NBCSN to broadcast 17 CFL games, including Grey Cup


Good news, American CFL fans: NBCSN will air 17 Canadian Football League games in 2013, the CFL announced Friday.

NBCSN’s CFL coverage begins next Thursday, when the Winnipeg BlueBombers host the Montreal Alouettes in the league’s regular-season opener.

“We are excited to be partnering again with the CFL, and to present its fast-paced and tradition-rich brand of football on NBC Sports Network,” Mike Perman, Vice President, Programming, NBC Sports Group, said in a story posted on the CFL’s website.

The Toronto Argonauts, the defending Grey Cup champions, will have five regular-season games shown on NBCSN.

The CFL has been a jumping-off point for numerous NFL players over the years, with Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake the most prominent recent example. Also, new Bears head coach Marc Trestman comes off a successful stint as Montreal’s coach.

CFL on NBCSN broadcast schedule (all times Eastern): 

Thursday, June 27: Montreal at Winnipeg, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30: B.C. at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2: Hamilton at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Monday, August 5: Winnipeg at B.C., 7 p.m.
Friday, August 9: Saskatchewan at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 22: B.C. at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 2: Edmonton at Calgary, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3: Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 6: Calgary at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Friday, September 27: B.C. at Winnipeg, 10:30 p.m.
Monday, October 14: Toronto at Hamilton (shown at midnight on October 16).
Friday, October 18: Calgary at Edmonton (shown at midnight on October 19).
Thursday, October 24: Winnipeg at Toronto, 7:30 p.m,
Friday, November 1: Montreal at Toronto (shown at midnight on November 2).
Sunday, November 17: Eastern Final, 11 p.m.
Sunday, November 17: Western Final, (shown at midnight on November 19).
Sunday, November 24: 101st Grey Cup, 6:30 p.m.

32 responses to “NBCSN to broadcast 17 CFL games, including Grey Cup

  1. I’m Canadian and the CFL is my least favourite thing ever. The worst time of year is coming up. Sportscentre ft. CFL and Baseball highlights.. mixed in with a little off-season hockey analysis

  2. Could this lead into the CFL being absorbed into the NFL? Just as the NFC and AFC merged?

    Think about it. Expanding into Canada would be smarter than going to Europe right now.

  3. Far better development than an NFL practice squad. NFL and CFL need to work out some sort of agreement for developing young talent. Would help both leagues.

  4. Hell yeas, me love me some CFL, finally some real football. Thank you NBC, once again you reclaim your title as the leader in sports. Why would anyone ever watch CBS or Fox on Sunday again?

  5. League has been mired in mediocrity for about 100 years. All because the guy who sponsored the trophy was named Lord Grey, and not Lord Golden, or something like that.

  6. That’s great news. The CFL is not the NFL, but it is still a fairly exciting game. I used to watch it frequently when I got over the air Canadian stations.

    For those of you not used to it, give it a few games so you start to get the differences in the game. It may seem pretty weak at first.

  7. One note, one question:

    ESPN2 and ESPN3 will carry all CFL games not carried by NBCSN (not announced, but ESPN Media Zone has games listed already).

    Any word on whether NBCSN is going to stream the games at NBC Sports Live Extra? I’m most curious about whether the tape-delayed games will be streamed live, as indications are that ESPN3 won’t touch the NBC games.

  8. Oh good… Now, along with reading how the window is closing (or opening, depending on the day) for the cowboys, we can read the same about the Toronto Argonauts.

  9. While this a great idea, NBC please wake up. You are missing all of July when we are football starved then putting on 4 games at midnight(yeah those will be watched). Hit it hard in the early season becuase lets be real-once the college and NFL seasons start, we wont be watching too much.

  10. When the NFL was on strike they were kind enough to broadcast some CFL games to us football starved fans. And we were kind enough not to watch. If you’ve noticed we don’t watch Arena Football either.

  11. For those who are saying the CFL is terrible is not a football fan. Sure the passes are wobbly, and the end zone is like 30 yards long. But I love football no matter what the league. Also no one is making you watch. People have seemed to forget how a remote control works. They also don’t seem to understand that if they don’t like what they’re watching then they should stop watching it! I appreciate the CFL for two reasons. One it’s on almost every day of the week. Two it’s still football. I would rather watch a CFL game than an NFL Preseason Game.

  12. From the country that gave us Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Rush………..no thanks.

  13. “Thursday, June 27: Montreal at Winnipeg, 9 p.m.
    Tuesday, June 30: B.C. at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, August 2: Hamilton at Edmonton, 9 p.m.”

    I think you meant July 27 and July 30.

    June 30 is actually a Sunday.

    Go (B.C.) Lions!


  14. I have watched both the CFL and NFL for over 10 years and I love both. You guys might find it weird at first since the field is so big and with 3 downs, but it really is great football.

  15. The Argonauts were a band of heroes in Greek mythology, who in the years before the Trojan War, accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest to find the Golden Fleece.

  16. @kordogg what do you mean the passes are wobbly? Sure some passes are wobbly, just like in the NFL. The NFL quarterback doesn’t always throw a great spiral.

  17. Thu Jun 27 Montreal -Winnipeg 0 9:00 pm RDS,TSN
    Fri Jun 28 Hamilton – Toronto 0 7:00 pm TSN
    Fri Jun 28 BC – Calgary 10:00 pm TSN
    Sat Jun 29 Saskatchewan – Edmonton 3:30 pm
    This is the CFL Schedule, if NBCSN is carrying the Canadian broadcasters, then I might watch. If they have their own talking heads trying to explain the CFL, then I will pass.
    Last year I watched almost every CFL game in the internet.

  18. For those of you not familiar with the CFL, here are a couple interesting facts from Wikipedia.

    The field is something like 300 yards long and every team is named either Roughriders or Rough Riders.

  19. Leagues will never merge, too many rule differentials.

    3 downs instead of 4
    12 men instead of 11
    1 yard separation on the line of scrimmage between lineman
    Longer and wider fields
    Multiple players can go in motion and get a run up to the los

    The variables change because of the different rules. Nfl teaches db’s to force outside, in the cfl you force outside you’re done.They usually run 1 safety too.

    Watch the game, see how it differs.

  20. I prefer the NFL but seeing how I am Canadian, I feel I should defend the CFL. It is actually a more wide open game with more exciting big plays than the NFL. The talent level doesn’t compare since the 80’s when television rights skyrocketed for the NFL but, a CFL team has beaten an NFL team in a game before.

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