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Universal Sports
Launched 2006 (as World Championship Sports Network (WCSN))
-June 16, 2008 (rebranded as Universal Sports)
Network NBC Universal
Owned by NBC Universal and InterMedia Partners
Picture format 480i
Slogan The Athletes' Network
Country United States
Language English
Formerly called World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)
Sister channel(s) -Chiller
-USA Network
-Universal HD

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.



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]

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.[2]

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]


Universal Sports has carried over 1,000 live events and 7,000 hours of original event programming between television and the Internet.[1] They cover over 40 sports, including 50 World Championships, 180 World Cups and 50 Grand Prix Events annually.[1] These events range 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.[citation needed]

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.

Besides the sports coverage, the channel broadcasts educational and informational programming in the form of episodes of Teen Kids News and AquaKids. The channel also carries some news programming, airing a pre-recorded hour of Russia Today daily.


Universal Sports is distributed by:



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
8 Atlanta, Georgia WXIA-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal / Gannett 11.3
9 Washington, D.C. WRC-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal 4.3
10 Houston, Texas KIAH-TV The CW Tribune Company 39.2
11 Detroit, Michigan WADL-DT2 Independent Adell Broadcasting 38.2
13 Seattle, Washington KING-TV NBC Belo 5.2
16 Denver, Colorado KUSA-TV NBC Gannett 9.3
17 Miami, Florida WTVJ NBC O&O NBC Universal 6.3
19 Orlando, Florida WHDO-CA 38
22 Portland, Oregon KRCW-TV The CW Tribune Company 33.2
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-TV NBC O&O NBC Universal 30.3
31 Salt Lake City, Utah KSL-TV NBC Bonneville International 5.2
34 Columbus, Ohio WDEM-CD Independent Triplett & Associates 17.1
42 Las Vegas, Nevada KVBC-TV NBC Sunbelt Communications Company 3.3
43 Norfolk, Virginia WSKY-TV Independent Sky Television, LLC 4.2
44 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania WGCB-TV Independent Red Lion Broadcasting Company, Inc. 49.2
47 Jacksonville, Florida WTLV NBC Gannett 12.2
52 Buffalo, New York WGRZ NBC Gannett 2.2
55 Fresno, California KJEO-LD 32.1
57 Albany, New York WCWN CW Freedom Communications 45.2
69 Wichita, Kansas KGPT-CA Retro Television Network Great Plains Television Network 49.2
75 Spokane, Washington KHQ-TV NBC Cowles Publishing Company 6.3
76 Omaha, Nebraska WOWT-TV NBC Gray Television, Inc. 6.2
97 Charleston, South Carolina WHDC-LD Independent Local HDTV, LLC 12.2
108 Reno, Nevada KOLO-TV ABC Gray Television, Inc. 8.2
108 Elko, Nevada KENV-DT NBC 10.2
112 Boise, Idaho KKJB 39.2
113 Sioux Falls, South Dakota KDLT/KDLV NBC Red River Broadcasting 46.2/5.2
126 Yakima/Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Washington KNDO/KNDU NBC KHQ, Inc. 23.2/25.2
135 Wausau-Rhinelander, Wisconsin WJFW-TV NBC Rockfleet Broadcasting 12.2
137 Columbia, Missouri KOMU-TV NBC University of Missouri 8.2
139 Duluth, Minnesota KQDS Fox Red River Broadcasting 21.3
150 Anchorage, Alaska KYES-TV MyNetworkTV Fireweed Communications Corporation 5.3
162 Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho KPVI-TV NBC Sunbelt Communications Company 7.2
Puerto Rico WAPA-TV Independent InterMedia Partners 4.2

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