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.
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.
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. 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... Read More