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CTV Sports was the division of the CTV Television Network responsible for sports broadcasting. The division existed in its own right from 1961 to 2001; between 1998 and 2001, CTV Sports also operated a cable sports network, CTV Sportsnet, now owned by Rogers Media and known simply as Sportsnet.
Since CTV's purchase of the more established sports network TSN in 2001 (which in turn caused the sale of Sportsnet to Rogers), the network has assumed responsibility for CTV's remaining sports output. At the same time, the amount of in-house sports programming aired by CTV has been reduced to only encompass occasional, TSN-produced telecasts, such as Skate Canada events, and simulcasts of events from U.S. networks. As of 2014, the only sports broadcasts regularly aired by CTV and CTV 2 are simulcasts of National Football League games.
CTV has been incorporated into coverage of major international sporting events—such as FIFA World Cup tournaments, and the Olympic Games, which were most recently aired from 2010 to 2012 as part of a joint venture between Bell Media and Rogers Media.
Current sports programs aired by CTV
The following events are currently specifically designated to air on CTV or CTV 2:
- Skate Canada events, including Skate Canada International and the Canadian Figure Skating Championships (2011-12 to 2020-21 seasons)
- National Football League - Sunday afternoon (1:00pm ET and 4:05/4:25pm ET) local games, and playoffs including the Super Bowl (2007-present)
- Prior to 2014, CTV only held rights to early afternoon games and the playoffs. In 2014, CTV acquired rights to late games (previously held by Rogers through Citytv and Sportsnet), and began airing additional games on CTV 2.
- As of 2018, in simulcast with TSN channels, CTV 2 additionally simulcasts Thursday Night Football and Sunday Night Football when airing on Fox and NBC respectively.
- The Masters - in 2015, Bell Media acquired exclusive Canadian rights to The Masters, previously split between TSN and Global. CTV will air late-round coverage of the tournament.
- The Open Championship - NBC coverage of weekend rounds.
- PGA Tour - Weekend round coverage of selected events on CTV 2 beginning in 2019, in simulcast with TSN, and also replacing Global.
- Select games from FIFA tournaments between 2015–2026 (with most games on TSN), including:
- Select Saturday afternoon Major League Soccer games for at least the 2017 season, as part of TSN's MLS broadcast contract (which runs through 2021).
In addition, other coverage of events with rights held by TSN have occasionally aired on CTV or CTV 2, or local stations thereof, if necessary due to scheduling conflicts on the TSN channels, such as Vancouver Whitecaps FC games (which aired locally on CTV Vancouver and CTV2 Vancouver Island).
Former sports programs aired by CTV
- Championship Auto Racing Teams (1979–2007)
- In 2012, CTV broadcast Formula One's Canadian Grand Prix.
- Major League Baseball - Toronto Blue Jays (1981–1991)
- Major League Baseball - Montreal Expos (1989–1993)
- Major League Baseball - All-Star Game, playoffs, and World Series (1981–1996)
- National Basketball Association - Toronto Raptors/Vancouver Grizzlies/select national games/NBA All-Star Game/NBA Finals - (1995/1996-2001/2002 seasons)
- Game 4 of the Raptors' Eastern semifinal series on May 5, 2019 aired in simulcast on CTV as a one-off broadcast.
- Game 2 and 4 of the 2019 NBA Finals on CTV 2, and Game 6 on CTV, simulcasting the ABC telecast for simsub reasons (all three games aired on TSN as well, with the Raptors' main broadcast team).
- World Curling Championships (1991–1994)
- Canadian Open - (1962-2005)
- National Hockey League - NHL on CTV (1972 playoffs, 1984/1985-1985/1986 seasons)
- Canada Cup - (1976, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1991)
- Memorial Cup - (1972–1989, 1999–2001)
- John F. Bassett
- Rod Black
- Don Chevrier
- Johnny Esaw
- Rob Faulds
- Dale Isaac
- Dan Kelly
- Tony Kubek
- Pat Marsden
- Dan Matheson
- Tom McKee
- Fergie Olver
- Brad Park
- Bernie Pascall
- Leif Pettersen
- Dave Randorf
- Leo Rautins
- Frank Rigney
- Ron Reusch
- Dick Shatto
- Bill Stephenson
- Barbara Underhill
- Mike Wadsworth
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