CBS Sports Network

CBS Sports Network is an American pay television network that is owned by the CBS Corporation. When it launched in 2002 as the National College Sports Network (later College Sports Television also known as CSTV), it operated as a multi-platform media brand which also included its primary website,, and a network of websites operated for the athletic departments of 215 colleges and universities.

After CSTV was acquired by CBS in 2008, the network was re-branded as the CBS College Sports Network. The network initially maintained its college sports focus, but in February 2011, the service was re-branded as CBS Sports Network to re-position it as a mainstream sports service. The network continues to have a particular focus on college sports, along with coverage of smaller leagues and events, simulcasts of sports radio shows both the CBS Sports Radio network and Entercom's WFAN (formerly owned outright by CBS), and studio and analysis programming.

As of May 2015, CBS Sports Network is available to approximately 61 million pay television households (52.6% of households with television) in the United States.[1][2]

CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network 2016
LaunchedJune 2002
Owned byCBS Corporation
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downgraded to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganThe 24-hour home of CBS Sports
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Formerly calledNational College Sports Network (2002–2003)
College Sports Television (2003–2008)
CBS College Sports Network (2008–2011)
Sister channel(s)CBS
CBS Sports HQ
DirecTVChannel 221 (HD)
Dish NetworkChannel 158 (HD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 94 (SD)
Channel 594 (HD)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
AT&T U-verseChannel 643 (SD)
Channel 1643 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada)Channel 417 (SD)
Channel 1417 (HD)
Streaming media
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television
fuboTVInternet Protocol television
Hulu Live TVInternet Protocol television
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television


CBS Sports Network Logo
Logo used from 2011 to 2016

The network's roots began in 1999 when Chris Bevilacqua approached the co-founders of the Classic Sports Network, Brian Bedol and Stephen D. Greenberg (son of Hank Greenberg) – at that time, running Fusient Media Ventures, a New York-based sports and media company – with the idea for a cable network featuring college sports 24 hours a day. Under the leadership of Bedol as CEO, the network was originally named the National College Sports Network in June 2002, was subsequently renamed College Sports Television (CSTV) and launched on February 23, 2003. From their headquarters and studio operations at Chelsea Piers in New York City, CSTV was the first independent cable channel to be distributed nationwide, having been carried on satellite provider DirecTV at launch.

In November 2005, College Sports Television was purchased by CBS Corporation (which had just recently split from Viacom at the time) for $325 million.[3] On January 3, 2008, it was announced that CSTV would be integrated into CBS Sports, with the sports division's executive vice president and executive producer, Tony Petitti, taking over day-to-day operational management of CSTV, which would be overseen by CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus. CSTV co-founder Brian Bedol would become a senior advisor to CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves (Petitti has since left CBS to take on the same role for the MLB Network).

In the fall of 2006, CSTV launched more than 100 broadband channels dedicated to college sports, which feature more than 10,000 live events. The subscription/pay-per-view service, called CBS College Sports XXL, and its portfolio of broadband channels in its All-Access suite, include coverage of Notre Dame, Southern California, Kansas, Ohio State and North Carolina.

CBS reorganization

On February 12, 2008, CBS Corporation announced that, as part of the ongoing integration of CSTV into CBS Sports, that the network would be renamed the CBS College Sports Network on March 16, coinciding with the start of CBS's coverage of the NCAA's basketball tournament. Studio shows moved from the original Chelsea Piers headquarters to the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street in 2012. As part of the relaunch, the network added a new news program, College Sports Tonight.[4] That program was canceled in 2010, however other studio shows (including Inside College Football and Inside College Basketball) still originate from the Chelsea Piers location.

On February 15, 2011, CBS announced that the network would be relaunched as CBS Sports Network on April 4 (coinciding with the end of the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament), repositioning it as a mainstream sports network in the same vein as ESPN.[5][6]

High definition

CBS Sports Network HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast feed of CBS Sports Network that launched in August 2008. Prior to the launch of the feed, the two NCAA basketball tournament games that aired in March 2008, which were presented in HD on CBS, were converted to a standard definition feed. CBS Sports Network uses the AFD #10 broadcast flag to present programming on its standard definition feed in letterboxed widescreen for viewers watching on cable television through 4:3 television sets.


CBS Sports Network televises original programming, features, talk shows and documentaries as well as extensive women's sports coverage. Its regular season and championship event coverage draws from every major collegiate athletic conference and division, in addition to nine NCAA championships. CBS Sports Network televises 35 men's and women's college sports including football, basketball, baseball, ultimate, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling and volleyball from every major conference. The network holds multi-media and marketing rights for the Mountain West Conference, the Atlantic 10 Conference, Conference USA, the Patriot League, Army football and Navy football.

In April 2006, the network organized the first Collegiate Nationals, a festival of championships dedicated to crowning champions in a wide variety of collegiate action sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding and beach volleyball. More than 1,000 competitors converged on Reno-Tahoe to compete, the largest number ever for an event of its kind. For its second installment in 2007, the Collegiate Nationals added sports and other events such as national film and music competitions, as well as a second venue – San Diego. The third year, 2008, brought further changes, as the winter sports events were moved to the Keystone Resort near Boulder, Colorado and competitive eating was added.

In the fall of 2006, CSTV and Comcast launched the MountainWest Sports Network (colloquially known as The Mtn.), a network focusing exclusively on the Mountain West Conference. The relation with the network also gave CSTV exclusive online and broadcasting rights to Notre Dame's game at Air Force on November 11, 2006 – which caused controversy since CSTV did not have carriage as widely distributed as other networks that have aired Notre Dame games. The Irish did not revisit a Mountain West team until a 2013 game at Air Force, which once again aired on CBSSN.

On April 3, 2012, CBS Sports Network premiered Rome, a sports news and talk program hosted by nationally syndicated radio host Jim Rome; Rome had recently left ESPN and his previous show, Jim Rome Is Burning, after signing a new contract with CBS Sports.[7] Rome ended in March 2015,[8] but the channel subsequently announced in October 2017 that it will add a television simulcast of his radio program, The Jim Rome Show, beginning January 2, 2018.[9]

On June 7, 2012, CBS Sports Network began to air the remaining games of the American Hockey League's 2012 Calder Cup Final between the Norfolk Admirals and the Toronto Marlies, starting with Game 3.[10] On July 26, 2012, the network signed a deal with the United Football League – a second-tier professional football league that began play in October 2009 – to televise its games for the 2012 season.[11] The UFL paid for all production expenses and received no rights fee from CBS Sports Network for the broadcasts.[12] The league lasted approximately four weeks on CBS Sports Network before suspending operations halfway through the season.

In September 2012, CBS Sports Network introduced NFL Monday QB, a weekly NFL recap show. In September 2013, the network expanded its supplemental NFL coverage with That Other Pre-Game Show, a four-hour "fan-focused" program positioned as an interactive, "casual" counterpart to other pre-game shows, hosted by Adam Schein, Bart Scott, Amy Trask, and Brandon Tierney.[13] On April 26, 2013, the network announced that it had signed a deal with the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series for the remainder of the 2013 and the 2014 seasons. The network aired flag to flag coverage for the races as well as live coverage for several of the races. The network broadcast the FIA WTCC Race of the United States from Sonoma Raceway on September 8, 2013.[14]

On December 2, 2013, CBS Sports Network announced that it was to begin simulcasting the Boomer and Carton (now Boomer and Gio)morning show from then co-owned sports talk radio station WFAN in New York City in January 2014.[15]

In October 2014, CBS Sports Network launched a new talk show, We Need To Talk, which became the first, and only, nationally televised all-female sports panel show. Regular panellists include former professional boxer Laila Ali, former professional basketball player Lisa Leslie and USTA President Katrina Adams.[16]

In August 2015, the network premiered Time to Schein, a new program hosted by Adam Schein.[17]

In July 2017, the network announced a new documentary series, Four Sides of the Story, to examine notable moments in sports from four perspectives each; the series premiere focused on the Villanova Wildcats' buzzer beater at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game.[18]

CBS Sports Network was one of three cable broadcasters of the Alliance of American Football—a second-tier developmental football league, alongside NFL Network and TNT. A weekly game and one playoff game were assigned to CBSSN.[19][20] However, football operations were abruptly suspended in early-April 2019, leaving the fate of the league in question.[21]

On April 4, 2019, the 3-on-3 basketball league Big3 announced that it would move to CBS and CBS Sports Network for its 2019 season. CBSSN will air at least 25 hours of coverage, including coverage of the league's draft.[22]

Sports broadcast rights

College sports

Professional sports


CBS Sports Network is available nationally on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network, and regionally on fiber optic television provider Verizon FiOS, and cable providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, RCN Corporation, and smaller local cable providers.

In Canada, Rogers Cable began carrying CBS Sports Network on October 9, 2008. Satellite provider Bell TV started carrying the channel on September 3, 2009 and stopped on August 21, 2014 (they subsequently brought the channel back August 2015). Certain programs aired by the network (particularly NFL and NCAA basketball tournament related programs and other programs whose rights are owned by other broadcasters) are blacked out in Canada, and replaced with reruns of other events or studio programs. CBS Sports Network is the only U.S.-based mainstream sports service that is carried on pay television in Canada.

In late February 2009, CBS Sports Network reached a new carriage agreement with DirecTV, which allowed the satellite provider to move the channel from its add on "Sports Pack" to its "Choice Xtra" base package; the move became effective on February 25, 2009, expanding the channel's distribution to 30 million subscribers.[41]

On July 7, 2009, Cox Communications announced that it would add the channel to its systems in Orange County, California and Arizona on August 1, 2009.[42] AT&T U-verse added the network on February 17, 2010.[43] On August 1, 2011, Cable One added the network in select markets.[44]

On-air staff


Announcers, reporters and hosts



Official athletic partnerships

In addition to its own website, CBS Sports Network also operates athletics websites for many college athletics organizations under its College Network service.


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2011 Conference USA football season

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The 2011 football season marked the 17th season of the conference's existence and 16th of football competition; although C-USA was established in 1995, it did not begin football competition until 1996.

2018 Women's National Invitation Tournament

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Allie LaForce

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Ari Wolfe

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CBS Sports

CBS Sports is the sports division of the American television network CBS. Its headquarters are in the CBS Building on West 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City, with programs produced out of Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street.

Its premier sports properties are the NFL, Southeastern Conference (SEC) football, NCAA basketball (including telecasts of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament), and PGA golf, including The Masters, and the PGA Championship.

The online arm of CBS Sports is CBS purchased in 2004, and today is part of CBS Interactive. On February 26, 2018, following up on the success of their online news network CBSN, CBS Sports launched CBS Sports HQ, a 24/7, online only, linear sports news network. The network focuses entirely on sports news, results, highlights and analysis. (CBS Sports college sports and golf programming that it distributes over the air is generally made available for free via separate streams, as are a limited number of NFL national telecasts; the remainder requires a CBS All Access subscription to be viewed online, with CBS Sports Network programming requiring a TV Everywhere subscription.)

CBS Sports was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content for Interactive Use for its program March Madness on Demand.

On August 31, 2013, CBS Sports rolled out its previous graphics and animation package that was first used in the network's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII. Additionally, in compliance with the Active Format Description #10 code, CBS Sports switched to a 16:9 aspect ratio letterbox presentation used for all sports programming, including the SEC on CBS and the NFL on CBS broadcasts.

On November 30, 2015, CBS Sports released a new logo in order to coincide with the network's coverage of Super Bowl 50. The network also created a new on-air graphics package that debuted as part of the network's Super Bowl week programming. Following the game, the graphics package began to be utilized across all of their programming events, including their joint production of NCAA March Madness with Turner Sports. The Masters, which retains heavy production control over their event, continued to use the network's older graphical style originally unveiled in 2007 until 2019, when they debuted a new graphics package. Also, the network's Thursday Night Football game broadcasts continued to use the graphical style originally used since its debut in 2014 until its rights to that package expired in 2018.

CBS Sports Radio

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Cancún Challenge

The Cancún Challenge is a tournament organized by Triple Crown Sports which features eight NCAA Division I men's basketball teams. Since 2009, there are eight games played in the United States and eight games played at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancún, Mexico. Teams are separated into two divisions, the Riviera and Mayan, with the winner of the Riviera bracket named tournament champion. Because of a scheduling conflict, the 2010 tournament was held at the Aventura Palace in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The 2011 event returned to the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancún, Mexico. Since 2014, the tournament has been held at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Convention Center. CBS Sports Network will be televising the men's Cancun Challenge Riviera Division games for the seventh year. All Mexico games in the men's Mayan Division along with all women's games will be webcast live on YouTube LIVE.

Cure Bowl

The Cure Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in December of each year at Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando, Florida. The Cure Bowl is so named to promote awareness and research of breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Since its inaugural game in 2015, the game has been sponsored by AutoNation and officially known as the AutoNation Cure Bowl.The Cure Bowl features a match-up of teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. It is the third annual college bowl game at the Camping World Stadium, joining the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl. The inaugural game took place on December 19, 2015, and was nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Dave Ryan (sportscaster)

Dave Ryan (born June 20, 1967) is a play-by-play announcer and reporter for CBS. He previously worked for ESPN., and began his start in broadcasting at UUTV, now called CitrusTV, the student-run TV studio at Syracuse University. He is also currently calling Major League Lacrosse for the CBS Sports Network. He previously called Rochester Rattlers games on ESPN3 with Evan Washburn. He is mostly known for calling PBA bowling events on the network alongside color analyst Randy Pedersen from 2002–2007.

He called other non-marquee sporting events on ESPN and its sister networks, such as lacrosse and the semifinals of the Little League World Series. In addition, he occasionally serves as a college football sideline reporter and a college basketball announcer, and served as a play-by-play man for NHL on ESPN and ESPN2 for a number of years. His signature phrases on bowling telecasts were "60 feet to success!" and "He's got all ten down." Some bowling fans criticized him for calling pins by a number, such as "number seven" instead of saying "the seven pin." Ryan was replaced by Rob Stone for PBA telecasts in 2007, but he has continued to call other bowling events on occasion, such as women's tournaments and college tournaments.

Dave Ryan's name is on a fairly short list of national bowling play-by-play announcers, with Chris Schenkel being the most well known after he spent 36 years calling PBA events for ABC. Denny Schreiner (ESPN), Jay Randolph (NBC/ESPN2), Mike Durbin (ESPN), Dick Stockton (HBO) and Rob Stone (ESPN) have also served as play-by-play announcers for bowling telecasts.

Ryan joined the NFL on CBS commentary team in 2009 as a play by play man, substituting for Gus Johnson in week 16.On February 2, 2012 Ryan agreed to call Major League Lacrosse games on the CBS Sports Network with Evan Washburn. Ryan also returned to PBA bowling broadcasts in June–July, 2013, when CBS Sports Network covered five events in the PBA Tour's "Summer Swing."

Evan Washburn

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Major League Rugby

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Rich Waltz

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Roger Twibell

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The Jim Rome Show

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