CBC 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, CBCSports.ca, and CBC Radio One. (The CBC's French-language Radio-Canada network also produces sports programming.)

CBC Sports
Division ofCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
Key peopleChris Wilson, Executive Director
HeadquartersCanadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Major broadcasting contractsHockey Night in Canada (controlled by Rogers Media beginning 2014)
IAAF Golden League
Grand Slam of Curling
Official websitecbcsports.ca

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 cable specialty channels TSN and Sportsnet. CBC has maintained partial rights to the NHL as part of a sub-licensing agreement with current rightsholder Rogers Media (maintaining the Saturday-night Hockey Night in Canada and playoff coverage), although this coverage is produced by Sportsnet, as opposed to the CBC itself as was the case in the past.

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 sports broadcasting rights.[1] The CBC has since used its digital platforms to provide overflow coverage of events not on television, and simulcasts of television coverage. Since then, CBC's in-house sports coverage has been largely focused on Olympic sports, other domestic amateur and semi-professional competitions such as the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), along with coverage of Spruce Meadows' show jumping competitions.

The majority of CBC Television's sports coverage is broadcast on weekend afternoons, under the blanket title Road to the Olympic Games (formerly CBC Sports Weekend).[2] CBC Sports also streams all of its programming, as well as other event coverage not shown on television, via its website and digital platforms.

Former CEO of Curling Canada Greg Stremlaw was the head of CBC Sports from April 10, 2015[3][2] to January, 2019.[4]

Sports properties


Olympics and Pan Am


Alpine Skiing

  • FIS World Cup races




Equine sports

Figure Skating



Track & Field

Past properties


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

Horse racing



Multi-sports competitions



Figure Skating


  • Cross Canada Curling - 1961–1965
  • CBC Championship Curling - 1966–1972
  • CBC Curling Classic - 1973–1979
  • Canadian Curling Association - 1961–2008

Canoe Sprint


Notable personalities (past and present)

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


  • Ron Devion (1980–1982)
  • Denis Harvey (1982–1983)
  • Don MacPherson (1984–1988)[15]
  • Arthur Smith (1988–1990)
  • Alan Clark (1990 – December 8, 1999)
  • Nancy Lee (December 9, 1999 – February 28, 2007)[16]
  • Scott Moore (March 1, 2007 – April 3, 2011)[17]
  • Jeffrey Orridge (April 4, 2011 – April 9, 2015)
  • Greg Stremlaw (April 10, 2015 – January, 2019)
  • Chris Wilson (July 2, 2019 – present)[18]

Hall of Fame

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.[19]

  • Ernie Afaganis
  • Don E. Brown
  • Alan Clark
  • Gordon Craig
  • Margaret Davis
  • Tom Fisk
  • Danny Gallivan
  • Geoff Gowan
  • Foster Hewitt
  • Dick Irvin Jr.
  • Terry Leibel
  • Joan Mead
  • Howie Meeker
  • Bob Moir
  • George Retzlaff
  • Ted Reynolds
  • Fred Sgambatti
  • Jim Thompson
  • Fred Walker
  • Don Wittman

Proposed CBC SportsPlus channel

In 2008, the CBC received CRTC approval for a sports specialty channel, "CBC SportsPlus", which would have aired a mix of amateur and professional sports. The application was controversial, with CTVglobemedia, Rogers Media, and The Score among others filing interventions against the channel for being unduly competitive with existing sports channels (therefore violating the CRTC's then-policy of genre protection among specialty channels). They showed particular concern for the CBC stating that it planned to devote 75% of its programming to professional sports. The CRTC approved the license application, but restricted it to only devoting 30% of its schedule per-week to professional sports, with only 10% of this quota allowed to be devoted to "professional stick and/or ball sports".[20][21]

The channel, however, never launched.


  1. "CBC to cut 657 jobs, will no longer compete for professional sports rights". CBC News. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  2. "CBC Sports launches Road to the Olympic Games". CBC Sports. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  3. "Greg Stremlaw Appointed CBC's Head of Sports". CBC.ca. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  4. "'Opportunity knocks': Greg Stremlaw leaves CBC Sports for United Soccer League". CBC.
  5. "Canadian Hockey League announces new multi-year broadcast partnerships". CHL. July 21, 2021. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  6. "CBC Sports to showcase Canada's Little League Baseball". CBC Sports. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  7. "Year-old Canadian Elite Basketball League signs broadcast deal with CBC". Penticton Herald. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  8. "CBC to broadcast 2019 Vanier Cup" (Press release). 3downnation.com. November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  9. "CBC Sports, Toronto Wolfpack announce broadcast agreement". CBC Sports. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  10. https://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/cbc-signs-broadcast-deal-with-toronto-fc-1.635158
  11. "CBC Sports, Mediapro Canada partner to provide 20-game package of CPL season". CanPL.ca. April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  12. "CBC/Radio-Canada premier media partner of 2017 North American Indigenous Games". CBC Sports. January 20, 2017.
  13. "CBC Sports signs broadcast deal with Raptors". CBC News. August 1, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2007.
  14. "Rogers extends sponsorship of Rogers Cup". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  15. "Smith appointed new chief of CBC Television Sports". The Globe and Mail. July 22, 1988.
  16. "Nancy Lee Appointed COO of Olympic Broadcast Services". Broadcaster. November 17, 2006. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  17. Kennedy, Brendan (November 10, 2010). "Shakeup in sports broadcasting". Toronto Star.
  18. Rody, Bree (July 5, 2019). "CBC ups Chris Wilson to head sports". Media In Canada. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  19. "CBC Sports Hall of Fame adds 4 members". CBC News. September 27, 2010. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010.
  20. "CBC's all-sports channel bid comes under fire". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  21. Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (August 20, 2008). "Archived - CBC SportsPlus - Category 2 specialty service". crtc.gc.ca. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
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