Universal Sports

Universal Sports
Universal Sports
Launched 2006 (as World Championship Sports Network)
June 16, 2008 (as Universal Sports)
Network Universal Sports
Owned by NBCUniversal and InterMedia Partners
Picture format 480i
Slogan The Athletes' Network
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Westlake Village Studios
2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362
Formerly called World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)
Sister channel(s) NBC Sports
NBC Sports Network
Website http://www.universalsports.com/
See affiliate list
DirecTV (US) Channel 625

Universal Sports is an American television network that airs various sports, primarily those contested in the Olympic Games, including swimming, gymnastics, cycling, track and field, figure skating, skiing, bobsledding and triathlon.



Universal Sports Network televises more than 1,200 hours of premiere programming each year.[when?][1] It covers over 30 sports, including World Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix Events.[1] The range of these events include:[1]

The channel has long-term broadcasting agreements[1] with the:

The channel features American Olympic stars including Apolo Ohno, Nastia Liukin, Michael Phelps and Lindsey Vonn.

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.[citation needed]

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",[1] 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.".[2] This statement was issued jointly by Universal Sports CEO David Sternberg and the Secretary General of the IRB Mike Miller[disambiguation needed ].[3]

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 broadcasts educational and informational programming.


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,[1] One of its first events was coverage of the United States Track and Field Championships via streaming video.[citation needed][clarification needed]

On June 16, 2008, NBC Universal joined with InterMedia Partners in a partnership, and the channel was renamed Universal Sports, and branded with the NBC peacock logo.[4]

On several stations, the rebranded channel took over the digital subchannel formerly used by NBC Weather Plus, which was discontinued December 31, 2008, not long after NBC Universal purchased The Weather Channel.[citation needed]


Until early 2012, Universal Sports is distributed by:

  • over-the-air broadcast (OTA) on a digital subchannel on all NBC-owned and -operated stations along with many affiliated and independent stations (see below)
  • digital cable systems (re-transmitted from the OTA affiliates)
  • an online streaming video service
  • satellite via DirecTV[5]

On September 12, 2011, it was announced that Universal Sports would convert to being exclusively distributed to cable and satellite providers, and would no longer operate as an over-the-air digital multicast network beginning in early 2012,[6] not long after NBC Universal was bought by Comcast and took over operations of Versus. On the month before the announcement happened, in August 2011, DirecTV became the first provider to carry Universal Sports as a basic network.


DMA Media market Station Primary affiliation Owner Channel
1 New York, New York WNBC NBC O&O NBC Universal 4.4
2 Los Angeles, California KNBC NBC O&O NBC Universal 4.4
3 Chicago, Illinois WMAQ-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal 5.3
4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WCAU NBC O&O NBC Universal 10.3
5 Dallas, Texas KXAS NBC O&O NBC Universal / LIN TV 5.3
6 San Francisco, California KNTV-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal 11.3
7 Boston, Massachusetts WBIN-TV Independent Carlisle One Media, Inc. 50.2
8 Washington, D.C. WRC-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal 4.3
9 Atlanta, Georgia WXIA-TV NBC Gannett 11.3 & 36.3 (WATL)
10 Houston, Texas KIAH-TV The CW Tribune Company 39.3
13 Seattle, Washington KING-TV NBC Belo 5.2
16 Denver, Colorado KTVD-TV My Network TV Gannett 20.2
17 Miami, Florida WTVJ NBC O&O NBC Universal 6.3
19 Orlando, Florida WHDO-CA 38
21 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WBGN-LD Independent Bruno-Goodworth Network 59.4
22 Portland, Oregon KRCW-TV The CW Tribune Company 32.3
25 Indianapolis, Indiana WTHR NBC Dispatch Broadcast Group 13.3
26 Raleigh, North Carolina WNCN-TV NBC Media General 17.2
28 San Diego, California KNSD-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal 39.3
30 Hartford, Connecticut WVIT NBC O&O NBC Universal 30.3
31 Salt Lake City, Utah KSL-TV NBC Bonneville International 5.2
33 Cincinnati, Ohio WOTH-LD Independent Elliott B. Block 25.2
34 Columbus, Ohio WDEM-CD Independent Triplett & Associates 17.1
42 Las Vegas, Nevada KSNV-DT NBC Sunbelt Communications Company 3.3
43 Norfolk, Virginia WSKY-TV Independent Sky Television, LLC 4.2
47 Jacksonville, Florida WTLV NBC Gannett 12.2
52 Buffalo, New York WGRZ NBC Gannett 2.2
55 Fresno, California KJEO-LD Cocola Broadcasting 32.1
57 Albany, New York WCWN The CW Freedom Communications 45.2
75 Spokane, Washington KSKN The CW Belo 22.2
97 Charleston, South Carolina WHDC-LD Independent Local HDTV, LLC 12.2
98 Savannah, Georgia-Hilton Head Island, South Carolina WGSA The CW Southern TV Corporation 34.3
108 Reno, Nevada KOLO-TV ABC Gray Television, Inc. 8.2
108 Elko, Nevada KENV-DT NBC 10.2
112 Boise, Idaho KKJB Daystar Cocola Broadcasting 39.2
113 Sioux Falls, South Dakota KDLT/KDLV NBC Red River Broadcasting 46.2/5.2
150 Anchorage, Alaska KYES-TV MyNetworkTV Fireweed Communications Corporation 5.3
162 Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho KPVI-TV NBC Sunbelt Communications Company 6.2
164 Yuma, Arizona - El Centro, California KSWT-TV CBS Pappas Telecasting Companies 13.2
Puerto Rico WAPA-TV Independent InterMedia Partners 4.2


  1. ^ a b c d e f About Universal Sports Retrieved October 28, 2008
  2. ^ Universal Sports, Universal Sports, NBC to broadcast Rugby World Cup , [1]
  3. ^ IRB, Rugby World Cup to make US network TV debut
  4. ^ NBC Universal, World Championship Sports Network Join Forces on Olympic Games Site Retrieved September 1, 2008
  5. ^ Cable Show 2011: Universal Sports Scores Multiyear Distribution Pact With DirecTV Multichannel News June 15, 2011
  6. ^ Universal Sports Dropping Multicast Outlets, TVNewsCheck, September 12, 2011.

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