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NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 9

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 8:25pm: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
• Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms


1pm: Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
• CTV Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Vancouver, RDS
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Spokane, Tacoma
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

1pm: San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins
• CTV Atlantic and Montreal
• CBS Boston, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
• CTV Winnipeg
• Fox Minnesota
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

1pm: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs
• TSN2
• CBS Burlington, Watertown
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

4:25pm: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
• CTV Montreal, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, CTV Two Atlantic, RDS
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Watertown, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

4:25pm: Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
• TSN3, CTV Alberta, Vancouver
• CBS Spokane, Seattle
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

8:30pm: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
• NBC, TSN1/4/5, RDS2
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth


8:30pm: Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants
• TSN1/3/4/5, RDS
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

BYE: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Written by Dan

30 October, 2014 at 9:29pm

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Toronto Raptors 2014–15 TV Schedule (Finally)

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toronto_raptors_logoOnly a day before the opening game and over a month after every other team released their schedule, TSN and Sportsnet finally got their shit together and released the TV schedule for the 2014–15 Toronto Raptors NBA season which begins tonight on TSN with their home opener against the Atlanta Hawks. In the final year of their current deal, TSN will get 47 games with Sportsnet getting 35 regular season games. With a new deal due next year, look to see each network go halvsies on the 82 games, just like TSN Radio and Sportsnet The Fan currently do.

For those of you outside Toronto/Ontario who don’t follow the Raptors (i.e., most people), prepare to have the Raptors shoved down your throat! TSN2 will have 23 games, 21 games will be on the TSN regional feeds (TSN1/3/4/5) and 3 games on TSN1/4/5.  On the Rogers side: 13 games on Sportsnet, 13 on SN 360 and 9 on SN One.  All games will be available on each properties mobile/online streaming apps.

No doubt with Sportsnet’s new commitment to hockey and TSN’s three additional feeds, the delay in releasing the schedule is solely to blame with partners Bell and Rogers. I noticed one example straight away where Sportsnet is losing a Saturday night hockey game to show Raptors instead – this Saturday, SN 360 was due to show Buffalo-Pittsburgh at 7pm but will now feature the riveting matchup of the Raptors versus the Magic. (TSN has CFL and MLS playoffs that night). I’m sure many more examples of originally scheduled NHL games being bumped for Raptors can be found.

In one of the NBA’s more unusual arrangements, Matt Devlin will return for play-by-play for both networks with Jack Armstrong sitting beside him for TSN broadcasts and Leo Rautins when Sportsnet handles the games. It’s even weirder though on the radio side,. Long-time analyst Paul Jones will be doing  play-by-play for TSN Radio games alongside Armstrong or Sherman Hamilton and for The Fan broadcasts, Jones switches back to the colour chair with Eric Smith doing PxP.

TSN also has the rights to U.S. regular season broadcasts and select playoff games, NBA All-Star Weekend and the NBA Finals, as well as any and all Raptors playoff games. Usually TSN would release a schedule of all U.S. games they would be broadcasting throughout the season, but so far, nothing has come out, no doubt due to week-to-week scheduling complexities of juggling five feeds. I will try and get up a weekly post with all the games available to Canadians.

NBA League Pass, which is available on Bell for the first time, is on free preview from October 28 to November 3. NBA League Pass is also on a free trial during this period. You can also catch 22 Chicago Bulls games during the season on WGN. For that schedule, you can download a PDF here.

Full schedule is below. All times are Eastern and times/networks subject to change.

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Written by Dan

29 October, 2014 at 5:09pm

Posted in NBA

NHL Canadian TV Schedule: October 29–November 4

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• 7:30pm, Detroit at Washington – SN 360, TVA Sports (Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire)
• 10pm, Nashville at Edmonton – SN One (Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Gene Principe)


• 7pm, Boston at Buffalo – Sabres TV*
• 7pm, Winnipeg at New Jersey – TSN3*
• 7pm, Los Angeles at Pittsburgh – SN 360, TVA Sports 2
• 7:30pm, Chicago at Ottawa – TSN5*, RDS2*
• 10pm, Montreal at Vancouver – SN 360, RDS*


• 7pm, Toronto at Columbus – SN Ontario*
• 7:30pm, Los Angeles at Detroit – SN East/Pacific, TVA Sports 2
• 9pm, Nashville at Calgary – SN West*


• 7pm, Ottawa at Boston – City, TVA Sports (Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Arash Madani)
• 7pm, Chicago at Toronto – CBC (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake)
• 7pm, Winnipeg at NY Rangers – SN (Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Christine Simpson)
• 7pm, Washington at Tampa Bay – FX Canada
• 7pm, Buffalo at Pittsburgh – SN One
• 10pm, Vancouver at Edmonton – CBC, TVA Sports (Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)


• 5pm, Detroit at Buffalo – Sabres TV*, TVA Sports
• 7pm, Calgary at Montreal – City, RDS* (TBA)
• 9pm, Winnipeg at Chicago, TSN3*, WGN
• 9:30pm, Nashville at Vancouver – SN Pacific*


• 7pm, St. Louis at NY Rangers – SN, TVA Sports


• 7pm, Florida at Boston – TVA Sports
• 7pm, Edmonton at Philadelphia – SN Oilers*
• 7pm, Calgary at Washington – SN West*
• 7:30pm, Chicago at Montreal – SN East*, RDS*
• 7:30pm, Detroit at Ottawa, TSN5*, RDS2*
• 8pm, Nashville at Winnipeg – TSN3*
• 9pm, Vancouver at Colorado – SN Pacific*
• 9pm, Toronto at Arizona – SN Ontario*

Written by Dan

29 October, 2014 at 4:15pm

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 8

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NFL LogoDespite the four regional TSN feeds being available, CTV will have the $im$ub for Sunday’s 9:30am game live from London. No doubt this will be devastating news to fans of Question Period, the weird religious programs that air at such an ungodly hour of the weekend, and whatever crazy paid programming screens at 6am on the west coast. TSN2 has a 1pm and 4pm double header which means that it could possibly result in viewers missing part of the second game if it runs late or goes to overtime.


8:25pm: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
• CBS, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms


9:30am: Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (in London, England)
• CTV Nationwide, RDS
• Fox Nationwide
Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman

1pm: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
• CTV British Columbia, Alberta
• CBS Detroit, Minnesota, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
• CTV Ontario
• CBS Burlington, Rochester, Watertown, Buffalo
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

1pm: Chicago Bears at New England Patriots
• CTV Montreal, Atlantic, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, RDS
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Detroit
Sam Rosen, John Lynch

1pm: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• TSN2
• Fox Minnesota
Justin Kutcher, David Diehl

1pm: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
• CBS Cleveland
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

4:05pm: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
• TSN2
• Fox Buffalo, Spokane, Tacoma
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

4:25pm: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
• CTV Nationwide and CTV2 Atlantic, RDS
• CBS Nationwide except Cleveland
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms 

4:25pm: Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns
• CBS Cleveland
Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

8:30pm: Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
• NBC, TSN1/3/4/5, RDS2
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth


8:30pm: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
• TSN1/3/4/5, RDS2
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Written by Dan

23 October, 2014 at 1:05pm

Posted in NFL

Ratings: World Series Game 1 and NHL Week 2 Numbers Down for Sportsnet

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In a game that was basically over by the fourth inning, it is no surprise that overnight ratings showed fewer viewers watched this year’s World Series Game 1 than last year. 461,000 Canadians viewed the San Francisco Giants destroy the Kansas City Royals on Sportsnet, down from 556,000 for last year’s Game 1 of Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. In the case of both numbers, it doesn’t take into account the amount of people watching on Fox. Sportsnet in years past has used the MLB International feed, but as a commenter pointed out, Sportsnet switched to the Fox feed an hour or so into Tuesday night’s game. Either someone realized the world feed is a seriously inferior production compared to Fox, or more likely, they switched to Fox so they could $im$ub the signal for Rogers customers. In the US, 12.19 million viewers tuned in, a record-low for Game 1 in a World Series and fifth lowest of all time.

Also not good news for Rogers after the second week of the NHL season. As Chris Zelkovich notes, Hockey Night In Canada’s numbers are lower this season than last year. This past Saturday night, 2.2 million viewers watched up to five early HNIC games, which is on-par with the opening weekend number of 2.23 million, while only 885,000 saw the late game of Tampa-Vancouver versus the two late games last week of Edmonton-Vancouver and San Jose-Winnipeg (1.310 million). Even the HNIC pre-game was down nearly 100k viewers. Sunday’s Hometown Hockey broadcast on City this was down significantly down from last week (407,000 versus 1,007,000) but that can be attributed to the Leafs playing on last week’s broadcast. Granted, it is only early days.

For TSN, the CFL features mostly in the top ten each week but numbers are actually below last season’s average. I don’t watch CFL at all, so I can’t speak as to whether games over the past few weeks (or even the season in general) have made for good viewing or not. The NFL is doing as well as always and beating most of the competition. As usual, EPL, MLS and auto racing sneak into the bottom of each list. In what has been a terrible year for Toronto FC, 20,000 more people elected to watch gymnastics on the CBC than Saturday afternoon’s game — it could have been a lot worse if not for Montreal Impact fans watching the game also.


1. NHL, Pens-Leafs/Habs-Flyers/Sens-Lightning/Flames-Blues/Caps-Bruins, Saturday, Rogers: 2,230,000
2. NHL, Oilers-Canucks/Sharks-Jets, Saturday, Rogers: 1,310,000
3. NHL, Leafs at Rangers, Sunday, City: 1,007,000
4. NFL, Cowboys at Seahawks, Sunday, CTV: 921,000 (US viewers not counted)
5. CFL, Bombers at Eskimos, Monday, TSN: 843,000
6. CFL, Roughriders at Alouettes, Monday, TSN: 782,000
7. CFL, Ticats at Argonauts, Friday, TSN: 636,000
8. NFL, Pats-Bills/Packers-Dolphins/Lions-Vikes, Sunday, CTV: 606,000 (US viewers not counted)
9. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC: 545,000
10. MLB, Royals at Orioles, Friday, Sportsnet: 503,000
11. NFL, 49ers at Rams, Monday, TSN: 482,000
12. MLB, Royals at Orioles, Saturday, Sportsnet: 466,000
13. CFL, RedBlacks at Lions, Saturday, TSN: 424,000
14. NFL, Giants at Eagles, Sunday, TSN: 370,000 (US viewers not counted)
15. MLB, Giants at Cardinals, Sunday, Sportsnet: 370,000
16. MLB, Giants at Cardinals, Saturday, Sportsnet: 304,000 (US viewers not counted)
17. NFL, Bronocs at Jets, Sunday, TSN: 294,000
18. NHL, Rogers Hometown Hockey, Sunday, City: 262,000
19. NFL, Bears at Falcons, Sunday, TSN: 196,000
20. MLS, Whitecaps at Sounders, Saturday, TSN: 180,000
21. Auto racing, NASCAR Bank of America 500, Sunday, TSN2: 161,000
22. Auto racing, F1 Russian Grand Prix, Sunday, TSN: 110,000


1. NHL, Leafs-Wings/Avs-Habs/Jackets-Sens/Bruins-Sabres, Saturday, Rogers: 2,200,000
2. NFL, Vikes-Bills/Panthers-Packers/Seahawks-Rams/Bengals-Colts, Sunday, CTV: 893,000 (US viewers not counted)
3. NFL. Giants-Cowboys/Chiefs-Chargers, Sunday, CTV: 873,000 (US viewers not counted)
4. NHL, Lightning at Canucks, Saturday, CBC: 885,000
5. CFL, Eskimos at Riders, Sunday, TSN: 732,000
6. NHL, Red Wings at Maple Leafs, Friday, Sportsnet Ontario: 723,000
7. CFL, Alouettes at Argos, Saturday, TSN: 591,000
8. CFL, Stamps at Bombers, Saturday, TSN: 565,000
9. NFL, 49ers at Broncos, Sunday, TSN: 492,000 (US viewers not counted)
10. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC: 478,000
11. NHL, Canucks at Oilers, Friday, Sportsnet West/Pacific: 461,000
12. CFL, RedBlacks at Ticats, Friday, TSN: 413.000
13. NHL, Flames at Oilers, Sunday, City: 407,000
14. Auto racing, NASCAR Geico 500, Sunday, TSN: 380,000
15. NHL, Hometown Hockey pre-game, Sunday, City: 156,000
16. Gymnastics, World artistic championships, Saturday, CBC: 126,000
17. MLS, Impact at Toronto FC, Saturday, TSN: 107,000
18. Soccer, Tottenham at Manchester City, Saturday, TSN: 98,000
19. Soccer, EPL late games, Saturday, TSN: 97,000

Written by Dan

22 October, 2014 at 11:07pm

Posted in Ratings

Bell files complaint with CRTC over Rogers GamePlus Feature

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gamecentreBell Media, recent losers in the battle for the NHL national rights contract, has filed a complaint with the CRTC over their GamePlus feature that is available as a Rogers-exclusive on the NHL GameCentre Live app. Bell argues that the feature violates a CRTC rule that requires that content created for television must be offered to competitors. GamePlus allows viewers to choose alternate angles including RefCam and SkyCam.

The Globe and Mail elaborates on the CRTC rule:

The CRTC’s rules for vertically integrated players – companies that both create and distribute media content – bar media owners from withholding content from their rivals on the distribution front. The commission exempts online video services from its broadcast regulations, but specifies that television programming cannot be offered on mobile or Internet streaming platforms on an exclusive basis.

In an email to the Globe and Mail, a Rogers spokesperson stated, ““Clearly this programming is not designed for conventional TV. Conventional TV broadcasts the exact same program to a mass audience who all see the same content, presented the same way. With GamePlus, each fan has a unique experience. We wouldn’t have developed [the features] solely for broadcast use.”

The spokesperson then throws some massive shade, “It’s a shame that Bell is trying to stop innovation in hockey. This may be one of the reasons they failed to secure the rights in the first place. We’ve invested in significant new innovations to bring Canadians an enhanced experience.”

Bell is asking the CRTC to allow all subscribers to view GamePlus, regardless of their internet or wireless provider:

In an e-mail, BCE spokesman Mark Langton said: “We don’t see it as especially innovative that Rogers denies GameCentre consumers access to these stats and other features if they aren’t also Rogers internet or wireless customers. These consumers pay for GameCentre just like Rogers customers so why are they denied access to features available on regular broadcast TV anyway? It breaks the CRTC’s digital media rules, and it impacts all GameCentre consumers across Canada who love hockey but aren’t Rogers customers.”

Rogers has a month to respond to the complaint. The general public can also comment on the complaint via the CRTC site.

Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV

Written by Dan

22 October, 2014 at 8:43pm

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NHL Canadian TV Schedule: October 22–28

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• 7:30pm, Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators, Sportsnet One and 360, TVA Sports
(Jim Hughson, Mike Johnson & Christine Simpson)
• 8pm, Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins, TVA Sports 2
• 9:30pm, Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet One and 360
(Dave Randorf, Craig Simpson & Cassie Campbell-Pascall)
• 10:30pm, Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks, Sabres TV*


• 7:30pm, Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports 2
• 8pm, Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues, Sportsnet Canucks*
• 9pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames, Sportsnet Flames*
• 10:30pm, Buffalo Sabres at Los Angeles Kings, Sabres TV*


• 8pm, Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets, TSN3*
• 9pm, Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche, Sportsnet One, TVA Sports
• 9:30pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet Oilers*


• 4pm, Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks, Sabres TV*
• 7pm, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, CBC
(Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake)
• 7pm, New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens, City, TVA Sports
(Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, David Amber)
• 7pm, New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators, Sportsnet One
(Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, Christine Simpson)
• 7pm, Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, Sportsnet 360
• 8pm, Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, FX Canada
• 10pm, Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames, CBC, TVA Sports 2
(Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)


• 3pm, Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, TSN3*
• 7pm, Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks, City, TVA Sports
(Jim Hughson, Garry Galley, Scott Oake)

• 9:30pm, Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet Canucks*


• 7pm, Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers, TVA Sports
• 9:30pm, Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet, RDS*


• 7pm, Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders, TSN3*
• 7pm, Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers, TVA Sports
• 7pm, Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets, TSN5*, RDS2*
• 7pm, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs, TSN4*, Sabres TV*
• 9pm, Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames, City Montreal*, Sportsnet Flames*, RDS*
• 10pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet Canucks*

Written by Dan

21 October, 2014 at 10:28pm