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CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network Logo.png
Launched April 4, 2011
June 2002
(as National College Sports Network)
Owned by CBS Corporation
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
Slogan The 24-Hour Home of CBS Sports
Country United States
Broadcast area  United States
Headquarters New York City
Formerly called National College Sports Network (2002-2003)
CBS College Sports Network (2008-2011)
DirecTV 221 (HD/SD)
Dish Network 158 (HD/SD)
Bell TV 413 (SD), 1432 (HD)
Available on many cable systems Check local listings
Verizon FiOS 94 (SD only)
Sky Angel 323 (SD)
AT&T U-verse (U.S.) 1643 (HD)
643 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada) 1413 (HD)
413 (SD)'

The CBS Sports Network is a sports-oriented cable channel operated as a part of the sports division of CBS. It launched in 2002 as the National College Sports Network (later CSTV), a multi-platform media brand which encompassed its TV network,, and a network of websites operated for the athletic departments of 215 college and universities.

CSTV was acquired by CBS in 2005, maintaining its original scope (and re-branded as the CBS College Sports Network) until 2011, when it was re-branded as just the CBS Sports Network to position it as a competitor to other mainstream sports channels.


The network's roots began in 1999 when Chris Bevilacqua approached co-founders of Classic Sports Network Brian Bedol and Stephen D. Greenberg – at that time, running Fusient Media Ventures, a New York-based sports and media company – with the idea for a network featuring all college sports all the time.

Under the leadership of Bedol as CEO, the network launched as the National College Sports Network in June 2002 and was then renamed College Sports Television (CSTV) in February 2003. From their headquarters and studio operations at Chelsea Piers in New York City, CSTV was the first independent cable channel to appear nationwide, on the DirecTV satellite system, at launch.

In November 2005, it was purchased by CBS Corporation for $325 million.[1] On January 3, 2008, it was announced that CSTV would be integrated into CBS Sports, with Tony Petitti, executive vice president and executive producer of CBS Sports taking over operational day-to-day management of CSTV, which would be overseen by Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports. 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[edit]

On February 12, 2008, it was 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, 2008, coinciding with CBS's coverage of the NCAA's basketball tournament. Studio shows were based at Chelsea Piers, and moved to the CBS Broadcast Center in 2012. As part of the re-launch, the network added a new news program, College Sports Tonight.[2]

College Sports Tonight was canceled in 2010, but other studio shows (including Inside College Football, Inside College Basketball, and NCAA March Madness Highlights) still originate from the Chelsea Piers location.

On February 15, 2011, it was announced that CBS College Sports Network would rebrand itself as CBS Sports Network, effective April 4, 2011. The move was made in order to better compete against other mainstream sports services.[3][4]

High definition[edit]

CBS Sports Network did not begin producing HD programming until August 2008. The two NCAA tourney games in 2008, which were in HD on CBS, were converted to a standard definition feed. The HD feed is letterboxed on the SD feed, similar to how CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and Fox Sports presents their programming.


Since airing their first game, CBS Sports Network has televised thousands of hours of 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 wide as the other networks which 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..

April 3, 2012 saw the premiere of Rome, a self-titled 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 on a new contract with CBS Sports.[17]

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.[18]

On July 26, 2012, the network signed a deal with the United Football League to televise its games for the 2012 season.[19] The United Football League is a second-tier professional football league that began play in October 2009. The UFL pays for all production expenses and receives no rights fee from CBS Sports Network for the broadcasts.[20] The league lasted approximately four weeks on CBS Sports Network before suspending operations halfway through its 2012 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 4-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 they have signed a deal with the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series for the remainder of the 2013 and the 2014 seasons. The network will do 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.[21]

On December 2, 2013, CBS Sports Network announced that it will begin simulcasting the Boomer and Carton morning show from co-owned WFAN in January 2014.[22]


CBS Sports Network is available on cable and satellite systems across the country, including DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Cablevision, Charter, Insight, Bright House Networks, Blue Ridge Communications, Mediacom, RCN, Advanced Cable, and Bresnan.

In Canada, Rogers Cable started carrying CBS Sports Network on October 9, 2008, while Bell TV started carrying the channel on September 3, 2009. Certain programming (particularly NFL-related programs and other programs whose rights are owned by other broadcasters) are blacked out on the feed carried in Canada, and replaced with reruns of other events or studio programs.

In late February 2009, CBS Sports Network reached a new carriage deal with DirecTV, which allowed the satellite provider to move the channel from its add on "Sports Pack" to its base package "Choice Xtra". The channel was moved to the lower level package on February 25, 2009. The new agreement gave the channel a distribution of 30 million viewers.[23]

On July 7, 2009, it was announced that Cox Cable will add the channel in Orange County, California and Arizona on August 1, 2009.[24]

On February 17, 2010, AT&T U-verse added the network.[25]

On August 1, 2011, Cable One added the network in select markets.[26]


Announcers, Reporters and Hosts[edit]





Official athletic partnerships[edit]

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



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