Posts Tagged ‘CFL’
Was so busy last week I barely even had time to look at the press release for TSN’s new CFL deal. So, here are some of the details. And while you read, here is music history from Saturday night. Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon played their song “Tender” with Noel Gallagher of Oasis, officially ending of of music’s biggest rivalries, I guess. It was either great, or worse than sipping champagne at 10 Downing, depending on who you are.
- It’s a 8-year deal that runs through the end of the 2018 season and includes every regular season and playoff game for TSN, RDS (Alouettes and playoffs) and RDS2.
- Also includes radio rights for the Grey Cup for TSN Radio and TEAM radio stations.
- Otherwise it seems everything is basically the same as before. The schedule will expand to 81 games next season when Ottawa rejoins the league, an increase from 73 this season.
- The CFL’s exclusive negotiating window with TSN ended at the end of January. The CFL wanted an exclusive deal with Bell.
- The guarantee of Canadian markets facing Canadian markets in every game was important for TSN.
- Cohon thinks it gives the CFL the dollar guarantee that allows it to invest in new infrastructural and ideas.
- TSN’s Stewart Johnston on the prospect of moving the Grey Cup to CTV, “Well we love our parent network at CTV, but I can tell you honestly, it wasn’t once discussed. We love what the Grey Cup has done for the TSN brand in the past five years.” It’s not a problem for the CFL, as I’ve mentioned before.
- You can listen to Johnston and Cohon on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor from last week here. I wish I had more to say about it, but it’s really more of the same.
March Madness… TSN’s March Madness coverage continues to have both bright spots and some real annoyances for viewers. The features on Canadian players are great. Dan Shulman and Sam Mitchell are great on the studio panel. Host Kate Beirness is really growing into the job. And best of all TSN barely showed any of the games that were on CBS over the weekend. Not only that, but Beirness and the bottomline directed viewers to watch CBS. Meanwhile TSN and TSN2 focused on games that were broadcast on cable channels TBS, TNT and TruTV in the States. The only thing I found poor about TSN’s coverage was the constant flipping of games from TSN to TSN2. It got confusing. And while the bottomline said which game was on CBS, it never mentioned what games were broadcast on the other network. At the opening of each broadcast it was never really revealed which games TSN would show and which ones would air mainly on TSN or TSN2. A little more consistency in leaving one game on the same network would be nice, instead of constantly switching at halftime.
Soccer… 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying continues tomorrow. Before getting to what’s on tomorrow, GolTV deserves credit for using the RTE Irish domestic commentary of the Sweden v. Ireland game on Friday evening. Despite audio troubles in the first five minutes, it was a lot better than their usual annoying American commentators calling the match off a screen from Florida.
But on to the more interesting matter. England travels to Podgoric to face Group H leaders Montenegro in a key qualifying match tomorrow night. International broadcasts of the match, originally marketed for by Kentaro, have taken an interesting turn. GolTV shows Kentaro matches in North America. This game was one of the biggest in the package of qualifiers that GolTV purchased from Kentaro last year. However, the Montenegro FA recently pulled out of their contract with Kentaro. With that GolTV lost rights to the match and it will now air on Sportsnet.
A similar situation occurred in England where ITV nearly lost rights to the match after paying Kentaro an upfront fee for it. Kentaro still claims (or at least claimed as of last week) to hold international rights to Montenegro home matches internationally. GolTV in the US included it on their broadcast schedule as recently as the weekend. GolTV in Canada still does. The Guardian has an interesting article on the situation. It also explains why Brazil’s World Tour matches have disappeared from GolTV this season, as Kentaro has lost rights to those as well. No word yet on how this affects GolTV’s coverage of Ireland v. Austria tomorrow evening. The match was originally scheduled for tape-delay at 6pm ET; however, with this development it could air live at 4:45pm ET. In other action tomorrow evening France and Spain battle for the top spot in Group I on Sportsnet ONE.
MLB… The 2013 Jays broadcast schedule is out. 20 games will air exclusively on Sportsnet ONE. Most of those are due to NFL or Memorial Cup conflicts. Because of regional hockey conflicts another ten games in April will air on different combinations of the Sportsnet channels (six of those are also on ONE). The other 132 games will air on all four regional channels. I also have Sportsnet’s MLB schedule (I’ll post it later this weekend when I get the chance). Sportsnet ONE has close to 90 other MLB games, while the regional channels will combine for around 175 games. TSN2 has Sunday Night Baseball again. By my count there are over 450 games on Canadian TV this season, not including American networks like FOX or WGN.
The 99th Grey Cup is this Sunday in Vancouver. TSN has coverage all week leading up to the game, including Grey Cup Saturday and Grey Cup Sunday pregame shows. Here is everything you need to know about TSN’s broadcast. Note, all times in this post are Pacific Standard Time.
Grey Cup Saturday (hosted by Rod Smith and Darren Dutchyshen)
TSN delivers nine hours of all-encompassing coverage of Canada’s game on GREY CUP SATURDAY featuring SPORTSCENTRE hosts Rod Smith and Darren Dutchyshen live from the Scotiabank Football Experience in Vancouver. Throughout the day, the CFL ON TSN panel, along with TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor and CFL analysts Glen Suitor and Duane Forde, check in from BC Place with Grey Cup news and analysis while TSN’s reporters at the East and West practices file reports from the sidelines.
Joining Smith and Dutchyshen with additional insight on the big game are Dave Hodge and his panel of reporters from his weekly show, TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE. TSN’s special correspondent Cabral ‘Cabbie’ Richards also delivers Grey Cup news and notes from the streets of Vancouver.
Grey Cup Saturday broadcast schedule:
10:00am – Grey Cup Saturday sign-on
10:15am – John Candy: True Double Blue
10:45am – Grey Cup Saturday
12:00pm – CFL Player Awards 2011
12:30pm – Grey Cup Saturday
12:45pm – Top 10 CFL Characters
1:15pm – Grey Cup Saturday
2:30pm – Top 10 CFL Plays of the Year
Here are descriptions of TSN’s programs on Saturday
JOHN CANDY: TRUE DOUBLE BLUE
Marking the 20th anniversary of the “Hollywood Argonauts” and their Grey Cup victory, TSN presents a 30-minute documentary on John Candy, former movie star and part-owner of the Toronto Argonauts, whose life-long passion for the CFL and the Argos is chronicled by his family and friends, including Wayne Gretzky and Martin Short.
GIBSON’S FINEST CFL PLAYER AWARDS
The CFL honours this season’s top players in an awards ceremony hosted by Dave Randorf and featuring awards presented by Jock Climie and Milt Stegall.
SPORTSCENTRE TOP 10 PRESENTS: GREATEST CFL CHARACTERS
Some of the most colourful characters in league history are showcased in this 30-minute special, as the program looks at the top 10 CFL players and coaches who are best known for their performances both on – and off – the field.
SPORTSCENTRE TOP 10 PRESENTS: CFL PLAYS OF THE YEAR
Complementing TSN.ca’s CFL PLAY OF THE YEAR SHOWDOWN, the 30-minute special counts down the 10 best plays from this past CFL season and reveals Canada’s pick for top play of the year following four rounds of online voting on TSN.ca.
Grey Cup Sunday
TSN’s pre-game coverage kicks off with SPORTSCENTRE hosts Rod Smith and Darren Dutchyshen live from the Scotiabank Football Experience alongside analyst Duane Forde, and then moves to BC Place, where hosts Dave Randorf and Brian Williams continue to tee up the championship game with in-depth analysis from the CFL ON TSN panel, special features, interviews and reports from TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor.
Grey Cup Sunday broadcast schedule:
7:00am – TSN the Reporters (live from Vancouver)
10:00am – 99th Grey Cup Pregame Show
3:00pm – Grey Cup Countdown to Kickoff
3:30pm – 99th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. B.C. Lions
7:00pm – 99th Grey Cup Postgame Show
7:30pm – SportsCentre
The 99th Grey Cup on TSN
Lastly, here is some information on TSN’s broadcast of the game itself.
TSN’s acclaimed broadcast team of Chris Cuthbert and Glen Suitor are in the broadcast booth at BC Place, providing play-by-play commentary and game analysis during the 99th GREY CUP. Veteran broadcaster Cuthbert has called the action in 13 previous championship games, while Suitor – a Grey Cup champion with the Saskatchewan Roughriders – makes his fourth appearance in the booth for the big game.
Hosts Dave Randorf and Brian Williams are inside BC Place during the game, alongside the popular CFL ON TSN panel featuring Grey Cup champion Chris Schultz, two-time Grey Cup champion and Canadian Football Hall of Famer Matt Dunigan, Jock Climie and Milt Stegall, plus TSN’s Sara Orlesky and Farhan Lalji reporting from the sidelines and TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor providing additional analysis.
CFL ON TSN analyst and two-time Grey Cup champion Duane Forde also joins the broadcast, breaking down key plays with in-depth video analysis using TSN’s advanced “Libero” telestrator system.
At halftime, TSN has live coverage of the Pepsi MAX Halftime Show headlined by Canada’s international multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback. Randorf and the CFL ON TSN panel also return to break down all the action from the first half.
Following the game, TSN’s GREY CUP POST-GAME SHOW has CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon presenting the Grey Cup to the game’s winning team, as well as the awards for Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian.
The CFL ON TSN panel is also on hand to provide post-game analysis and conduct live interviews with coaches and players on the field leading up to SPORTSCENTRE after the game with hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole and featuring highlights and more reaction from BC Place.
The 99th Grey Cup on RDS
RDS will broadcast the Grey Cup in French viewers. Denis Casavant and Pierre Vercheval will call the game. Marc Labrecque and Matthieu Proulx will host the broadcast. Coverage on RDS begins at 5pm ET with a 90 minute pregame show.
In the United States
America One and ESPN3.com will show the 99th Grey Cup in the United States. Check your local listings for more information.