The Canadian Football League's new television contract with TSN and RDS will be announced this afternoon.
The new deal, which will start in 2008, will have TSN as the dominant carrier of playoff games as well as regular season games. RDS will continue to air Montreal Alouettes airs as well as the post-season and Grey Cup.
Sources said this week that in the new deal, which will start in 2008, will eliminate the CBC as a carrier of regular season and playoff games. However, the public network will air the Grey Cup, which may be carried simultaneously on TSN.
The league's deal will be with CTVglobemedia, the company that owns CTV and TSN.
It had been speculated that CTV would take over as the Grey Cup broadcaster. However, CTVglobemedia will continue the tradition of the CBC participating in the league's Grey Cup game, sources said.
The CBC produced the first Cup telecast in 1952, and, except for a break in the early 1960s, has consistently aired the championship game as well as regular season and playoff games.
In October, CBC president Robert Rabinovitch said in an interview with Cartt.ca (Cable Radio Television Telecom) that continuing to air CFL regular season or playoff games past 2007 was not a priority, but he wanted to keep the Grey Cup.
In the new TV agreement, it's possible, even likely that TSN would produce the Grey Cup telecast.
The CTVglobemedia TV deal, which includes Internet and mobile phone rights, is probably worth about $16-million to the CFL, $2-million to each club.
if your gonna cut out CBC, they shoulda replaced it with CTV broadcasts...now, alot of CFL fans, who dont get TSN, will be left in the cold all season AND playoffs?....DUMB!