From kickoff tonight at MetLife Stadium to the final whistle of SUPER BOWL XLVII, CTV, TSN, TSN2, and Bell Media Radio deliver end-to-end coverage of the 2012-13 NFL season, as the networks today confirmed their unmatchable NFL schedule.With the very best match-ups the league has to offer, CTV, TSN, TSN2, and Bell Media Radio together boast the biggest – and most prestigious – NFL schedule in Canada featuring exclusive Canadian coverage of the Sunday early-afternoon game package (1 p.m. ET), SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, every NFL playoff game, and the coveted SUPER BOWL.
TSN2 complements CTV’s package of early-afternoon match-ups on Sunday with a marquee national game – giving viewers in most Canadian markets a choice between two different games on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET during the NFL season. In addition to the SUNDAY NIGHT and MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL packages, TSN has exclusive Canadian coverage of the NFL DRAFT, extensive NFL coverage on SPORTSCENTRE, and full coverage of the league online at TSN.ca.
The 2012-13 NFL season gets underway tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN with the highly-anticipated NFL Kickoff Game featuring Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys taking on Eli Manning and the Super Bowl champion NY Giants at MetLife Stadium.
On CTV and TSN2, the new NFL season kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. ET with a full slate of marquee match-ups. This weekend’s games on CTV and TSN2 are as follows:
• Buffalo @ NY Jets – airing on CTV Toronto and CTV Kitchener
• New England @ Tennessee – airing on CTV British Columbia, CTV Alberta, CTV Montreal and CTV Atlantic
• Indianapolis @ Chicago – airing on CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario and CTV Saskatchewan
• Jacksonville @ Minnesota – airing on CTV Winnipeg
• Washington @ New Orleans – airing on TSN2
CTV and TSN2 will announce their remaining schedules of NFL games on a week-by-week basis. All regular season NFL match-ups on CTV will be immediately followed by a special post-game edition of SPORTSCENTRE with anchor Jay Onrait.
CTV’s coverage of the 2012-13 NFL season culminates with all playoff games and the SUPER BOWL – the single most-watched sporting event in North America. Last year, SUPER BOWL XLVI was the most-watched NFL championship game ever on Canadian television with an average audience of 8.18 million viewers tuning in to watch the NY Giants defeat the New England Patriots on CTV and RDS.
NFL on TSN
TSN will televise 35 NFL games this season, delivering back-to-back nights of appointment television with exclusive Canadian coverage of SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL and MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. On Sunday, Sept. 9, SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL showcases Peyton Manning’s debut as quarterback of the Broncos when Denver plays host to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:15 p.m. ET. The following evening, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL gives fans double-header action with Cincinnati @ Baltimore at 7 p.m. ET immediately followed by San Diego @ Oakland at 10:15 p.m. ET (click here for NFL on TSN broadcast schedule).
TSN’s jam-packed NFL lineup also features the popular preview and wrap-up shows SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN, FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA, NFL PRIMETIME, and MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN. The NFL on TSN programming lineup is as follows:
• SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN – 10 a.m. ET
TSN gets viewers primed for Sunday afternoon NFL action as Chris Berman hosts the three-hour preview show SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN every Sunday at 10 a.m. ET leading into CTV and TSN2’s 1 p.m. ET game coverage.
• FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA – 7 p.m. ET
Bob Costas hosts the critically-acclaimed FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, which leads into TSN’s weekly coverage of SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA begins Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET – a special start time before the show settles into its regular 7 p.m. ET night timeslot beginning Sunday, Sept. 16.
• SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – immediately following FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
The reigning #1 prime time program is back on TSN with coverage of all regular season Sunday night games. The SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL broadcast team is led by play-by-play voice Al Michaels, analyst Cris Collinsworth, and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. Action gets underway on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8:15 p.m. ET with Pittsburgh @ Denver.
• NFL PRIMETIME – 3 p.m. ET
• MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN – 6:30 p.m. ET
The MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN preview show returns to TSN featuring host Chris Berman in the ESPN studios beginning Monday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. ET – a special start time to tee up the night’s doubleheader action.
• MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – immediately following MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL returns to TSN bringing fans exclusive Canadian coverage of all 17 regular season Monday night match-ups. The season begins Monday, Sept. 10 with a doubleheader featuring Cincinnati @ Baltimore at 7 p.m. ET immediately followed by San Diego @ Oakland at 10:15 p.m. ET. ESPN’s Mike Tirico and SUPER BOWL-winning coach Jon Gruden will call the Bengals-Ravens game from the broadcast booth with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines, while Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer, and Rachel Nichols travel to Oakland as the Raiders host the Chargers.
NFL on SPORTSCENTRE
SPORTSCENTRE hits the gridiron hard during the NFL season with extensive news and highlights from every game and weekly NFL segments, giving fans more NFL insight and analysis than ever. On Mondays, Jesse Palmer is back with his popular Monday Morning Quarterback segment, as the former NFL pivot provides his take on the weekend’s games. On Thursdays, TSN football analyst Chris Schultz returns for another expert season of Risky Business featuring his four weekly picks against the spread. Finally, on Saturdays, the always entertaining ESPN football host Chris Berman returns to Canada’s most-watched sports news program with his 2-Minute Drill, as he gives fans his predictions for head-to-head match-ups for the upcoming week in the NFL.
NFL on TSN.ca
Canada’s industry-leading sports website has the NFL covered from every angle with up-to-the-minute stats and scores, game highlights, breaking news, and in-depth analysis for all NFL games. TSN.ca also features a comprehensive season preview section that includes team-by-team breakdowns and pre-season power rankings, along with TSN’s resident football expert Chris Schultz’s pre-season predictions and SUPER BOWL pick (calling all Houston Texans fans!).
Schultz also returns to TSN.ca with his popular column, Schultz vs. The World, and fans are invited to go head-to-head against the former NFL offensive tackle by picking the winners of each game.
Football expert Jesse Palmer is back on TSN.ca with his Monday Morning Quarterback segments available on demand.
TSN Fantasy Football
Football fans can compete for bragging rights in the TSN Fantasy Football league manager on TSN.ca, which gives fans the chance to win $10,000 just for playing. With TSN Fantasy Football, fans can create or join a fully-customizable league complete with live roster updates, up-to-the-minute player news, and in-depth game analysis. Fantasy sports expert Scott Cullen also provides poolies with weekly fantasy football analysis, projections, rankings and predictions on TSN.ca.
NFL on Bell Media Radio
Bell Media Radio stations deliver another season of extensive NFL action with exclusive live game coverage of all prime-time NFL match-ups, the NFL playoffs, and SUPER BOWL XLVII on TSN Radio in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg, Team 1200 in Ottawa, and Team 1040 and 1410 in Vancouver. Team 1410 is also the Canadian flagship station of the Seattle Seahawks with live coverage of all of the team’s games.
TSN Radio 1050
TSN Radio 1050 is the exclusive home of all prime-time NFL games in Toronto with live game coverage on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights. The station also delivers live coverage of the U.S. Thanksgiving triple-header along with complete coverage of the NFL playoffs and SUPER BOWL XLVII.
Each week, best-in-class NFL Insiders including Chris Schultz, Herm Edwards, Jesse Palmer, Alex Marvez, Kevin Harlan, Mike Florio, and Adam Schefter join TSN 1050’s daily shows and provide in-depth analysis and opinion on all the stories from on and off the NFL field.
On Saturday afternoons, FOOTBALL SATURDAY returns with Mike Hogan and Chris Schultz as they break down the biggest games and tackle the key stories from around the NFL, CFL, and CIS and NCAA football.
On Sundays, ESPN GAMEDAY kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET to keep fans up-to-date on all the action around the NFL.