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The Sports USA Radio Network is an independent nationwide sports broadcasting radio network, primarily specializing in live broadcasts of American football, specifically of the NCAA football Division I-A and National Football League.

The network was formerly owned by Jones Radio Networks, but was spun off when that network was bought by Dial Global. Dial Global handled sales and advertising for the network in 2008, but these duties were handed to Westwood One in 2009, this despite the fact that Westwood One offers competing broadcasts in both NCAA and NFL games.[1] As part of this arrangement Sports USA's founder, Larry Kahn, is able to call NFL games for both networks (as he was Sports USA's #1 NFL radio voice for 2009 and called Thanksgiving and playoff action for Westwood One).

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College sports on Sports USA

Sports USA broadcasts at least one major college football game every Saturday during the college football season. Through its affiliation with the Big 12 Conference, Sports USA is the official radio home of the conference's championship game.

Four college bowl games are also broadcast by Sports USA: the Las Vegas Bowl, the Independence Bowl, the Sun Bowl, and the Capital One Bowl. The network had the rights to the Insight Bowl until 2009, when Westwood One took over the rights to this game.

Sports USA touts itself as an "official partner" of CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV), and often carries the same games as the SEC on CBS.

The NFL on Sports USA

Sports USA brings a doubleheader slate of NFL games to the radio public, one of three radio networks to do this (Westwood One and Compass being the other). Unlike Westwood One, but like Compass, Sports USA only broadcasts NFL games on Sunday afternoons.

Like Compass, Sports USA's coverage is allowed, but not explicitly endorsed, by the league as a whole; rather, Sports USA gains the rights to these games by agreement with individual team. While Compass has struck agreements with eight teams, it appears Sports USA has the rights to at least some of the other 24. As such, Sports USA games are not available on the league's official Internet radio system, FieldPass.

Sports USA was invited to bid on the radio rights for the league's officially-endorsed night game and playoff package in early 2009, but lost the bidding to Westwood One.

Announcers

Sports USA has a large list of announcers for its football coverage. Among its more notable staff are former UCLA Bruins football coach Terry Donahue, former USC Trojans football and Los Angeles Rams head coach John Robinson, former Colorado head coach Gary Barnett, former ABC announcer and quarterback Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers play-by-play man Josh Lewin, former NFL offensive linemen Ross Tucker and Roman Oben, former USFL defensive back Troy West, former Arena Football League quarterback Tony Graziani, and Eli Gold (from the Alabama Crimson Tide, better known nationwide for his work on NASCAR). The network's founder, former USC football broadcaster Larry Kahn, also serves as one of its play-by-play announcers, along with St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster John Rooney.

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