There is a trend of eliminating sportscasts from local newscasts in the U.S.
Beginning this week, WIVB-4 will phase out sports from their 6:00 pm local newscast. KGW-8 in Portland, Oregon will be doing the same with their 11:00 pm newscasts.
You might see an improvement with the quality of the closed captioning you receive on U.S. stations. New Closed Captioning rules take effect on March 16.(Now only if they could improve the quality of the programming.)