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NFL Network will show two CFL games a week

Jim Barker AP

At a time when American football fans are wondering when they’ll be able to see the NFL back in business, the league-owned network has reached a new deal to show football of the 110-yard variety.

The Canadian Football League and the NFL have announced an agreement to show two CFL games a week, with the option to show additional games, the CFL playoffs and the Grey Cup championship game.

The first game on the schedule is on Thursday, June 30, when the British Columbia Lions take on the defending champion Montreal Alouettes.

During the 1982 players’ strike, when seven weeks of the NFL season were canceled, NBC televised some CFL games, simply because it was the only professional football available. Although the CFL puts on a good enough product, I think I can speak for everyone who loves football south of the border in saying that we’d prefer to avoid a similar situation this year.

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32 Responses to “NFL Network will show two CFL games a week”
  1. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 21, 2011 3:38 PM

    I don’t know of anyone who watches the CFL…

  2. dogsweat1 says: Jun 21, 2011 3:42 PM

    I love the CFL.

    Thank You NFLN!!!

  3. schmitty2 says: Jun 21, 2011 3:42 PM

    wow,first Arena football and now CFL on the NFL network. What next..pop warner?

  4. ebenezergrymm says: Jun 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    NFL Network showed CFL games last season too. I don’t understand how this is newsworthy.

  5. tomcan8 says: Jun 21, 2011 3:49 PM

    So it should now be called the football network since there’s nothing national about it…

  6. pitch119 says: Jun 21, 2011 3:52 PM

    What’s a Columbia Lion?

  7. stonevision says: Jun 21, 2011 4:00 PM

    I love it. Can’t wait to see Terrelle Pryor in Roughrider green!!! He’ll be a beast when his receiver gets a running head start, he throws it from the mid-field (55 yard line), through the uprights and 20 yards deep into the endzone. I love the CFL!!!

  8. nowathand twitter.com/Chris_M_Bach says: Jun 21, 2011 4:06 PM

    They played CFL simulcasts last year.

    I’m a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan (Darian Durant simply slays).

    I’m also almost as anxious to see D.J. Boldin play for Toronto as Anquan Boldin is my all-time favorite player.

  9. Soulman45 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:06 PM

    The World Network

  10. hobartbaker says: Jun 21, 2011 4:08 PM

    It was either that or Celine Dion.

  11. duanethomas says: Jun 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    Should have high rating since the pro-owner shills have stated they don’t watch the NFL for the great players, they watch for football. They have advocated scabs, replacement and only cheering for teams not players. So you will have football without the high skill level that’s in the NFL, so they ought to love it. They are pure football fans.

  12. toad8572 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:16 PM

    Pop Warner and High School need to be seen in person for the greatest enjoyment. College and NFL work either on TV (get instand replay and pause) or fieldside. For some odd reason, two 50 yard lines bother me and don’t work at all….oh well.

  13. ndnut says: Jun 21, 2011 4:18 PM

    Do the Ravens fans remember when the CFL came there after the Colts took the moving vans out of town? If so, please fill me in on some basic rule differences.

  14. schmitty2 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:20 PM

    duanethomas says:
    Jun 21, 2011 4:09 PM
    Should have high rating since the pro-owner shills have stated they don’t watch the NFL for the great players, they watch for football. They have advocated scabs, replacement and only cheering for teams not players. So you will have football without the high skill level that’s in the NFL, so they ought to love it. They are pure football fans.

    Your “pro-owner shills” thing is getting really old. Go apply for De-moron’s job if you really want to make a difference

  15. harleyrider1973 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:21 PM

    hey Dauntethomas, what team do you play for? You seem to be alittle one sided yourself. So maybe you should hate on people whoe are onesided just becasue it not your side. You sound like an azz.

  16. darthvincent says: Jun 21, 2011 4:29 PM

    the only football after the NFL is the Lingerie Football League….

  17. tformation says: Jun 21, 2011 4:29 PM

    I’ll watch CFL over college football… any day…

  18. vbe2 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    I’d rather watch little league than CFL.

  19. trbowman says: Jun 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    Ten times better than Arena football…..

  20. macker1283 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:42 PM

    Please don’t compare CFL to Arena football or UFL. The CFL actually has strong franchises, strong fanbases, and some talent. I actually like the three down format. With the way the passing game is taking over the NFL, you might see it in the NFL in 20 years. Some CFL franchises post 30,000 in attendance a game, and most are over 25,000. Not too bad.

  21. cmack21 says: Jun 21, 2011 6:03 PM

    They play football in Canada?

  22. tmaczoozoo says: Jun 21, 2011 6:07 PM

    Hint-Hint…

  23. j0esixpack says: Jun 21, 2011 6:50 PM

    It’s always fun to watch those Cannucks scratch and fight for every meter, all three downs!

  24. zoogleea says: Jun 21, 2011 7:27 PM

    “They play football in Canada?”

    Football was invented in Canada and has been played in Canada since 1884.

  25. 1stbaseman44 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:44 PM

    i would watch the cfl over those top 10 countdown shows that i’ve seen 1000 times.

  26. dempsey63 says: Jun 21, 2011 8:05 PM

    ndnut says:

    “Do the Ravens fans remember when the CFL came there after the Colts took the moving vans out of town?”

    This Packer fan remembers. The franchise adopted the name Baltimore CFL Colts, only to have the NFL go ballistic with the claim that it still retained all rights to all variations of the name Baltimore Colts.

    As a compromise, the NFL offered the team two nicknames that became available when St. Louis and Baltimore’s expansion bids were rejected: Stallions and Bombers. The Stallions name was accepted, and the new helmet logo featured a horse’s head that morphed into flowing stripes.

    The NFL then ripped off that logo for the Denver Broncos’ updated look, while the Patriots’ new logo featured a Minuteman’s head morphing into flowing stripes. Go figure.

    Oh, and did the NFL really expect the Baltimore franchise to opt for Bombers when Winnipeg already had the Blue Bombers?

  27. caffeene says: Jun 21, 2011 8:20 PM

    “What’s a Columbia Lion?”

    Please tell me that was a joke!

  28. drumzan says: Jun 21, 2011 10:22 PM

    The funny part is that in Canada when they air the CFL games on NFLN, it gets blocked. They usually play documentaries even though the guide says “Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders.”

    The CFL doesn’t get the respect it deserves in the USA. Don’t get me wrong, I live and breathe the NFL in Canada, but the CFL is a great way to fill the football void in the summer. The NFL should really take notice at a few of the rule differences because there’s a lot more scoring in the CFL than the NFL because it forces teams to take more risk…the field is larger, the ball is larger, there’s three downs, there’s one more player on the field for each team, the OT is much more interesting, and receivers only need one foot on the ground to make a catch. The Grey Cup is a great tradition in Canada and always ends up being a great game just like the Superbowl.

  29. caffeene says: Jun 21, 2011 10:59 PM

    The CFL quietly made the ball the same size. Our balls are no longer bigger.

  30. stunzeed5 says: Jun 22, 2011 10:56 AM

    The NFL, College, and CFL are the only leagues that matter, so I’ll watch it. They are professional with established fanbases and stadium deals.

    Not gonna watch a league headlined by NFL-washout Colt Brennan, the XFL….errr…..FUL….err….UFL? Is that it? lol

  31. godofwine330 says: Jun 22, 2011 6:11 PM

    I am actually for this move. I remember back in the late 80’s and 90’s, BSPN used to show CFL games. That is where I first heard of Marcus Allen’s brother Damon. I saw a game he played in and he looked phenomenal, then i wondered why he never got a shot in the NFL.

    I would actually be for allowing 1 CFL player annually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is not the NFL Hall of Fame, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and ALL outstanding members who played professional football should be recognized.

  32. mdnittlion says: Jun 23, 2011 8:33 PM

    Watching Canadian football is basically watching the guys that couldn’t get drafted into the NFL or sign as free agents. Honestly the majority of the league is America Rejects which isn’t always a bad thing if Canada didn’t have football Warren Moon might have just been another QB’s coach at the college level.

    So here’s to you rank and file member of a division one football team that didn’t hear his name called on draft day. You can always make a living playing up North and there’s no shame in that.

    “I’d rather cash a check playing a game I love then spend my life working a job I hate.”

    -Doug Flutie

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