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.) In recent years, sports programming on the network has deemphasized the CBC Sports branding, primarily only using CBC as their branding.

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, and (temporarily) the Olympic Games – to sports specialty channels including TSN and Rogers Sportsnet.

CBC Sports' most significant current properties are its coverage of Saturday night and playoff NHL hockey, titled Hockey Night in Canada, as well as the Olympics (returning in 2014) and FIFA soccer tournaments such as the quadrennial World Cup (through 2014). Otherwise, CBC's sports coverage is now largely restricted to various amateur sports properties.

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.[1] Orridge succeeded Scott Moore, who resigned on November 9, 2010 to become president of broadcasting for Rogers Media.

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] Subsequently, most events have been since outsourced to Rogers Media's Sportsnet.

On September 4, 2015, the new Head of CBC Sports has been named. Former Curling Canada CEO Greg Stremlaw takes over. [4]

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






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)[8]
  • 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)[9]
  • Scott Moore (March 1, 2007–November 9, 2010)
  • David Masse Acting (November 9, 2010–April 4, 2011)[10]
  • 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.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CBC Sports article
  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. ^ "Greg Stremlaw Appointed CBC's Head of Sports". CBC.ca. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "CBC wins rights to 2014, 2016 Olympic Games". CBC Sports. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rogers extends sponsorship of Rogers Cup". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "CBC Sports signs broadcast deal with Raptors". CBC News. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  8. ^ "Smith appointed new chief of CBC Television Sports". The Globe and Mail. July 22, 1988. 
  9. ^ "Nancy Lee Appointed COO of Olympic Broadcast Services". Broadcaster. November 17, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (November 10, 2010). "Shakeup in sports broadcasting". Toronto Star. 
  11. ^ "CBC Sports Hall of Fame adds 4 members". CBC News. September 27, 2010.