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CFL on USA broadcasts this year?
Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:54 pm
It used to be fairly easy to find CFL games on regional sports networks in the USA -- at least until the NFL regular season started. But for whatever reason that ended last year and I missed the CFL on TV. Any news on whether CFL games will be broadcast in the United States this year? The season is less than a month away...
Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:43 am
America One holds the US broadcast rights to CFL games.
Some RSNs are renting the rights in their markets - you might also want to check the Comcast Network if you have one, as they're airing other America One sporting events.
Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:18 pm
America One had the rights last year too, didn't they. It basically meant that none of the regional sports networks I get on my DirectTV service had the CFL. America One appears to be a program provider that serves small regional stations in the old UHF style. Hardly a legitimate way to really expose the CFL to American football fans.
Is America One confirmed as the only outlet for 2009?
Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:11 pm
I wish the CFL was on TV here in the US. With all the cable/satellite channels out there -- you'd think somebody would pick up the feed.
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:22 am
America One has a 2009 schedule on their website: http://www.americaone.com/show/CFL/2009_Schedule.htm
It's unclear who, if anyone, will be buying the games. Given the schedule, most RSNs will be carrying baseball in the CFL timeslots for at least the first 13 weeks of the season, so... I think CFL fans will be relying on tape-delay and DVR.
CFL in USA
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:08 pm
Thanks for the info Robster. I live in a huge city but the only stations carrying "America One" programming in my state are local UHF stations that have some limited local cable. For example, the closest city to Phoenix with America One programing is in Casa Grande and is on UHF 28 (which I cannot pick up in PHX) and a local golf resort cable and some other cable not available in PHX. Very, very limited access. As for the Regional Sports Networks, very few of them showed any CFL games last year --and I don't think any did once the NFL preseason began.
Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:16 am
The reason you have a hard time finding the CFL on US TV, is that in an effort to sound big time, they signed a deal with ESPN. I believe all games are available on ESPN360, their 'net only channel. Though with the Grey Cup being played on Versus, I wonder if that means the CFL is exploring that as an option too?
All I can say is I'm glad I live in Canada and get the entire regular season and playoffs on TSN, with replays of the games showing 3 hours later on TSN2. Plus being a two and a half hour drive from Regina I will take in 5 games this year.
If any AFL/NCAA fans have any players on the Stampeders or Riders they want me to take a look at on the 23rd, let me know I will put together a scouting report on them. I can't guarantee it will be anything special, but I will let you know how they looked etc.
Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:44 pm
You mean ESPN360 is available on the net? Is it free?
Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:02 pm
ESPN360 is free... *if* your Internet provider pays ESPN to carry it.
Most major cablecos don't provide it (although Comcast is picking it up on August 1).
It is free to anyone accessing the Net from a college campus or military institution.
Details - http://www.espn360.com
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:03 am
You can find games on the internet by going to justintv. com many fans stream it on the internet. Good luck.