Sportsnet One
Sportsnet One logo
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
OwnerRogers Sports & Media
Sister channelsSportsnet
Sportsnet 360
Sportsnet World
LaunchedAugust 14, 2010
Former namesRogers Sportsnet One (2010–2011)
WebsiteSportsnet One

Sportsnet One (SN1 or SN One) is a Canadian English-language discretionary digital cable and satellite specialty channel owned by Rogers Sports & Media; it operates as a national sports channel complementing the Sportsnet group of regional sports networks. In addition to the national feed, the service operates a number of additional part-time "companion channels" which carry programming restricted to the local broadcast territories of the teams involved, such that the main feed remains available nationwide.

As of 2014, Sportsnet One is available in 6.1 million Canadian homes.[1]


Former logo as Rogers Sportsnet One, 2010–2011

Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in March 2010 under the name Rogers' Mainstream Sports Specialty Service,[2] it was launched at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2010, as Rogers Sportsnet One in standard definition and high definition. The service was renamed as simply Sportsnet One on October 3, 2011, as part of the rebranding of Rogers Media's Sportsnet-branded channels.[3]

Current sports properties

When it launched, exclusive content promoted for broadcast on Sportsnet One included selected Toronto Blue Jays games and certain Premier League soccer games. Currently, the channel's featured programming is NBA programming including all 41 of Sportsnet's Toronto Raptors games[4] in addition to other regular-season NBA games including simulcasts of TNT's Thursday-night doubleheader including Inside the NBA. Additionally, the channel serves as a secondary outlet for live events for which Sportsnet owns Canadian rights, but cannot air on its primary regional channels, as well as the main outlet for lower-rated sports such as cycling, as well encores of Sportsnet-produced highlight and studio programming. It is also occasionally used to simulcast national events that are only carried across some of the primary regional channels, due to scheduling conflicts with regional broadcasts.

Sportsnet One has acted as a linear specialty television partner for selected CBC Sports programming, including the Calgary Stampede[5][6][7] and the Paralympics since 2014.[8][9][10]

The Sportsnet One license is also used for a series of part-time multiplex channels which carry regional National Hockey League coverage, for selected Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames games. The channels themselves are only carried within the respective teams' territories.[11][12]


Where available under the NHL's regional broadcast rules (as per the territories listed below), one or more of the companion channels listed below are automatically included at no additional charge to Sportsnet One subscribers and are not available on a standalone basis. Since the revival of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, regional Flames and Oilers games on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet Oilers have been blacked out in Manitoba; as such, cable providers in that province do not carry either channel.

Channel Launch date Description and programming
Sportsnet One August 14, 2010 The primary channel of the Sportsnet One licence, and the national secondary channel of the Sportsnet family of channels.
Sportsnet Flames October 2010 Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Calgary Flames. Available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Sportsnet Oilers October 2010 Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Edmonton Oilers. Available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Sportsnet Canucks (formerly Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey)[13] October 19, 2010[14] Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Vancouver Canucks. Available in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Former channels

Channel First air date Last air date Description and programming
Sportsnet Sens October 2010 April 2014 Part-time companion channel which carried selected regional broadcasts of the Ottawa Senators. Was available in eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Sportsnet lost rights to regional Senators broadcasts to TSN5 after the 2013–14 season. When Rogers owned the English-language Montreal Canadiens regional broadcast rights, it used local City station for overflow.


Rogers Cable exclusively carried Sportsnet One at launch. On September 15, 2010, Shaw Direct and Shaw Cable added Sportsnet One to their lineups, becoming the first major third-party distributors to do so.[15] Telus Optik TV subsequently picked up the service two days later.

Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team were vocal in criticism of the choice by Rogers to move a number of games from the four regional Sportsnet channels to the new Sportsnet One.[16] Of particular concern was the timing of the move considering the channel's lack of availability across Canada at its launch, and the perceived strong-arming of Blue Jays fans and the other regional cable companies by Rogers, which owns the team, their stadium, the Sportsnet channels, and Rogers Cable, the latter of which was the only major cable company carrying the channel at launch time. Some fans canceled Blue Jays ticket purchases in protest,[17] but Paul Beeston, the team president, stated he was very happy to be going with Sportsnet One.[18]


  1. ^ "Rogers Sportsnet draws fewer viewers to NHL opening night than CBC, still sets network record". National Post. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-124
  3. ^ Sportsnet unveils new brand on Oct. 3 Archived 2012-01-22 at the Wayback Machine 2011-09-29
  4. ^ "Sportsnet announces 2019-20 Toronto Raptors broadcast schedule -".
  5. ^ "Broadcast schedule". Calgary Stampede. Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  6. ^ "Broadcast schedule". Calgary Stampede. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  7. ^ "CBC BROADCASTS". Calgary Stampede. Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  8. ^ "CBC/Radio-Canada offer 600-plus hours of Paralympic coverage". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 Paralympics: CBC Sports to provide extensive coverage". CBC Sports. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  10. ^ "CBC Unveils Multiplatform Coverage of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games". Broadcaster Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  11. ^ Chris Zelkovich, "Sportsnet adds another channel to its roster", Toronto Star, July 28, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  12. ^ OTTAWA SENATORS GAMES AVAILABLE ON ROGERS SPORTSNET ONE, Rogers Sportsnet press release, July 29, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  13. ^ Sportsnet (2013-08-28). "Sportsnet Announces 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks Regional Broadcast Schedule". Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  14. ^ "13 Regular season games broadcast on Sportsnet Vancouver hockey". Vancouver Canucks. October 15, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Shaw picks up free preview of Sportsnet ONE, Rogers Sportsnet press release, September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  16. ^ Blue Jays-Sportsnet One mess refuses to die, The Globe and Mail
  17. ^ Zelkovich: Jays start taking heat over Sportsnet One, Toronto Star, Sept 2, 2010. Retrieved Sept 4, 2010.
  18. ^ Rogers keeping Blue Jays all to itself Archived 2012-07-15 at, National Post, Sept 4, 2010. Retrieved Sept 4, 2010.