Details of New CFL on TSN Deal

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.

UEFA Schedule: October 22-24

It is matchday 3 in the Champions League and Europa League this week. Here is the broadcast schedule for Canada.

Tuesday October 23
11:45am, Spartak Moscow v. Benfica – Sportsnet World
2:30pm, Manchester United v. Braga – Sportsnet (encore: 7pm, SN1)
2:30pm, Barcelona v. Celtic – Sportsnet ONE
2:30pm, Shakhtar Donetsk v. Chelsea – Sportsnet World
5:00pm, Lille v. Bayern Munich – Sportsnet World (delay)

Wednesday October 24
11:45am, Zenit v. Anderlecht – Sportsnet World
2:30pm, Dortmund v. Real Madrid – Sportsnet
2:30pm, Arsenal v. Schalke 04 – Sportsnet ONE
2:30pm, Ajax v. Manchester City – Sportsnet World
5:00pm, Malaga v. AC Milan – Sportsnet World (delay)

Thursday October 25
1:00pm, Maribor v. Tottenham – Sportsnet
1:00pm, Internazionale v. Partizan – Sportsnet ONE
1:00pm, Panathinaikos v. Lazio – Sportsnet World
3:00pm, Liverpool v. Anzhi – Sportsnet
3:00pm, Newcastle v. Brugge – Sportsnet World
3:00pm, Atletico Madrid v. Academia – Sportsnet ONE
5:30pm, Rubin Kazan v. Neftichi – Sportsnet World (delay)
7:30pm, Sparta Praha v. Shamona – Sportsnet World (delay)

Less is More With MLB International

Sportsnet’s choice to use Major League Baseball’s international feed for select postseason games draws the ire of Canadians every year. Comments range from “the graphics suck”, to “the commentators suck”, to “I miss TBS”. While there is no doubt that it doesn’t have all the features that Fox and TBS have, MLB International offers a solid broadcast.

Even in baseball, where talk needs to fill plenty of dead air, three commentators in the booth is usually too many. This is one of the biggest problems with the TBS broadcasts. Ron Darling is a great analyst, but why does TBS need another pitcher, John Smoltz, in the booth? Gary Thorne, who is one of the best and most experienced baseball commentators, is able to convey the game to viewers better than both Joe Buck and Ernie Johnson Jr. Rick Sutcliffe, much like Tim McCarver, isn’t exactly a wordsmith, but he doesn’t back away from criticizing star players either. On more than one occasion during the ALCS he gave it to Alex Rodriguez for not being a team player. Yes, he’s old school. Is that necessarily a bad thing though?

MLB International’s graphics have actually moved into the 21st century in recent years. I wouldn’t mind a pitch count somewhere on the screen, but neither Fox nor TBS offer one either. TBS does have a pitchtrax, which I can take or leave to be honest. I don’t see the need for it all the time. And on replays it is usually fairly easy to tell balls/strikes just by following the ball. The international feed lacks an on-field reporter, but again it isn’t a huge loss. Ken Rosenthal is more useful before the trade deadline than he is after. And for some reason Fox sees the need for another reporter in Erin Andrews. Craig Sager tends to ask the obvious question on TBS. Going back to the ALDS he asked Raul Ibanez where he was all game before he pitch-hit in the 9th inning.

Those who don’t like the international feed won’t have to see another production of their’s until next October. The NLCS and World Series are both on Fox.

McCarver Moments… Just how bad is Tim McCarver? I decided to keep track of some of his best quotes from Monday’s NLCS game 2. Here they are:

  • “Foul splashdowns do not count in this park.” – after a ball was hit foul and landed in the pool
  • He criticized the Cardinals for pitching around Angel Pagan (who had earlier hit a home run) to face Marco Scuturo. It is questionable whether the Cards even pitched around Pagan, even more questionable why McCarver had a problem with it.
  • “Having it the bathroom is better than having it in the kitchen.” – referring to Chris Carpenter’s rib, which he kept in a jar in his house after surgery.
  • “Most players see the field from field level.”

de Guzman Playing for Canada… Sometimes the media puts the cart before the horse. There’s no better example than when Sportsnet broke the story that Jonathan de Guzman was considering playing for Canada if we drew with or beat Honduras and made the last round of World Cup qualifying (the hex). Part of the blame goes to Jonathan’s brother Julian for mentioning it to Sportsnet the day before the biggest Canadian soccer game in 25 years. The rest of the blame goes to Sportsnet for focusing on a player who would potentially play for Canada if the 18 guys currently on the team got a result later in the day. The story quickly became bigger news than the match itself in Canada. And as it turns out, Canada lost 8-1.

More Soviets… Haven’t had enough Russian/Soviet teams getting beat by North American teams this fall? CBC and TSN will have two more games over the next week. On Saturday CBC will likely show the Red Army vs. Philadelphia Flyers game from 1976. On Wednesday TSN will re-broadcast the final game of the 1991 World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon. The tournament was decided by a round robin at the time; however, it came down to a final game winner take all between Canada and the Soviets. Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros were the star players for Canada.

Junior Hockey… Two QMJHL games are included in Sportsnet’s upcoming CHL schedule. They are: Moncton @ Blainville-Boisbard on October 26 and Halifax @ Gatineau on November 9. Sportsnet will also have the Canada-Russia Super Seires beginning on November 5.

5toWatch:

  • EPL: It seems that if anyone are going to challenge the Manchester teams for the Premiership crown in 2012, it will be Chelsea (currently 1st on 19 points) or Spurs (currently tied for 4th on 14 points). The two meet at White Hart Lane in London on Saturday afternoon (7:30am, TSN). Spurs can go to second (for the time being at least), with a win.
  • Bundesliga: With Serie A and La Liga still on ice for Canadian fans, those looking for some non-English European action may want to look to Germany’s Bundesliga. The biggest top-flight matchup in Germany is the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. The two meet for the first time this season on Saturday (2:30pm, GolTV).
  • NCAA: Saturday is another huge day in college football as several top teams face tests on the road. The biggest games include #6 LSU @ #18 Texas A&M (12pm, TSN2), #7 South Carolina @ #2 Florida (3:30pm, CBS) and #4 Kansas State @ #13 West Virginia (7pm, FOX). The top ranked team in the first BCS standings, Alabama, will also face their toughest test yet as they travel to Tennessee (7pm, theScore). The results of these games could drastically shake up the top 10 in the BCS rankings.
  • NFL: The biggest NFL game of the week features the 5-1 Ravens facing the 5-1 Texans in Houston (Sunday, 1pm, CTV/CBS). If that game isn’t available to you, watch for Packers @ Rams (1pm, TSN2), Redskins @ Giants (1pm, CTV/FOX) or Cardinals @ Vikings (1pm, CTV/FOX). Most will get at least 2 or 3 of those games, making the 1pm Sunday timeslot the best to watch NFL this weekend.
  • UEFA: In one of the biggest Champions League matches yet this season, the champions of Spain, Real Madrid, face the German champions, Borussia Dortmund (Wednesday, 2:30pm, Sportsnet). The Westfalenstadion, Dortmund’s 66, 000 seat home stadium, is known to be the loudest in Europe.

FIFA TV Schedule: September 6-11

The new World Cup cycle has began as European World Cup 2014 Qualifying kicks-off this weekend. Between Sportsnet and GolTV, it seems there is unprecedented coverage this cycle. Here is the complete TV schedule. All times are Eastern.

Thursday September 6
International Friendlies
1:00pm, Sweden v. China (from Helsingborg) – GolTV

Friday September 7
World Cup Qualifying
12:00pm, Russia v. Northern Ireland (from Moscow) – Sportsnet
12:00pm, Kazakhstan v. Ireland (from Astana) – GolTV
12:00pm, Azerbaijan v. Israel (from Baku) – SN1
2:15pm, Croatia v. Macedonia (from Zagreb) – SN World+
2:30pm, Slovenia v. Suisse (from Ljubljana) – SN World+
2:30pm, Finland v. France (from Helsinki) – SN World+
2:30pm, Latvia v. Greece (from Riga) – SN World+
2:45pm, Moldova v. England (from Chisinau) – Sportsnet
2:45pm, Luxembourg v. Portugal (from Luxembourg City) – SN1
2:45pm, Bulgaria v. Italy (from Sofia) – SN World
2:45pm, Germany v. Faroe Islands (from Hanover) – SN World+
5:00pm, Holland v. Turkey (from Amsterdam) – SN World
7:00pm, Montenegro v. Poland (from Podgorcia) – GolTV
7:30pm, Canada v. Panama (from Toronto) – SN1

International Friendlies
2:45pm, Brazil v. South Africa (from Sao Paulo) – GolTV
7:00pm, Spain v. Saudi Arabia (from Ponteverda) – SN World

Saturday September 8
World Cup Qualifying
10:00am, Scotland v. Serbia (from Glasgow) – Sportsnet

Tuesday September 11
World Cup Qualifying
1:00pm, Israel v. Russia (from Ramat Gan) – Sportsnet
1:30pm, Georgia v. Spain (from Tbilisi) – SN1
1:30pm, Romania v. Andorra (from Bucharest) – SN World+
2:30pm, Austria v. Germany (from Vienna) – GolTV
2:30pm, Serbia v. Wales (from Novi Sad) – SN World+
2:30pm, Hungary v. Holland (from Budapest) – SN World
2:45pm, Belgium v. Croatia (from Brussels) – SN World+
2:45pm, Greece v. Lithuania (from Athens) – SN World+
2:45pm, Poland v. Moldova (from Wroclaw) – SN World+
3:00pm, England v. Ukraine (from London) – Sportsnet
3:00pm, France v. Belarus (from Paris) – SN World+
3:15pm, Portugal v. Azerbaijan (from Braga) – SN World+
3:30pm, Italy v. Malta (from Modena) – SN1
4:30pm, Sweden v. Kazakhstan (from Malmo) – GolTV
9:00pm, Panama v. Canada (from Panama City) – Sportsnet

Breaking: Sportsnet World Launches New Soccer Central

This news has been brewing for some months now. Sportsnet and Fox Soccer are partnering to launch a new nightly soccer highlights program. To me., it seems this takes former Canadian soccer shows like Fox Soccer Report and Setanta Connected to a whole new level. Sportsnet will produce two versions of the show. Fox Soccer News will air at 10pm ET on Fox Soccer in America. Soccer Central will air at 11pm ET on Sportsnet World in Canada.

Brendon Dunlop will host the new show. Analysts will include former Fox Soccer Report analyst Bobby McMahon, Kara Lang, Colin Miller and Thomas Rongen.

Here is the press release.

Sportsnet, in partnership with FOX Soccer, today announced it will be launching Soccer Central, a new nightly one-hour soccer news show beginning Friday, Aug. 17 at 11 p.m. ET on Sportsnet World – on the eve prior to the start of the highly anticipated 2012-13 Barclays Premier League campaign.

Fuelling footy fans with news, highlights and analysis from the world’s best soccer leagues and events, Soccer Central will air every night at 11 p.m. ET on Sportsnet World, 365 days a year. Sportsnet will also produce Fox Soccer News, a separate edition of the one-hour soccer news program that will air nightly at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer in the US.

“The launch of Soccer Central bolsters Sportsnet’s already robust portfolio of soccer programming and solidifies our commitment to delivering viewers premium soccer content,” said Scott Woodgate, Vice-President of News and Information Programming, Sportsnet. “We are thrilled to partner with Fox Soccer as we continue to serve as Canada’s premiere destination for soccer news, opinion and highlights.”

“With the increased resources we are devoting to Fox Soccer News, we look forward to the show reaching new heights as America’s nightly soccer destination,” said FOX Soccer Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Dermot McQuarrie. “We’ve committed to make this show the one-stop shop for soccer news and highlights from home and around the globe.”

Brendan Dunlop –former co-host of The Footy Show on The Score and The Hardcore Footy Show on Hardcore Sports Radio on Sirius XM – will host Soccer Central, alongside a line-up of soccer’s top analysts including Thomas Rongen, former professional player and coach; Colin Miller, former captain of Canada’s men’s national soccer team; Kara Lang, former member of Canada’s women’s national soccer team; and Bobby McMahon, known for his analysis on the Fox Soccer Report.

In addition to covering the world’s best soccer competitions such as UEFA Champions League, Europa League and La Liga, Soccer Central will feature a bureau in London led by Paul Burland and Paul Belverstone filing daily reports on England’s most prominent clubs.

More information regarding new on-air personality additions for Soccer Central will be announced in the coming weeks

Where Will My Favourite Soccer League Air in 2012?

It’s a question soccer fans across the county have asked themselves all summer. As I reported in the spring, Canadian television contracts for the Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Europa League would all possibly change hands this summer. Turns out they all did. Sportsnet picked up rights to the Europa League back in the spring. It will air on Sportsnet World and Sportsnet One. The other three domestic leagues are still up in the air. More on that later. But, let’s start with what’s stayed the same. Here is a quick league-by-league rundown.

International Matches – Sportsnet owns rights to the vast majority of international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, including all of Canada’s home qualifying matches. Canada’s away games must be purchased from another company. Sportsnet also owns rights to the home matches of Spain, Germany, Holland, France, Portugal, England, Croatia, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic. GolTV owns rights to some matches marketed by Kentaro. These could possibly include Austria, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Wales, Faroe Islands and Kazahkstan home matches, as well as some friendlies. GolTV Canada also owns rights to Brazil’s neutral site and home matches.

UEFA Champions League – Sportsnet is now in the first year of a new three year contract, but coverage remains largely unchanged. Sportsnet, Sportsnet World and Sportsnet One will continue to air 6 matches live each matchday during the group stage (1 Tuesday and 1 Wednesday on each channel). Other matches will air on tape-delay on Sportsnet World. All knockout stage matches will air live, with the final on Sportsnet (and Fox).

Europa League – Sportsnet is also the new exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the Europa League. Sportsnet One and Sportsnet World will each broadcast two matches each matchday. One will air at 1pm ET, with the other following at 3pm ET. Coverage begins with the group stage. I hope to have more information on Sportsnet’s Europa League coverage later this summer.

Premier League – The Premier League is entering the final year of its current three-year contract with Sportsnet. Coverage remains unchanged from last year. TSN2 will have a Saturday morning game. Sportsnet will have a doubleheader on Saturday morning/afternoon. Sportsnet World will show a 10am ET game on Saturday morning, plus all Sunday games. Weekday games will mostly air on TSN2 or Sportsnet World.

F.A. Cup – Sportsnet is entering a new contract with the Football Association to broadcast the FA Cup. The new deals is for six years. They can show up to 59 matches per year beginning with the 5th round proper. It is not clear is matches will only air on Sportsnet World (as in the past), or on the main Sportsnet channel as well. Again, I hope to have more information later in the summer.

Championship/League CupContrary to unverified reports, Sportsnet still owns Canadian broadcast rights to the Football League package. This includes Championship, League Cup and Promotion Playoffs matches for Sportsnet World. Coverage will be similar to last season.

It seems that Sportsnet World has in fact lost rights to the Football League. Most likely to Bein Sports.

La Liga – Bein Sports (owned by the same company as Al Jazeera) owns Canadian rights to La Liga beginning this season. They currently have no channel to show them on here; however, VP of Programming Antonio Briceno said in June that they plan to show those matches here. There is a lot of speculation and mis-information about La Liga airing in Canada. Other than Bein Sports owning the rights, nothing has been confirmed a week from the start of the season.

Serie A – As far as I know, Serie A won’t be returning to theScore. It is likely that Bein Sports has picked up the rights to this league as well. Again, they currently have no channel to show matches on in Canada. It has also been reported in Italy that RAI might drop international rights to Serie A in Italian due to cost-cutting measures from the Italian government.

Ligue 1 – Bein Sports owns worldwide rights to Ligue 1. It falls under the same category as La Liga in that they have no channel to show it on in Canada. One match per week will air in French on TV5.

Note: As I said, there is a lot of misinformation, and speculation on where Bein’s matches will air in Canada. They could buy-in to a current channel, simply sub-license rights to the highest bidder, or even not show the matches at all. I do understand that, to some degree at least, the usual suspects for showing these leagues are interested in the rights. Whether a deal will get done before the La Liga and Serie A seasons kick off over the next couple of weeks, I don’t know. Once I know more about the situation, I will update.

Bundesliga – GolTV Canada still owns rights to the top league in Germany. They can air 2-3 matches per week, as with GolTV in America. GolTV is no longer using international feed commentary for these games. It is now their own commentators calling the matches off a monitor in Florida.

There are plenty of changes for soccer news shows as well. Fox Soccer Report is done. Analyst Bobby McMahon says Thursday will be the last show. So, fans of the show who get Euroworld Sport, tune-in while you still can.

On Fox Soccer in America, Fox Soccer Report is being replaced by a new highlights show produced by another Canadian network. Sportsnet is also launching a new soccer highlights show on Friday night. Put 2 and 2 together… The new show will originate from Toronto. Sportsnet is calling it Soccer Central, while Fox is using Fox Soccer News as the name (no idea which will be used on-air, maybe both). It will air at 11:00pm ET every night on Sportsnet World, with encores the next day at 1pm ET/MT/PT on the regional channels. With Thomas Dobby leaving theScore, I think it’s likely he will land here as the producer. I’ve also heard that Brendon Dunlop may leave theScore to join the show. Otherwise, Sportsnet personalities like Gerry Dobson, Craig Forrest and Kara Lang could appear. To be clear, I’m just speculating on this. Expect an official announcement sometime before the show launches Friday.

The Footy Show is back on theScore as well. The vodcast returns this week and will be on YouTube from Monday through Thursday. It will also air on theScore television on Mondays and Thursdays starting in September. James Sharman and Kristian Jack will continue to host.

Sportsnet is also launching a new series of overflow channels on Rogers Cable (channels 370 through 381). These will carry bonus live UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League and World Cup Qualifying matches live.

Thanks to Andy at CanadaSoccerTV for the tip on Sportsnet World’s new overflow channels. Check out his site for the latest soccer TV schedules.

Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 14 (Friday, August 10)

2008 Olympic silver medalist Karine Sergerie (pictured) and Sébastien Michaud are medal contenders in Taekwondo on Friday.

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Canoeing: Preliminary Heats/Semifinals (live; 4:30am)
Boxing: Men’s Semifinals (live; 8:30am)
Cycling: BMX Semifinals/Finals (live; 10:00am)

TSN MORNING

Taekwondo: Men’s 80kg/Women’s 67kg preliminaries (live; 6:00am)
Wrestling: Men’s 55kg/74kg last 16/quarters/semis (live; 8:00am)
Taekwondo: Men’s 80kg/Women’s 67kg quarters/semis (live; 10:00am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Swimming: Men’s 10km Marathon (live; 7:00am)
Synchronized Swimming: Women’s Team Final (live; 10:00am)

OLN DAYTIME

Women’s Hockey: Great Britain v. New Zealand (live; 10:30am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Montenegro (12:30pm)
Women’s Hockey: Netherlands v. Argentina (live; 3:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Canoeing: Semifinals (10:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Montenegro (live; 10:40am)
Canoeing: Semifinals (11:45am)
Swimming: Men’s 10km Marathon
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualification (1:45pm)
Wrestling: Men’s 55kg/74kg Finals (2:45pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Men’s Basketball: Spain v. Russia (live; 12:00pm)
Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Basketball: Argentina v. United States (live; 4:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Wrestling: Men’s 55kg/74kg medal round (live; 1:00pm)
Taekwondo: Men’s 80kg/Women’s 67kg medal round (live; 3:00pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualification (11:30am)
Men’s Volleyball: Bulgaria v. Russia (12:30pm)
Diving: Men’s 10m Preliminaries (live; 2:00pm)
Soccer: Korea v. Japan (live; 2:45pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 14 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four-hour show recaps the athletics events of the day, BMX cycling and Tory Nyhaug*’s performance, taekwondo with looks at Karine Sergerie and Sébastien Michaud’s results, diving, canoe/kayak, and marathon swimming.

TSN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-9:30pm)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through Day 14 highlights including recaps of men’s volleyball semifinals, Canada’s underwater performance in synchronized swimming, and men’s water polo semifinal #2 (Italy v. Serbia)

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (10:30pm-2:30am ET)

Host Brad Fay reviews the men’s basketball semifinals with coverage of powerhouse Argentina taking on the favoured United States, as well as Spain vs. Russia. Canadians Karine Sergerie and Sébastien Michaud look to fight their way to the podium in taekwondo, while Adam van Koeverden teaches kayaking in another edition of The Experts.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Canoeing: Qualifying Heats/Semifinals

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

Finals in Track & Field relays, plus finals in BMX Cycling, a men’s Volleyball semifinal, and qualifying in men’s platform Diving.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the women’s hammer throw and 5000m, and a men’s Water Polo semifinal match.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Canöe-kayak course en ligne (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale (en direct, 4h30)
Nage en eau libre (femmes) – finale (en direct, 7h00)
BMX (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale/finale (en direct, 10h00)
Handball (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 12h00)
Taekwondo (hommes, femmes) – quarte de finale/demi-finale (en direct, 13h15)
Soccer (hommes) – médaille de bronze (en direct, 14h45)
Taekwondo (hommes, femmes) – finale (en direct, 17h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Taekwondo (hommes, femmes) – préliminaires (en direct, 4h00)
Boxe (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 8h30)
Nage synchronisée (femmes) – finale par équipe (en direct, 10h00)
Water-polo (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 11h30)
Basketball (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 12h00)
Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – séries/finale (en direct, 14h00)
Basketball (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 16h25)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Volleyball (hommes)  (en direct, 10h00)
Boxe (hommes) (en direct, 11h30)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualification (live; 7:00am) – Urdu
Women’s Hockey: Great Britain v. New Zealand (live; 11:10am)
Women’s Hockey: Netherlands v. Argentina (live; 3:00pm)

OMNI.1

Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 10 (Monday, August 6)

Canadian middleweight boxer Mary Spencer makes her Olympic debut in the quarterfinals.

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Canoeing: Preliminary Heats (live; 4:30am)
Athletics: Qualifying Rounds (live; 5:00am)
Men’s Basketball: Australia v. Russia (7:00am)
Gymnastics: Individual Finals (live; 9:00am)

TSN MORNING

Men’s Volleyball: Russia v. Serbia (live; 6:30am)
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final (live; 9:00am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Canoeing: Semifinals (live; 5:00am)
Men’s Volleyball: Australia v. Poland (8:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Romania v. Serbia (live; 9:00am)
Boxing: Women’s quarterfinals (live; 10:30am)

OLN DAYTIME

Women’s Hockey: Japan v. China (live; 8:45am)
Women’s Hockey: Korea v. Belgium (live; 11:00am)
Women’s Hockey: Great Britain v. Netherlands (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Hockey: Argentina v. Australia (live; 4:15pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Athletics: Qualifying Rounds (10:00am, 1:15pm and 4;30pm)
Men’s Water Polo: United States v. Hungary (live; 10:30am)
Canoeing: Semifinals (11:30am and 1:45pm)
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final (12:00pm)
Synchronized Swimming: Duet Preliminary (12:45pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Pļaviņš/Šmēdiņš (LAT) v. Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Tunisia (live; 3:00pm)
Cycling: Women’S Sprint quarterfinals (4:15pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Track Cycling: Men’s Sprint Finals (live; 11:00am)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 1:45pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Brink/Reckermann (GER) v. Ricardo/Cunha (BRA) (live; 5:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Synchronized Swimming: Duet Preliminary (12:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Alison/Emmanuel (BRA) v. Fijałek/Prudel (POL) (live; 1:00pm)
Women’s Soccer:  Canada v. United States (live; 2:30pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Women’s Soccer: France v. Japan (live; 12:00pm)
Diving: Men’s 3m Preliminaries (live; 2:00pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 10 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four hour show includes recaps of canoe/kayak and Adam van Koeverden, women’s boxing and Mary Spencer, cycling and Tara Whitten, women’s 100m hurdles with a focus on Jessica Zelinka, Phylicia George, and Nikkita Holder, plus Canada’s mixed team jumping results. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also features Soccer Prime Time Studio Analyst Kara Lang in studio to break down the semifinal showdown between Canada and the United States in women’s soccer along with reviews of gymnastics, diving, and synchronized swimming

TSN PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 10 highlights, including recaps of the women’s soccer semifinal match-up between Canada and the United States, Mary Spencer’s performance in women’s boxing, Tara Whitten’s results in the first day of omnium competition, along with looks at men’s beach volleyball and volleyball

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

Host Brad Fay features Mary Spencer in the latest installment of Upclose, as she begins her quest for history and gold in women’s boxing.  Also, the popular Superbodies feature returns, taking a closer look at the toll it takes on the human body to run a 100m race. Plus, a review of men’s basketball as the United States faces its toughest task yet against Argentina.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-10:00pm)

Beach Volleyball: Men’s Quarterfinals
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

More apparatus finals in Gymnastics, plus the men’s 400m final in Track & Field coverage. Also, qualifying in men’s springboard Diving, a men’s Beach Volleyball quarterfinal and the men’s sprint final in track Cycling.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the women’s steeplechase and shot put, plus the women’s omnium – a new program in Olympic Cycling.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Canöe-kayak course en ligne (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale K1 1000m (hommes), C1 1000m (hommes), K2 1000m (hommes), K4 500m (femmes) (en direct, 4h30)
Basketball (hommes) Tunésie vs Lithuanie (en direct, 7h00)
Boxe (femmes) quart de finale (en direct, 8h30)
Nage synchronisée – duets routine libre (en direct, 10h00)
Plongeon (hommes) – tremplin 3m – Préliminaires (en direct, 16h45)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – ronde de qualification/séries Lancer du disque (hommes), 100m haies (femmes), lancer du poids (femmes), 800m (hommes), 1500m (femmes) (en direct, 5h00)
Volleyball (hommes) (RUS vs SRB) (en direct, 7h15)
Gymnastique artistique (hommes, femmes) – finale: Anneaux (hommes), barres asymétriques (femmes), saut de cheval (hommes) (en direct, 9h00)
Cyclisme sur piste (hommes, femmes) – quarte de finale/demi-finale/finale + Épreuve de vitesse (hommes), épreuve de vitesse en équipe (femmes), épreuves de vitesse (femmes) (en direct, 11h05)
Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale/finale: Saut à la perche (femmes), lancer du poids (femmes), 200m (femmes), 400m Haies (femmes), 400m Haies (hommes), 3000m Steeple (femmes), 400m (hommes) (en direct, 14h00)
Basketball (hommes) (ARG vs EU) (en direct, 16h40)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Basketball (hommes) (en direct, 9h30)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Gymnastics: Individual Finals (live; 9:00am) – Bangla

OMNI.1

Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Wrestling: Men’s Greco Roman Medal Rounds (live; 12:45pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Wrestling: Men’s Greco Roman Medal Rounds (live; 12:45pm) – Punjabi
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Wrestling: Men’s Greco Roman Medal Rounds (live; 12:45pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 8 (Saturday, August 4)

Karen Cockburn, Canada’s flagbearer at the Beijing Closing Ceremony, will attempt to win a medal in her fourth straight Olympics in women’s trampoline today. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Triathlon: Women’s Race (live; 4:00am)
Men’s Basketball: Russia v. Spain (live; 6:15am)
Badminton: Women’s Doubles Bronze
Athletics: Men’s 100m Preliminaries
Gymnastics: Women’s Trampoline (live; 9:00am)

TSN MORNING

Rowing: Finals (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Soccer QF: Japan v. Honduras (live; 7:20am)
Diving: Women’s 3m Semifinal (live; 9:30am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Athletics: Qualifying Rounds (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Basketball: Lithuania v. United States (live; 9:30am)
Track Cycling: Women’s Team Pursuit (live; 11:00am)

OLN DAYTIME

Equestrian: Jumping qualifying (live; 5:30am)
Men’s Soccer QF: Mexico v. Senegal (live; 9:30am)
Athletics: Men’s 20km Race Walk (live; 12:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Tennis: Women’s Singles Final (live; 9:00am)
Gymnastics: Women’s Trampoline (11:00am)
Athletics: Preliminary Rounds (11:15am and 1:30pm)
Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Russia (live; 11:45am)
Cycling: Women’s Team Pursuit (2:00pm)
Men’s Water Polo: United States v. Serbia (live; 2:40pm)
Rowing: Finals (3:45pm)
Athletics: Men’s 10, 000m Final (live; 4:15pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Prokopiev/Semenov (RUS) v. Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) (live; 5:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Tennis: Women’s Singles Final (12:00pm)
Swimming: Finals (live; 2:30pm)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 3:30pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Men’s Soccer QF: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm)
Men’s Soccer QF: Great Britain v. Korea (live; 2:45pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:00pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Host Brian Williams gives Canadians a complete rundown of results from the jam packed Day 8. The four-hour show includes highlights and recaps of athletics, swimming, trampoline, tennis, equestrian, cycling, and diving events from earlier in the day. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also includes a review of key Canadian performances including Dylan Armstrong, Jessica Zelinka, Ryan Cochrane, the men’s 4x100m medley relay team, Karen Cockburn, the mixed jumping team, Paula Findlay, and more.

TSN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes fans through four hours of recaps and highlights, including women’s triathlon and a look at Paula Findlay’s performance, men’s doubles tennis, beach volleyball, the results of Zach Bell and Tara Whitten in cycling and an athletics wrap up featuring Jessica Zelinka, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, and more.

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

Host Brad Fay reviews Canada’s many medal opportunities from Day 8, including Ryan Cochrane in the men’s 1,500m freestyle, Karen Cockburn in the women’s individual trampoline, Canada’s women’s team pursuit in cycling, and Paula Findlay in the women’s triathlon. Sportsnet also has a full recap of the women’s singles final in tennis and an emotional Difference Makers with Rick Hansen segment on trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan’s relationship with her grandfather. All this, plus a look at Usain Bolt’s first day back on the track for the first round of the men’s 100m.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Men’s Soccer Quarterfinals

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

Swimming concludes with four finals, including the men’s and women’s medley relays. Plus the women’s 100m dash, the women’s springboard semifinal in Diving and Beach Volleyball.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the women’s discus, plus events in track Cycling.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Triathlon (Femmes), Aviron et Trampoline (en direct, 4h00)
Athletisme (en direct, 11h15)
Athletisme et Boxe (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Triathlon, Athletisme (Hommes) et Water-polo (en direct, 4h00)
Plongeon (Femmes) et Soccer (Hommes) (en direct, 9h30)
Couverture en direct de Natation, Halterophilie et Basketball (Hommes) (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Un rameur en couple finale (femmes), poids léger deux de couple finale (hommes), un rameur en couple finale (femmes), poids léger deux de couple finale (femmes), poids léger deux de couple finale (hommes), poids léger deux de couple finale (femmes) (en direct, 4h30)
Tennis, finale hommes et femmes (en direct, 9h00)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Badminton: Women’s Doubles Bronze (live; 4:00am) – Hindi
Badminton: Women’s Singles Bronze/Gold Finals (live; 8:30am) – Hindi

OMNI.1

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm) – Portuguese

OMNI.2

Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm) – Portuguese
Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm) – Portuguese
Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm PT)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 4 (Tuesday, July 31)

Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito look to add to Canada’s diving medal total in the women’s 10m synchro. They have consistently finished on the podium so far this season. (photo credit: Feng Li/Getty Images)

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Swimming: Men’s 100m Freestyle heats (live; 5:00am)
Rowing: Repechage/Quarterfinals/Semifinals (live; 5:40am)
Tennis: Milos Raonic (CAN) v. Jo-Wilfrid Tsonga (FRA) (live; 7:00am)
Diving: Women’s 10m Synchronized Final (live; 10:00am)

TSN MORNING

Swimming: Preliminary heats (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Hungary v. Montenegro (7:15am)
Canoe Slalom: Men’s C1 Semifinals/Final (live; 8:30am)
Weightlifting: Women’s 63kg Final (live; 10:30am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Men’s Volleyball: Bulgaria v. Poland (live; 6:30am)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Alison/Emmanuel (BRA) v. Bellaguarda/Heuscher (SUI)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Maria/Talita (BRA) v. Goller/Ludwig (GER)
Women’s Soccer: Canada v. Sweden (live; 9:30am)

OLN DAYTIME

Equestrian: Eventing Team Jumping Final (live; 5:30am)
Equestrian: Eventing Individual Jumping Final (live; 9:30am)
Tennis: Second Round Matches (live; 10:35am)

NBC DAYTIME

Canoe Slalom: Men’s C1 Final (live; 10:00am)
Swimming: Preliminary heats (10:30am and 1:30pm)
Rowing: Repechage/Quarterfinals/Semifinals (11:15am and 2:00pm)
Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Germany (live; 11:45am)
Men’s Water Polo: United States vs. Romania (live; 2:30pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Rogers/Dalhausser (USA) v. Herrera/Gavira (ESP) (live; 4:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Gymnastics: Women’s Team Final (live; 11:30am)
Swimming: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:30pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Khomyakova/Ukolova (RUS) v. Lessard/Martin (CAN) (4:30pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Women’s Soccer: United States v. North Korea (live; 12:30pm)
Women’s Soccer: Great Britain v. Brazil (live; 2:45pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Germany (live; 11:30am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Spain (1:15pm)
Men’s Basketball: France v. Argentina (live; 3:00pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Brian Williams hosts OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV with a rundown of Day 4 highlights and results, including a focus on how Team Canada fared in the women’s artistic gymnastics final. The four-hour show also reviews the Canada vs. Sweden match-up in women’s soccer as well as Christine Girard’s performance in weightlifting, including a Superbodies segment on the sport with Dr. Greg Wells. Along with a review of Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion’s performance, OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV recaps the day’s rowing events with Rowing Prime Time Studio Analyst Marnie McBean.

TSN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through Day 4 highlights, including extended looks at women’s soccer, men’s water polo and beach volleyball competitions from earlier in the day.

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

Brad Fay will recap women’s diving as Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion perform in the synchronized 10m platform.  Also, how tough it is to be a table tennis expert? The Toronto Blue Jays’ J.P. Arencibia and Brett Lawrie give the fast-paced sport a try in the special Consortium feature The Experts. Plus, Fay looks back at Michael Phelps attempt to make history with an opportunity to win two more medals at London 2012 in the men’s 200m butterfly and the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-10:00pm)

Equestrian: Eventing Jumping Finals

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

The U.S. women target team gold in Gymnastics, plus Diving, Michael Phelps in the men’s 200m fly final, and more.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Semifinals in the women’s 200m butterfly and men’s 200m breaststroke, plus the U.S. women in qualifying-round play of Beach Volleyball.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Aviron, (direct, 4h00)
Tennis (direct, 8h00)
Soccer (direct, 9h30)
Haltérophilie (direct, 11h30, en cours)
Tennis (en direct, 12h30)
Beach volleyball (en direct, 15h)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Beach Volleyball (en direct, 4h00)
Natation (en direct, 5h00)
Basketball (Hommes)  (en direct, 6h30, match déjà en cours)
Boxe (en direct, 8h30)
Plongeon – Femmes (en direct, 10h00)
Gymnastique artistique (en direct, 11h30)
Natation (14h30)
Boxe (16h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Volleyball (en direct, 9h30)
Basketball – Hommes (15h)
Basketball – Hommes (17h)
Volleyball (19h)
Basketball – Hommes (21h)
Basketball – hommes (22h30)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (19h-23h)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (19h-23h)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Weightlifting: Women’s 63kg Final (live; 10:30am) – Punjabi
Weightlifting: Men’s 69kg Final (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi

OMNI.1

Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Badminton: Group Stage Matches (live; 1:30pm) – Cantonese
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Badminton: Group Stage Matches (live; 1:30pm) – Cantonese
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Badminton: Group Stage Matches (live; 1:30pm) – Cantonese
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 2 (Sunday July 29)

2011 World silver medallists Jennifer Abel and Émilie Heymans are among the favourites in women’s 3m synchro diving (photo credit: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images)

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Rowing: Preliminary Heats/Repechage (live; 4:00am)
Swimming: Preliminary Heats (live; 6:00am)
Diving: Women’s 3m Synchronized (live; 10:00am)
Men’s Basketball: France v. United States (11:00am)

TSN MORNING

Rowing: Preliminary Heats/Repechage (live; 6:00am)
Cycling: Women’s Road Race (live; 7:00am)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Goller/Ludwig (GER) v. Bawden/Palmer (AUS) (live; 11:30am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Gymnastics: Women’s qualification (live; 6:00am)
Tennis: (live; 7:40am)
Gymnastics: Women’s qualification (live; 9:45am)

OLN DAYTIME

Canoe Slalom: Men’s C1 and K1 Heats (live; 8:30am)
Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Belarus (1:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Cycling: Women’s Road Race (live; 7:00am)
Swimming: Preliminary Heats (11:00am and 1:30pm)
Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Serbia (live; 11:45am)
Gymnastics: Women’s qualification (2:00pm)
Men’s Water Polo: United States v. Montenegro (live; 2:40pm)
Rowing: Preliminary Heats/Repechage (3:40pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Kessy/Ross (USA) v. Gallay/Zonta (ARG) (live; 4:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Dalhausser/Rogers (USA) v. Asahi/Shiratori (JPN) (live; 5:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Serbia (1:00pm)
Swimming: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:30pm)
Weightlifting: Men’s 56kg Final (5:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Women’s Beach Volleyball: Dampney/Mullin (GBR) v. Lessard/Martin (CAN) (live; 12:30pm)
Boxing: Men’s 60kg & 69kg round of 32 (1:30pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Maria/Talita (BRA) v. Meppelink/van Gestel (NED) (live; 3:00pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Weightlifting: Women’s 53kg Final (1:30pm)
Gymnastics: Women’s qualification (live; 3:00pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

A complete rundown of Day 2 highlights and results. During a focus on rowing, Williams is joined in studio by Rowing Prime Time Studio Analyst Marnie McBean and Dr. Greg Wells, who tees up a Superbodies segment on Canada’s women’s eights team. The four-hour show also includes features on cyclist Clara Hughes, divers Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel, swimmers Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps, and Brittany Rogers in a Difference Makers with Rick Hansen segment

TSN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Extended looks at men’s boxing, beach volleyball and weightlifting. Dutchyshen also brings fans highlights from women’s road cycling with a focus on Clara Hughes.

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

Features the U.S. men’s basketball team as they begin their highly-anticipated quest for gold against France. Sportsnet also goes Upclose with American swimmer Ryan Lochte – Michael Phelps’s biggest rival – while Canadian divers Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel look to hit the podium in the women’s synchronized three-metre springboard event.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-10:00pm)

Cycling: Women’s Road Race

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

Jordyn Wieber and the U.S. women’s gymnasts make their London debuts in qualification-round competition. Swimming finals include the men’s 4x100m free relay, won dramatically in 2008 by the United States behind Jason Lezak’s heroic surge. Plus, Diving’s first gold medal is awarded in the women’s synchronized springboard event.

NBC LATE NIGHT (07:30am-1:30am ET/PT)

Women’s team Gymnastics takes center stage, and Canoe/Kayak gets underway in London with qualifying rounds in whitewater events.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Aviron: Séries, Repechages (en direct; 4:30am)
Cyclisme sur route: Femmes (en direct; 7:00am)
Basketball hommes: États-Unis c. France (en direct)
Volleyball hommes: États-Unis c. Serbie (en direct; 11:45am)
Tennis: Premiere Ronde (en direct; 1:20pm)
Soccer hommes: Grande-Bretagne c. Émirats Arabes Unis (en direct; 2:45pm)
Boxe: Hommes 60kg/69kg ronde des 32 (en direct; 4:45pm)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Volleyball de plage femmes: Cicolari/Menegatti (ITA) c. Khomyakova/Ukolova (RUS) (en direct; 4:00am)
Natation: Séries (en direct; 5:00am)
Plongeon: Femmes 3m synchronisé (en direct; 10:00am)
Haltérophilie: Femmes 53kg finale (en direct; 10:40am)
Soccer hommes: Corée c. Suisse (en direct; 12:30pm)
Natation: Demi-Finale/Finales (en direct; 2:30pm)
Basketball hommes: Grande-Bretagne c. Russie (en direct; 4:25pm)
Basketball hommes:  Argentine c. Lituanie (en direct; 5:15pm)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Tennis: Premiere Ronde (en direct; 6:30am)
Gymnastique: Qualification femmes (en direct; 9:45am)
Haltérophilie: Hommes 62kg finale (en direct; 2:00pm)
Basketball hommes (6:00pm)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-06:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s daily highlights

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-06:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the second day of London 2012 competition
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Archery: Women’s Team Final (live; 10:00am) – Urdu

OMNI.1/Alberta/BC

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Belarus (12:00pm) – Portuguese
Men’s Soccer: Spain v. Honduras (live; 2:45pm) – Portuguese
Portuguese Primetime (7:00pm-9:00pm ET/MT/PT)
Italian Primetime (9:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

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2012 Olympic Multicultural Commentators

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Consortium has announced its 2012 Olympic hosts and commentators. OMNI will broadcast coverage in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Punjubi. ATN will provide coverage in Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Among the commentators are HNIC pubjabi play-by-play announcer Harnarayan Singh.

Here is the press release.

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is pleased to announce its multilingual broadcast team for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In total, the Consortium’s multilingual broadcast partners OMNI Television and the Asian Television Network (ATN) will air 223 hours of coverage during the 17-day event with a 28-person broadcast team. The London 2012 Olympic Games takes place July 27 to August 12.

The Consortium’s broadcast team will deliver live event coverage in 11 different languages: Bangla, Cantonese, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu. Olympic Games highlights will also air in news programs on OMNI Television.

As Canada’s broadcast leader in multilingual and multicultural programming, OMNI Television will deliver 103 hours of coverage in five different languages: Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Punjabi. Their broadcast team consists of 23 commentators – a variety of studio hosts, play-by-play announcers, renowned sports analysts, athletes-turned-broadcasters, and news anchors – all dedicated to providing multilingual coverage of London 2012.

“Our outstanding broadcast team will deliver a unique experience, bringing the thrill of the Games in languages of comfort for OMNI Television audiences, along with inspiring stories for Canada’s multilingual communities,” said Madeline Ziniak, National President, OMNI Television.

The OMNI Television broadcast team is as follows:

  • Cantonese: Alex Chum (Host), Fiona Law (Host), Raymond Li (Play-by-play, Badminton), Karen So (Host, Opening Ceremony), Paul Wan (Host), Ximing Yao (Analyst, Badminton)
  • Italian: Dino Cavalluzzo, (Host), Giorgio Mitolo (Host)
  • Mandarin: Wei Lee (Host), Gen Mei Liu (Analyst, Aquatics), YJ Liu (Analyst, Table Tennis), Shawn Wang (Host), Lisa Wu (Host), Ann Wang (Analyst, Aquatics), Tony Xiang (Analyst, Table Tennis), Bowen Zhang (Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies)
  • Portuguese: Lidia Ferreira (Host), Adalberto Thomaz (Play-by-play, Soccer)
  • Punjabi: Surinder Pal Chahal (Analyst, Wrestling) , Nick Sandhu (Analyst, Field Hockey), Amarinder Singh (Play-by-Play, Field Hockey), Harnarayan Singh, (Play-by-Play, Wrestling), Jasdip Wahla (Host)

ATN, Canada’s largest South Asian broadcaster, will deliver 120 hours of Games coverage during the London 2012 Olympic Games in five different languages including: Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu. ATN will have five full-time broadcasters during the Games.

“We consider it a privilege to partner with Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium,” said Dr. Shan Chandrasekar, President and CEO of ATN. We are very proud to give our community this wonderful opportunity to cheer on the Canadian Olympic team and others from around the world to develop an appreciation for the Games. By offering badminton in Hindi, field hockey in Punjabi, athletics in Tamil, gymnastics in Urdu, and boxing in Bangla, we are at the forefront of multilingual sports coverage.”

The ATN broadcast team is as follows:

  • Bengali: Suman Rahman (Play-by-play, Boxing and Gymnastics)
  • Hindi: Rajinder Lamba (Play-by-play, Badminton)
  • Punjabi: Amarjit Sangha (Play-by-play, Field Hockey and Weightlifting)
  • Tamil: Vasakan Ratnathurai (Play-by-play, Athletics and Shooting)
  • Urdu: Ashfaq Hussain (Play-by-play, Archery and Gymnastics)

Canadian Sports Ratings Update: June 24, 2012

Euro 2012 ratings continue to impress (more on that in an article later). Here are some selected sports ratings for June 11-17.

NHL
NJ-LA (g6), June 11, CBC: 3.133 million

EURO 2012
FRA-ENG, June 11, TSN: 709, 000
UKR-SWE, June 11, TSN: 578, 000
GRE-CZE, June 12, TSN: 412, 000
RUS-POL, June 12, TSN: 588, 000
DEN-POR, June 13, TSN: 500, 000
GER-NED, June 13, TSN: 608, 000
ITA-CRO, June 14, TSN: 518, 000
ESP-IRE, June 14, TSN: 498, 000
UKR-FRA, June 15, TSN: 479, 000
ENG-SWE, June 15, TSN: 731, 000
CZE-POL, June 16, TSN: 592, 000
POR-NED, June 17, TSN: 927, 000

NBA
MIA-OKC (g1), June 12, TSN: 392, 000
MIA-OKC (g2), June 14, TSN: 473, 000
OKC-MIA (g3), June 17, TSN: 316, 000

MLB
WSH-TOR, June 11, SN: 463, 000
WSH-TOR, June 12, SN: 594, 000
PHI-TOR, June 15, SN: 594, 000
PHI-TOR, June 16, SN: 530, 000
PHI-TOR, June 17, SN: 703, 000

CFL
TOR-HAM, June 13, TSN: 336, 000
SSK-BC, June 13, TSN: 437, 000

Golf US Open
2nd round, June 15, TSN: 463, 000
3rd round, June 16, TSN: 507, 000
4th round, June 17, TSN2: 243, 000

Men’s Olympic Football Qualifying on Sportsnet

CONCACAF is holding its Olympic football qualifying tournament. Canada’s group stage games are taking place in Nashville, while Kansas City will host the semi finals and final. Sportsnet will show four games from Canada’s group, both semi finals (which serve as the Olympic qualifying games) and the final. Both finalists will qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London joining world super powers, including Great Britain, Brazil, Uruguay and Spain.

Sportsnet’s broadcast team is Gerry Dobson and Craig Forrest with Tony Ambrogio reporting from the touchline.

Here is Sportsnet’s broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.

Thursday 3/22, 6:30pm – El Salvador vs. Canada – East/Ontario/One
Thursday 3/22, 9:00pm – United States vs. Cuba – One
Saturday 3/24, 7:00pm – United States vs. Canada – East/Ontario/West/Pacific
Monday 3/26, 6:30pm – Cuba vs. Canada – Ontario/One
Saturday 3/31, 6:00pm – Semifinal #1: B1 vs. A2 – One
Saturday 3/31, 9:00pm – Semifinal #2: A1 vs. B2 – West/Pacific/One
Monday 4/2, 8:00pm – Championship Final – One (this may also air on East/Ontario)

TSN.ca to Stream TFC vs. Whitecaps on Saturday

TSN has announced that it will show tomorrow’s Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps friendly match tomorrow evening. TSN.ca will stream the match , which is the final of the exhibition Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, live. TSN2 will also show it beginning at approximately 9pm ET on tape delay. Here are all the details.

TSN, in conjunction with presenting sponsor Bell, gives fans more of the beautiful game this Saturday, as Canada’s Sports Leader has live coverage of the WALT DISNEY WORLD PRO SOCCER CLASSIC final from Orlando, Fla., featuring Canadian MLS rivals Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC beginning at 8 p.m. ET on TSN.ca.

TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV will also air the championship game immediately following the conclusion of the NLL match-up featuring Washington @ Toronto beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

“TSN is extremely excited to work with presenting sponsor Bell to bring live coverage of the WALT DISNEY WORLD PRO SOCCER CLASSIC to Canadians who would have otherwise been unable to see two homegrown teams in action this weekend,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming, TSN. “Soccer fans across the country can now get primed for the start of the MLS regular season as Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC battle it out for pre-season bragging rights on Saturday night.”

Along with Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the WALT DISNEY WORLD PRO SOCCER CLASSIC featured Montreal Impact, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City Soccer and Sweden’s B.K. Hacken in competition during the seven-day tournament.

“With three MLS teams in Canada, we can feel the passion that is building in the pre-season work-up to the March 10 season opener in Vancouver,” said Loring Phinney, Vice-President, Corporate Marketing, Bell Canada. “Our sponsorship commitment has always been to help fans get closer to their team, and with this quick action in partnership with TSN, we’re thrilled to help make that connection better.”

TSN, along with RDS, are the official broadcasters of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Canada with a national broadcast package that includes 36 games featuring Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. TSN also has live coverage of 34 games featuring U.S.-based teams, along with exclusive Canadian coverage of the MLS CUP Playoffs, the MLS Cup 2012 and the MLS ALL-STAR GAME.

The 2012 MLS season kicks off on TSN and RDS with the MLS debut of the Montreal Impact when the team travels to Bell Pitch downtown at BC Place for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s season opener on March 10 at 6 p.m. ET.

TSN sets the table for the 2012 MLS season with the 2012 MLS PREVIEW SHOW on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2. Hosted by TSN soccer experts Luke Wileman and Jason deVos, the 30-minute program takes an in-depth look at the three Canadian clubs, along with the new coaches of Whitecaps FC and the Impact. The 2012 MLS PREVIEW SHOW also breaks down the rest of the league, gives fans key players to watch, and looks back at last year’s MLS CUP and the growth of MLS in Canada.