I would prefer a Saturday Grey Cup game. I think they hold it on Sunday now to maximize TV ratings. More people watch TV on Sunday compared to Saturday. But considering the pittance TSN pays for the TV rights, I don't know why the league bends over backwards to accommodate TSN. The Riders will report a record $20M in revenue this season, with only $1M coming from the leagues's TV and Sponorship income. The remaining $19M was generated locally. (Yep, the Riders will be ruined if the NFL comes to Toronto!) :roll:
I also liked the old format of one playoff game on Saturday, and one on Sunday. Then you had a whole weekend of football, rather than two games crammed on Sunday. At least the teams will be receiving a nice boost in TV revenue for next season. Although the league gave away their broadband rights for the next five seasons.
Conversely, the SB is being shown on CTV. If one was a "conspiracy theorist", an argument can be made that TSN is purposely keeping the GC only on their network to guarantee the SB higher numbers on CTV?
I'm not sure what to make of the CTV/TSN arrangement. But speaking of conspiracies, I was shocked to see a high-pressure CTV ad, which ran on a TSN CFL broadcast, promoting a Sunday NFL game,. It is unprecedented for a TV network to run advertisments for another TV network, especially an ad promoting an event which is in direct compeitition to a program they will be broadcasting! TSN had a CFL game scheduled in the same time slot as the NFL game advertised. In essence,CTV was using the popularity of the CFL to draw football fans away from the Sunday CFL game on TSN, trying to encourage them to watch the NFL game on CTV instead?
Conversely, I would very much doubt that CTV would allow TSN to advertise on a NFL game compelling viewers not to watch the NFL game next Sunday, but the CFL game on TSN instead?
By the way, the ratings for the Riders game on TSN totally destroyed the Bills game on CTV, despite of CTV's attempt to draw football viewers away from the CFL game on Sunday.
Most alarmingly was the slick high-pressure nature of the NFL/CTV ad played on TSN during the CFL game. It repeatedly subliminally flashed the NFL logo, with extremely rapid flashes of NFL highlights, with a giant NFL logo flashing on the screen every second of two. I have only seen this advertisement once, on one CFL broadcast. I have never seen it on any other channel, even CTV. I wonder if the CRTC actually approves these type of advertisiments? I would question of legality of subliminal nature of these NFL promotions on TSN.
Another problem is how the CRTC allows Rogers (CTV/NFL) to replace 2 minutes per hour of advertising time on all the U.S. cable networks with his own Rogers ads? Usualy he promotes his cellphone service, or the NFL Network, or one of his radio stations on the U.S. channels (these ad substitutions are supposed to be reserved for "public service" and non-profit announcements, not ads for Rogers/NFL!) These advertisements also are broadcast at about twice the volume of the regular ads they replaced. I must continually turn down the TV when Rogers ads are being played on the U.S. stations. Doesn't anybody at the CRTC check these ads for content? I thought it was illegal to broadcast ads which are louder than the actual TV program? The CRTC is supposed to check and approve all advertising, or is this a "grey" area? Do they check the NFL ads that Rogers is substituting on up to one dozen U.S. channels simultaneously, 24 hours a day? This amounts to millions and millions in free advertising and promotion for the NFL/NFL Network and Rogers, 365 days a year...advertising that Canadian football could only dream about. :roll: