There are over a dozen major sports channels available on television, and ESPN leads them in viewer count, homes reached and money made. Other major sports channels include NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1 and the Golf Channel.
Other sports channels include CBS Sports Network and Turner Sports. There also are regional sports channels, such as Northeast Sports Network and Fox Sports South. While TBS and TNT are not technically sports channels, much of their major programming involves sports.
Many sports leagues have their own stations as well. Besides the Golf Channel, there is the NFL Network, the MLB Network, NBA TV, the NHL Network, the B1G Network for Big 10 sports, the PAC 12 Network and the Tennis Channel.
It is hard to dispute ESPN's claim to the top spot, however. It also has three affiliated channels, including ESPN2, which is a major sports channel in its own right. The others are ESPNU and ESPNNews. The ESPN family of networks is affiliated with ABC. Based on 2015 numbers, ESPN was set to make $7.5 billion on subscribers' fees alone, according to an analysis by CBS Sports. Its nearest challenger, Fox Sports 1, was estimated at $1.08 billion in subscribers' fees.