– Multi-year Canadian NFL broadcast extension sees NFL football in Canada air on TSN, CTV, CTV Two, and RDS, with featured games in all of the league's broadcast windows –
– The agreement includes the NFL's slate of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL games which will air on TSN and CTV Two for the first time, and return to RDS, beginning with the 2017 season –
– Expanded agreement also involves additional digital rights, and expanded footage and programming rights –
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TORONTO, June 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Bell Media and the National Football League (NFL) today announced a multi-year rights agreement extension that makes Bell Media the exclusive broadcast partner of the NFL in Canada. With featured games in all of the league's broadcast windows airing across Bell Media properties, the partnership also features expanded digital opportunities which include syndication rights for NFL highlights in Canada, as well as expanded footage and programming rights to further bolster Bell Media's non-game NFL-focused content.
The expanded agreement also includes the NFL's THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL package, which will air on TSN and CTV Two for the first time, and return to RDS, beginning with the 2017 season. With the addition of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, TSN and RDS further strengthen their NFL programming, with primetime content three nights a week from the powerful NFL brand.
With the new agreement, NFL coverage on Bell Media now includes:
- Thursday Night regular-season games, airing on TSN/CTV Two and RDS
- Sunday at 1 p.m. regular-season games, airing on TSN, CTV, and RDS
- Sunday at 4 p.m. regular-season games, airing on TSN, CTV, and RDS
- Sunday Night regular-season games, airing on TSN/CTV Two and RDS
- Monday Night regular-season games, airing on TSN and RDS
- All Playoff Games
- The Super Bowl
"The NFL continues to deliver strong audiences in all broadcast windows, and we are proud to expand our longstanding partnership to make Bell Media the exclusive broadcast home of NFL action in Canada," said Stewart Johnston, President, Bell Media Studios and TSN. "With this new agreement, TSN and RDS will air three nights of primetime content weekly from the biggest sports property in North America. The NFL is a respected brand to both fans and advertisers alike, and we're excited to deliver an even bigger NFL schedule across our platforms, and with the expanded digital rights and expanded footage and highlight rights, showcase the NFL like never before."
"We are excited to continue our partnership with Bell Media in Canada to bring our Canadian fans NFL coverage through Bell Media's broad portfolio of channels," said Mark Waller, NFL Executive Vice President of International & Events. "Through this expanded agreement, NFL fans will now be able to view NFL action across all NFL broadcast Windows conveniently within Bell Media's family of channels."
As part of Bell Media's commitment to the NFL, and as the home of football on television in Canada, TSN continues to be Canada's source for NFL news and information, led by SPORTSCENTRE. TSN.ca will also feature increased fantasy content, while the network delivers a comprehensive slate of NFL programming from ESPN, including NFL COUNTDOWN, NFL LIVE, NFL PRIMETIME, MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN, and the NFL DRAFT. Additionally, TSN broadcasts the Sunday night pre-game show FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA.
TSN has been televising NFL games since 1987, and CTV's partnership with the NFL began in 2007.
The National Football League is America's most popular sports league, comprised of 32 franchises that compete each year to win the Super Bowl, the world's biggest annual sporting event. Founded in 1920, the NFL developed the model for the successful modern sports league, including national and international distribution, extensive revenue sharing, competitive excellence, and strong franchises across the board. The NFL is the industry leader on a wide range of fronts.
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, Champions Live Here as TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country, TSN's deep and diverse roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada events, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, Premier League, MLB, Golf's Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, UFC, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.
RDS is Canada's French-language sports broadcasting leader and Québec's #1 specialty network. In addition to its world-class content delivered across multiple platforms, including RDS, RDS2, RDS Info, RDS.ca and RDS GO, RDS offers the broadest portfolio of French-language sports programming in the world. Official broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators, CFL and Grey Cup, NFL and Super Bowl, MLB and World Series, Olympic Games until 2026, FIFA World Cup until 2022, UEFA Europa League and Champions League, exclusive French-language broadcaster of the Montreal Alouettes, F1® and the Tour de France, RDS's slate of channels present more than 4,000 hours of live programming each year, including UFC, the IIHF World Junior Championship, NASCAR, PGA Tour golf including all four majors, ATP tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, Seasons of Champions Curling and Skate Canada events. RDS is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
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