CBC Sports

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CBC Sports
Division of 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)
IAAF Golden League
Capital One Grand Slam of Curling on CBC
Rogers Cup
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Official website cbc.ca/sports

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 CBC.ca, 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).[1]

On August 20, 2008, the CBC received approval from the CRTC to create an all-sports category 2[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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5][1]

Sports properties[edit]

Current / upcoming[edit]

Olympics and Pan Am


Alpine Skiing

Track & Field

Figure Skating


Rodeo and show jumping

Past properties[edit]


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

Horse racing



Olympics and Pan-Am Games



Figure Skating


Canoe Sprint


Notable personalities (past and present)[edit]

Ron MacLean and Scott Russell talk on an escalator at Sherway Gardens.


  • Ron Devion (1980–1982)
  • Denis Harvey (1982–1983)
  • Don MacPherson (1983–1988)[9]
  • 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)[10]
  • Scott Moore (March 1, 2007–November 9, 2010)
  • David Masse Acting (November 9, 2010–April 4, 2011)[11]
  • Jeffrey Orridge (April 4, 2011–April 9, 2015)
  • Greg Stremlaw (September 4, 2015–present)

Hall of Fame[edit]

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.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CBC Sports launches Road to the Olympic Games". CBC Sports. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-192
  3. ^ "CBC to cut 657 jobs, will no longer compete for professional sports rights". CBC News. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ CBC Sports article
  5. ^ "Greg Stremlaw Appointed CBC's Head of Sports". CBC.ca. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "CBC wins rights to 2014, 2016 Olympic Games". CBC Sports. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "CBC Sports signs broadcast deal with Raptors". CBC News. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Rogers extends sponsorship of Rogers Cup". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Smith appointed new chief of CBC Television Sports". The Globe and Mail. July 22, 1988. 
  10. ^ "Nancy Lee Appointed COO of Olympic Broadcast Services". Broadcaster. November 17, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (November 10, 2010). "Shakeup in sports broadcasting". Toronto Star. 
  12. ^ "CBC Sports Hall of Fame adds 4 members". CBC News. September 27, 2010.