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Sunday, November 26, 2017

CFL, NFL NETWORK EXPLORING TV DEAL

The CFL could be coming to NFL Network. And as part of that deal, the CFL may alter its schedule to move the Grey Cup from late November to the middle of October.

“I’d like to see the Grey Cup earlier, it won’t happen for 2018, but for 2019 it’s possible,” CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said Friday, via the Ottawa Sun. “I’d like to see it maybe the third week of October. That week, almost everywhere in Canada is a fantastic weekend. I’ve traveled — we’ve lived in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Oakville, Montreal — the third week in October is amazing. The leaves are changing colors. It’s autumn, it’s not cold.”

Of course, that would require starting the season sooner, which could cause problems with TSN, the CFL’s primary Canadian broadcast partner, given a little something known as the Stanley Cup playoffs. TSN, which doesn’t have Stanley Cup playoff rights, wouldn’t want to put CFL games up against high-stakes hockey games. However, an adjustment to the season would give NFLN game content during the slow months, if a deal can be done between the CFL and the NFL.

“We’ve talked about the idea of what are they doing for programming on the NFL Network, could we be a positive source of amazing content?” Ambrosie said. “I’m entirely on board with sharing our game with more people around the world . . . and I’m not just talking about the U.S. market. We should stop being so Canadian and shy about this. With three downs and a big field and it’s wide open and these are world-class athletes — we’ve got the greatest game in the world.”

The NFL may disagree with that one, but the CFL is good enough to potentially take a spot on the NFL’s platform during the months when NFLN is a wasteland of NFL Films programming, Hard Knocks reruns, and the goofy top 100 player list.

(Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk.com)

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/11/24/cfl-could-alter-schedule-to-accommodate-nfln-deal/

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do it promptly Commish! you are making the CFL Great Again

Anonymous said...

Leave it be!

Anonymous said...

Great idea...the US loves football and any kind of support like this could help get the CFL more support which I believe it deserves.

Anonymous said...

Will nfl network pay what tsn is paying for the rights?

Unknown said...

Great idea and about time! I fully support this change.

Anonymous said...

I agree as long as we maintain or increase the number of CANADIAN players!

Anonymous said...

Do it. Canadian teams are out of the playoffs by then anyway.

Rafal said...

Give the rights to Grey Cup to CTV instead of TSN, They are owned by Bell media. Larger audience that way.

Anonymous said...

There aren't enough quality ones as it is.

Anonymous said...

after this weather debacle today,should be a no-brainer! play 18-20 games in decent weather then the most important game is played in a "blizzard"!...most importantly Shania may have "dressed down"!!{absolutely luved dog sled entrance}!!!

Anonymous said...

About time. However, imagine the embarrassment when a large US audience witnesses the Andre clown show. Might be wise to put the extra funds into reffing.

Anonymous said...

Re comment on Andre, don't kid yourself, the NFL reffing is far from perfect!
Agree with most important game should not be played in the conditions of these last two years. Cudos to the teams that still made it worth watching.

Anonymous said...

Why all the crying about the weather. If u want a perfect game play it indoors. The regular season has crappy weather games. That was no snow storm out in Ottawa.

Anonymous said...

No Canadian based NHL team has won the Stanley Cup since the Habs in 1993, so who cares. There's no conflict.

Anonymous said...

If it means the end of Glen Suitor I'm all in

Anonymous said...

This is a good idea. It is better for fans who go to the games, and now pay a heck of a lot of money, to play in good weather. In addition, there is a clear market opportunity in the USA during their football off season, why not take advantage of it? The CFL need to stop being so traditional. Sears and BlockBuster were traditional. Where are they now?

Jack Upshall said...

Having travelled America extensively there is a bigger fan base than what shows now. Put another way football fans enjoy all forms of the game bet it NFL, college and CFL. Regular programming would connect with these fans and at a time they are starved of high quality play. It's time has come I suggest.

Anonymous said...

Oh sure move pro football up and you know that high school, junior and University ball along with club ball will be the only ones to tough it out with rough conditions. You know that they can't start High School ball in the middle of July and try to get Mom and Dad to give up more of their summers. Football is a game played in the elements.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Ratio should be reduced - especially if Halifax gets a team.

Curt Dittmer said...

A mid October Grey Cup is ideal for many reasons. Look how many empty seats were in new Mosaic alone in November. No one wants to sit outside in November. The Stanley Cup argument is garbage. In June there is only the Stanley Cup final to deal with and unless a Canadian team is in the final no one really cares so I see the CFL as great counter programming for TSN.It also means one less month of competing with the NFL which is important with younger viewers that need to come back to the CFL.

Anonymous said...

I never understand this argument. If Americans were clamouring for football they would be watching during july and August. They're not, a spelling bee rerun beat them in the ratings this year on espn

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of moving the schedule up. It’s a no-brainer, just like daylight saving time.

The US wouldn’t be impressed with CFL. I remember when the nfl was on strike and they tried cfl as a fill in.

The joke in the US was that the cfl was just like the nfl but the QBs can’t throw and you’re not allowed to catch the ball

It was a very failed venture!! Just an embarrassment!!

But... this was a great cfl year. The challenge fiasco that killed the game has been fixed.

We watched a crop of good QBs and other players were shining!!

I just hope the league can come back from the death blow dealt by the challenge lunacy!!

I had given up watching games but I came back this year!