[b]TSN/ RDS has retained its exclusive rights to the CFL, industry sources have told Usual Suspects. No details on term or money have been released.[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/tsnrds-to-retain-exclusive-cfl-broadcast-rights/article8104468/]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/f ... le8104468/[/url]
The new contract begins in 2014. TSN holds rights to the CFL in 2013.
TSN/ RDS had an exclusive window to negotiate a new contract that ended at midnight on Thursday. TSN’s previous deal was for six years at approximately $17-million per year. Sources had told Usual Suspects that the CFL was looking to double that figure.
Industry sources had thought that the CFL might diversify its broadcast package across one or more other Canadian networks as happens in every other major team sport.[/b]
Admittedly, it is surprising that broadcasters CTV, CBC or Sportsnet were not included in the negotiations, even for a one game a week offering or playoff/Grey Cup simulcasts.