CBS Sports Network


CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network Logo.png
Launched June 2002
Owned by CBS Corporation
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United States
Headquarters New York City
Formerly called National College Sports Network (2002-2003)
CSTV (2003-2008)
CBS College Sports Network (2008-2011)
Website http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 613 (SD & HD)
Dish Network Channel 152 (SD/HD)
Bell TV Channel 413 (SD), 1432 (HD)
Cable
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for channels
Verizon FiOS 94 (SD)
IPTV
Sky Angel Channel 323
AT&T U-verse (U.S.) 643 (SD)
1643 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada) Channel 413 (SD)
Channel 1413 (HD)

The CBS Sports Network (formerly the CBS College Sports Network) is a multimedia television network. It was the first dedicated exclusively to college sports 24 hours a day, but expanded into all sports on April 4, 2011. It is affiliated with the website collegesports.com and its network of 215 official college websites.

Contents

History

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.

Former CSTV logo

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

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 are still based at Chelsea Piers, and did not move to the CBS Broadcast Center or to another location in Manhattan. As part of the re-launch, the network added a new news program, College Sports Tonight.[2]

Logo as CBS College Sports

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

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, Fox News Channel, and Fox Sports presents their programming.

Programming

Since airing that 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 Frisbee, 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 Big West Conference, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Army football, and Navy athletics.

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 amount 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 have not visited a Mountain West team since.

On November 14, 2011, the National Lacrosse League announced that it had reached an two-year agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise eight regular season and postseason games for the 2012 and 2013 season. The acquisition gives CBS Sports Network its first professional sports broadcast rights. [5]

Carriage

CBS Sports Network is available on cable and satellite systems across the country, including DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Charter, Insight, Bright House Networks, 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.

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.[6]

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

On February 17, 2010, AT&T U-verse added the network.[8]

On August 1, 2011, Cable One added the network.[9]

Personalities

Official athletic partnerships

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

Competitors

References


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