June 16, 2016

CFL, ESPN unveil 2016 US Broadcast Schedule

TORONTO — ESPN kicks off the 2016 Canadian Football League (CFL) regular season when the Toronto Argonauts host their fierce rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the newly renovated BMO Field on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS. Opening weekend continues with two contests on ESPN2: the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, June 24, at 8:30 p.m. and the BC Lions host the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, June 25, at 10 p.m. Additionally, the defending Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos host the Ottawa REDBLACKS in a Grey Cup rematch on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.


Through a multi-year agreement with the CFL, ESPN television networks and ESPN3 have exclusive rights to present all regular season and postseason CFL games in the United States, including the Eastern and Western Semi-Finals and Finals and the 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw. ESPN telecasts feature production and commentator teams from TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader.

The first CFL game on ESPN was televised in 1980. ESPN presented a total of 86 regular season and postseason games in 2015.

ESPN’s CFL Television Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Jun 23 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts ESPNEWS
Fri, Jun 24 8:30 p.m. Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers ESPN2
Sat, Jun 25 10 p.m. Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions ESPN2
Thu, Jun 30 7 p.m. Ottawa REDBLACKS vs. Montreal Alouettes ESPN2
Thu, Jun 30 10 p.m. Toronto Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders ESPN2
Fri, Jul 1 10 p.m. Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Calgary Stampeders ESPN2
Thu, Jul, 7 7 p.m. Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats ESPN2
Thu, Jul 7 10 p.m. Toronto Argonauts vs. BC Lions ESPN2
Fri, Jul 8 10 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos ESPN2
Mon, Jul 25 7:30 p.m. Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts ESPN2
Thu, Jul 28 9 p.m. Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos ESPN2
Fri, Jul 29 10 p.m. BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders ESPN2
Thu, Aug 4 7 p.m. BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes ESPN2
Thu, Aug 4 10 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders ESPN2
Thu, Aug 11 9 p.m. Montreal Alouettes vs. Edmonton Eskimos ESPN2
Sat, Aug 13 7 p.m. Calgary Stampedes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders ESPNEWS
Thu, Aug 25 7:30 p.m. BC Lions vs. Ottawa REDBLACKS ESPN2
Fri, Oct 21 10 p.m. Toronto Argonauts vs. Calgary Stampeders ESPN2
Sun, Nov 13 1 p.m. Eastern Semi-Final ESPN2
Sun, Nov 27 6:30 p.m. 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw (Toronto) ESPN2


* All ESPN networks are available to stream live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Schedule subject to change.


CFL games available on ESPN3


ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.