Sportsnet Coverage of the 49th Vanier Cup

CISI’ve haven’t watched a CIS game in my life, so I figure rather than potential getting something wrong by typing up a post, I’d go for the safe option of just copying and pasting the press release below.

The other thing I wonder though is why Sportsnet is showing this on their four regional channels as well as 360. I understand CIS games have been on SN 360 all season, but surely people aren’t so stupid they would go to 360, see something that wasn’t the Vanier Cup (such as NCAA football, which Sportsnet seems to have forgotten all about lately, but I digress), and change to another sports network? Are they? I’m sure that’s the thinking anyway.

This weekend the road to the Vanier Cup comes full stop and for one Canadian university team, glory awaits. Sportsnet, the new home of the Vanier Cup, takes fans down the field at Université Laval Stadium in Quebec City, QC for exclusive, all-access multiplatform coverage of the Telus Vanier Cup between the Calgary Dinos and the defending champion Laval Rouge et Or this Saturday, Nov. 23 beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT on Sportsnet,, and on the Sportsnet radio network.

Play-by-play announcer Tim Micallef and analyst and CFL Grey Cup champion Mike Morreale hit the broadcast booth to call the game, while former CIS quarterback Justin Dunk and Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron report from the sidelines. Host Brad Fay will be joined on-location at the Laval campus by analyst and former Vanier Cup winner Andy Baechler, with special guests including McMaster head football coach Stefan Ptaszek, as well as two-time all-Canadian receiver and the Canadian Bachelor, Brad Smith. Sportsnet’s award-winning journalist Stephen Brunt will also make a special appearance on the panel.

Sportsnet’s coverage of the 49th Vanier Cup marks the first year of a new six-year agreement between Sportsnet and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), which includes the multiplatform rights to an all-encompassing portfolio of CIS sports across television, online, and mobile.

Vanier Cup Across Sportsnet’s Platforms:

TV – Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific

Pre-Game Show (Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT)

  • The half-hour pre-game show features interviews, analysis, news updates and in-depth profiles, including:
    • A look at Calgary Dinos running back Mercer Timmis, nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy as CIS football player of the year
    • Up close with Alex Skinner, Laval’s star quarterback from Ottawa, ON

Stephen Brunt Video Essay

  • A special Stephen Brunt essay detailing the history of the Vanier Cup and the people behind the Canadian university football championship

Digital –

  • Reporter Justin Dunk takes a look at the Top 5 CFL prospects in this year’s Vanier Cup, as well as a feature on the Calgary Dinos drawing inspiration from a fallen teammate
  • Full Vanier Cup preview and breakdown by reporter Donnovan Bennett
  • How they got here: a complete statistical breakdown of Laval and Calgary’s season

Radio – Sportsnet Radio Network

  • Fans can catch live coverage of the 49th Vanier Cup on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, 1310News and News 95.7 at 12:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. MT

Game Information

The second-ranked Laval Rouge et Or make their fourth consecutive trip to the Vanier Cup after beating the Mount Allison Mounties 48-21 in the Uteck Bowl last Saturday. On the other side of the ball, No. 3 ranked Calgary Dinos return for their third Vanier Cup appearance in the last five years, following a lopsided 44-3 victory over the Western Mustangs in last week’s Mitchell Bowl, led by star running back Mercer Timmis.

7 thoughts on “Sportsnet Coverage of the 49th Vanier Cup

  1. Good that you were honest in admitting not ever seen CIS football. But for a Canadian sports media blog writer, it is pretty shocking!

    And you have missed some good football. Vanier Cup 2 years between Laval & Mac is one of my top 10 football games of all time spanning US college, NFL & LCF.

    • Yeah, I thought the same thing as I typed it out. In my defence, I’ve only been in Canada a few years so it has yet to grow on me or peak my interest ahead of other sports, also, I’m rarely home at 1pm on a Saturday.

  2. Hopefully Sportsnet will soon give the Final 8 CIS men’s and women’s nationals basketball championship the kind of coverage the Vanier Cup is getting nationally right now. Especially with Carleton still dominating as it ever does.

  3. You missed an excellent game. Not all great sport is about $$$$$

  4. Well, the game is over already, congratulations for Rouge-et-Or for their 8th championship. However, SN coverage of the game is really atrocious. It is four hours of amateur hour. We do not have to compare it with NCAA coverage. Just compare it with last year’s TSN coverage.

    Missing the snap, late in playing replay, critical plays not being replayed, ball get out of viewing field, incorrect camera angles.

  5. Do you have the numbers? I bet they don’t compare to TSN from the last two years.

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