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TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League and Bell Media’s TSN and RDS are proud to announce a broad new multi-platform broadcast agreement that extends their long-term partnership through to 2018.
 
As part of the extension, TSN and RDS secure exclusive media rights to all CFL pre-season and regular season games, playoffs, and the Canadian icon that is the Grey Cup, as well as to the CFL Draft and CFL Combine. The CFL regular season broadcast schedule expands to 81 games next year in 2014 when the new Ottawa franchise joins the league. The CFL will also see additional games broadcast in French with more games being broadcast on RDS2.
 
In addition to broadcast and digital rights, the deal includes exclusive radio rights to the Grey Cup for TSN and TEAM Radio stations.

“This new agreement is a testament to the strength of today’s CFL, our tremendous partnership with TSN and RDS, and their important position in the marketplace as Canada’s sports leaders,” said Mark Cohon, the Commissioner of the CFL.

“It’s a transformative deal, both for the growth of our league and its presentation. It’s an important component of our league’s bright future, along with great performances on the field, fan support in the stands, and new stadiums across the country.”
 
“The CFL is one of Canada’s leading sports properties and has been one of the main audience drivers on the TSN and RDS schedule. We are extremely proud and honoured to have been a key partner in helping to make the CFL such an important part of the Canadian landscape,” said Phil King, President of CTV Programming and Sports.

“TSN and RDS are committed to delivering the biggest events in sports to our subscribers and telling the country’s most compelling sports stories. The CFL delivers superbly on both fronts. All of us are looking forward to adding even more games in 2014 with the Ottawa franchise joining the league.”
 
TSN has been broadcasting CFL games since 1986 and RDS has been a CFL broadcaster since 1989. In 2008, TSN and RDS became the exclusive broadcasters of the CFL and the Grey Cup. Since that time the networks have established new audience records for CFL broadcasts. Last year’s 100th Grey Cup game on TSN was the most watched ever on English-language television, averaging 5.4 million viewers through the historic telecast.
 
Last year, TSN, RDS and Bell Media also embarked on a critically-acclaimed original documentary series, ENGRAVED ON A NATION, focusing on how the Grey Cup has become such an intrinsic part of Canadian heritage.
 
TSN and RDS’ current agreement with the CFL expires at the end of the 2013 season.

Fan Comments
saskfan56
My son in Michigan watches CFL on the internet, but its not as good as tv. Let CBC do what they do best, Hockey Night in Canada. They'd only botch up CFL like they did with curling a few years back.
March 23, 2013 - 1:14am
 
LionWhiskers
Yes, great news. I´m a Canadian working in Europe it would be equally great if TSN could provide an internet link on their site so Canadians living abroad could watch live CFL games. Forget radio it´s just not enough. These days, with technology the way it is, there´s no reason why we can´t watch sports events.
March 21, 2013 - 6:09pm
waveman
if you check, there are games that are podcast live online, not a lot but some are.
March 22, 2013 - 11:39am
als rule
ALL CFL GAMES ARE ON THE INTERNET VIA ESPN 3!!
March 22, 2013 - 12:30pm
 
cflsteve
I agree CBC will never be a player in televising CFL games Rogers and SportsNet, however, expressed mild interest when they Aquired the Score. The CFL would want much more then that it would need to be on the major SportNet. Rogers may not admit it but you know that they want in on the CFL now that TSN has built it into top sports programming in Canada.
They would have to swallow a lot of pride for a chance at a good business decision. At that point the Argos would be an option for Rogers/MLSE to own. Owning a team, their home field, and some media rights is the way Rogers operates.
If Rogers wants it the CFL will be playing hardball for sure as Rogers and SportsNet left the CFL for dead but now the CFL and TSN are Laughing all the way to the bank
March 21, 2013 - 5:12pm
 
waveman
forget cbc, they almost killed the league with horrible broadcasts. tsn has been great, and unlike cbc was, they seem to actually like the league, congrats.
March 21, 2013 - 2:30pm
 
Ticats4life
Great news for the CFL!!
March 21, 2013 - 1:56pm
 
als rule
GREAT/EXCELLENT NEWS!! better even if WR/KR chris williams of hamilton would/will end up in montreal like QB quinton porter!!
March 21, 2013 - 12:51pm
 
dariderfan
Good for TSN, but not the best for the CFL. The CFL needs to cultivate some type of relationship with Rogers, Shaw and the CBC so that all networks are building the brand. Would the NFL be as strong if the games were limited to one network? Probably not
March 21, 2013 - 12:42pm
cflsteve
I agree but with still only 4 games per week it is hard to add another Network. The great News for the CFL is it is on the Top Sports Network In TSN. When a 10th team is added someday that 5th game a week would be up for a nice price. If SportsNet family of NetWorks wants it they will have to put a hefty bid and TSN in an Effort to keep it exclusive will also have to buck up
March 21, 2013 - 2:54pm
*C*F*L*
In the latter years, CBC was a utter joke. Would not televise any games until Labour Day weekend. CBC has lost all grip and reality on pro sports. CBC used to do a great job broadcasting Expos, CFL etc... Now they are a joke.

Back in the day when they had no broadcasting sports competiton, none were better than Ernie Afaganis , Don Chrevier, Don Wittman etc... Back in the day, CBC was the kingpin.

Well done TSN. They turned Friday Night Football into a thing of broadcasting excellence. Love TSN.
March 21, 2013 - 3:20pm
als rule
the CFL doesn't need to cultivate other TV networks other then TSN period!! they do a great broadcast!! the league is only 8 teams with 9 next year so why is other networks needed for only 4 games per week? NFL has how many teams vs. how many teams for the CFL? theirs your answer!! CBC became a disaster for the CFL preferring to air hockey and soccer!! they became STALE & BORING!! shaw I don't know much about this western regional network!! rogers is just interested in NHL hockey and boring B/Jay baseball!! oh no TSN is "THE MAN" for the CFL!!
March 21, 2013 - 7:14pm