The news we had been waiting for (and predicted) has come true. We have a U.S. TV contract for CFL games.
As we predicted, NBCSN will carry a partial schedule of regular season games starting August 27 at Rogers Centre, home of the 100th Grey Cup, as Toronto hosts Edmonton. Get used to seeing the green and gold of Edmonton, as the team will be featured in 6 of the 9 contests.
The breakdown by team goes like this (home dates first, then road dates):
East Division: Toronto (2, 1), Montréal (1,0), Hamilton (1,2), Winnipeg (0,0)
West Division: B.C. (1,1), Edmonton (3,3), Calgary (1,2), Saskatchewan (0,0)
NBCSN may not have had much choice in the games the channel is carrying. Here are some of the other patterns:
-- NBCSN is carrying both Labo(u)r Day games, but none of the Canadian Thanksgiving contests.
-- Of the 9 regular season games, 5 of them involve the Battle of Ontario (2) and the Battle of Alberta (3).
-- 6 of the 9 contests feature Edmonton, while Winnipeg and Saskatchewan are shut out, at least until the playoffs.
-- American viewers will get to at least one home contest from the 6 teams featured on the schedule.
-- After the Calgary-Edmonton rematch game on September 7, the channel goes dark until October 5.
-- Friday night games dominate the schedule. The first contest and the holiday games are on Monday, and there is one Thursday game in the last week of the season.
All games will be simulcasts of TSN coverage. All games will be aired live, a nice twist from the NFL Network's coverage of the CFL. All other CFL games remain on ESPN3.
NBC Sports Network's 2012 CFL schedule (all times ET):
|August 27||Edmonton @ Toronto||7:30 pm|
|August 31||BC @ Montréal||7:30 pm|
|September 3||Toronto @ Hamilton||1 pm|
|September 3||Edmonton @ Calgary||4:30 pm|
|September 7||Calgary @ Edmonton||9 pm|
|October 5||Hamilton @ Edmonton||9 pm|
|October 19||Edmonton @ BC||10 pm|
|November 1||Hamilton @ Toronto||7:30 pm|
|November 2||Calgary @ Edmonton||9 pm|
|November 25||Grey Cup||6:30 pm|