Included in the mix is TSN’s ongoing commitment to High Definition. TSN HD will offer more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any other network in Canada. In all, TSN will televise more than 6,000 hours of sports action in HD from 1,650 national and international sports events and games. TSN HD’s comprehensive lineup includes SportsCentre, NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, International Hockey (including World Juniors), Toronto Blue Jays Baseball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, boxing, poker, NCAA football and Molson That’s Hockey.
TSN will continue its aggressive campaign to secure and stream live coverage of key sports properties on TSN Broadband (at www.TSN.ca), including all 50 CFL on TSN games beginning this Summer. TSN Broadband made headlines in June 2007 with its live coverage of the America’s Cup, marking the first time a Canadian sports broadband network provided exclusive live coverage of an entire major national or international sporting event.
The 2007/08 season is filled with a tremendous amount of exciting news for TSN. Below is the network’s jam-packed sports lineup for the upcoming year:
Hockey Lives Here
Increased audiences for NHL telecasts, a significant multimedia agreement for the Men’s World Hockey Championship and stellar ratings for the World Juniors on multi-platforms all solidify TSN’s number-one status as the home of everything hockey.
* NHL on TSN -TSN gears up for another exciting NHL campaign with 70+ national broadcasts during the 2007/08 regular season and the first three rounds of the Stanley CupÒ Playoffs. More than half of TSN’s NHL broadcasts will air in High Definition next season. TSN enjoyed one of its most successful NHL broadcast seasons ever in 2006/07. The 2007 Stanley CupÒ Playoffs attracted record ratings with a national average audience of 510,000 viewers over 32 games throughout the first three rounds – an 11 per cent increase over last year’s playoffs, while TSN’s coverage of the regular season attracted an average of 425,000 viewers over 73 games, making it the network’s second-most watched NHL regular season in 11 years. Three of TSN’s NHL broadcasts this year cracked the network’s Top 10 list of most watched NHL games.
* IIHF World Junior Championship – TSN’s annual holiday hockey tradition continues with multi-platform coverage of the 2008 World Juniors from the Czech Republic in late December/early January. TSN will provide extensive live coverage of the tourney, including all of Team Canada’s games, on TSN, TSN HD and TSN Broadband as Canada looks to win its fourth consecutive championship. Last year, TSN’s television coverage of the gold medal game attracted 1.8 million viewers, making it TSN’s 10th most watched program of all time. On TSN Broadband, a record 241,000 Canadians watched some portion of the live coverage while an additional 72,000 accessed the broadcast on-demand.
* IIHF Men’s World Championship – TSN will be at the forefront in May 2008 when the 100th anniversary of the Men’s World Championship takes place for the first time in Canada – in Halifax and Quebec City. TSN will televise 15 games from the tourney. The 2008 tournament also marks the beginning of a new 4-year deal that provides TSN with exclusive English coverage in Canada for television and radio, as well as a comprehensive suite of multimedia rights including broadband, video-on-demand, mobile, podcasts and interactive TV. TSN’s coverage of the 2007 gold medal game attracted a national average audience of 681,000 viewers, making it the sixth-most watched World Men’s Championship game ever on TSN as Canada won its first title in 3 years.
* Additional Hockey – TSN has extensive coverage of additional national and international tournaments/events on the hockey calendar during the 2007/08 season: NHL Entry Draft, TradeCentre on NHL Trade Deadline Day, NHL on TSN Free Agent Frenzy, Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, World Women’s Championship, World Under-18 Championship, World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, National Women’s Under-18 Championship, World Junior A Challenge, TELUS Cup, RBC Royal Bank Cup, Allan Cup and the ESSO Women’s Nationals.
CFL on TSN
Wendy’s CFL on TSN returns this summer with a 50-game broadcast package that will be available for the first time ever on multiple distribution platforms – TSN, TSN HD and TSN Broadband. All 50 regular season games will air live on TSN and TSN Broadband, with a minimum of 35 broadcasts televised in High Definition on TSN HD. The majority of HD telecasts will air Friday nights during the 11th season of the weekly staple Friday Night Football. TSN’s 2007 broadcast schedule gets underway on June 28 with a season opening doubleheader. The CFL on TSN broadcasts continue to grow in popularity, as evidenced by the past 2 seasons – the most successful CFL seasons in network history. In fact, the average audience of the 2005 and 2006 seasons is nearly double TSN’s average audience throughout the 1990s (376,000 viewers vs. 189,000). Joining TSN’s award-winning CFL broadcast team this year is 3-time Grey Cup champion and 17-year CFL veteran Danny McManus, who will work as a game analyst. TSN has been televising CFL game since 1986 and announced last year a new 5-year broadcast partnership beginning in 2008 that provides TSN with broadcast and digital rights for the CFL’s entire 77-game package annually, including all regular season games, divisional playoff matches and the Grey Cup.
NFL on TSN
TSN is the prime time home for the NFL in Canada with 42 regular season games, beginning with the season opener on September 6 as the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts host the New Orleans Saints. With exclusive Canadian coverage of Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, TSN offers viewers a one-two punch with back-to-back nights of NFL action throughout the regular season. Included in the mix is coverage of games on Thursday/Saturday nights, as well as NFL Countdown, Football Night in America, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Primetime and the NFL Draft. All games and magazine shows will air in High Definition on TSN HD. TSN’s all-encompassing NFL broadcast package complements CTV’s recent acquisition of the Sunday early afternoon regular season games (1 p.m. ET), all playoff games and the coveted Super Bowl.
TSN will continue to be the home of NASCAR in Canada for years to come with two recent announcements: i) exclusive broadcast rights to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series through 2010, including the series’ crown jewel, the Daytona 500, and ii) a multi-year deal for exclusive English-Canada broadcast rights to all NASCAR Busch Series races, including this year’s inaugural race in Montreal on August 4. In 2007, TSN will air 28 NEXTEL Cup Series races and all 35 Busch Series races, all in High Definition.
The Presidents Cup and Golf
TSN will provide exclusive Canadian coverage in English of the most prestigious golf event ever in Canada – The 2007 Presidents Cup, taking place September 27 to 30 in Montreal, marking the first time the tournament has been held on Canadian soil. TSN will provide live coverage of all 4 rounds as well as opening ceremonies. A biennial event, The Presidents Cup features the 12 best players from the United States competing against the 12 best players from the rest of the world (excluding Europe) in competitive match play format. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will return in 2007 as Captains for the U.S. and International teams, respectively. TSN’s golf coverage also includes the four majors: U.S. Open (June 14 to 17), British Open (July 19 to 22), PGA Championship (August 9 to 12) and The Masters (April 10 to 13, 2008).
Next summer, TSN will be the home of the most prestigious continental soccer championship with exclusive Canadian coverage in English of UEFA European Football ChampionshipTM 2008. TSN’s multi-platform coverage of EURO 2008 includes television coverage as well as broadband, video on mobile devices, video-on-demand and interactive TV. TSN will provide coverage of all 31 matches of the quadrennial tournament, as well as a highlights show on match day, EURO 2008 Final Draw, magazine programs and unlimited encores. EURO 2008 takes place from June 7 to 29, 2008 from Austria-Switzerland and features the Top 16 European national soccer teams. TSN has televised the past 5 EURO tournaments, dating back to the 1988 tourney in Germany. Coverage of the EURO 2004 final on CTV, TSN and RDS set record ratings with a combined English and French national audience of 1.55 million viewers.
Curling and Casino Rama Curling Skins Game
TSN’s popular made-for-TV curling skins game returns in 2007 with the Casino Rama Curling Skins Game, airing live on December 8 and 9. The all-Canadian event features four invited Canadian men’s rinks competing for a total cash purse of $100,000 (Cdn) plus additional prizing. TSN produced and televised curling skins events from 1986 to 2004 as part of its all-encompassing curling coverage. In 2008, TSN’s curling coverage includes the Scotties Tournament of Heart (February 16 to 22), Tim Hortons Brier (March 8 to 14) and Ford World Women’s Championship (March 22 to 28). Beginning in the 2008/09 season, TSN will be the exclusive Canadian home of all eight Season of Champions events, including the semis and finals, with coverage of the morning, afternoon and evening draws.
Sports fans from across the country have voted SportsCentre, TSN’s flagship news and information program, the number-one source for sports news every year in Roper Canada’s annual report.* With SportsCentre’s transition to High Definition in September 2006, SportsCentre remains the only sports newsroom in Canada to deliver a daily sportscast in HD. With bureaus in 9 Canadian cities, SportsCentre brings viewers the most comprehensive news, highlights, scores and exclusive interviews from across the sports spectrum.
Rod Smith previews the evening’s sports action at 6:30 p.m. ET. At 10 p.m. ET, Darren Dutchyshen and Jennifer Hedger review the night in sports. The 2 a.m. ET edition, repeated weekdays from 6 a.m. to 12 noon ET, features hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole recapping all the action from the previous night. Cory Woron, Holly Horton and Bryan Mudryk handle SportsCentre’s weekend editions, while correspondents from coast to coast round out the SportsCentre broadcast team.
TSN will provide extensive coverage of the 2008 Olympic Summer Games from Beijing, China from August 8 to 24, 2008 with 150 hours of action, including 50 hours in prime time. This marks the 5th consecutive Olympic Games TSN has televised and leads into CTVglobemedia’s/Rogers Media’s coverage of the highly anticipated 2010 Olympic Winter Games from Vancouver.
Jays on TSN
TSN has secured a new 4-year broadcast extension with the Toronto Blue Jays that will see the network deliver a total of 80 regular season games beginning this year through 2010. In 2007, TSN will air 20 regular season games, all in HD, marking the first time TSN’s entire Blue Jays broadcast package will be produced and televised in High Definition. TSN is coming off another strong season, which saw ratings for Blue Jays games increase for the second consecutive year with a per-game average audience of 415,000 viewers. This is the 24th consecutive year TSN has televised Blue Jays baseball, dating back to the network’s inception in 1984.
After an exciting Toronto Raptors season which saw the team make the playoffs for the first time in 5 years, TSN looks forward to another successful NBA campaign with all-encompassing coverage in 2007/08. TSN will televise a minimum of 20 Raptors games next season, the NBA All-Star Weekend, a minimum of 17 playoff games up-to and including the Conference Finals, as well as exclusive Canadian coverage of the 2008 NBA Finals, all of which will be available in High Definition on TSN HD. The 2006/07 campaign was the third most watched NBA season ever on TSN with a 29 per cent increase over last season.
TSN serves up 600 hours of tennis action in 2007 with coverage of the biggest events on the tennis calendar, including all 4 grand slam tournaments (French Open – currently airing; Wimbledon – June 25 to July 6; U.S. Open – August 27 to September 9; Australian Open which aired in January). TSN’s coverage also includes the 2 Canadian tourneys – men’s Rogers Cup in Montreal (August 6 to 10) and women’s Rogers Cup in Toronto (August 13 to 17), and the nine other Masters Series tournaments including the season finale Masters Cup from Shanghai (November 12 to 18).
Formula One Auto Racing
TSN once again offers Formula One fans a trip around the globe with coverage of the entire 17 race F-1 season in 2007, including pre-race and qualifying. The network’s schedule is highlighted by live coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix from Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9 and 10. In 2008, TSN will also have coverage of the entire F-1 season, which gets underway in March.
UEFA Champions League Soccer
Soccer fans across the country have a lot to look forward to during the 2007/08 soccer season as TSN will televise up to four UEFA Champions League games each week, plus comprehensive playoff coverage that includes the championship final live from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on May 21, 2008.
TSN’s comprehensive coverage of the ‘sweet science’ features some of boxing’s biggest stars going round-for-round. Viewers are invited to go between the ropes each week with the popular TSN original series In This Corner with Russ Anber. Weekly coverage also includes HBO Championship Boxing, HBO Boxing After Dark, Wednesday Night Boxing and Friday Night Fights, all of which are available in High Definition on TSN HD, as well as Classic Boxing bouts and The Contender boxing specials.
TSN’s deck is stacked with 150 hours of poker programming in 2007, including the third annual Degree Poker Championship airing in September with 7 one-hour prime-time episodes on TSN, TSN HD and TSN Broadband. Last year’s Degree Poker Championship was the most watched poker tournament in Canada. TSN has numerous additional high profile poker tourneys on the broadcast schedule with the World Series of Poker, Poker Million, U.S. Poker Championship, Legends Cup of Poker and European Poker Tour. TSN has been televising poker since 1998.
‘TSN Talk Block’
* Off The Record – Canada’s longest-running talk show, Off the Record, heads into its 11th season in September with Canada’s king of in-your-face debate, Michael Landsberg, back at the helm. OTR features the biggest names in professional sports as they debate the hottest sports issues of the day with Landsberg asking the tough, thought-provoking and controversial questions sports fans want to hear. Returning for another season are the popular opening and closing segments – Up Front and Next Question. All episodes of Off The Record, a TSN original series, are available on-demand on TSN Broadband at www.TSN.ca. TSN is enjoying another successful OTR season with an 8 per cent audience increase over last year. Key guests this year included Terrell Owens, Ryan Smyth, Ray Emery, Rick Nash, Shane Doan, Michael Peca, Mark Cuban, Pinball Clemons, Mike Fisher and John Muckler. OTR airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET (with encores at 3 a.m. ET and 12 noon ET).
* Molson That’s Hockey – Hosted by Gino Reda, Molson That’s Hockey heads into its 13th season, keeping viewers up-to-date on all the latest headlines from the world of hockey with late-breaking news and roster updates, game previews, and interviews with players, coaches and hockey newsmakers. The daily 30-minute TSN original hockey magazine series is produced and televised in High Definition, airing at 7 p.m. ET during the NHL season.
* TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge – This live 30-minute roundtable Canadian sports debate show tackles the week’s most pressing and controversial sports issues. Three outspoken sports journalists – Damien Cox, Michael Farber and Steve Simmons – join host Dave Hodge each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET on this TSN original series.
* In This Corner With Russ Anber – TSN delivers a weekly knockout with the 30-minute TSN original boxing series In This Corner with Russ Anber. Hosted by Darren Dutchyshen, In This Corner features analysis and commentary from opinionated boxing guru Russ Anber as he provides insight on major professional and amateur fights and previews upcoming matches. High profile guests/interviews this past year included Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar de la Hoya. In This Corner airs Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.
* Pardon The Interruption – The live, unconventional, hard-hitting 30-minute daily sports debate show Pardon The Interruption features Washington Post columnists Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser locking horns in a battle of opinions about the day’s hottest sports topics. Timely interviews with newsmakers frame the debates and viewers have the opportunity to voice their opinions during the program. PTI airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET.
* ESPN Magazine Sports Reporters – The unscripted, unrehearsed and uncensored live roundtable sports discussion show ESPN Magazine Sports Reporters hits the TSN airwaves every Sunday at 10 a.m. ET just prior to the popular Canadian version TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge. The 30-minute weekly program is hosted by Canadian John Saunders, who moderates the unfettered opinions and thought-provoking views of America’s best and brightest sports columnists, including New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica, Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan, Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom and PTI’s Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser.
TSN.ca is Canada’s leading sports website with an average of 2.5 million unique visitors and 77 million page viewers per month. Currently there are more than 400,000 registered users, while 130,000 users receive TSN.ca’s morning email blast. An average of 60,000 user comments are submitted to the site’s Your Call feedback section each month. TSN.ca offers 140,000 pages of content, 700,000 minutes of audio and video clips each month, scores/updates/standings/stats from 35 different sports, daily fan forums and fantasy pools, podcasts of favourite TSN shows and commentaries from TSN on-air talent, and the most insightful and provocative analysis from Canada’s most respected sports writers and reporters.
Schedules subject to change
TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada’s Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN’s flagship news program, SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans from across the country.** TSN’s comprehensive broadcast schedule also features the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling; NASCAR including the Daytona 500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the Indy 500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA Champions League Soccer; HBO World Championship boxing; and Figure Skating including the national championships. TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcing TSN’s position as Canada’s Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is available in 8.6 million households. TSN’s programming and news content is also available online at TSN.ca.
*Roper Canada survey began in 1998
**2005/2006 Roper Canada – Winter
All audience figures are 2+ and exclude and pre- and post-game; source BBM Nielsen Media Research