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
|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
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