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TSN's flagship news program is SportsCentre, a sports news program airing several times throughout the day. Formerly known as Sportsdesk, it was revamped to closer resemble ESPN's own SportsCenter (including the use of its theme music, logo, and opening) in the Fall of 2001 as part of a corporate restructuring, closer alig

The rights expired before the 2014–15 season, and were acquired by Sportsnet East.[54] TSN re-gained the Canadiens' rights in 2017–18, with the games moving to TSN2.[55][3]

Jets on TSN
(TSN Jets) September 20, 2011[56] April 11, 2014[57] A premium channel which carried regional broadcasts of Winnipeg Jets games from 2011 to 2014, restricted to the Jets' NHL home territory of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and parts of northwestern Ontario.[26] The channel cost $9.95 per month for the duration of the NHL season; a free preview was offered for the first few months of the Jets' inaugural season.[58] Jets games moved to TSN3 for the 2014–15 season.[41]

Programming

Studio programming[TSN's flagship news program is SportsCentre, a sports news program airing several times throughout the day. Formerly known as Sportsdesk, it was revamped to closer resemble ESPN's own SportsCenter (including the use of its theme music, logo, and opening) in the Fall of 2001 as part of a corporate restructuring, closer aligning itself with minority owner ESPN. In 2006, a new studio was built in order to prepare the show for its transition to high definition – becoming the first daily news program in Canada to be produced in HD beginning on September 25, 2006. Other original programs on TSN include the daily hockey news program That's Hockey, SportsCentre-branded countdown shows, the automotive newsmagazine Motoring, and TSN The Reporters.

In connection with ESPN's minority ownership in TSN, the network has a long-term agreement with ESPN International for the Canadian rights to ESPN original and studio programs, including Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, ESPN FC, and ESPN Films documentaries including the 30 for 30 series, among others, though it does not always air these programs simultaneously with their U.S. broadcasts.[59]

In 2012, as part of promotion for the 100th Grey Cup, TSN produced its own anthology of documentary films, Engraved on a Nation, focusing on stories related to the Grey Cup and CFL. In 2019, TSN revived the series with a second season, chronicling other major figures in Canadian sports.[60]

Significant domestic broadcast rights

Hockey

Since the 2008 season, TSN has been the exclusive broadcaster of the Canadian Football League, airing all of the league's games, including the season-ending Grey Cup.[73] In November 2019, TSN and the CFL signed a six-year media rights extension, which was reported to expire in 2025.[74][75]

The channel also previously held rights to the country's university football playoff tournaments, including the Hardy Cup, Uteck Bowl, Mitchell Bowl and t

TSN has also occasionally broadcast Toronto Marlies American Hockey League games, which are simulcast from Leafs Nation Network; as with the Maple Leafs, the Marlies are owned by MLSE.[71][72]

Since the 2008 season, TSN has been the exclusive broadcaster of the Canadian Football League, airing all of the league's games, including the season-ending Grey Cup.[73] In November 2019, TSN and the CFL signed a six-year media rights extension, which was reported to expire in 2025.[74][75]

The channel also previously held rights to the country's university football playoff tournaments, including the Hardy Cup, Uteck Bowl,

The channel also previously held rights to the country's university football playoff tournaments, including the Hardy Cup, Uteck Bowl, Mitchell Bowl and the Vanier Cup championship.[76] The Hardy Cup coverage reverted to Shaw TV in 2014 while the Uteck, Mitchell and Vanier contests moved to Sportsnet, who acquired exclusive rights to CIS tournaments in May 2013.[77]

TSN splits rights to the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Toronto Raptors with Sportsnet, by virtue of the league's Canadian media rights being managed by Raptors owner MLSE.[78]

TSN alternated broadcasting the 2019 NBA Finals with Sportsnet, which featured the Toronto Raptors winning their first-ever NBA championship. TSN aired the series-clinching Game 6, which saw an

TSN alternated broadcasting the 2019 NBA Finals with Sportsnet, which featured the Toronto Raptors winning their first-ever NBA championship. TSN aired the series-clinching Game 6, which saw an average of 7.7 million viewers as the most-watched NBA telecast in Canadian history.[79]

TSN acquired Canadian rights to Major League Soccer in 2011, airing 24 matches during the 2011 season that involved the league's Canadian clubs, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Its slate expanded to 30 games in 2012 with the debut of the Montreal Impact in the league. TSN's channels broadcast a package of other regular-season games, the MLS All-Star Game, MLS Cup Playoffs and the MLS Cup.[80] In January 2014, TSN announced that it would take over broadcast rights to Whitecaps games beginning in the 2014 Major League Soccer season, under a separate deal.[81]

On October 27, 2011, Bell Media and TSN announced that they had secured broadcast rights for FIFA soccer tournaments from 2015 to 2022. The rights include the Bell Media and TSN announced that they had secured broadcast rights for FIFA soccer tournaments from 2015 to 2022. The rights include the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted by Canada, 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[82]

In 2017, TSN reached a 5-year extension to its Major League Soccer broadcasting rights.[83]

TSN holds exclusive rights to Curling Canada's Season of Champions series through 2020, which includes Canada's women's and men's national championships, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Horton's Brier, along with the World Curling Championships.[84] It also organizes the Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game, an annual skins curling tournament.

TSN has hosted much of Canada's supplementary Olympic coverage, being the first pay television channel in the world to ever broadcast the Olympics with the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and having been part of the CBC's cover

TSN has hosted much of Canada's supplementary Olympic coverage, being the first pay television channel in the world to ever broadcast the Olympics with the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and having been part of the CBC's coverage from 1998 to 2008. In 2010, TSN began to participate in CTV and Rogers' joint broadcast rights to the Olympic Games for 2010 and 2012. TSN continued to be a part of CBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but also in conjunction with Sportsnet (who participated in the CTV/Rogers coverage).[85]

TSN has also historically been a broadcaster for Major League Baseball in Canada, as its former parent company, Labatt, was also the owner of the Toronto Blue Jays. Under Rogers ownership, TSN continued to sub-license a package 25 of Blue Jays games per-season, with the rest of the games televised by the co-owned Sportsnet, who is also the primary rightsholder of Major League Baseball in Canada. In 2010, TSN traded its Blue Jays games to Sportsnet for rights to ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.[86] In 2014, TSN reached a deal directly with MLB International for Canadian rights to all of ESPN's MLB coverage, adding Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball beginning in the 2014 season.[87][88][89]

In May 2011, Bell Media and Skate Canada announced a 10-year rights agreement making CTV, TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of Skate Canada. As part of the agreement, CTV, TSN and RDS acquired exclusive multimedia rights to all of Skate Canada's premier domestic events including Skate Canada International and the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Along with its coverage of Canadian events, TSN also airs coverage of international sporting events (primarily American), often simulcast from other broadcasters.

As of the 2017 season, TSN serves as the exclusive cable rightsholder of the National Football League in Canada, alongside terrestrial rights holder CTV, carrying Sunday Night Fo

As of the 2017 season, TSN serves as the exclusive cable rightsholder of the National Football League in Canada, alongside terrestrial rights holder CTV, carrying Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, and Thursday Night Football (whose rights were previously held by Rogers and Sportsnet, and are simulcast with CTV 2 for simsub purposes), as well as Sunday afternoon games and simulcasts of the Super Bowl.[90][91] TSN also carries ESPN's NFL studio programs, including NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, and Monday Night Countdown.

TSN also currently airs Formula One, NASCAR Cup Series, and NASCAR Xfinity Series events (as of the 2016 season, coverage of F1 events is supplied from Sky Sports). [92]

TSN is the Canadian rights holder for the XFL with coverage supplied from ESPN and Fox Sports.

TSN is the exclusive rightsholder in Canada for all four Tennis Grand Slams; in 2012, the channel signed multi-year extensions for the Australian Open,[93] French Open[94] and Wimbledon.,[95] followed by the US Open the following year.[96] In 2016, TSN also re-gained rights to non-domestic ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour 500 series events.[97] In 2020, TSN also acquired rights to WTA Tour Premier 5 and Premier Mandatory events.[98] Both exclude the Rogers Cup due to exclusive media and sponsorship rights held by Rogers Media and Sportsnet, sold separately from other events.

TSN is also the rights holder for all four of golf's major championships – The Masters (first two rounds, and late-round coverage on CTV beginning 2016),[99][100] US Open, British Open (late-round coverage in simulcast with NBC and CTV since 2016) and PGA Championship. In addition, it carries the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup and simulcasts the RBC Canadian Open.[101]

On December 22, 2014, it was also announced that Bell Media had acquired Canadian rights to UFC mixed martial arts, beginning in 2015. TSN's networks air all major events, including PPV preliminaries, domestic UFC Fight Night events, and The Ultimate Fighter. TSN also sub-licensed portions of its rights to fighting sports-oriented specialty channel Fight Network, which aired international Fight Night events and preliminaries for non-PPV events. The contract also includes French-language rights for RDS.[102][103] The contract with Bell was renewed in December 2018; the Fight Network sub-licensing agreement was dropped, giving TSN rights to non-PPV preliminaries, and also adding Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. The renewal coincided with the assumption of U.S. rights to the UFC by minority partner ESPN.[104]

TSN jointly held Canadian rights to the Premier League with Sportsnet, until the contract expired after the 2018–19 season.[105]

Through minority owner ESPN, TSN and RDS also hold exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to several other events which ESPN either owns outright, such as the X Games, or for which it owns the worldwide broadcast rights, such as the College Football Playoff, the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (sublicensed from ESPN International since 2011),[106] the World Series of Poker,[59] and its boxing coverage.[107][108]

In the 2013-14 season, TSN began to air more regular season college basketball games, with a particular focus on the Kansas Jayhawks due to their addition of Thornhill, Ontario native Andrew Wiggins.[109]

In August 2009, TSN and TSN2 began airing live and delayed coverage of Australian Rules Football. Selected games from the Australian Football League (AFL) Premiership Season and Finals Series including the AFL Grand Final are broadcast live or on delay every weekend.[110][111]

On December 19, 2014, Bell Media announced that it had acquired rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League for TSN and RDS beginning in 2015, with portions sub-licensed to beIN Sports.[112] TSN lost Champions League and Europa League rights to DAZN after the 2017–18 season.[113]

In the 2014–15 season, TSN began to broadcast a package of NCAA Division I college hockey games, including regular season games (mainly simulcast from regional sports networks) and the NCAA tournament and Frozen Four (whose rights are owned by ESPN).[114]

On February 1, 2011, TSN announced that they had acquired the rights to the Tour de France in a "multi-year" deal.[115] This deal ultimately lasted for three years; the rights were acquired by Sportsnet in 2014.

TSN previously aired WWE's flagship show, Raw, for over a decade. Though broadcast live, the show occasionally had been censored live for extremely violent scenes (such as when female wrestlers or characters were assaulted by male wrestlers) to meet Canadian broadcast standards, with repeat broadcasts often more heavily edited.[116][117] The final episode of Raw on TSN aired on July 31, 2006, after which, rival network The Score (now known as Sportsnet 360) picked up the rights.[citation needed]

In 2019, TSN acquired broadcast rights to All Elite Wrestling's flagship show, Dynamite, marking the return of professional wrestling to the network. The show is broa

In 2019, TSN acquired broadcast rights to All Elite Wrestling's flagship show, Dynamite, marking the return of professional wrestling to the network. The show is broadcast in simulcast with TNT in the United States (subject to pre-emption in the event of conflicts with other programming).[118]