CBS Sports HQ

CBS Sports HQ is a streaming video sports channel operated by the CBS Sports and CBS Interactive divisions of ViacomCBS focused on airing sports news, highlights and scores, similar to pre-2010 ESPNews.[1][2] CBS Sports HQ is co-headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and Fort Lauderdale, Florida[3]. Like its sister station CBSN, it is designed primarily as a digital-oriented service and is available for free on a multitude of platforms, including smartphones, tablets, computers, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. It can also be accessed through the CBS Sports app for iOS and Android, and CBS All Access rather than traditional platforms such as television, broadcast or otherwise. The service is designed with younger audience in mind, allowing a viewer to get continuously updated information from the world of sports in a fast-paced format at any time of the day. It can be watched as a linear channel or as on-demand segments. The network carries eight minutes of advertising per hour and operates live, on average, 10 hours daily.[4]

CBS Sports HQ
LaunchedFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)
NetworkCBS Sports
CBS Interactive
Owned byViacomCBS
Picture format720p (HD, variable due to user bandwidth)
SloganGame on.
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
HeadquartersStamford, Connecticut, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Sister channel(s)CBS
CBS All Access
CBS Sports Network
Streaming media
Amazon Fire TVCBS Sports app
Apple TVCBS Sports
RokuCBS Sports app
XBMC & KodiCBS Sports HQ live
Windows StoreCBS Sports app
MobileCBS Sports app
iOS, Windows and Android (Chromecast)


Planning for the service began in early 2017. It was described early on as being the "CBSN for sports".[5] CBS Sports HQ was launched on February 26, 2018, after success with CBSN and CBS All Access. Nick Kostos previewed the launch at 5pm and then Chris Hassel and Dalen Cuff kicked the broadcast off at 7pm that night. Speaking to investors after reporting fourth-quarter earnings in 2018, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves stated the company had garnered a combined five million subscribers to its “CBS All Access” streaming service and an over-the-top version of Showtime and expected to surpass its goal of 8 million subscribers by 2020. Meanwhile, CBSN saw streams rise by 17% in 2017 compared to the year-earlier period.[6]

In late 2018, headquarters operations and a studio dedicated fully to Sports HQ were established in Stamford, Connecticut, with "split daily operations of Sports HQ between Stamford and Fort Lauderdale". [7]


CBS Sports HQ draws content from CBS Sports along with its various digital properties, such as 247Sports, SportsLine, CBS Sports Fantasy and MaxPreps to deliver live news reports, game previews, post-game analysis, highlights and in-depth statistical breakdowns to connected devices, without focusing on "loud arguments or bloated diatribes".[8]

CBS Sports HQ displays continuous information on a "R"-shaped ticker placed at the lower and right-sides of the TV screen, which isn't visible during commercial breaks. The lower third ticker contains scores, brief news alerts, the day's sports headlines and fixtures in an ESPN BottomLine-styled format. The right-side ticker predominantly features statistics, tables, and fixtures. It is once complained[9] that this graphic design carried too much information at once.

CBS Sports HQ covers an extremely wide range of sports leagues, including those that CBS doesn't have rights to broadcast. Its programming includes recurring segments such as Morning Trends (the hottest sports stories in social media), At This Hour (five biggest stories of the hour), News in 90 (four or five biggest stories of the day) and HQ Refresh (the biggest stories and scores of the day).

In contrast to CBSN, which carries some over-the-air CBS News programming on a time delay, CBS Sports HQ does not carry any longform content from CBS television or CBS Sports Network. Live sporting events are also absent from the network's programming.


Many of CBS Sports Digital’s writers and analysts will also contribute, including national college football writer Dennis Dodd; senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco; and college basketball columnist Gary Parrish.


  1. "What is CBS SPORTS HQ? Your guide to our new 24/7 streaming sports news network". Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  2. "CBS launches CBS SPORTS HQ, a 24/7 streaming network for sports news, highlights and analysis". Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  3. Patel, Sahil (2018-12-24). "CBS aims to grow Sports HQ within its network of streaming channels". Digiday. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  4. Patel, Sahil (2018-12-24). "CBS aims to grow Sports HQ within its network of streaming channels". Digiday. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. Perez, Sarah. "What we know about CBS's upcoming streaming service for sports". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  6. Steinberg, Brian (2018-02-26). "CBS Launches Streaming Sports-News Outlet CBS Sports HQ". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. Patel, Sahil (2018-12-24). "CBS aims to grow Sports HQ within its network of streaming channels". Digiday. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  8. Chmielewski, Dawn C. (2018-02-26). "CBS Launches Free 24-Hour Sports Streaming Network CBS Sports HQ". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  9. Appel, Troy (2018-02-28). ".@CBSSports HQ has too much going on on the screen. I'm not a fan of the side score panel. It makes it tough to focus on main screen". @tdappel. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
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