Sports broadcasting contracts in Canada

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This article refers to Sports broadcasting contracts in Canada. For broadcasting rights lists of other countries, see Sports television broadcast contracts.

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

National Basketball Association[edit]

The NBA's Canadian marketing arm is managed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the Toronto Raptors. In turn, MLSE is majority-owned by Bell Canada and Rogers Communications; as such, coverage is mostly shared between their co-owned TSN and Sportsnet networks, along with the MLSE-owned NBA TV Canada. Toronto Raptors games are primarily aired by TSN, TSN2 and RDS, with selected games airing on Sportsnet, Sportsnet One, or Sportsnet 360.[1] Ancillary Raptors content, including game encores, air on NBA TV Canada.

All broadcasters air assorted non-Raptors games throughout the season (TSN promoted that it would air 148 regular-season games in total during the 2017-18 season);[2] NBA TV Canada typically airs selected games and simulcasts of games from U.S. broadcasters (most often from its U.S. counterpart). All remaining games are available through the NBA League Pass out-of-market sports package.

TSN and NBA TV have the Canadian TV rights to broadcast the NBA Summer League and NBA G League.

TSN, Sportsnet and NBA TV have the Canadian TV rights to broadcast the WNBA.[3]

U.S. college basketball[edit]

TSN owns the Canadian broadcast rights to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament through a deal with ESPN International. CBS coverage of the tournament is also available in Canada. TSN also simulcast regular-season games from ESPN.

Coverage of games is also available from U.S. networks carried in Canada, such as Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, along with broadcast network coverage or syndicated packages. An out-of-market sports package offered by some providers includes other games from U.S. outlets that are not otherwise available in Canada.

International basketball[edit]

TSN and RDS hold broadcast rights to the Canadian national men's basketball team and FIBA tournaments.[4][5]

Canadian basketball[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Asian Television Network owns the vast majority of Canadian cricket rights, with marquee events typically airing live on CBN, and selected events and other programming airing on ATN Cricket Plus. ATN also owns the rights to the ICC Cricket World Cup, this tournament is broadcast on pay-per-view throughout Canada.

International cricket[edit]

Domestic cricket[edit]

Curling[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Darts[edit]

Extreme Sports[edit]

Field Hockey[edit]

American Football[edit]

Canadian Football League[edit]

  • TSN – all games including playoffs and Grey Cup
  • RDS – all Montreal and Ottawa games, as well as select additional games throughout the season, the playoffs and the Grey Cup.

National Football League[edit]

Contracts are current as of the 2019 NFL season.

Due to Canadian regulations that permit stations from different areas to be carried in the same market, several games may be available in each of the Sunday timeslots through a combination of domestic and American stations from different areas, without a subscription to Sunday Ticket. By contrast, outside a handful of areas where multiple neighbouring network affiliates are available, no more than three games may be aired in a given U.S. market on any Sunday afternoon (up to four games in week 17).

Canadian university football[edit]

As of 2016, Sportsnet and TVA Sports broadcasts the national U Sports playoff games, namely the Mitchell Bowl, the Uteck Bowl, and the Vanier Cup. TVA Sports carries many QSSF games. In 2016, Sportsnet's sister broadcast network City began broadcasting a four-game U Sports Game of the Week package.[17][18] Games not covered by these contracts are often carried by local cable community channels.

In 2015, Global aired a Hardy Trophy semi-final and championship game as part of the Shaw TV (Shaw Cable) Canada West conference package (at the time, Shaw directly owned Global).[19]

As of the 2017-18 season, Canada West conference rights are held by Bell MTS, SaskTel and Telus TV (including a regular season package and playoff coverage).[20][21]

U.S. college football[edit]

Many ESPN College Football games are aired by TSN's feeds, including regular season and bowl games (which were, in the past, shared with Sportsnet 360, and not withstanding conflicts with other programming such as the World Junior Hockey Championship), and the College Football Playoff. TSN also carries College GameDay.

Coverage of games is also available from U.S. networks carried in Canada, such as beIN Sports and NFL Network (Conference USA), Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, along with broadcast network coverage. An out-of-market sports package offered by some providers includes other games from U.S. outlets that are not otherwise available in Canada (such as Fox Sports Networks, and ESPN games not picked up by the TSN channels).

Australian rules football[edit]

Golf[edit]

Hockey[edit]

National Hockey League[edit]

Rogers Communications is the sole national rightsholder of the NHL in Canada as of the 2014–15 NHL season. Most national telecasts air on Sportsnet properties, and include, but are not limited to:[27][28][29]

  • Hockey Night in Canada:Exclusive national window for Canadian teams on Saturday nights, multiple games airing across CBC Television, City, and Sportsnet channels.
    • In rare circumstances, due to non-hockey programming conflicts, the Sportsnet regional channels may air different games.[30] However, all four Sportsnet regional channels are available nationwide through the digital services of most providers.
  • Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey; Exclusive national Wednesday-night game on Sportsnet.
  • Rogers Hometown Hockey: National Sunday-night game on Sportsnet, with a travelling pre-game show broadcast from various Canadian cities.
  • Assorted simulcasts of games from U.S. broadcasters, including regional sports networks and NHL on NBC coverage (often on Thursday nights).
  • Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; early rounds divided between CBC and Sportsnet. All games from the conference finals onward are simulcast by both networks.
  • Canadian distribution and marketing rights to the NHL.tv (Rogers NHL Live) and NHL Centre Ice services, which carries out-of-market games and U.S. nationally televised games not aired by Sportsnet channels.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition: Coverage of selected Hockey Night in Canada games with Punjabi language commentary on Omni Television.[31]

French-language rights were sub-licensed to Quebecor Media; all coverage airs on TVA Sports. La super soirée LNH serves as the flagship broadcast on Saturday nights, typically featuring the Montreal Canadiens.[32][33]

Regional[edit]

Canadian teams also contract with local or regional broadcasters for selected pre-season and regular season games not covered by the national contracts. These deals are separate from the national rights deal, and may cover up to 60 regular-season games per season. Rights are current as of the 2018–19 NHL season.

Each team's regional game broadcasts are restricted to viewers of that team's designated home broadcast region as assigned by the NHL. Outside said region, these broadcasts are made available exclusively through NHL Centre Ice (TV) or Rogers NHL Live (streaming). If the originating channel is available outside a team's region (e.g. out-of-market Sportsnet feeds), the game broadcasts must be blacked out in these other areas. Sportsnet also operates part-time channels for the Canucks, Flames, and Oilers in case of scheduling conflicts: these channels are tied to the Sportsnet One licence. During the period that it held the rights, Sportsnet used City station CJNT as the overflow channel for Canadiens games instead.

Under previous (2002–14) rights deals with RDS, the Canadiens forewent a separate regional rights contract (at the time of its establishment, RDS was the only national French-language sports channel in Canada) and allowed all of its games to be broadcast nationally in French in conjunction with RDS's package. With the transition to TVA Sports as national rightsholder, the Canadiens chose to negotiate a 12-year regional rights deal with RDS (the team is partially owned by the channel's parent BCE Inc.) in the team's designated broadcast region.[34][35]

U.S. teams in close proximity to the Canada–US border are now also able to sell Canadian regional broadcast rights to their games. As of the 2013–14 season, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV own regional rights to Buffalo Sabres broadcasts for portions of Canada within a 50-mile radius of First Niagara Center, approximately stretching from Niagara Falls to the community of Stoney Creek in Hamilton. Sabres game broadcasts are available to Bell TV subscribers in this region at no extra cost, and moreover are no longer available as part of the NHL Centre Ice package through other providers serving this region.[36] The Detroit Red Wings, whose market borders on Windsor, Ontario, is presumably able to sell similar rights but has not yet done so.

As with other sports properties, game broadcasts on U.S. terrestrial stations carried in Canada, such as the NBC broadcast network's national rights package as well as WGN-TV's broadcasts of the Chicago Blackhawks, are not subject to blackout for Canadian cable/satellite subscribers receiving those stations.

Canadian Hockey League[edit]

Sportsnet and TVA Sports airs the Memorial Cup tournament and selected other games from across the CHL's member leagues, primarily on Saturday afternoons (CHL Saturday Showcase). Many regular-season games are aired locally by the applicable cable community channels.

U.S. college hockey[edit]

TSN and RDS also carries a package of regular season games from various broadcasters (primarily NBCSN, and other regional sports networks such as NESN). Games are also available via Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network.

Other events[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

TSN and RDS air PPV preliminaries events as well as the late preliminaries and main cards of 22 Fight Night Events, The Ultimate Fighter, and Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. UFC FIGHT PASS® airs eight exclusive UFC Fight Night events and all Early Preliminary fights from each UFC live event.[39]

Professional Fighters League[edit]

Motorsports[edit]

FIA Championships[edit]

FIM Championships[edit]

NASCAR / ARCA[edit]

INDYCAR[edit]

IMSA[edit]

NHRA[edit]

Others[edit]

Multi-sport events[edit]

Poker[edit]

Rugby[edit]

Rugby Union[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

Skiing[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

TSN is the English-language rightsholder of Major League Soccer in Canada, under a contract most recently extended in 2017 to 2021. The deal includes a national window on Fridays and Saturdays, and selected Saturday games simulcast on CTV.[53] Through separate rights deals negotiated with individual teams, TSN also holds rights to all Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches outside of the national rights deal.[53] All other matches are available on the streaming service DAZN.[54]

As of the 2017 season, TVA Sports is the French-language national rightsholder, and is the broadcaster of all Montreal Impact matches.[55][53]

North American/Canadian Soccer[edit]

South American Soccer[edit]

International soccer[edit]

European Soccer[edit]

Asian Soccer[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Tennis[edit]

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