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What Channel Is CBS Sports Network on DISH Network? (2024 Update)

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What Channel Is CBS Sports Network on DISH Network? (2024 Update)

Since the 1940s, CBS has been home to the most exciting live sports on television. From the early days of the World Series to more than half a century of The Masters Tournament and college football matchups, CBS Sports has been a name synonymous with great live coverage of pulse-pounding sporting events. But what about CBS Sports Network? Where is this sports-centric channel located on DISH Network? Here’s how to find it.

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CBS Sports Network Channel Guide

Channel NameDISH Network Channel Number
CBS Sports Network158

The History of CBS Sports Network

Junior Basketball Team During Training Class Standing Together and Huddling in Circle. Players Listening to Coaches' Motivational Speech Before The Game. Men's College Basketball Team at Tournament
CBSSN originated as the National College Sports Network before CBS took control in 2006.

While CBS has been covering live sports since the 1940s, CBSSN didn’t come about until the 2000s. And even so, it has changed formats a number of times since then. Its origins can be traced back to 2006 when CBS acquired the National College Sports Network. Also known as College Sports Television (or CSTV), the network was a hub for collegiate sports across more than 215 different colleges and universities. A couple of years after CBS took control, they rebranded the network to the CBS College Sports Network.

However, this rebrand would only last a few years before another one came about. In 2011, CBS dropped the network’s tightly focused college sports angle and broadened the channel’s scope. It was to be called the CBS Sports Network, and it would focus on all sports — not just collegiate ones. That’s not to suggest that CBSSN doesn’t air college games, though. The station still has a good amount of college sports included in its programming. (More on CBS Sports Network programming later.)

Today, CBSSN is available in about two-thirds of all American homes with a cable or satellite subscription. That’s more than 60 million televisions nationwide. Its only real competition is ESPN, which is available in more homes than CBSSN. The other big competitor, NBCSN, was shuttered in 2021. This move gave CBSSN a nice little leg up in the live cable and satellite sports broadcasting industry. It continues to air dozens of sporting events across college and professional leagues as well as motorsports.

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CBS Sports Network Programming

Still of The Jim Rome Show from CBSSN.
Many CBSSN programs — such as

The Jim Rome Show

— also broadcast on CBS Sports Radio.

With so many changes in focus over CBSSN’s relatively short history, it’s worth reviewing the kind of programming you can find on the station today. From its live sporting events to its expert analysis and in-depth coverage before, during, and after games, CBSSN programming rivals that of ESPN and other cable and satellite sports networks. Here’s what to know about the channel’s day-to-day lineup.

Live Sports

Unsurprisingly, CBSSN’s primary focus is live sports. More specifically, collegiate, professional, and motorsports. The “NCAA on CBS” banner covers NCAA college football, basketball, baseball, softball, and lacrosse. On the professional sports side, there’s international soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, rugby, golf, bull-riding, tennis, softball, and even poker. Plus, there are tons of motorsports races.

Talk Shows

As to be expected on a cable and satellite sports broadcasting network, CBSSN has a variety of sports-themed talk shows that air around the day’s biggest games. Listeners of CBS Sports Radio will recognize more than a few of CBSSN’s on-air personalities, as there’s plenty of crossover. There’s The Jim Rome Show, Boomer and Gio, and an array of spotlight shows for the day’s events.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBS Sports Network?

CBS Sports Network is a cable and satellite channel focused on live sporting events, in-depth pre- and post-game analysis, and other sports-related documentary programming.

What channel is CBS Sports Network on DISH Network?

CBS Sports Network can be found on channel 158 on your DISH Network guide. The channel is included in most basic packages and is offered in over 60 million homes nationwide.

Does CBS Sports Network air college games?

Yes, CBSSN airs a great variety of NCAA collegiate games. The network originated as a college sports station, which explains why so many college games still air on CBSSN today.

Does DISH Network charge extra for CBS Sports Network?

CBS Sports Network is included in most basic DISH packages. However, you may need to check with DISH Network customer support to learn more about CBS Sports Network and any associated fees that may come with the channel.

What sports are covered on CBS Sports Network?

CBS Sports Network airs college sports, professional sports, and motorsports. It also airs live coverage of poker games, MMA fights, strongman competitions, and more.

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