|Headquarters||Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario|
|Greg Stremlaw, Executive Director|
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. 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). CBC Sports also streams all of its programming, as well as other event coverage not shown on television, via its website and digital platforms.
Olympics and Pan Am
Track & Field
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.
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.