First Place Toronto Blue Jays on TSN and TSN2



    
    - Broadcast schedule features 20 games on TSN and an additional 5 games
                                  on TSN2 -
     - TSN2 has exclusive coverage of key three-game series against the
                     Boston Red Sox, beginning May 19 -
    

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - The league-leading Toronto Blue Jays hit TSN
and TSN2 in 2009 with 25 games this season (see broadcast schedule below). In
addition to 20 games on TSN, the Blue Jays have agreed to add an additional
five games exclusively on TSN2. This season marks the 26th consecutive year of
Blue Jays Baseball on TSN, and TSN2 is proud to join the tradition by
delivering its very own schedule of games. All Blue Jays games on TSN and TSN2
are available in High Definition.
    The Blue Jays continue to draw strong audiences on TSN. The national
average audience for ROGERS JAYS ON TSN broadcasts increased by 11% (419,000)
last year compared to 2007, marking the highest average since the 1994 season
on TSN(*). The network also recorded its highest single-game audience in eight
years when 650,000 viewers tuned in to see the Jays defeat the Chicago White
Sox in September.
    Blue Jays coverage on TSN2 gets underway on Tuesday, May 19 with the Jays
taking on the Boston Red Sox in a key three-game series. TSN2 is readily
available in the GTA in both Standard Definition and High Definition on Bell
TV (Channel 401, 851 HD), Shaw Direct (Channel 401, 269 HD), and Cogeco Cable
(Channel 156, 729 HD).
    "The Blue Jays have surprised a lot of people and are playing some
exciting baseball. A big test for this team will come when they head into
Fenway next month to take on the Red Sox. Baseball fans will now be able to
see every pitch from this pivotal series on TSN2," says Phil King, President
of TSN. "TSN is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Blue Jays and
the last minute addition of an extra five games exclusively for the TSN2
schedule is a bonus for all fans."
    Divisional rivalries and interleague match-ups highlight TSN/TSN2's
regular season Blue Jays broadcast schedule in 2009 that includes:
    
    -  Seven games against last year's American League Champion Tampa Bay
       Rays, led by last season's AL Rookie of the Year, Evan Longoria
    -  Four match-ups with the New York Yankees featuring superstars Derek
       Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as well as former Blue Jays pitcher AJ
       Burnett
    -  Three Games against the Boston Red Sox featuring Canadian Jason Bay,
       "Big Papi" David Ortiz and American League MVP Dustin Pedroia
    -  Three games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - last year's AL
       West champs and the only team in the Majors to win 100 regular season
       games in 2008
    -  Two tilts with the Cleveland Indians led by reigning AL Cy Young Award
       winner Cliff Lee and All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore
    -  Four interleague match-ups, including two with the Cincinnati Reds
       featuring Toronto-born first baseman Joey Votto and two more versus
       the Florida Marlins

    TSN's Rod Black and Pat Tabler return to the booth for their 8th
consecutive year to handle play-by-play and analysis for ROGERS JAYS ON TSN
broadcasts.

    TSN/TSN2's 2009 Toronto Blue Jays broadcast schedule is as follows:

    May
    ---
    Tuesday, May 19        Toronto @ Boston        7 p.m. ET on TSN2
    Wednesday, May 20      Toronto @ Boston        7 p.m. ET on TSN2
    Thursday, May 21       Toronto @ Boston        7 p.m. ET on TSN2

    June
    ----
    Wednesday, June 3      LA Angels @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Friday, June 12        Florida @ Toronto       7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Saturday, June 13      Florida @ Toronto       1 p.m. ET on TSN
    Wednesday, June 24     Cincinnati @ Toronto    7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Thursday, June 25      Cincinnati @ Toronto    7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Monday, June 29        Tampa Bay @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Tuesday, June 30       Tampa Bay @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN

    July
    ----
    Tuesday, July 7        Toronto @ Tampa Bay     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Wednesday, July 8      Toronto @ Tampa Bay     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Tuesday, July 21       Cleveland @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Wednesday, July 22     Cleveland @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN

    August
    ------
    Tuesday, Aug. 4        NY Yankees @ Toronto    7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Wednesday, Aug. 5      NY Yankees @ Toronto    7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Saturday, Aug. 22      LA Angels @ Toronto     1 p.m. ET on TSN
    Sunday, Aug. 23        LA Angels @ Toronto     1 p.m. ET on TSN
    Monday, Aug. 24        Tampa Bay @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Tuesday, Aug. 25       Tampa Bay @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Wednesday, Aug. 26     Tampa Bay @ Toronto     7 p.m. ET on TSN

    September
    ---------
    Sunday, Sept. 13       Toronto@ Detroit        1 p.m. ET on TSN2
    Tuesday, Sept. 15      Toronto @ NY Yankees    7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Wednesday, Sept. 16    Toronto @ NY Yankees    7 p.m. ET on TSN
    Sunday, Sept. 27       Seattle @ Toronto       1 p.m. ET on TSN2
    

    Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and
London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is
Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN
was voted the No. 1 source for sports coverage and news by sports fans across
the country.(*) TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule features SportsCentre,
the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; International
Hockey including the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through
2012; all CFL games including the Grey Cup; NFL including Sunday and Monday
Night Football; PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors
basketball and the NBA Finals; Season of Champions Curling; Auto Racing
including NASCAR, Formula One and IRL; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events;
UEFA Champions League Soccer; and HBO World Championship boxing. TSN HD offers
more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any
other network in Canada. TSN is available in 9 million households. TSN's
programming and news content is also available online at TSN.ca and on TSN
MOBILE - the portable version of TSN's industry-leading sports website.

    (*) 2007/2008 Roper Reports Canada




For further information:

For further information: Greg McIsaac, (w) (416) 384-5180, (c) (416)
458-3591, greg.mcisaac@ctv.ca; Chobi Liang, (w) (416) 384-7584, (c) (416)
859-4738, chobi.liang@ctv.ca; Simon Bassett, (w) (416) 384-7599,
simon.bassett@ctv.ca


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