Universal Sports Network will relocate the network’s production and broadcast operations from Southern California to the Comcast Media Center in Denver, Colorado, creating 44 jobs in the region.
The Sports Network will utilize the Comcast Media Center to provide studio production facilities, linear master control origination and distribution services by January.
As an incentive, Universal Sports has been awarded a grant by the State of Colorado’s Economic Development Commission as part of the Colorado Film Incentive program, which is designed to attract content creation and packaging in the state. Once established in Denver, state economic development officials said the network will enjoy enhanced access to the snow sports industry, whose elite competitions feature prominently in the network’s programming schedule, and the many Colorado-based national governing bodies for Olympic sports with which the channel has programming and marketing partnerships.
“Moving our production and broadcast operations to Colorado will create exciting new opportunities for our network,”said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. “CMC’s advanced technological capabilities, combined with the incentive program offered by the State of Colorado, helped to make our relocation decision an easy one. The proximity of CMC’s facility to many of our distribution partners, advertisers and Olympic sports programming suppliers makes it an ideal location for our production and operations team, and will enable us to continue delivering world-class sports programming to our viewers across the country.”
"We are excited to welcome Universal Sports Network to Colorado," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "USN makes a diverse array of sports programming accessible to people across the country. Colorado is home to the United States Olympic Training Center, world-class athletes and venues for all types of sports. We are certain that USN will have plenty of success here."
“Universal Sports Network is a fantastic addition to the Colorado business community and we’re proud to have been selected to provide many of the video production and network origination services they will require,” said Richard Buchanan, Vice President and General Manager, Content Solutions, for Comcast Media Center. “We were also very pleased to play a role in Universal Sports’ decision to move its operations to Colorado by offering a highly robust set of video content solutions, demonstrating our market can compete with other service providers based on the coasts and elsewhere in the U.S.”