TSN - May not be able to televise all of the 2008 CFL season

It has come to my attention that TSN will not be able to air all of the CFL's regular season games due to prior commitments to live television, such as the America's Cup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_CFL_season

Also, TSN has contracts to air Darts, Bowling, Soccer, Golf, and Tennis.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/schedule http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/schedule

With all of TSN's prior commitments, there are rumours that some CFL games will be dumped to ESPN or A-Channel. There are also rumours of TSN selling some of its rights to another broadcaster, CBC/Global. There seems to be no discussion on moving any game (including playoffs) to CTV, due to an NFL contact.

It appears TSN may drop the ball on the upcoming 2008 CFL season. Even CFL.ca has left the broadcaster column on their 2008 schedule blank.

[url=http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=sked&func=view&year=2008]http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=sked ... &year=2008[/url]

However, TSN.ca does list they will be televising all games, most of which will be in HD.

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=508

I'll wait until the final broadcast schedule is finalized before I even think about whining about what it could look like.

The first regular season game is June 19th. The clock is ticking…

It can tick...there's nothing I can do about it anyway, and there are still almost two months...I'm over it...

These things get finalized at the last minute sometimes. Even in the NFL, remember last year the fiasco, for want of a better word, about the NFL Network carrying a game, I forget what the circumstance was but I think it only got finalized as to who was carrying this game about a couple days before the actual game.

The NFL Network had the rights to a number of Thursday night games, and one of them happened to be the 10-0 Cowboys against the 10-0 Packers. Americans were up in arms as only a small percentage of viewers had the NFL Network.

Nothing was done - the game was shown on the NFL Network.

Hey Roger, I thought that CBC was going to be getting rights to some of the games because of this. Is that not true?

I have faith that TSN will not screw this up.

I also do not agree with waiting until the it is too late to raise the topic. TSN MUST air ALL CFL games.

How can you be over it (JM02)? TSN could simply choose not air certain games. This would be pathetic, if true.

If you can't fill the shoes, don't seal the deal. TSN MUST AIR ALL CFL GAMES!

I'll be disappointed if they don't air all of the games, but I'll wait to see what happens before I start bitching.

Agreed!
However if this turns out to be true, all you CBC haters!!!!
Be carefull what you wish for, you just may get it

It'd be a tough choice. Miss a game or listen to Mark Lee for 3 hours. :lol:

I'd rather miss than listen to Lee and Walby for another season. I think we are jumping the gun a bit here, because TSN now has the Alternate feed channel, which most cable providers are now including in their packages, so if they have other committments, they can use the alternate feed to show games.

:lol:

I like Walby. He's taught me all kinds of new words, like "outspeeded" and "overneath".

Hahaha!

I dont care who "talks" the game, I want to watch them all.

Its about the action on the field, not the tv crew.

"It appears TSN may drop the ball on the upcoming 2008 CFL season. Even CFL.ca has left the broadcaster column on their 2008 schedule blank."

I just looked at the schedule, and TSN/RDS is listed as broadcaster for every regular season game!?!

[url=http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=sked&func=view&year=2008]http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=sked ... &year=2008[/url]

lol, they just added that today, after my post. the broadcast column had been blank since they posted the schedule. i guess someone important reads these boards, haha.

Interesting!

this link
http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=sked&func=view&year=2008
Says the Grey Cup starts at 6PM eastern

this link
http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=508
Says it Starts at 3PM eastern

...my guess is the TSN link would include the pre-game show, which starts several hours prior to kickoff...at least it has in the past...

Good point but that was CBC that always started several hours earlier

...and TSN can't do the same?