CBC Sports is the division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation responsible for English-language sports broadcasting. The CBC's sports programming primarily airs on CBC Television, CBCSports.ca, and CBC Radio One. (The CBC's French-language Radio-Canada network also produces sports programming.)
|Division of||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Owner||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Key people||Chris Wilson, Executive Director|
|Headquarters||Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario|
|Major broadcasting contracts||Hockey Night in Canada (controlled by Rogers Media beginning 2014)|
IAAF Golden League
Grand Slam of Curling
Once the country's dominant sports broadcaster, in recent years it has lost many of its past signature properties – such as the Canadian Football League, Toronto Blue Jays baseball, Canadian Curling Association championships, the Olympic Games for a period, the FIFA World Cup, and the National Hockey League – to the cable specialty channels TSN and Sportsnet. The CBC has maintained partial rights to the NHL as part of a sub-licensing agreement with current rightsholder Rogers Media (maintaining the Saturday-night Hockey Night in Canada and playoff coverage), although this coverage is produced by Sportsnet, as opposed to the CBC itself as was the case in the past.
As a result of funding reductions from the federal government, increased costs for licensing, and decreased revenues, in April 2014, the CBC announced it would no longer bid for professional sports broadcasting rights. The CBC has since used its digital platforms to provide overflow coverage of events not on television, and simulcasts of television coverage. Since then, the CBC's in-house sports coverage has been largely focused on Olympic sports, other domestic amateur and semi-professional competitions such as the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), along with coverage of Spruce Meadows' show jumping competitions.
The majority of CBC Television's sports coverage is broadcast on weekend afternoons, under the blanket title CBC Sports Presents (formerly Road to the Olympic Games from 2015 to 2022, and CBC Sports Weekend prior to 2015). CBC Sports also streams all of its programming, as well as other event coverage not shown on television, via its website and digital platforms.
Sports properties Edit
Olympics and Pan Am
- National Hockey League - Hockey Night in Canada (1952–present)
- Canadian Hockey League (2021–present)
- Early-season weekend games across its constituent leagues.
- Additional streaming regular-season games.
- World Figure Skating Championships and other International Skating Union competitions, excluding domestic events (rights owned by TSN)
Track & Field
Past properties Edit
- Major League Soccer - Toronto FC and MLS Cup (2007–2010)
- 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup
- FIFA World Cup (1954–2014)
- CONCACAF Canadian Championship (2008) - Most games show live on bold, then on tape delay on CBC.
- Canadian Premier League – 20 games (10 streaming only).
- Major League Baseball
- Olympics on CBC
- 1999 Pan American Games - (sublicenced to TSN)
- 2015 Pan American Games/2015 Parapan American Games - (soccer sublicensed to Sportsnet)
- 2019 Pan American Games/2019 Parapan American Games (streaming only)
- 2017 North American Indigenous Games
- National Basketball Association
- Canadian Elite Basketball League
- All games streaming (2019–2022), 7 regular-season games and the championship game on CBC Television (2020–2022)
- Cross Canada Curling - 1961–1965
- CBC Championship Curling - 1966–1972
- CBC Curling Classic - 1973–1979
- Canadian Curling Association - 1961–2008
Notable personalities (past and present) Edit
- Ernie Afaganis
- Steve Armitage
- David Archer
- John Badham
- Leo Cahill
- Cassie Campbell-Pascall
- Don Chevrier
- Don Cherry
- Bob Cole
- Ward Cornell
- James Curry
- Chris Cuthbert
- Keith Dancy
- John Davidson
- Jason de Vos
- Gary Dornhoefer
- Steve Douglas
- Don Duguid
- Terry Evanshen
- Darren Flutie
- Greg Frers
- Elliotte Friedman
- Tom Harrington
- Foster Hewitt
- Kelly Hrudey
- Joe Galat
- Danny Gallivan
- Bob Goldham
- Mike Harris
- Bill Hewitt
- Dave Hodge
- Jim Hughson
- Dick Irvin Jr.
- Brenda Irving
- Russ Jackson
- Colleen Jones
- Khari Jones
- Dan Kelly
- Danny Kepley
- Ron Lancaster
- Mark Lee
- Ron MacLean
- Jeff Marek
- Norm Marshall
- Doug Maxwell
- Joan McCusker
- Brian McFarlane
- Wes McKnight
- Mike Milbury
- Greg Millen
- Gord Miller
- Sean Millington
- Howie Meeker
- Bob Moir
- Harry Neale
- Scott Oake
- Mitch Peacock
- Andi Petrillo
- Bruce Rainnie
- Mickey Redmond
- Chico Resch
- Ted Reynolds
- Frank Rigney
- Jim Robson
- Paul Romanuk
- Scott Russell
- Sandra Schmirler
- Craig Simpson
- P.J. Stock
- Glen Suitor
- Eric Tillman
- Alex Trebek
- Chris Walby
- Jack Wells
- John Wells
- Brian Williams
- Don Wittman
- Gordon Craig (1975–1977)
- John Hudson (1977–1980)
- Ron Devion (1980–1982)
- Denis Harvey (1982–1983)
- Don MacPherson (1984–1988)
- Arthur Smith (1988–1990)
- Alan Clark (1990 – December 8, 1999)
- Nancy Lee (December 9, 1999 – February 28, 2007)
- Scott Moore (March 1, 2007 – April 3, 2011)
- Jeffrey Orridge (April 4, 2011 – April 9, 2015)
- Greg Stremlaw (April 10, 2015 – January, 2019)
- Chris Wilson (July 2, 2019 – present)
Hall of Fame Edit
CBC Sports Hall of Fame recognizes those broadcasters of CBC Sports who have made a unique and lasting contribution to CBC and to the sports broadcasting industry.
Proposed CBC SportsPlus channel Edit
In 2008, the CBC received CRTC approval for a sports specialty channel, "CBC SportsPlus", which would have aired a mix of amateur and professional sports. The application was controversial, with CTVglobemedia, Rogers Media, and The Score among others filing interventions against the channel for being unduly competitive with existing sports channels (therefore violating the CRTC's then-policy of genre protection among specialty channels). They showed particular concern for the CBC stating that it planned to devote 75% of its programming to professional sports. The CRTC approved the license application, but restricted it to only devoting 30% of its schedule per-week to professional sports, with only 10% of this quota allowed to be devoted to "professional stick and/or ball sports".
The channel, however, never launched.
- "CBC to cut 657 jobs, will no longer compete for professional sports rights". CBC News. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "CBC Sports launches Road to the Olympic Games". CBC Sports. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
- CBC Public Relations (October 20, 2022). "CBC SPORTS TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SEASON, BEGINNING OCTOBER 21". Retrieved July 7, 2023.
CBC SPORTS PRESENTS will be live on location to provide broadcast coverage on CBC TV and CBC Gem.
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- Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (August 20, 2008). "Archived - CBC SportsPlus - Category 2 specialty service". crtc.gc.ca. Retrieved January 9, 2020.