Sports news is a part of the news feature that every sports enthusiast awaited during regular news telecasts at the time when there were no dedicated sports or sports news channels. With the introduction and subsequent growth of satellite television amongst the masses, dedicated channels featured specialized programs catering to almost all the layers of the population. So one saw the growth of channels for children, women, the young adult etc and saw the rise of channels dedicated to a specific form of activity such as music, sports, news, commerce etc.
As the cable television network grew so did these channels becoming larger and more comprehensive. The networks grew to gain more coverage and cover more sporting events from across the globe. Some of the channels that have been progressively growing and have been showing sustainable growth as sports news providers are ESPN, FOX Sports, Sky Sports and BBC Sports.
Fox Sports can be considered as one of the most popular channels in the United States. This channel provides comprehensive coverage of a number of sports championships and provides accurate sports news for all its viewers. They have a wide network that enables them to not just cover regional sports but also enables them to cover sporting events from across the globe. They have been airing the MLB World Series exclusively for some time now and are also exclusive broadcasters of some of the most popular racing events in the United States such as the NASCAR series and the Daytona 500. This channel also has dedicated channels that provide news from the world of college sports and extreme sports as well with the help of these partnerships.
Apart from these national events they also cover a number of international sporting events with the help of the network partnerships that they have formed. This channel covers major football league matches from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Australia and Italy as well.
Sky Sports and BBC Sports have been going neck to neck in terms of their popularity in Great Britain and Ireland. These channels began with their primary focus being on popular European sports such as soccer and rugby. But with the growing market these channels have also diversified and now bring sports news from any of the sports activities. Sky Sports has also been focus on popularizing the A1 Grand Prix by doing extensive coverage of the event.
ESPN is one of the largest sports news providers across the globe with a presence in almost all the continents. This has led the channel to proclaim itself as the “worldwide leader in the world of sports”. ESPN covers almost all sports activities that range from the realm of professional sports and extends to college sports and other unusual sports forms such as extreme sports. This channel has contributed significantly to the popularization of extreme sports by being the exclusive broadcasters of the X Games, the most prestigious of all extreme sports events.
All these sports and sports news channels do not just cover these sports events and bring its viewers news from the sports world, but also give an indepth understanding of sports events such as statistical analysis, player and team performance analysis, score reviews and also inform the viewers of the important game schedules.