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|Universal Sports Network|
|Launched||2006 (as World Championship Sports Network)
June 16, 2008 (as Universal Sports)
|Owned by||InterMedia Partners (majority) and NBCUniversal (minority)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Where Champions are Made.|
|Headquarters||Westlake Village, California|
|Formerly called||World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)|
|Sister channel(s)||NBC Sports
NBC Sports Network
|DirecTV (US)||Channel 625|
|Dish Network (US)||Channel 402|
|Check with local provider||Check your local listings|
Universal Sports is an American cable television channel that airs various sports, primarily those contested in the Olympic Games, including swimming, gymnastics, cycling, track and field, figure skating, skiing, bobsledding and triathlon. The network does not televise the live Olympic Games; however, the network did re-air the 2012 Olympics.
Universal Sports Network televises more than 1,200 hours of premiere programming each year.[when?] It covers over 30 sports, including World Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix Events. The range of these events include:
The channel has long-term broadcasting agreements with the:
- International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
- International Cycling Union (UCI)
- International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG)
- International Rowing Federation (FISA)
- International Ski Federation (FIS)
- International Swimming Federation (FINA)
- International Rugby Board (IRB)
It carried the 2008 Summer Paralympics from Beijing, China, from October 8 to November 19, 2008. On September 9, 2008, it also began the "Olympic Replay", rebroadcasting selected competitions from the 2008 Summer Olympics, also from Beijing. The channel played a large role in NBC Universal's coverage of the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The channel provides year-round coverage of events that generally receive attention every few years. Through the television and internet streaming, a fan can see how Olympic athletes compete between the games. It promotes itself as "the athlete's network", and extends its coverage through blogs and interviews outside of competition.
On 17 June 2010 Universal Sports along with the IRB announced that the channel would bring "unprecedented national television and digital media coverage of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup tournaments." This statement was issued jointly by Universal Sports CEO David Sternberg and the Secretary General of the IRB Mike Miller.
As reported by Olympic news outlet Around the Rings, Universal Sports and Infront Sports and Media announced an exclusive media rights agreement for the International Ski Federation World Cup events in 2011-2012.
Besides the sports coverage, the channel broadcast the three hours of FCC-required educational and informational programming weekly during its run on broadcast television; this is expected to end when it goes cable-only.
The channel, originally called World Championship Sports Network (WCSN), was co-founded in 2006 by Claude Ruibal, its chairman and chief executive officer, and Tom Hipkins, a member of the channel's board of directors, with the help of Carlos Silva, its president and chief operating officer, One of its first events was coverage of the United States Track and Field Championships via streaming video.[clarification needed]
In 2007, InterMedia Partners gained a majority share of the network. On June 16, 2008, NBC Universal joined with InterMedia in a partnership that gave NBC a minority share and rebranded the network as Universal Sports including a new logo with the NBC peacock.
Universal Sports HD 
Previously, Universal Sports had been distributed through digital subchannels on other television stations, including NBC's owned and operated stations. On June 15, 2011, DirecTV became the first television provider to carry Universal Sports as a national basic channel. This carriage agreement led to a further announcement on September 12, 2011, when it was announced that Universal Sports would transition to distribution via cable and satellite providers only by January 2012.
- ‘New relatives’ change NBC’s ties to Universal Sports Sports Business Daily, July 16, 2012
- About Universal Sports Retrieved October 28, 2008
- IRB, Rugby World Cup to make US network TV debut RugbyWorldCup June 17, 2010
- NBC Universal, World Championship Sports Network Join Forces on Olympic Games Site Retrieved September 1, 2008
- Universal Sports To Relocate HD Production, Office Facilities, MultiChannel News, December 20, 2011
- Universal Sports signs Hawaiian Telecom, RBR-TVBR, June 29th, 2012
- Cable Show 2011: Universal Sports Scores Multiyear Distribution Pact With DirecTV Multichannel News June 15, 2011
- Universal Sports Dropping Multicast Outlets, TVNewsCheck, September 12, 2011.
- "Universal Sports Network Announces Multi-Platform Distribution Deal with DISH Network". Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- Official website
- NBC Sports Website
- Universal Sports Corporate Website