Sports broadcasting contracts in the United States

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Baseball[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

National Television

  • Fox:[1] 12 Saturday afternoon games; All-Star Game; one League Championship Series; World Series
  • TBS: Sunday MLB on TBS airs 13 afternoons (without local blackouts) starting July 6. Postseason coverage will air one Wild Card Play in Game, Two Divisional Series and LCS of one league(overflow games on TNT if needed).[2]
  • ESPN: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday Night Games; Opening Day games. Plus one Wild Card game and any regular season tie breaker.[3]
  • MLB Network: 26 Thursday night and 26 Saturday night games; various other games
  • WGN America: 63 Chicago Cubs and 32 Chicago White Sox games (both numbers include 3 Cubs vs. White Sox games)
  • FOX Sports 52-game schedule on FOX and Fox Sports 1. Including eight primetime games May 24-July 12 with 4 games in September. With 20 of the 52 being Saturday doubleheaders; half split between FS1 & FOX; half on FS1 entirely. Plus the MLB All Star Game.[2]

Local Television

  • Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the MLB team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters include both over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. (This includes WGN-TV in Chicago, which also airs its games on the WGN America national feed.) Games broadcast locally or regionally are available nationwide (except those affected by local blackout restrictions) on the pay-per-view MLB Extra Innings package.

National Radio

  • ESPN Radio: a Saturday game of the week, Sunday night, opening day and holiday games, plus the entire postseason

Local Radio

  • MLB teams also contract with local broadcasters to air games on radio. Several teams have multiple affiliates covering those games. The flagship stations can air all games of the teams they contract with, other affiliates must allow ESPN radio coverage to air during the postseason.

World Baseball Classic[edit]

MLB Network has rights to the 2013 and 2017 editions of the World Baseball Classic. In addition to the 39 tournament matches, MLBN televises the four final qualifiers.[4]

College World Series[edit]

ESPN currently broadcasts the College World Series on its family of networks.

Little League Baseball[edit]

ESPN has rights to broadcast the entire Little League World Series, as well as the finals of the eight regional tournaments that determine the U.S. representatives in that competition. It distributes coverage among its family of networks; the final is traditionally carried by ABC, whose sports division is now run by ESPN.

Minor League Baseball[edit]

CBS Sports Network has a contract with MiLB to air one game each week in 2014.[5]

Basketball[edit]

National Basketball Association[edit]

National Television

  • ABC: Fifteen regular season games (Christmas Day doubleheader and late season Sunday afternoons); nine playoff games (mostly on Sunday afternoons); NBA Finals through 2016
  • TNT: Fifty two regular season games (mostly on Thursday night doubleheaders); All-Star Weekend; up to forty playoff games including one Conference Finals series per year through 2016
  • ESPN: Seventy three regular season games (mostly on Wednesday and Friday night doubleheaders; occasional Sunday night games); playoff games including one Conference Finals series per year through 2016
  • NBA TV: Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday night games and some early-round playoff games through 2016

Local Television

  • Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the NBA team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. WGN, a Chicago-based superstation, broadcasts a limited number of Chicago Bulls regular season games on their national feed, fewer than they provide locally. If ESPN chooses to opt out of airing all of the games on their night, NBA TV airs a game in its place. Games in the first two rounds of the playoffs can be aired by regional broadcasters, unless the national broadcaster has exclusive rights. Games in the first round not selected by national broadcasters are usually broadcast by NBA TV.

National Radio

  • ESPN Radio: usually one game from the Sunday afternoon package, one game on Thursday night, and postseason coverage including all games in the Conference Finals and the NBA Finals

Local Radio

  • NBA teams also contract with local radio broadcasters to air their games. Teams may also have affiliates air their games.

Women's National Basketball Association[edit]

  • ESPN2: select weeknight games, playoffs, and WNBA Finals; All Star Game airs on ESPN; provisional coverage on ABC through 2022; additional games on NBATV

College Basketball[edit]

Post-season

  • NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: CBS/Turner
    • Every game in the NCAA Tournament will be telecast live nationally on either CBS or one of three Turner networks—TBS, TNT, or truTV. Coverage is split as follows:
      • The First Four (the expanded "play-in" round) airs on truTV.
      • In the second and third rounds (the stages that were previously called the "first" and "second" rounds), all four networks air games. CBS airs one "featured" game in each time slot, with the other three networks carrying other games.
      • The Sweet Sixteen (regional semifinals) are split between CBS and TBS.
      • For 2014 and 2015, two Elite Eight (regional finals) will air on TBS and two will air on CBS. TBS will broadcast the national semifinfals, and CBS the title game. Beginning in 2016, TBS will air all three Final Four games in even-numbered years and CBS in odd-numbered years through 2024.
    • All games are also streamed via the NCAA/CBS March Madness On Demand service. The new contract will allow Turner to develop its own streaming service for the tournament, alongside MMOD.
  • NIT post-season & Pre-season: ESPN networks with internet streaming on ESPN3.
  • NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament: ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU with internet streaming of all games on ESPN3.

Regular-season

  • Nationally-televised regular-season games are contracted through each conference and appear on CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, FSN, Fox College Sports, NBCSN, and others, including several school- and conference-specific networks (Big Ten Network, BYUtv, the Pac-12 Network, and the Longhorn Network).
  • National broadcasts on the radio are provided by Compass Media Networks including the Big Ten Tournament and Westwood One including 17 conference tournament championship games, the NCAA Tournament, NCAA Division 2 men's basketball Championship, and NIT Semifinals and Championship. ESPN Radio provides national coverage of the Big 12 Championship game.

FIBA[edit]

ESPN has English and Spanish rights from 2013 to 2015 to FIBA events including the following:[6][7]

Other Leagues[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Football[edit]

National Football League[edit]

CBS has rights through the 2022-2023 season to the following:[9][10]

  • AFC Sunday Afternoon package, see more
  • One Thanksgiving game
  • One/Two Divisional playoff game
  • AFC Championship
  • Super Bowls XLVII (2013), L (2016), LIII (2019), and LVI (2022)

CBS has rights through the 2014-2015 season with a one year option for 2015-2016 to the following:

  • 8 Thursday Night Football Games

ESPN has rights through the 2021-2022 season to the following:[11][12]

Fox has rights through the 2022-2023 season to the following:[10][13]

  • NFC Sunday Afternoon package, see more
  • One Thanksgiving game
  • One/Two Divisional playoff game
  • NFC Championship
  • Super Bowls XLVIII (2014), LI (2017), LIV (2020), and LVII (2023)

NBC has rights through the 2022-2023 season to the following:[10][14]

NFL Network televises 13 Thursday Night Football games during the regular season.

DirecTV, through NFL Sunday Ticket, has pay-per-view rights to all regular season Sunday afternoon games through 2014.[15]

NFL on Westwood One Sports has exclusive national radio rights through the 2017-2018 season.[16][17]

Sports USA has national radio rights to regular season Sunday afternoon doubleheaders sublicensed from Dial Global.

Compass Media Networks has national radio rights to regular season Sunday afternoon games for 10 teams sublicensed from Dial Global.

Each NFL team has local television stations with rights to preseason games and radio stations with rights to all games.

Sirius XM has exclusive satellite radio rights to home, away, and, if available, national broadcast radio feeds of all games. Also has rights to online streaming of games for its subscribers starting with the 2011 season.

College Football[edit]

Post-season

Regular-season

Radio

Arena football[edit]

Other professional leagues[edit]

Golf[edit]

Men

Women

Hockey[edit]

National Hockey League[edit]

  • NBCSN: One to three regular-season games/week, All-Star Game, playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals (games 2, 3), through 2021.[22]
  • NBC: Black Friday game, New Year's Day game, Sunday afternoon late-season games, weekend afternoon playoff games, and Stanley Cup Finals (games 1, 4–7), through 2021.[22]
  • NHL Network: Wednesday, Friday and occasional Sunday games. Simulcasts of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada (Saturday nights); the simulcast can be blacked out if a local channel is carrying coverage of the same game.

Additionally, viewers near the Canadian border, especially in the Seattle, Detroit and Buffalo markets, can view CBC broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada, playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. CBC reaches most cable subscribers in Michigan, the Buffalo area, and much of the Seattle TV market. and CBC broadcasts of NHL playoff games often get better ratings in those markets than the simultaneous American broadcast when both are available.

Local or regional broadcasters contract with the NHL team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. While the Chicago Blackhawks broadcast some games on WGN-TV, these games are not available for the WGN America feed due to league broadcast regulations but they are shown on WGN in Canada (same feed as WGN-TV).

Teams also have contracts with local radio broadcasters to air their games.

Radio

Dial Global (Stanley Cup Finals); games also simulcast on Sirius XM satellite radio.

The Southern Professional Hockey League[edit]

  • America One: Regular season, playoffs and Championships through 2014

College Ice Hockey[edit]

Other Ice Hockey Leagues[edit]

Kontinental Hockey League: ESPN3.com

Ice Hockey World Championships: Universal Sports

World Junior Ice Hockey Championships: NHL Network

MasterCard Memorial Cup: NHL Network

American Hockey League: select games on NHL Network, select regional coverage by local broadcasters, All-Star Game and Skills Competition on regional sports networks

Horse Racing[edit]

Triple Crown

Breeders' Cup

Road to the Kentucky Derby

Lacrosse[edit]

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

National Lacrosse League[edit]

College Lacrosse[edit]

Varsity lacrosse

Club Lacrosse

  • MCLA: Semifinals and Championship of both division 1 and 2 broadcast nationally on Fox College Sports, usually the Pacific affiliate. Championships also simulcast on the MCLA website.
  • BYUtv Sports: At least one home MCLA game featuring BYU, but BYUtv Sports has rights to all home games.

Motor sports[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

In the new contract with Fox and NBC, Fox and Fox Sports 1 will air the first 16 races, while NBC and NBCSN will air the last 20 races.

IndyCar[edit]

  • IZOD IndyCar Series
    • NBC Sports and ESPN have contracts through 2018. Coverage is as follows:
      • ABC airs the Indianapolis 500 and 4 other races.
      • NBCSN airs the remaining races.

Formula One[edit]

NBC Sports has rights from 2013 through 2016. Races will be televised by NBC, NBCSN or CNBC and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.[31][32]

Other[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

NBCUniversal (NBC, NBCSN, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo) has rights to the Summer and Winter Olympic Games through 2032.[33]

Rugby[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Fox Sports has rights through 2013-2014 to the following:[35]

NBC Sports and Universal Sports have rights to:

DirecTV has rights to:[37][38]

Rugby sevens[edit]

NBC Sports has rights to:

Fox Sports has rights to:

Soccer[edit]

FIFA[edit]

ABC and ESPN, in English, and Univision, in Spanish, have television rights to FIFA events from 2007 to 2014 including the following:[40]

Fox Sports, in English, and Telemundo, in Spanish, have television rights to FIFA events from 2015 to 2022 including the following:[41]

UEFA[edit]

ESPN, in English and Spanish, has rights to UEFA events from 2012 to 2016 including the following:[42][43]

Fox Sports has rights to the following:[44]

CONMEBOL[edit]

CONCACAF[edit]

Fox Sports 1, in English, has rights to CONCACAF events from 2012 to 2016 including the following:[46][47]

Univision Deportes, in Spanish and Portuguese, has rights to CONCACAF events from 2012 to 2022 including the following:[48][49]

  • CONCACAF Gold Cup: Matches will be televised on Univision, UniMás, Galavisión, and Univision Deportes, and will be streamed online and on mobile.
  • CONCACAF Champions League: Matches will be televised on Univision, UniMás, Galavisión, and Univision Deportes, and will be streamed online and on mobile.

Major League Soccer[edit]

Starting in 2015, ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1 will air a Sunday evening doubleheader of MLS games

Games not televised nationally are aired by regional sports networks or local broadcast television stations. Teams may also have a contract with a local radio broadcaster to air their games. Some teams air games exclusively in Spanish on radio, others have English only or an English and Spanish radio broadcaster.

U.S. Men's National Team[edit]

ESPN has English rights to friendlies and all home World Cup qualifiers from 2010 to 2014. Matches will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.[50] beiN SPORT has English rights to all away World Cup qualifiers from 2010 to 2014.[51]

NBCU has rights to 4 friendlies a year from 2012 to 2014. Matches will be televised on NBC and NBCSN.[52]

Univision has Spanish rights to ten national team matches per year from 2010 to 2014. Matches will be televised on Univision, UniMás, or Galavisión.[53]

Other Soccer National Teams[edit]

Other Leagues/Competitions[edit]

Mexican Club Soccer

Central America League

English Club Soccer

Spanish Club Soccer

Other Club Soccer

Tennis[edit]

Australian Open

  • ESPN and Tennis Channel have the contracts. Coverage is aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, Tennis Channel and DirecTV.

French Open

  • NBC Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel have the contracts. Coverage is aired on NBC, ESPN2, ESPN3, Tennis Channel and DirecTV.
    • Tennis Channel shows live coverage in the morning ET, while ESPN2 shows live coverage in the afternoon. NBC shows weekend morning early round matches in the afternoon via tape-delay. If a match is still being played, it will be shown live. ESPN2 or Tennis Channel cannot show NBC's tape-delayed matches. NBC also tape-delays the men's semifinal, broadcasting it in the late morning on the same day. They broadcast both finals live.

The Championships, Wimbledon

  • ESPN[56][57] and Tennis Channel have contracts through 2023. DirecTV also provides coverage. Coverage is as follows:
    • Days 1-4: ESPN2, ESPN3 and DirecTV
    • Days 5 and 6: ESPN, ESPN3 and DirecTV
    • Day 7: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and DirecTV
    • Days 8 and 9: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3
    • Days 10-13 including the ladies' and gentlemen's singles finals: ESPN and ESPN3
    • Same-day replays are aired on Tennis Channel throughout the tournament. Highlights of the first week are aired on the middle Sunday on ABC. Same-day replays of the ladies' and gentlemen's singles finals are aired on ABC.

US Open

  • CBS Sports, ESPN, and Tennis Channel have contracts through 2014. DirecTV also provides coverage. Coverage is as follows:
    • Qualifying: CBS Sports Network
    • Days 1-5: ESPN2, ESPN3, Tennis Channel and DirecTV
    • Days 6 and 7: CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel and DirecTV
    • Day 8: CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN2, ESPN3 and DirecTV
    • Days 9-11: ESPN2, ESPN3 and Tennis Channel
    • Day 12 including the men's doubles final: CBS
    • Day 13 including the women's singles final: CBS
    • Day 14 women's doubles final: ESPN2 and ESPN3, men's singles final: CBS
    • Same-day replays are aired on Tennis Channel throughout the tournament.

US Open Series

  • ESPN2, Tennis Channel and CBS

Davis Cup

  • Tennis Channel

Fed Cup

  • Tennis Channel

ATP World Tour Finals

  • ESPN2 (final only) and Tennis Channel

WTA Tour Championships

  • ESPN2 (final only), Tennis Channel and ESPN3

World TeamTennis

  • Tennis Channel and NBCSN

Track & Field (Athletics)[edit]

Winter Sports[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

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