• CFL SEASON BEGINS
Last nights Montreal at Winnipeg season-opener began a new year for the CFL and for TSN, as once again they show every regular season and playoff game live, including the CFL returning to Atlantic Canada with a game in Moncton, NB and culminating with the 101st Grey Cup in Regina, SK. All of the regulars will return to the commentary booth, including Chris Cuthbert, Rod Black, Gord Miller and Glen Suitor. The CFL on TSN panel will also return, with the inclusion of former CFL coach Paul LaPolice hosting ‘Coach’s Playbook’ segment.
Every game will be available on-demand via TSN.ca; TSN and TEAM radio stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal will have full coverage of their local teams and TEAM Radio in Ottawa will cover a “CFL Game of the Week”; and RDS will have French coverage of all Alouettes games, plus an addition 27 games on RDS2 through the season.
• NHL DRAFT
Sunday night you have the choice of watching eight hours of NHL Draft coverage on TSN or stabbing yourself in the eye with a cocktail fork repeatedly. If you choose the former, read on. TSN broadcasts every minute of all seven rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey, with a preview show from 2:30pm ET and the main gig starting at 3pm ET. You can watch James Duthie, Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire and the gang provide a breakdown of every pick, or you could (probably) just read about each pick on Twitter a couple minutes before it’s announced.
• TOUR DE FRANCE
If you’re a fan of cycling and/or scenery, then TSN2 has you covered starting tomorrow as you can catch all 21 stages and 139 hours of the 100th Tour de France. You can follow Canadian rider Ryder Hesjedal (2012 Giro d’Italia winner) accompanied by the soothing voice of vetern cycling annoucer Phil Ligget alongside Paul Sherwen. If live coverage is a little early in the morning for you, TSN2 will feature a recap show each night in primetime. Check out the full live and recap schedule in the press release.
• RANDOM INFORMATION
RUGBY: In an earlier posting I noted that TSN had acquired the right to the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament running this weekend in Moscow, Russia. Foolishly, I presumed they would be actually showing games — not so. Instead, you can catch a two-hour highlights show on July 2 at 8pm ET on TSN2.
CRICKET: If you’re a fan of cricket… that is, Canadian cricket, then do I have some amazing news for you. Starting tomorrow, Rogers TV will broadcast 18 matches (mostly T20’s) over the summer featuring the CIBC National Cricket League, and Canada taking on the the USA in the Auty Cup, as well as the UAE. If you don’t get Rogers TV, games will also be streamed live on sportsnet.ca and replayed on Sportsnet World. Fun fact: The Auty Cup is the world’s oldest ongoing international sporting fixture with the US and Canada first taking the field in 1844. The more you know. The full schedule can be found here.
BLUE JAYS RADIO/TV: In what is surely a first (I can only presume, I didn’t actually research it), Sportsnet Radio 590 The Fan will be covering eight games of the Buffalo Bisons, the Toronto Blue Jays minor-league team. The first game will be broadcast on July 1 from 7pm ET. This is the first year the Bisons have been the Jays Triple-A affiliate after they ending their long-term relationship with Las Vegas. The others games will be on July 6, 11, 18, 20, 27, August 19, 31. The Jays game against the Red Sox last night was broadcast in Mandarin Chinese on Rogers station OMNI 2, as Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was on the mound. 1) I can only presume that this was also a first. 2) Unfortunately, the guy got lit-up and didn’t even last two innings.
SPEED: If you’re a motorsports fan, you probably already know of the impeding death of Speed channel when it will turn into Fox Sports 1 in August. If you are a fan of the motorsports highlight show SpeedCenter, you’re about to get a little sadder. Fox announced yesterday that SpeedCenter and talk-show Wind Tunnel will not be part of the new all-sports channel in two months time. Fox will continue to produce a NASCAR highlights show, as well as pre- and post-race coverage. Like ESPN with NHL, Fox doesn’t really seem to care about motorsports they don’t have the rights for. And before you ask, no, there is still no word whether Fox Sports 1 will be available in Canada. Bell recently added Speed in HD, so either they are preparing to show FS1, or they are trolling their viewers who have been complaining about wanting Speed in HD for the past few years.
NHL Stanley Cup:
Game 4: 2,653,000, Game 5: 2,911,000, Game 6: 3,401,000, Game 6 Post-Game on CBC: 1,356,000.
Fri vs. A’s: 908,000; Mon vs. Rays: 655,000; Tue vs. Rays: 608,000.