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Baseball

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Major League Baseball

  • Fox: 26 Saturday afternoon games; All-Star Game; one League Championship Series; World Series
  • TBS: 26 Sunday afternoon games; regular-season tiebreak games, if needed; all four Division Series (overflow games on TNT if needed); one League Championship Series
  • ESPN: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday Night Games; Opening Day games
  • MLB Network: 26 Thursday night and 26 Saturday night games; Thursday afternoon games (beginning August); 5 additional games in September
  • WGN America: 63 Chicago Cubs and 32 Chicago White Sox games (both numbers include 5 Cubs vs. White Sox games)

In 2009, TBS aired the National League Championship Series, while Fox aired the American League Championship Series. These rights will alternate years through 2013.

Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the MLB team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. (This includes WGN-TV in Chicago, which also airs its games on the WGN America national feed.) Games broadcast locally or regionally are available nationwide (except those affected by local blackout restrictions) on the pay-per-view MLB Extra Innings package.

Source: MLB Press Release [1]

College World Series

ESPN currently broadcasts the College World Series on its family of networks.

Little League Baseball

ESPN has rights to broadcast the entire Little League World Series, as well as the finals of the eight regional tournaments that determine the U.S. representatives in that competition. It distributes coverage among its family of networks; the final is traditionally carried by ABC, whose sports division is now run by ESPN.

Basketball

National Basketball Association

  • ABC: Sunday afternoon game, sometimes a doubleheader; NBA Finals until 2016
  • TNT: Thursday night doubleheader; All-Star Game; one Conference Finals per year until 2016
  • ESPN: Wednesday night game and Friday night doubleheader; one Conference Finals per year until 2016
  • NBA TV: Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday night games until 2016

Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the NBA team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. WGN, a Chicago-based superstation, broadcasts a limited number of Chicago Bulls regular season games on their national feed, fewer than they provide locally. If ESPN chooses to opt out of airing all of the games on their night, NBA TV airs a game in its place. Games in the first two rounds of the playoffs can be aired by regional broadcasters, unless the national broadcaster has exclusive rights. Games in the first round not selected by national broadcasters are usually broadcast by NBA TV.

Women's National Basketball Association

NCAA Basketball

International Basketball

Cricket

Cycling

Football

National Football League

  • CBS: AFC Sunday afternoon games; 1 Thanksgiving Day game; 4 AFC playoff games; Super Bowl XLIV (2010); 3 preseason games.
  • Fox: NFC Sunday afternoon games; 1 Thanksgiving Day game; 4 NFC playoff games; Super Bowl XLV (2011); 3 preseason games.
  • NBC: NFL Kickoff game; 16 Sunday night games; 2 wild-card playoff games; Super Bowl XLVI (2012); 3 preseason games.
  • ESPN: 17 Monday night games (Doubleheader Week 1, Singleheader Weeks 2–16); 4 preseason games
  • NFL Network: 8 late-season NFL games (starting early November) - six on Thursday nights, two on Saturday Nights. Also, all preseason games (aside from the above) are shown either live or on delay.
  • DirecTV: NFL Sunday Ticket - Pay-per-view rights to all CBS and Fox regular-season games (only on Sunday afternoons).

Notes:

  • Sunday afternoon interconference games air on the network of the visiting team's conference.
  • CBS and Fox each receive 8 single games and nine doubleheaders.
  • The network airing a given Super Bowl traditionally telecast that season's Pro Bowl the following weekend. Starting in 2010, the Pro Bowl will be played the week before the Super Bowl; that year's game will air on ESPN, while future arrangements are to be announced.
  • The NFL Network also airs up to 54 preseason games not aired live nationally, on a tape-delayed basis.

College Football Bowl games

  • Fox: Cotton, Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar Bowls (2007–2010), plus BCS National Championship Game (2007–2009)
  • ABC: Capital One Bowl and Rose Bowl, plus BCS National Championship Game (2010)
  • CBS: Sun Bowl and Gator Bowl
  • NFL Network: Insight Bowl (previously also aired Texas Bowl, which moves to ESPN in 2009)
  • All other bowl games air on ESPN or ESPN2.

Beginning in 2011, the entirety of the Bowl Championship Series (Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls and BCS National Championship Game) will move to ESPN.

Other college football

Arena football

Other leagues

Soccer

Major League Soccer

Women's Professional Soccer

Other Leagues/Competitions

United Soccer Leagues

US Open Cup

Primera División de México

  • Games broadcast in Mexico by Televisa (currently Monterrey, San Luis, Tigres U.A.N.L., Querétaro, Atlante, Toluca, Pumas U.N.A.M., América) are broadcast live in the United States by Galavisión, Univision or TeleFutura.
  • Games broadcast in Mexico by TV Azteca (currently Estudiantes Tecos, Cruz Azul, Chiapas, Morelia, Pachuca, Indios Cd Juarez, Puebla, Santos Laguna) are broadcast in the United States by Azteca America.
  • Games broadcast in Mexico by Telemundo (currently Atlas, Guadalajara) are broadcast in the United States by Telemundo.

2010 FIFA World Cup

UEFA European Soccer

English Club Soccer

Other Soccer

Football (other)

Australian rules football

Canadian football

Gaelic football

Rugby league

Rugby union

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Golf

Men

Women

Hockey

National Hockey League

  • Versus: One to three regular-season games/week, All-Star Game, playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals (games 3, 4), through 2011.
  • NBC: New Year's Day game, Sunday afternoon late-season games, weekend afternoon playoff games and Stanley Cup Finals (games 1, 2, & 5–7), through 2011.
  • NHL Network: Wednesday, Friday and occasional Sunday games. Simulcasts of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada (Saturday nights); the simulcast can be blacked out if a local channel is carrying coverage of the same game.

Additionally, viewers near the Canadian border, especially in the Detroit and Buffalo markets, can view CBC broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada, playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. CBC reaches most cable subscribers in Michigan and the Buffalo area, and CBC broadcasts of NHL playoff games often get better ratings in those markets than the simultaneous American broadcast when both are available.

Local or regional broadcasters contract with the NHL team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. While the Chicago Blackhawks will be broadcasting games on WGN-TV beginning in autumn 2008, these games will not be available for the WGN America feed due to league broadcast regulations.

The following regional stations have playoff contracts in the United States when the corresponding team is participating, regardless of the round:

NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship: ESPNU (regional semifinals and finals), ESPN2 (national semifinals), ESPN (national championship)

  • Regular season games air locally, with a few being simulcast on NHL Network.

Kontinental Hockey League: ESPN360.com

Champions Hockey League: Universal Sports

Ice Hockey World Championships: Universal Sports

World Junior Ice Hockey Championships: NHL Network

Horse Racing

U.S. Triple Crown:

Other Races:

Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse

NCAA lacrosse

Motor sports

NASCAR

Other auto racing series

Olympic Games

NBC has broadcast rights through the 2012 Summer Games. Events also appear on NBC's sister networks CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Oxygen, Telemundo (in Spanish) and Universal HD.

Tennis

Miscellaneous

References


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