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CBC Sports

CBC Sports
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HeadquartersCanadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Key people
Greg Stremlaw, Executive Director
Websitecbcsports.ca

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.)

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. CBC has maintained partial rights to the NHL as part of a sub-licensing agreement with current rightsholder Sportsnet (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 and decreased revenues, in April 2014, CBC announced it would no longer bid for professional sports broadcasting rights.[1] The CBC has since used its digital platforms to provide overflow coverage of events not on television, and simulcasts of television coverage. Since then, CBC's sports coverage has been largely focused on Olympic sports, other domestic amateur and semi-professional competitions, along with coverage of Spruce Meadows' show jumping competitions, and the Calgary Stampede.

The majority of CBC Television's sports coverage is broadcast on weekend afternoons, under the blanket title Road to the Olympic Games (formerly CBC Sports Weekend).[2] CBC Sports also streams all of its programming, as well as other event coverage not shown on television, via its website and digital platforms.

Former Curling Canada chief executive officer Greg Stremlaw was the head of CBC Sports from April 10, 2015[3][2] to January, 2019.[4]

Sports properties

Current/upcoming

Olympics and Pan Am

Hockey

Alpine Skiing

Baseball

Basketball

Curling

Equine sports

Figure Skating

Football

Rugby

Soccer

Track & Field

Past properties

Hockey

Horse racing

Soccer

Baseball

Multi-sports competitions

Basketball

Football

Figure Skating

Curling

Canoe Sprint

Tennis

Notable personalities (past and present)

Ron MacLean and Scott Russell talk on an escalator at Sherway Gardens.

Directors

Hall of Fame

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.[16]

Proposed CBC SportsPlus channel

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".[17][18]

The channel, however, never launched.

References

  1. ^ "CBC to cut 657 jobs, will no longer compete for professional sports rights". CBC News. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "CBC Sports launches Road to the Olympic Games". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Greg Stremlaw Appointed CBC's Head of Sports". CBC.ca. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "'Opportunity knocks': Greg Stremlaw leaves CBC Sports for United Soccer League". CBC.
  5. ^ "CBC Sports to showcase Canada's Little League Baseball". CBC Sports. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Year-old Canadian Elite Basketball League signs broadcast deal with CBC". Penticton Herald. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "CBC to broadcast 2019 Vanier Cup" (Press release). 3downnation.com. 2019-11-02. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "CBC Sports, Toronto Wolfpack announce broadcast agreement". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "CBC Sports, Mediapro Canada partner to provide 20-game package of CPL season". CanPL.ca. April 18, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "CBC/Radio-Canada premier media partner of 2017 North American Indigenous Games". CBC Sports. January 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "CBC Sports signs broadcast deal with Raptors". CBC News. 1 August 2007. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Rogers extends sponsorship of Rogers Cup". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Smith appointed new chief of CBC Television Sports". The Globe and Mail. July 22, 1988.
  14. ^ "Nancy Lee Appointed COO of Olympic Broadcast Services". Broadcaster. November 17, 2006. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (November 10, 2010). "Shakeup in sports broadcasting". Toronto Star.
  16. ^ "CBC Sports Hall of Fame adds 4 members". CBC News. September 27, 2010. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010.
  17. ^ "CBC's all-sports channel bid comes under fire". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (2008-08-20). "Archived - CBC SportsPlus - Category 2 specialty service". crtc.gc.ca. Retrieved .

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