ESPN Announces CFL 2016 Season Broadcast Schedule

Courtesy:  CFL/TSN/ESPN

Courtesy: CFL/TSN/ESPN

The 2016 – 2017 NFL season is roughly four months away right now, not counting pre-season.  That’s a long time, as most football fans will attest.  But ESPN has just the thing for fans while they wait.  It’s called the Canadian Football League.  It kicks off its regular season next week.  And ESPN will have full coverage of all of the action beginning with a showdown between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Argonauts open the CFL’s 2016 season next Thursday, June 23rd when they host their rivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  The game wil take place at the newly renovated BMO Field.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm ET on ESPNEWS.  The action continues Friday, June 24th on ESPN2 when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play host to the Montreal Alouettes at 8:30pm ET.  The Calgary Stampeders and and BC Lions round out opening weekend’s events Saturday night, June 25th on ESPN2.  Those with access to ESPN3 will get a special double dose of CFL action Saturday night when the defending Grey Cup Champions, the Edmonton Eskimos, host the Ottawa REDBLACKS live on ESPN3 at 7pm ET.  These games and all of the games to come will also be available streaming live online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the CFL is thanks to a multi-year deal between ESPN and the CFL.  It allows for coverage of the CFL’s full regular season schedule on ESPN in the United States, the playoffs, and 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.  ESPN’s broadcasts of the CFL schedule will feature production and commentary from TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader.  Last year alone, the deal between ESPN and the CFL led to ESPN airing 86 regular and postseason games in 2015.

ESPN’s current CFL broadcast schedule for the 2016 season is noted below.

ESPN’s CFL Television Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

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

 

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the CFL is available online now along with all of the latest sports news at:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

 

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ESPN, CFL Reach New Multi-Year Broadcast Deal

Courtesy:  CFL/TSN/ESPN

Courtesy: CFL/TSN/ESPN

ESPN made a big announcement this week for all of the football fans out there.

ESPN announced that it will offer extensive coverage of the 2015 CFL schedule this season. It all begins this weekend with a matchup of the BC Lions and the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders. The two teams will face off Friday, June 12th on 9:30pm ET on ESPN3. The game is just one of sixty-nine games that will be carried on ESPN3. Along with those games, ESPN2 will carry twenty CFL games beginning June 25th at 7:30pm ET as the Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa Redblacks. Michael Sam, the SEC 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, will make his CFL debut with the Alouettes in the game. The matchup will be played at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Between its coverage online and on television, ESPN and the ESPN networks will carry a total of eighty-nine CFL games. The broadcast schedule is part of a multi-year deal between ESPN and the CFL that gives ESPN exclusive rights to air the CFL’s games in the United States. The broadcasts will utilize the on-air and behind-the-scenes teams from TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader. The complete television schedule for the 2015 CFL season will be announced soon. The latest schedule of games to be broadcast online via ESPN3 is listed below.

ESPN’s 2015 CFL Preseason Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Jun 12 9:30 p.m. BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders ESPN3
Sat, Jun 13 10 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos ESPN3
Thu, Jun 18 7:30 p.m. Toronto Argonauts vs. Montreal Alouettes ESPN3

*Schedule subject to change.

More information on the CFL’s 2015 season is available online now along with all of the latest CFL news and headlines at:

Website: http://tsn.ca/cfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFL

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CFL

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New Deal Brings USTA’s U.S. Open Beginning In 2015

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

Tennis fans have some good news today.  ESPN has announced that it has acquired the broadcast rights to the U.S. Open.  The new deal means that the Sports Leader will broadcast the U.S. Open beginning in 2015.  It will be the exclusive home of the U.S. Open both in North and South America.  The deal will keep the tournament on ESPN for eleven years.  It also means that ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will now broadcast three of tennis’ four majors beginning in 2015.

ESPN President John Skipper shared his thoughts on the new deal.  “Certain sporting events become synonymous with when they are held, and there is no better – or bigger – way to celebrate the end of summer than at the US Open in New York,” he said.  We look forward to capturing every match, every star, every championship and all the drama on this grand stage.”

Expectations for the new deal are just as high among those with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).  Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman of the Board and president commented on the announcement, saying “This wide-ranging and broad relationship with ESPN positions tennis at the forefront of American sports.  By teaming with the world-wide leader in sports, the USTA will continue to ensure that tennis at every level thrives in the United States.”

When the deal takes effect, all matches of the U.S. Open tournament will be available not just on ESPN and ESPN2, but also via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app for those with mobile internet.  Every match of the tournament’s seventeen total courts will also be available on ESPN3.  Anyone that has ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription through Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOs, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter or AT&T U-Verse.

Along with broadcasting the U.S. Open in the United States beginning in 2015, ESPN will continue to be the home of the entire U.S. Open in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on TSN in Canada, as it has done since 2002.  Fans in these countries will benefit from the new deal as it means expanded hours and broadcast rights, just as in the U.S.—both on multiple linear TV channels and on digital platforms throughout each region. 

The new broadcast deal has major implications in the U.S. and Latin and South America, as well as the Caribbean, as noted.  It will have a big impact in the Middle East, too.  Terms of the deal included making ESPN the home of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.  Coverage of the series includes seventy-two hours of action in the five-week tournament leading up to the championship.  Terms also have given broadcast rights of the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.  The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the family friendly music and tennis festival that serves as the unofficial start to the two-week tournament.  It takes place a week prior to the tournament’s official start. 

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