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The Score Television Network (often referred to only as The Score) is a Canadian English-language cable television specialty channel providing primarily sports news, highlights, information and analysis programming along with live event sports coverage. The channel is equipped with 24/7 ticker at the bottom of the screen providing news and scores of sporting events, hence the channel's name. The channel is wholly owned by Score Media Inc.



Originally launched in 1994 as "Sportscope", it was a cable-based sports score network airing in seven Canadian provinces. Sportscope's "programming" was a non-content-based, alphanumeric text rotation of sports scores and news similar in format to the Canadian Press Cable Service, and did not require a CRTC licence.

Headline Sports

The Score's first logo, during the Headline Sports era.
Sportscope was granted an English-language specialty channel licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on September 4, 1996, provisionally titled "Sportscope Plus". The channel launched in May 1997 as Headline Sports and was initially a national 24 hour anchor-at-desk sports news and highlight service operating on a rotating 15 minute newswheel of sports news, highlights and scores. The channel also contained a constantly updated ticker at the bottom of the screen, providing sports news and scores, as it still does today, per its CRTC licence requirements.

There were initial plans to air a regional ticker and additional streams of alphanumeric data (perhaps via an alternate channel) when the channel first launched, however those plans were ultimately abandoned.

The Score

In March 2000, Headline Sports' licence was amended by the CRTC to allow live sports programming, under the conditions that they display their ticker and that they break away from live coverage at least once every fifteen minutes to present video highlights. As a result of this—as well as legal issues with CNN Headline News, which had its own "Headline Sports" segment—the station was re-branded as "The Score" that year. Not only was it the usual source for sports scores and news, it was now able to compete on a limited basis with Canadian sports stalwart TSN, and the then-fledgling CTV Sportsnet.

On June 6, 2006, The Score revamped their ticker alongside the launch of their new HD channel (see below).

The Score HD

The Score HD is a high definition simulcast of The Score. It is currently available through national satellite television providers Bell TV and starting October 15, 2009, Shaw Direct. It is also offered by cable companies Rogers Cable, TELUS TV, Cogeco, Mountain Cablevision, SaskTel Max and Access Communications.

Until early 2008, most programming was Standard-definition 4:3 stretched to 16:9. Their true HD programming includes Premier League soccer, National Basketball Association basketball, the Vanier Cup, NCAA coverage and WWE's SmackDown and Raw.

On September 3, 2008, The Score began airing shows from their new multi-million dollar HD studio, located on the corner of King & Peter in downtown Toronto. Most shows and highlights are now in true HD, while the new set-up enables audience interaction with fans watching from the street.

Hardcore Sports Radio

The Score launched a 24/7 sports radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio named Hardcore Sports Radio (channel 98), that features sports news and scores as well as coverage of some of The Score's original programming. In January 2007, HSR relaunched with exclusive live shows and an edgier sound.



* Glenn Schiiler
* Sid Seixeiro
* James Sharman
* Derek Snider
* Cam Stewart
* Laura Diakun
* Sherman Hamilton



The following is a list of original or partly-original programs currently airing on The Score:

News shows

  • Score In the Morning is the weekday morning show hosted by Adnan Virk and Nikki Reyes. Starting live at 7 a.m. ET, the network is the only national sports network to go LIVE for a morning audience for the duration of the show in Canada. It was cancelled in February of 2009.
  • Score Tonight is the flagship news and highlights program that airs weeknights on the network. Originally hosted by Greg Sansone and Martine Gaillard, Sid Seixeiro and Tim Micallef have been the hosts since 2004. Score Tonight also features regular segments Cabbie on the Street and Plays of the Week. Score Tonight also hosts the Score Year in Review, which reviews the past year's events, during which the Score Ticker will also change accordingly. The Score Year in Review is also the only time of the year in which Score employees are credited for their contributions during the year, and is notable for airing bloopers and other outtakes in their coverage. It was cancelled in July of 2009.
  • The Footy Show is a soccer news and highlights show hosted by James Sharman. Debuted in August 2007, replacing world sports news show Sportsworld.
  • Hardcore Hockey Talk, Late Edition is the late-night news and highlights program hosted by Steve Kouleas. During the National Hockey League season The Spin offers analysis on the NHL season, and will stop discussion whenever a goal is scored. The program usually ends with a segment called 10 Minute Misconduct, where Kouleas and guests (usually Steve Ludzik, Mark Osborne, and/or Al Strachan) debate five topics for two minutes each. It was cancelled in July of 2009.
  • The MMA Show is hosted by Mauro Ranallo.


Much of the Score's analysis is detailed in The Score on (sport) segments that may be seen at various times of the week. Hardcore Hockey Talk, during the NHL season, also serves as the network's hockey analysis show. The following are other full shows dealing with analysis:

Live programming

  • RaceNight is coverage of horse racing from Mohawk Racewaymarker and Woodbine Racetrackmarker.
  • Sportsworld Matchday is the name of The Score's coverage of any international sporting event for which The Score will air - most recently English Premier League football, which returns to The Score next season.
  • University Rush' is the name of The Score's coverage of Canadian Interuniversity Sports' university athletics, with a particular emphasis on Canadian football. In the past, University Rush has only showed one weekly game from the Ontario University Athletics, but as of 2006 began coverage of Quebec Student Sports Federation and Atlantic University Sport football as well, culminating in the playoffs and the Vanier Cup. Tim Micallef is the commentator of football coverage.
  • WWE Experience is a weekly recap show of the week's events from World Wrestling Entertainment's Raw and SmackDown! brands, hosted by Glenn Schiiler. This is one of the few WWE programs that are not produced by WWE itself, although the format is identical to that of the international version hosted by Steve Romero.
  • WWE Raw is the flagship show of World Wrestling Entertainment's Raw brand. It is notable for airing on a 15 minute tape delay, unlike its previous hosts at TSN, which aired the program live. The 15 minute tape delay is thought to exist due to previous difficulties involving censoring risque storylines at TSN, however actual reason is due to the amount of live broadcasts The Score is currently licensed to air. By creating a 15 minute delay, the program is no longer "live" and not in violation of their license with the CRTC. The Score however does take advantage of this by airing a 15-minute recap of the previous week's show entitled Countdown to Raw. However, special three-hour episodes of Raw such as the Raw Family Reunion continue to air live.
  • WWE SmackDown is the flagship show of World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown brand. Originally airing Thursdays, it continued to air on Thursdays even after it was moved to Fridays in the United States, making it one of the few WWE shows that aired outside of the US before airing domestically. As such, it was never referred to as Friday Night SmackDown! in Canada, even after the show was moved to Fridays to match the US airtime.
  • NBA Basketball coverage of the TNT doubleheader airing on Thursdays as well as Toronto Raptors games and a large number of regular season games.
  • NCAA college football and college basketball games, many of which air on ESPN in the United States. Starting in 2007, The Score is the Canadian rights holder to the NCAA Basketball Tournament (also known as March Madness). The Score also holds the rights to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Final Eight basketball tournament
  • The Score holds the broadcasting rights for the Canadian men's national basketball team.
  • In the past, The Score has also had rights to NLL, MLB, Canadian Baseball League, and was the English-language broadcaster of the Expos for their final season in Montreal (including the very last home game in September 2004). Along with various Poker series, the network has added MMA properties including Strikeforce and Bodog Fighting. They have also attempted to get the rights to an English-language broadcast of the Montreal Canadiens, but have currently failed because The Score is not carried on the Videotron cable TV network, which is needed for the contract. has live scores for all the major professional sports, blogs and streaming video, including highlights of every NBA and EPL game.

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