100th CFL Grey Cup on TSN

The Toronto Argonauts will play against the Calgary Stampeders from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, in the 100th edition of the CFL Grey Cup tonight at 6:30pm on TSN.

TSN will have nearly ten hours of television coverage today including:
1 p.m. ET — Grey Cup Pre-game
6 p.m. ET — Countdown to Kickoff
6:30 p.m. ET — The 100th CFL Grey Cup
10 p.m. ET — Grey Cup Post-game

Coverage of the big game can be heard across the country on TSN’s radio network beginning at 4 p.m. ET, live on tsn.ca, and seen on TSN Mobile TV. French coverage will begin on RDS at 5 p.m. ET.

Chris Cuthbert and Glen Suitor will be calling the action for those watching on TV; Dave Randorf and Brian Williams along with the CFL on TSN panel will be hosting the many hours of pre-game; on TSN Radio Toronto, Mike Hogan and Sandy Annunziata will have the call, with Rod Black and Duane Ford handling the duties on TSN stations in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Winnipeg.

Pre-game entertainment will feature a performance from Johnny Reid, and the national anthem by Burton Cummings. The half-time show will feature the vocal stylings of  Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, and Gordon Lightfoot. 

New this year, “Field Access” will be available online at tsn.ca/fieldaccess where viewers can watch alternate angles and coverage of pre-game warm-ups, as well as the main event. It will also feature a live chat beginning during pre-game and continuing throughout the match.

CFL by the numbers, following the jump…


30 million – Fans following Sirius XM Grey Cup Half-Time Show headline performer Justin Bieber on Twitter

8.5 million – Page views TSN.ca recorded during last year’s GREY CUP SUNDAY

7.3 million – Canadians who watched some of TSN’s ENGRAVED ON A NATION documentary series celebrating the 100th GREY CUP

4.6 million – Average number of viewers who watched the 99th GREY CUP on TSN and RDS

30,480 – Metre of cable (camera, audio, and video) needed for TSN’s broadcast of the 100th GREY CUP (equal to 303 CFL football fields)

250 – TSN staff (technical, production, and on-air) working Grey Cup weekend

187 – Countries and territories around the world in which TSN’s broadcast of the 100th GREY CUP is available

83 – Estimated shots of a smiling Pinball Clemons appearing on TSN during Grey Cup weekend

53 – Number of Cineplex theatres across Canada that will show TSN’s broadcast of the 100th GREY CUP live on the big screen

43 – Microphones used on GREY CUP SUNDAY

37 – Grey Cup games TSN’s Brian Williams has covered. Williams and Dave Randorf are hosts of the 100th GREY CUP.

36 – Cameras that will be used during TSN’s broadcast of the 100th GREY CUP, including a “cable cam”

28 – Estimated times Matt Dunigan will drop a “Call Me Maybe” reference during Grey Cup weekend. Carly Rae Jepsen will perform during the Sirius XM Grey Cup Half-Time Show.

20 – Hours of football programming on TSN during Grey Cup Weekend

14 – Times TSN’s Chris Cuthbert has called Grey Cup games. Cuthbert is joined by CFL on TSN analyst Glen Suitor in the broadcast booth for the 100th GREY CUP.

6 – Hours of companion viewing on TSN.ca’s new Field Access hub that hosts live coverage of the pre-game warm-ups and a second angle (different from broadcast) of all the action during the game

5 – Times 100th GREY CUP producer Jon Hynes and director Paul Hemming have worked together on Grey Cup broadcasts

2 – Members of the CFL on TSN panel in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame – Matt Dunigan and Milt Stegall

1 – Ranking the “Grey Cup” earned on Twitter’s top trends in Canada for 2011

10 thoughts on “100th CFL Grey Cup on TSN

  1. I’m away from home this weekend (in NC). Grey Cup will be shown in the States on NBCSportsnet. not sure how much of the pre-game festivities will be covered, but they will use TS’s feed. Coincidentally, Doug Flutie works for NBC Sports, and I heard he is in TO to participate in the ceremonies for the game as a 3-time MVP.

  2. You’re doing a good job here but I was wondering when you would have a posting on the Grey Cup. Given last year’s Grey Cup Sunday was the most watched television day in Canada, a media blog without a mention of any programming today would like Christmas without Santa.

    • It only came to me this morning that there needed to be a Grey Cup post, and I know Josh is ridiculously busy with school and life, so I quickly whipped something up before going to work.

      • Any lack of mention of the Grey Cup (on my part at least) would have been due to a lack of time, not a lack of interest. I do plan to write some sort of follow-up sometime soon. Lots of interesting things going on with new graphics and everything.

        I also plan to have something on the college football bowls in the next few weeks.

        • That’s great, Josh! As I’m a CFL fan myself as more of an Als fan. Was disappointed in how things ultimately turned out. Seems only fitting that for a city that hosted the most Grey Cup will have its hometown team win it all at the 100th edition. Like to see London, Quebec City, Halifax-Moncton (Atlantic Schooners), and maybe Victoria (?) all join in the near future. Could’nt have the CFL and TSN/ESPN get together and do a 30 For 30 on the CFL’s US expansion or some type of TSN CFL documentary during the 100 years of the Grey Cup?

          BTW, When do you hope to plan to return to do a 2010-2012 Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium reflection, as you mentioned in its aftermath?

          • The problem with London and Quebec City is those are huge CIS markets. I’d hate to see CIS support drop because of the CFL going into smaller markets. Moncton isn’t a CIS market. Victoria doesn’t have a stadium nor a potential owner. If Ottawa is stable (and that’s a big if), then adding a Moncton team may make sense to get to 10 teams. Not necessary though IMO.

            TSN did 8 Grey Cup specials under the “Engraved On a Nation” name. They were similar to 30 for 30s. One of ESPN’s 30 for 30s was on Ricky Williams’ year in the CFL, IIRC.

            As for the Olympics. Maybe. Would depend on if I have the time.

  3. TSN & RDS got 5.8m for Grey Cup which was up last yr of 4.6m but behind record audience of 2009.

    Laval & McMaster got really good ratings of 910k vs 660k of last yr. Assume largest tv audience for CIS along with largest crowd ever for VC.

    • Grey Cup was behind both 2009 and 2010 overall; however, it is notable that it beat all other Grey Cups in terms of English viewers. That’s impressive considering neither Saskatchewan nor BC were in it. Obviously being the 100th in Toronto with the Argos winning was a big factor though.

      Yes, it was the highest rating for the Vanier ever. Moving it to the Grey Cup city on Friday night has worked.

  4. 3.8m watched the GC in TO. As columnist Jim Hunt said: CFL in Toronto to pornography: People won’t leave their homes to watch it, but they will watch on television, and they won’t tell anyone they’re doing so.

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