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THE CANADIAN PRESS
 

CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO -- Every Canadian Football League game this season will be available live to fans in the United States thanks to a new multi-year agreement with ESPN, which was announced today.

"We are thrilled for our fans in the United States that the ESPN networks will be the exclusive home of our league there," said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the CFL.

"This is a powerful showcase for our talented athletes, our exciting brand of football, and the CFL itself, a league with a proud history but, more importantly, a bright future."

A minimum of 17 regular season games and the Eastern and Western Finals will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS.  The 102nd Grey Cup will be televised live exclusively on ESPN2. All other CFL games will be available to fans live on ESPN3 across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices.

"Since the early days of ESPN, CFL games have been a valued part of our programming lineup," said Burke Magnus, Senior Vice President, Programming Acquisitions. "I'm proud to see our relationship continue as we strive to serve football fans 365 days a year."

The 2014 CFL season kicked off last night as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Toronto Argonauts 45-21. It continues on Saturday, June 28, as the Montreal Alouettes visit the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The game features the CFL regular season debut for Chad Johnson of the Alouettes and will be televised live on ESPN2.  

The 2014 CFL season concludes with the 102nd Grey Cup championship game on Sunday, November 30 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Collaborating with a worldwide leader in sports content like ESPN is great news for our fans, our players and our teams," said Cohon. "It speaks to the strength of our product and the passion of fans in the U.S. for our game."

In Canada, TSN is the exclusive English language broadcaster for the CFL and Grey Cup, and RDS is the exclusive French language broadcaster.

ESPN's CFL Television Schedule Through July:

ESPN Broadcast Information
Regular Season
Date Time Away Home ESPN Network
Saturday, June 28 3:00pm ET Montreal Calgary ESPN2, WatchESPN
Saturday, July 5 3:00pm ET Saskatchewan Toronto ESPN2, WatchESPN
Friday, July 11 10:00pm ET Ottawa Edmonton ESPNNEWS, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 17 8:30pm ET Edmonton Winnipeg ESPN2, WatchESPN
Friday, July 18 10:00pm ET Hamilton Calgary ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 24 9:00pm ET Calgary Edmonton ESPN2, WatchESPN
Satuday, July 26 10:00pm ET Toronto Saskatchewan ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 31 7:00pm ET Winnipeg Hamilton ESPN, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change.


CFL games presented on ESPN networks will also be available to audiences in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim.

Fan Comments
xblotterx
Yes!! This is the news I've been waiting for!! Extremely excited I won't have to miss any games or hunt everywhere to try to find a game.
June 27, 2014 - 10:40pm
 
als rule
I was pro-active pre the exhibition games and checked out the ESPN schedule lineup and found that ESPN was broadcasting not only the regular season and playoffs BUT a couple of exhibition games!! as a result I watched the montreal vs ottawa pre-season game and last nite's bomber win over toronto game!!
June 27, 2014 - 7:33pm
 
Grappler
I've been waiting since the Grey Cup for news about the US Broadcast. I just wish this would have happened yesterday in order to have watched last night's game.

Go Bombers!!!
June 27, 2014 - 5:50pm
 
MrKus
The more exposure the better. The Americans that know and love football enjoy watching some CFL games.
June 27, 2014 - 2:01pm
 
leeinq
Great, now is there anyway that people around the world can see the games? I know of lots of fans in places like Europe that would like to watch a game, but can't get a stream.
June 27, 2014 - 1:51pm
 
MN Rider
This is great news! Thanks!!!
June 27, 2014 - 1:25pm