Le Réseau des sports – a leading figure in specialty French-language sports television across North America – gets set to televise the very best from the worlds of hockey, auto racing, football, golf and tennis in 2002/03.
Throughout the 2002/03 season, RDS will have comprehensive coverage of the NHL®’s Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, as well as the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs. RDS is also the official French broadcaster of one of the world’s most popular sporting events – the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which will be televised from Halifax in late December 2002 and early January 2003.
Three-time winner of the Gemeaux Award for best sports production and best animation in a sports series, RDS’s Formula One coverage is a key element to the network’s schedule. RDS has recently renewed the rights to televise the Formula One, and is now involved in a joint venture with Radio-Canada to maximize exposure of up to 11 key races this season. In addition, RDS’s comprehensive CART and NASCAR coverage generates plenty of excitement among Quebec sports fans, with up to 30 races in 2002.
RDS will broadcast 18 Montreal Alouettes games from July to November, with the CFL Playoffs and Grey Cup coverage also on the agenda. RDS is also slated to present more NFL games than ever before, including playoff coverage and the Super Bowl. Amateur football rounds out the season’s coverage, with the Atlantic Bowl, Churchill Bowl, Vanier Cup, Bol d’Or and the Rouge et Or (CIS).
RDS is on the fairways and greens throughout the entire 2002/03 season, providing coverage of all four Majors (The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship), along with a full schedule of additional tour events. September 2002 will bring coverage of the Ryder Cup, where the best U.S. players take on the Europeans. In total, RDS offers fans more than 300 hours of golf this season.
RDS serves up another smashing season of professional tennis this year, with coverage from all four Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open). RDS will also televise every Tennis Master Series event.