Wednesday, October 5, 2016 — TORONTO (October 5, 2016) – With the CFL season coming to a close and with playoff implications on the line, TSN’s groundbreaking Live Mic Broadcasts return featuring an expanded slate of marquee matchups airing throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
TSN delivers a slate of three Live Mic Broadcasts this weekend, including:
• Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Ottawa REDBLACKS on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN
• BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN
• Edmonton Eskimos vs. Montreal Alouettes on Monday, Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN
From the sidelines to the huddle, CFL ON TSN Live Mic Broadcasts take fans deeper into the game, featuring in-game sound from the quarterbacks and coaches of all six teams, including Saskatchewan (Darian Durant and Chris Jones, respectively), Ottawa (Trevor Harris and Rick Campbell), BC (Jonathon Jennings and Wally Buono), Winnipeg (Matt Nichols and Mike O’Shea), Edmonton (Mike Reilly and Jason Maas), and Montreal (Rakeem Cato and Jacques Chapdelaine).
In addition, BC Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Trent Corney will be wearing live mics, as well as each team’s backup quarterback.
"The CFLPA is thrilled to work with TSN and the CFL to build off the success of the inaugural Live Mic Broadcast,” said Jeff Keeping, CFLPA President. “We are excited to share this unique experience with our great fans and have them in the huddle with our players during our Thanksgiving weekend games."
“Earlier this season we broke ground on an innovative concept, delivering the first-ever regular season CFL Live Mic Broadcast from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Paul Graham, Vice-President and Executive Producer, Live Events, TSN. “Thanks to a great collaboration with the CFL, the CFLPA, and the teams, we’re thrilled to expand this feature on Thanksgiving weekend and hear even more live, in-the-moment reactions from CFL quarterbacks and coaches.”
The CFL ON TSN’s Live Mic Broadcasts feature the network’s acclaimed broadcast teams, featuring play-by-play commentators Chris Cuthbert and Rod Black, alongside game analysts Glen Suitor and Duane Forde.
The games also feature the CFL ON TSN panel – including host Rod Smith alongside analysts Chris Schultz, Matt Dunigan, and Milt Stegall – from the TSN Studio to deliver pre-game, halftime, and post-game news and analysis.
The CFL ON TSN’s inaugural Live Mic Broadcast saw a total of 2.4 million Canadians tune in for this unique broadcast experience in a matchup between the Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, Aug. 28.
CFL ON TSN
The 2016 CFL ON TSN season features the Shaw Road to the Grey Cup, culminating with the 104th GREY CUP presented by Shaw – one of 60+ iconic championship events that live on TSN – live from Toronto’s BMO Field on November 27.
TSN is the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the CFL, delivering live coverage of every regular season game, the complete CFL playoffs, and the 104th GREY CUP. Last year, Bell Media’s TSN and RDS announced an extension of their long-term multi-platform partnership with the CFL through to 2021.
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