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CBC Sports

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CBC Sports
Division of  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Owner  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Key people  Greg Stremlaw, Executive Director
Headquarters  Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Major broadcasting contracts  Hockey Night in Canada (controlled by Rogers Media beginning 2014) Olympics IAAF Golden League Capital One Grand Slam of Curling on CBC Rogers Cup

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, with some additional broadcasts on, and occasionally CBC Radio One. (The CBC's French-language Radio-Canada network also produces some 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 specialty channels TSN and Sportsnet. As of 2015, CBC's sports coverage is now largely restricted to Olympic sports and the Olympics proper, other amateur events, as well as the Calgary Stampede and show jumping from Spruce Meadows. CBC has maintained partial rights to the NHL as part of a sub-licensing agreement with current rightsholder Rogers Communications, although this coverage is produced by Sportsnet. The majority of CBC's sports coverage is broadcast by CBC Television on weekends under the blanket title Road to the Olympic Games (formerly CBC Sports Weekend).

On August 20, 2008, the CBC received approval from the CRTC to create an all-sports category 2 digital TV channel, tentatively known as CBC SportsPlus. Although apparently intended to start in 2009, its launch has since been put on hold indefinitely. 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 sport broadcasting rights.

The most recent director of CBC Sports was Jeffrey Orridge, who resigned April 9, 2015 to assume the position of commissioner for the Canadian Football League. Orridge succeeded Scott Moore, who resigned on November 9, 2010 to become president of broadcasting for Rogers Media. On September 4, 2015, former Curling Canada CEO Greg Stremlaw was appointed as the new head of CBC Sports.

Current / upcoming

Olympics and Pan Am

  • 2016 Summer Olympics
  • 2018 Winter Olympics
  • 2020 Summer Olympics
  • 2022 Winter Olympics
  • 2024 Summer Olympics
  • Hockey

  • National Hockey League - Hockey Night in Canada (1952/1953-2013/2014 season)
  • Beginning with the 2014–15 NHL season (until at least 2017-18), while CBC will continue to broadcast HNIC-branded games on Saturdays as well as coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals, these broadcasts are henceforth produced by Rogers Media-owned Sportsnet as part of that broadcaster's exclusive national rights package.
  • Alpine Skiing

  • FIS World Cup races through 2011
  • Track & Field

  • IAAF Golden League events
  • Figure Skating

  • World Figure Skating Championships and other International Skating Union competitions
  • Curling

  • Capital One Grand Slam of Curling on CBC - 2007–2011, 2012–present
  • Rodeo and show jumping

  • Calgary Stampede
  • Spruce Meadows Summer Series
  • Past properties


  • AHL on CBC – 10 games during the 2010/11 season
  • Horse racing

  • Queen's Plate
  • Soccer

  • Major League Soccer - Toronto FC and MLS Cup (2007–2010)
  • 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • FIFA World Cup (1986, 2002, 2010, 2014 FIFA World Cup)
  • CONCACAF Canadian Championship (2008) - Most games show live on bold, then on tape delay on CBC.
  • Baseball

  • Major League Baseball
  • Toronto Blue Jays - 1977-1980, 1992–2003 and 2007–2008
  • Montreal Expos - 1969-1989
  • Olympics and Pan-Am Games

  • Olympics on CBC
  • Summer Olympics - 1956-1988, 1996–2008
  • Winter Olympics - 1956-1968, 1976, 1984, 1992, 1998–2006, 2014
  • 2015 Pan American Games / 2015 Parapan American Games - (soccer sublicensed to Sportsnet)
  • Basketball

  • National Basketball Association
  • Toronto Raptors - (2007/2008-2009/2010 seasons)
  • 1994 FIBA World Championship
  • Football

  • Canadian Football League
  • CFL on CBC (1952–2007)
  • Figure Skating

  • Skate Canada International and Canadian Figure Skating Championships
  • Curling

  • Cross Canada Curling - 1961-1965
  • CBC Championship Curling - 1966-1972
  • CBC Curling Classic - 1973-1979
  • Canadian Curling Association - 1961-2008
  • Canoe Sprint

  • 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
  • Tennis

  • Rogers Cup (Semi-finals and finals through 2015)
  • Directors

  • Ron Devion (1980–1982)
  • Denis Harvey (1982–1983)
  • Don MacPherson (1983–1988)
  • Arthur Smith (1988–1990)
  • Alan Clark (1990–December 9, 1999)
  • Nancy Lee (December 9, 1999–October 17, 2006)
  • David Masse Acting (October 17, 2006–March 1, 2007)
  • Scott Moore (March 1, 2007–November 9, 2010)
  • David Masse Acting (November 9, 2010–April 4, 2011)
  • Jeffrey Orridge (April 4, 2011–April 9, 2015)
  • Greg Stremlaw (September 4, 2015–present)
  • 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.


    CBC Sports Wikipedia