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Outdoor Sportsman Group's Outdoor Channel Commits to Motorsports for 2017

Outdoor Sportsman Group's Outdoor Channel Commits to Motorsports for 2017

DENVER, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ladies and gentlemen...start your engines! Outdoor Sportsman Group-Networks has plans to create a Friday Night "Power Hour" programming block featuring motorsports-related shows in 2017.

After Outdoor Sportsman Group-Networks CEO and PresidentJim Liberatore reconnected with industry friend and motorsports producer, Rich Christensen (PINKS, PINKS: ALL OUT, Pass Time and Drag Race High), the pair discussed the idea of creating future motorsports programming for Outdoor Channel's successful Friday night schedule.

"Since experiencing tremendous success with our Monday Night programming theme featuring syndicated acquisition Duck Dynasty, along with other outdoor lifestyle and adventure-related shows, we decided to investigate the prospect of creating a motorsports theme for Friday nights," said Liberatore. "There is a strong connection between outdoor enthusiasts and motorsports enthusiasts. I'm trusting Rich's team to deliver exciting and compelling content that our viewers will enjoy and connect with."

While total "cable plus" homes have declined -2% from last year (down two million homes), Outdoor Channel is defying the overall trend by increasing its number of subscriber homes +9% from one year ago (up 3.2 million homes). This result makes Outdoor Channel the sixth fastest growing cable network in subscriber growth in 2016.

Christensen plans to pursue limited series, specials and automotive game shows in the first year. "Jim bought the original PINKS show from me when he was President of Speed Channel," said Christensen. "I've been trying to find a way to work with him again for the past 10 years. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity."

The Outdoor Channel's Motorsports "Power Hour" is slated to launch in the first quarter of 2017.

About Outdoor Channel: Outdoor Channel has been taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. #WhatGetsYouOutdoors

Tom Caraccioli | Outdoor Sportsman Group | 212.852.6646 |
Shareese Thompson | Outdoor Sportsman Group | 212.852.6639 |

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