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TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League will be showcased this season on U.S. television with 14 regular-season games, the Eastern and Western Final, and the Grey Cup championship game on NBC Sports Network, the CFL announced today.
“We’re very pleased to partner again this year with NBC Sports Network to deliver our high-scoring and exciting brand of football to our fans south of the border,” said Michael Copeland, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Football League.

“It’s important for our league and has a significant impact on player recruitment, and gives fans an opportunity to follow some of their former favourite collegiate players.”

NBC Sports Network will kick off its CFL broadcast schedule with the opening game of the 2013 CFL season, featuring the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hosting the Montreal Alouettes in their brand new stadium, Investors Group Field. It will follow the league right up to Grey Cup Sunday, which will take place this year in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sunday, November 24.
“We are excited to be partnering again with the CFL, and to present its fast-paced and tradition-rich brand of football on NBC Sports Network,” said Mike Perman, Vice President, Programming, NBC Sports Group.
All CFL games are broadcast in Canada on TSN, with additional games available in French on RDS and RDS2.
“We’re looking forward to a very exciting season, and welcome our many American friends along for what will be a great ride,” Copeland said.
Here is the full NBC Sports Network CFL Schedule: (All times ET)
Regular Season:
Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:00pm - Montreal/Winnipeg
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7:30pm – BC/Toronto
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 9:00pm – Hamilton/Edmonton
Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:00pm – Winnipeg/BC
Friday August 9, 2013 at 9:00pm – SSK/Calgary
Thursday August 22, 2013 at 7:30pm – BC/Montreal
Monday September 2, 2013 at 5:00pm – Edmonton/Calgary (TBC)
Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 7:30pm – Montreal/Toronto
Friday September 6, 2013 at 9:00pm – Calgary/Edmonton
Friday September 27, 2013 at 10:30pm – BC/Winnipeg
Monday October 14, 2013 at 12am (10/16) – Toronto/Hamilton
Friday October 18, 2013 at 12am (10/19) – Calgary/Edmonton
Thursday October 24, 2013 at 7:30p – Winnipeg/Toronto
Friday November 1, 2013 at 12am (11/2) – Montreal/Toronto
CFL Playoffs:
Sunday November 17, 2013 Time TBD at 11pm – Eastern Final
Sunday November 17, 2013 at 12am (11/19) – Western Final
Grey Cup:
Sunday November 24, 2013 at 6:30pm – 101st Grey Cup in Regina

Fan Comments
It´s good but to get decent exposure to our US amigos we need US franchises. I believe awarding CFL franchises to US cities near the Canadian border (were the CFL game is better known) will give our league a great boost. Why should the import ratio rule be a problem? So let the American teams play with only americans. I believe in our Canadian talent. Also, more teams would create a lot of interest. Expansion done properly will be very positive to our league. Come on people, it´s time to grow (done properly of course).
June 23, 2013 - 7:32pm
It's good, not ideal. Don't like tape delays, one Riders game, and no semi finals even on tape delay. It's too bad NBC doesn't take the whole package and stream the other games it doesn't carry as espn3 is not available to lot of folks including myself
June 22, 2013 - 8:19pm
The only way to get proper exposure is to get some U.S. franchises back. I always thought expansion into the U.S. was the way to go, unfortunately American labour laws got in the way and not sure how to get around that. But a 16 team league gets you away from the playing one team 3 or 4 times, and gives the league instant credibility and diversity. It will never happen, though.
June 22, 2013 - 9:25am
Take heart Mike F68. I just saw today that ESPN2 will be televising some games this season and the Riders' first game of the season is the first one on tap. I think ESPN3 will still have games too.

But I agree with your comments and everyone else about NBC Sports and their "showcase" of the CFL. I'll take whatever games I can get, but tape delayed games and weeks without any games is disappointing. I tell myself it's better than nothing, but if they want to grow a fan base here in the US, I think they need a more regular schedule of games.

"ESPN2 also is expected to air games and likely will release a full schedule next week. The network already has listed five telecasts on its website (all times Eastern):"

Saturday, June 29
3:30: Saskatchewan at Edmonton
Thursday, July 4
7:00: Winnepeg at Montreal
Saturday, July 13
9:30: British Columbia at Edmonton
Saturday, July 20
7:00: Montreal at Calgary
Thursday, July 25
7:30: Edmonton at Montreal
June 21, 2013 - 11:21pm
Well this sux! As a US-based CFL fan I've been waiting nearly 8 months for the new season. I'm pumped its finally here! And what do I get? Only 14 regular season games? And I'm supposed to be happy about that? At least last year we had ESPN3 also (what happened with that?). And such disparity in the number of appearances by each team! I'm sorry but I'm not interested in seeing the Argos FIVE times! Even Winnipeg gets 4 games and they are shaping up to be supercrap this year! But Grey Cup hosts and perennial favorites Saskatchewan are only on ONCE?! Potential challengers in the East TiCats only twice?! Come ooooonnn!!! Don't pat yourselves on the back too hard CFL marketing gurus. If this is the best you could do well... You need to do better! Yours, Seriously Disgruntled US CFL Fan 😡
June 21, 2013 - 3:06pm
CFL expansion into US cities (near the border where the game is better known) is a solution. Done properly, i think it could work. Having an 8 or 9 team league is boring even though the game is exciting.
June 23, 2013 - 7:41pm
als rule
how many regular season games will be on tape delay like the 2 finals games? where's ESPN3 in all of this? so I miss all the rest of the games so NBC can fill programing on their cable sports station!! not a good move for all your CFL viewers in the USA!!
June 21, 2013 - 2:34pm
All games on or after 27 September are delayed, except:
- WPG/TOR 24 Oct
- Grey Cup 24 Nov
June 21, 2013 - 10:15pm
I'm sure it was all based on NBC's availability, but everyone getting at least 4 games, (Toronto 5), except Hamilton, (2), and Saskatchewan, (1)?
Calgary vs Edmonton 3x
Toronto vs Montreal 2x
BC vs Winnipeg 2x
Was not possible to distribute the games a little better?
June 21, 2013 - 2:13pm