Friday Press Release Links

Lots of news in Canadian sports media today. I don’t have time to write about it, so here are the press releases anyway. I hope to write about CBC’s Olympic coverage and some of these bits of news sometime soon.

Sportsnet has revealed coverage for their Men’s Provincial Curling Championships as the Brier field is set today. Sportsnet had Alberta’s Boston Pizza Cup, Ontario’s The Dominion Tankard and Manitoba’s Safeway Championship. See what I wrote on Sportsnet’s coverage earlier this week here. The big news from Sportsnet today is that curling broadcast legend Ray Turnbull will return as an analyst for the Safeway Championship alongside Roger Millions. Turnbull retired from his job at TSN, where he had covered curling since 1986, in 2010. Sportsnet’s other commentators are Don Landry and Richard Hart in Alberta, and Rob Faulds and Mike Harris in Ontario. Here is the press release.

The James Cybulski project at TSN Radio is coming to an end. TSN wanted Cybulski’s show to win viewers away from Primetime Sports on The Fan 590. It obviously didn’t work as well as TSN hoped because Dave Naylor will replace him beginning February 18. TSN2 will also simulcast Naylor’s show and Mike Richards’ morning show that week. I still think shows that compete with those on The Fan are probably better. I’ll give Naylor’s show a shot though. He knows his sports. Here is TSN’s press release.

As a Moncton Wildcats fan, I’m extremely happy with Sportsnet’s announcement of upcoming CHL Friday Night Hockey games. The Wildcats are featured tonight (vs. Halifax) and on March 1 (@ Rimouski). The Sarnia Sting are also featured twice. Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Jack Morris is joining The Fan 590 and Sportsnet as a Blue Jays analyst. He will primarly work on the radio, but will appear on TV as well. He is replacing Alan Ashby. Sportsnet also released their Jays spring training schedule, with six games on TV. That might be the most ever. And the coverage starts in just two weeks with a Saturday afternoon game on February 23.

Here is the press release on a very interesting documentary coming to TSN as part of Bell Let’s Talk week.

MLS TV schedule came out earlier this week. Here are the MLS on TSN, Toronto FC on Sportsnet, and Whitecaps on Sportsnet.

Friday Night Hockey in Ottawa for 2nd Straight Week

Sportsnet has announced that their Friday Night Hockey broadcast will originate from Ottawa for the second consecutive week. This week features game 1 of the OHL semifinal series between Ottawa and Barrie. Here is their press release.

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey drops the puck on Game 1 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference semifinal series as the Ottawa 67’s host the Barrie Colts on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (PT) on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Jeff Marek and analyst Damien Cox set the stage for the showdown from the Sportsnet studio, while play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds bring viewers all of the live playoff action from the Ottawa Civic Centre.

Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet provides CHL playoff game coverage Friday nights throughout the post-season, culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET through to the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET. (Full MasterCard Memorial Cup broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).