Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ESPN to carry 60 live CFL games, including 5 on ESPN2

The months of June and July aren't known much for their football prowess, but they will be this year. ESPN will broadcast 5 games live from the CFL on ESPN2 during the 2013 season. An additional 55 games will be streamed live on ESPN3. Essentially ESPN will have every game that NBC Sports Network doesn't show, including 2 playoff games. There is some research being done on whether or not NBC Sports Extra will also show CFL games this season. The full schedule of games can be found at ESPN Media Zone. Here is the press release announcing the schedule. 

ESPN to Deliver 60 Live Canadian Football League Games

ESPN will carry 60 live Canadian Football League games throughout the 2013 season, beginning Friday, June 28, with a doubleheader on ESPN3: Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts (7 p.m. ET) and BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders (10 p.m.). In all, ESPN will televise five games on ESPN2 and an additional 55 – including two playoff games – on ESPN3.
ESPN’s relationship with the CFL dates back to the company’s first full year on the air, having televised Canadian Football League games throughout the 1980’s (1980-84 and 1986-89) and 1990’s (1994-1997).
CFL games have also been carried on ESPN3, the company’s live multi-screen network, since 2008. ESPN3 is accessible in more than 85 million households nationwide for fans who receive their internet or video subscriptions from an affiliated provider.
All games will be available on computers at, on tablets and smartphones via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV.
ESPN will use commentators from TSN, the leading sports channel in Canada and CFL rightsholder, throughout the CFL season, which concludes in November.
Schedule through July:
DateTime (ET)ShowNetwork
Fri., June 287 p.m.Hamilton vs. TorontoESPN3
10 p.m.BC vs. CalgaryESPN3
Sat., June 293:30 p.m.Saskatchewan vs. EdmontonESPN2
Thu., July 47 p.m.Winnipeg vs. MontrealESPN2
10 p.m.Toronto vs. BCESPN3
Fri., July 59 p.m.Calgary vs. SaskatchewanESPN3
Sun., July 75 p.m.Edmonton vs. HamiltonESPN3
Thu., July 117:30 p.m.Saskatchewan vs. TorontoESPN3
Fri., July 127:30 p.m.Calgary vs. MontrealESPN3
Sat., July 136:30 p.m.Winnipeg vs. HamiltonESPN3
9:30 p.m.BC vs. EdmontonESPN2
Fri., July 198 p.m.Toronto vs. WinnipegESPN3
Sat., July 207 p.m.Montreal vs. CalgaryESPN2
10 p.m.Edmonton vs. BCESPN3
Sun., July 217 p.m.Hamilton vs. SaskatchewanESPN3
Thu., July 257:30 p.m.Edmonton vs. MontrealESPN2
Fri., July 268 p.m.Calgary vs. WinnipegESPN3
Sat., July 277:30 p.m.Saskatchewan vs. HamiltonESPN3
For the complete 60-game schedule, please visit ESPN MediaZone

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