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.

MLS Sets Canadian Ratings Record

The opening MLS game of the 2012 season set a new ratings record in Canada. The Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact game on Saturday night drew an average of 541, 000 viewers (288 , 000 on TSN and 253, 000 on RDS). If anything, this is a testament to the anticipation of the new team in Quebec. I am interested to see if the stronger ratings can hold throughout the season. Last year’s MLS season opener between the Whitecaps and Toronto FC previously the highest watched MLS game in Canada. An average of 289, 000 watched it on TSN.

2012 Vancouver Whitecaps Schedule

Here is the 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps schedule. TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet One and Citytv Vancouver will all show games this season.

All times Pacific.

March
Saturday 3/10, 3:00pm – Vancouver vs. Montreal – TSN, RDS
Saturday 3/17, 7:30pm – Chivas USA vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Saturday 3/24, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. DC United – Sportsnet
Saturday 3/31, 1:00pm – Philadelphia vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet

April
Saturday 4/7, 4:00pm – San Jose vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Wednesday 4/18, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Kansas City – Sportsnet
Saturday 4/21, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Dallas – Sportsnet
Saturday 4/28, 4:30pm – Columbus vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet

May
Saturday 5/5, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. San Jose – Sportsnet
Saturday 5/12, 4:30pm – New England vs. Vancouver – SN1
Saturday 5/19, 2:00pm – Vancouver vs. San Jose – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 5/26, 7:00pm – Portland vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS2

June
Sunday 6/10, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. Houston – Sportsnet
Saturday 6/16, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. Colorado – SN1
Wednesday 6/20, 8:00pm – Vancouver vs. New York – TSN, RDS2
Saturday 6/23, 7:30pm – LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS

July
Wednesday 7/4, 6:30pm – Colorado vs. Vancouver – SN1
Saturday 7/7, 7:30pm – Chivas USA vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Wednesday 7/11, 4:00pm – Toronto vs. Vancouver – TSN, RDS
Saturday 7/14, 5:30pm – Chicago vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Wednesday 7/18, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy – TSN2, RDS
Sunday 7/22, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. San Jose – Sportsnet
Friday 7/27, 6:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Vancouver – Citytv

August
Saturday 8/11, 4:00pm – Vancouver vs. Salt Lake – Citytv
Wednesday 8/15, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Dallas – TSN, RDS
Saturday 8/18, 1:00pm – Seattle vs. Vancouver – TSN2, RDS
Saturday 8/25, 7:30pm – Portland vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet

September
Saturday 9/1, 7:00pm – LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver – TSN2, RDS2
Saturday 9/15, 5:30pm – Dallas vs. Vancouver – Sportsnet
Sunday 9/23, 4:30pm – Vancouver vs. Colorado – Sportsnet
Saturday 9/29, 6:00pm – Vancouver vs. Seattle – TSN2, RDS2

October
Wednesday 10/3, 7:00pm – Vancouver vs. Chivas USA – Sportsnet
Saturday 10/27, 6:00pm – Salt Lake vs. Vancouver – SN1

Sportsnet = Sportsnet Pacific
Citytv = Citytv Vancouver

Sportsnet Announces 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps Coverage

Sportsnet released its 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps broadcast schedule this morning. Sportsnet will broadcast 22 games, including 16 on Sportsnet Pacific, 4 on Sportsnet One and 2 on Citytv Vancouver. Here is Sportsnet’s press release with more information.

Sportsnet continues to be home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC this season, featuring 22 regular season matches, more than any other broadcaster. Coverage kicks off on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 8:30 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet West as Vancouver visits Chivas USA.

Sportsnet’s Whitecaps FC broadcast schedule includes 16 games on Sportsnet Pacific, four games on Sportsnet ONE and two games on Citytv Vancouver. As announced earlier this year, Sportsnet named former Vancouver and national team goalkeeper Paul Dolan as the new analyst for its Vancouver Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer match broadcasts. Dolan will join play-by-play announcer Craig MacEwen in the broadcast booth to call all of Sportsnet’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC telecasts for the 2012 season, and will appear as a soccer analyst on Connected with Don Taylor on Sportsnet Pacific.

“Canada is a passionate soccer country and we’re thrilled to fuel fans with our extensive Whitecaps FC coverage this season,” said Rob Corte, Vice President of Production, Sportsnet. “We’ve made a strong off-season addition to our broadcast team in Paul Dolan, and look forward to an exciting season and delivering viewers premium Whitecaps FC broadcasts.”

“We are excited to kick off our second season in Major League Soccer with Sportsnet as our official regional broadcast partner,” said Rachel Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Whitecaps FC. “In addition to the first class experience Sportsnet provides during broadcasts, they will continue to offer extensive coverage online and will remain a great resource for ‘Caps fans.”

Later this week I’ll post a team-by-team Canadian MLS TV schedule.

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.

2012 MLS on TSN Broadcast Schedule

TSN unveiled their 36 game MLS broadcast schedule today. The schedule includes 16 appearances for Toronto FC, 11 for the Vancouver Whitecaps and 12 for the expansion Montreal Impact. TSN will broadcast five all-Canadian matchups, as well as two Toronto vs. Columbus derby matches and four Cascadia Cup matches involving the Whitecaps. Here is their press release with more information.

TSN and RDS kick off their second year as 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.

In addition to producing and broadcasting 36 games featuring Canadian teams, TSN, TSN2, RDS and RDS2 will broadcast select MLS games featuring two U.S.-based teams; those games will be announced in the coming weeks. TSN and RDS platforms will also have exclusive coverage in Canada of the MLS CUP Playoffs, the MLS CUP 2012 and the MLS ALL-STAR GAME.

All MLS games on TSN, TSN2, RDS and RDS2 can be seen live on TSN Mobile TV and Télé Mobile RDS.

TSN and RDS’ schedule begins with the highly-anticipated MLS debut of the Montreal Impact when the team travels to Vancouver to play on Bell Pitch downtown at BC Place for Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s home opener on March 10 at 6 p.m. ET. The networks will also broadcast the Impact’s home opener vs. Chicago Fire on March 17 at Olympic Stadium and Toronto FC’s home opener against San Jose Earthquakes on March 24 at BMO Field. (See attached PDF for complete MLS ON TSN and RDS schedule.)

“The addition of Montreal Impact and support for Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are clear signs of Major League Soccer’s growing popularity in Canada,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice President of Programming, TSN. “With the level of competition in the league attracting international stars and fostering homegrown talent, MLS is delivering some incredibly entertaining soccer. As national broadcasters, we’re extremely proud to be a part of the MLS movement, giving fans the industry’s best multiplatform coverage.”

In total, the MLS ON TSN and RDS schedule features five all-Canadian matches: including Montreal @ Vancouver (March 10); Toronto @ Montreal (April 7 and June 27); Vancouver @ Toronto (July 11); and Montreal @ Toronto (October 20). Additional schedule highlights include:

  • Montreal Impact’s first game at the new Stade Saputo scheduled for June 16
  • Five games featuring superstars David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and the MLS CUP 2011 champion LA Galaxy
  • Three games featuring reigning league MVP Dwayne De Rosario and D.C. United
  • Two games featuring French star Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls

MLS ON TSN

Acclaimed play-by-play commentator Luke Wileman and colour analyst Jason deVos return to the MLS ON TSN broadcast booth for a second season. Fans can follow @LukeWileman and @JasondeVos on Twitter and check Wileman’s informative soccer blog on TSN.ca for league storylines and player insight.

Full MLS coverage will be featured across all of TSN’s key programs and platforms, including SPORTSCENTRE and TSN.ca, where fans can browse scores, news and highlights from the league.

Bell Media’s TSN Radio and TEAM Radio sports stations will track MLS throughout the season. In addition, TEAM 1410 in Vancouver has play-by-play coverage of every Whitecaps game, along with a pre- and post-game show. The station also airs WHITECAPS FC DAILY weekdays from 3 to 4 p.m. PT, giving fans insight from the most knowledgeable soccer analysts from Vancouver and beyond.

MLS ON RDS

RDS is the official French-language broadcaster of MLS in Canada. Once again, play-by-play commentators Claudine Douville and Jean Gounelle will be joined by analysts Michel Y. Lacroix and Patrick Leduc to cover all the action. Fans can follow former Impact player Leduc on Twitter at @PatLeduc15.

In celebration of Montreal Impact’s league debut, RDS travels to BC Place on March 10 to bring fans live on-site coverage. RDS will also have special coverage surrounding Montreal Impact’s home opener and the team’s inaugural game at Stade Saputo.

RDS keeps soccer fans in the loop with all the latest news on the Impact and MLS featured across its popular shows and multi-platforms including SPORTS 30, L’ANTICHAMBRE, le 5 à 7, RDS INFO and RDS.ca. Fans can also join the MLS conversation through RDS’ Le Grand Club – Québec’s largest social network entirely devoted to sports – and RDS’ Fan Page on Facebook.

Soccer on Bell Media

In addition to MLS, Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS are home to EURO 2012 and 2016 along with FIFA World Cup, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. TSN and RDS also have coverage of the Barclays Premier League.

Continue after the break for the full MLS on TSN schedule.

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