This is a timeline of sports coverage on Channel 4.
2 November – Channel 4 launches with a remit to cover sports which are not generally shown on ITV and the BBC.
7 November – Coverage of American football is shown for the first time, beginning the channel's long association with the sport.
8 November – Channel 4 shows live sport for the first time when it broadcasts coverage of a match from Division One of the National Basketball League. It shows highlights of the first half of the game and live coverage of the second half 
22 March – Horse racing coverage is broadcast on Channel 4 for the first time, resulting in the launch of Channel 4 Racing.
ITV takes over as broadcaster of UK athletics meetings. It also begins to cover European meetings in addition to the major international athletics events. Some of the coverage is shown on Channel 4, especially for midweek European meetings whereby Channel 4 shows the second hour of coverage.
5 October – The first weekend horse racing is shown on Channel 4 when ITV transfers coverage of horse racing to Channel 4 ahead of the end of World of Sport.
28 August-6 September – Channel 4, in conjunction with ITV, shows the World Athletics Championships. It is not until 2011 that the event is seen again on Channel 4.
17 September–2 October – Channel 4's only broadcast of the Olympic Games takes place when Channel 4 shows the overnight and breakfast coverage of the 1988 Olympic Games. ITV shows the daytime coverage.
6 September – The first edition of Football Italia is broadcast as part of Channel 4's deal to show Serie A. The channel continues to show Italian football for the next ten years.
March – Following Channel 4 taking over as rights holder to race meetings at Cheltenham, Channel 4 shows the Cheltenham Festival for the first time.
Channel 4 takes over as broadcaster of domestic athletics, doing so for this season and the following season before the rights move to the BBC in 1999. Channel 4 had previously shown athletics during the 1980s, in conjunction with ITV.
25 January – Channel 4's coverage of American Football ends when it shows Super Bowl XXXII. This ends a relationship with the sport that had existed since its first week on air.
1 July – Channel 4 starts broadcasting cricket following the channel sensationally obtaining the rights from the BBC the previous year. with the final domestic live action being shown on the BBC at around this time.
10 June – Channel 4 shows The Derby for the final time for more than the next decade as the contract for Epsom transfers to the BBC. Channel 4 had shown the event since 1986, and exclusively since 1989. It will return to the channel in 2013 for three more years.
July – Having shown the event since the station's launch, Channel 4 shows the Tour de France for the final time.
19 January – Channel 4 begins airing highlights from the World Rally Championship, after securing the rights from the BBC.
27 August-4 September – Channel 4 shows live coverage of the 2011 World Championships in Athletics but due to the broadcaster's decision to focus on Paralympic Sports, Channel 4 decides not to show the 2013 event even though it had bought the rights to the 2013 championships, and passes on the rights to the BBC.
29 August-9 September – Channel 4 broadcasts live coverage of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. This is the first time that the event has been shown in full and Channel 4 broadcasts more than 150 hours of coverage on the main channel and on sister channel More4.
1 January – Channel 4 takes over as the exclusive terrestrial TV home of all horse racing in the UK. The BBC had scaled back its horse racing in recent years, gradually losing more and more events to Channel 4. Consequently, races such as The Grand National are shown by Channel 4 for the first time.
8 September – Channel 4's American Football coverage expands when it signs a new two-year deal with the NFL to become the terrestrial home to the game for the nest two seasons. The deal sees the return of the Super Bowl to Channel 4, 16 years after it had last shown the event.
7 January – Channel 4's two-year return to broadcasting the NFL ends after it shows live coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.
18 March – Channel 4 shows Formula One motor racing for the first time. This comes about following the BBC's decision to end its deal with Formula One early. For the next three seasons, Channel 4 shows roughly half of the races live. The coverage is broadcast under the title of Channel 4 F1 and broadcasts live coverage of ten selected races live without advertisements and every race (even live) is shown as highlights, including the British Grand Prix and final race weekend.
9–18 March – Channel 4 broadcasts live coverage of the 2018 Winter Paralympics. It provides more than 100 hours of television coverage on Channel 4 and 4seven, more than double the amount of coverage it had given to the 2014 Games.
2 June – Channel 4 shows rugby union for the first time when it broadcasts live coverage of Wales' summer tour.
17 March – Sky Sports becomes the exclusive broadcaster of all Formula One races, apart from the British Grand Prix which continues to be shown on Channel 4. Channel 4 also broadcasts highlights of all the other races.
14 July – Channel 4 shows live coverage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final. This is the first time since 2005 that live cricket has been shown on terrestrial television. Channel 4 had the rights to show highlights of the tournament.Sky Sports had the live rights to the tournament but had agreed to make the final available on free-to-air television if England made the final.
13 November – Channel 4 shows live and recorded coverage of rugby union's Autumn Nations Cup. Channel 4 shows live coverage of Ireland's matches and highlights of all other games.
5 February – Channel 4 broadcasts the first live coverage of a test match on terrestrial television for more than 15 years when it begins showing England's test series against India. However Channel 4's coverage does not include the one-day and T20 international matches as these are shown on Sky Sports.
29 January – Channel 4 broadcasts Formula E for the first time with round 2 of the 2022 Diriyah ePrix. Channel 4 had signed a multi-year broadcast agreement just 8 days before this event, with the opening round being streamed live on YouTube.
9 February – Channel 4 broadcasts Chelsea's matches in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup. This is the first time that Channel 4 has broadcast this event.
12 February – Live Super League matches are broadcast on free-to-air television for the first time when Channel 4 shows the first of ten matches each season for the next two years. This is the first time in its 40-year history that Channel 4 has broadcast rugby league.