FAQ: Comcast vs FOX Sports World Updated September 4, 2002 Over the past 18 months, Comcast cable TV systems across the US, including those in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Detroit markets, have removed FOX Sports World from their channel lineups once the carriage contracts had expired. Because Comcast owns Outdoor Life Network (OLN), which competes directly against FOX Sports World for US TV rights to international sports events (Cycling, Skiing, etc.), Comcast considers FOX Sports World to be a threat to OLN. As a result, Comcast would do whatever it can to make sure that FOX Sports World remains a weak competitor to OLN. OLN currently reaches over 40 million households, while FOX Sports World reaches only 12 million households. Because several other FOX digital cable channels (National Geographic Channel, FOX Movie Channel, among others) have higher priority than FOX Sports World, it is highly unlikely that FOX will force Comcast to carry FOX Sports World in the forseeable future as a condition for Comcast to maintain carriage of FOX-owned broadcast stations under the "retransmission consent" rule. Once the acquisition of AT&T Broadband by Comcast is complete, Comcast will have control of over 22 million cable TV subscribers, as well as control of cable TV systems in 9 of the top 10 US TV markets.