Bell Media Extend and Expand Canadian NFL Rights: All Sunday Games on CTV and TSN
Quick hit as I’m swamped at work: As alluded to late last week, Bell Media confirmed today that TSN and CTV have agreed with the NFL to broadcast all Sunday NFL games, taking away the 4pm package of games from the Rogers-owned Sportsnet and City networks. Each market will get two games at 1pm and 4pm, via TSN, TSN2, CTV and CTV2. Bell continues to hold the rights for Sunday Night Football (TSN), Monday Night Football (TSN) and the playoffs and Super Bowl (CTV). Sportsnet has the Thursday night /Thanksgiving Day games locked up until 2016. At first glance, I’d say in a normal week you’d get one game on CTV and one on TSN. In weeks where TSN is showing CFL and NASCAR (for example), you’d see two games on CTV and CTV. Feel free to dissect in the comments.
Press release below.
TORONTO and NEW YORK (December 9, 2013) – Bell Media and the National Football League announced today a multi-year extension of their broadcast partnership that will see more NFL games on more Bell Media channels and platforms than ever before. The agreement brings the 4 p.m. Sunday package to CTV and TSN for the first time, allowing for a full day of Sunday NFL programming on Bell Media channels (see below for Sunday lineup). The new agreement is complementary to the existing agreement for primetime games on TSN.
Beginning Fall 2014, Bell Media becomes the rights holder to NFL football in Canada for:
- Sunday 1 p.m. regular-season games
- Sunday 4 p.m. regular-season games
- Sunday Night regular-season games
- Monday Night regular-season games
- All Playoff Games
- The SUPER BOWL
Fans will now receive Sunday afternoon games on conventional (CTV/CTV Two) and specialty (TSN/TSN2) at both 1 and 4 p.m.
Additionally, the new agreement grants Bell Media digital media rights for the first time, giving Canadian fans the ability to watch NFL games and content on Bell Media TV Everywhere platforms, including CTV GO and TSN GO.
As the home of professional football in Canada, TSN will continue to be Canada’s source for NFL news and information, led by SPORTSCENTRE. In addition to broadcasting NFL programming from ESPN, including NFL COUNTDOWN on Sunday mornings, MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN, and the NFL DRAFT, TSN also broadcasts the Sunday night pre-game show FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA.
NFL Sundays in Canada:
10 a.m. NFL COUNTDOWN
1 p.m. Two games in each market
4 p.m. Two games in each market
7 p.m. FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:30 p.m. Sunday night football
11 p.m. SPORTSCENTRE