The CFL took a progressive step when it allocated its broadcast rights exclusively to TSN in 2008. CBC had aired CFL games from 1952-2007.

Fans of the Canadian Football League are very lucky – because we get to watch each and every CFL game on TSN. Live production of a CFL game is an extremely difficult task. Trust me when I tell you the game moves lightning quick in the production truck. Far faster than it appears on television. It’s easy to fall into “comfortable” coverage and replay patterns, without really stopping to think, “Are we giving the viewers the best, most informative look at this game possible?” That’s why, when televising any live sport,  the entire production crew and commentators must be on the same page when it comes to show philosophy. Here are five things noticed during TSN’s season première from Regina – five things that show why they do a fine job. (more…)

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Craig MacTavish on TSN – not a good fit

Former Oilers' head coach Craig MacTavish
Former Oilers’ head coach Craig MacTavish

Craig MacTavish on TSN. Does that sentence get you all excited? As the season began, were you ready to absorb Craig’s pearls of wisdom? Sure hope you didn’t wait around, holding your breath. Those pearls are not coming. You know why? Because Craig still wants to coach in the NHL. Hey, TSN, grab a brain and stop hiring guys who still want to be involved in the nuts-and-bolts of the league. They’ve got nothing to add to anything! Ever! (more…)

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