and Bakersfield.

The 200,000 Orange County customers are having the channel added immediately, while the 105,000 in the other areas will get FSW2 soon.

The subscriber influx brings the channel’s base to nearly 1.5 million, still far short of the 4.2 million that receive Fox Sports West but an addition of more than a million homes since the beginning of May.

FSW2 is also expected to announce another agreement with a major operator this week that will bring another 100,000 subscribers into the fold.

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