CBC Sports and U SPORTS to provide worldwide English-language live streaming coverage of four U

Feb 13, 2020

CBC Sports and U SPORTS to provide worldwide English-language live streaming coverage of four U SPORTS winter national championship events

Coverage begins February 20 with the U SPORTS men’s and women’s swimming championships, followed by the men’s and women’s basketball Final 8 Championships, the Cavendish Farms University Cup men’s hockey championship, and Cavendish Farms women’s hockey championship 

USPORTS.LIVE to webcast four additional national championship events and complete French-language coverage

February 13, 2020

TORONTO – CBC Sports and U SPORTS announced today an agreement that will see live English-language streaming coverage of four 2020 winter national championship events available across Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service and to audiences worldwide via CBC Sports digital platforms.

Live streaming coverage begins with a splash on February 20, with the U SPORTS swimming championships from Victoria (February 20-22), and continues with the 2020 U SPORTS men’s and women’s basketball Final 8 Championships (Ottawa, March 5-8), followed by the Cavendish Farms University Cup men’s hockey championship (Halifax, March 12-15), as well as the Cavendish Farms women’s hockey championship (Charlottetown, March 12-15). Play-by-play and commentary on all of the games will be provided by local play-by-play teams and students. The new partnership builds on the recent collaboration between CBC Sports and U SPORTS for English-language broadcast and streaming coverage of the 55th Vanier Cup in November 2019. 

“We are extremely pleased to continue the momentum we launched with CBC Sports last fall and truly appreciate their interest in covering university sport and student-athletes stories, especially given their commitment to their upcoming summer Olympic coverage,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, U SPORTS Chief Sport Officer. “We look forward to bringing the action of these championship events to university sports fans via CBC’s digital platforms.”

Fans can watch complete English-language coverage of their favourite U SPORTS swimming, basketball and hockey teams free of charge via the CBC Gem streaming service in Canada, and globally via cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, while French-language coverage of the four events will be available for free on USPORTS.LIVE

“We are proud to offer Canadians equal coverage of women’s and men’s events in the exciting sports of swimming, basketball, and hockey, through our continued partnership with U SPORTS,” said Chris Wilson, Executive Director, Sports and Olympics, CBC. “As these talented young athletes continue to build their athletic careers, CBC Sports is pleased to provide the opportunities for supporters to cheer them on from across the country and around the world.” 

All remaining U SPORTS championships (wrestling, track and field and men’s and women’s volleyball) will be streamed on USPORTS.LIVE in both languages via Pay-Per-View. 

Additionally, CBC Sports will offer live streaming coverage of the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Championships from Portage la Prairie (March 14-15).  

 

2020 U SPORTS winter championships digital streaming platforms 

Sport (Gender)

Date

Host

City

English

French

Swimming (M/W)

Feb. 20-22

Victoria

Victoria, B.C.

CBC Sports

USPORTS.Live

Wrestling (M/W)

Feb. 21-22

Brock

St. Catharines, Ont.

USPORTS.Live *

No broadcast

Track & Field (M/W)

Mar. 5-7

Alberta

Edmonton, Alta.

USPORTS.Live *

USPORTS.Live *

Men’s Basketball

Mar. 5-8

Ottawa

Ottawa, Ont.

CBC Sports

USPORTS.Live

Women’s Basketball

Mar. 5-8

Carleton

Ottawa, Ont.

CBC Sports

USPORTS.Live

Men’s Hockey

Mar. 12-15

Acadia

Halifax, N.S.

CBC Sports

USPORTS.Live

Women’s Hockey

Mar. 12-15

UPEI

Charlottetown, PEI

CBC Sports

USPORTS.Live

Men’s Volleyball

Mar. 13-15

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Man.

USPORTS.Live *

USPORTS.Live *

Women’s Volleyball

Mar. 13-15

Calgary

Calgary, Alta.

USPORTS.Live *

USPORTS.Live *

*Indicates Pay-Per-View

About CBC Sports
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About U SPORTS
U SPORTS is the national brand for university sports in Canada. Every year, over 20,000 student-athletes and 900 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous World University Championships. For further information, visit USPORTS.ca or follow us on:

 

Twitter/Instagram/YouTube: @USPORTSca
Facebook: @USPORTSCanada

For further information, please contact: 
 

John Bower
Director, Marketing and Communications
U SPORTS
Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 241
Cell: 780-667-5646  
jbower@usports.ca

 

Joanna Landsberg
Publicist
CBC Sports 
Off: 416-205-2983
joanna.landsberg@cbc.ca