Toronto Argonauts Jeff Keeping celebrates with the Grey Cup after the Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampders in the 100th CFL Grey Cup championship football game in Toronto, November 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
The CFL and TSN have come to terms on a new five-year multi-platform broadcast agreement that is reportedly worth more than $30 million per season.
That is more than double the value of the previous deal.
The contract begins next season and runs through the 2018 season. Each team will receive approximately $4 million per season over the course of the agreement, signifying the health of the CFL has never been greater than it is today.
Ratings have been strong since TSN became the sole television broadcaster of the three-down league in 2008, and the cable channel’s access will only increase under the new deal. One perk being discussed during negotiations was having each team’s centre wear a microphone during every game. It isn’t known if that will be part of the new contract.
As part of the agreement, TSN has secured the broadcast rights to all pre-season, regular-season, playoff and Grey Cup games, as well as draft and combine coverage.