TV cameras extra eyes for CFL refs?

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Every tackle, touchdown and two-point conversion in the CFL will be on the tube this season.

Between CBC and TSN, all 81 games will be broadcast on TV, which opens the door for instant replay to get the green light.

Calgary Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins expects a decision at the coaches conference in Toronto Feb. 21 on whether the league will use instant replay this season.

"We're trying to make it real smooth sailing with officiating," Higgins said. "TV coverage helps, although I'm one of the doubting Thomases. Television offers many different angles and they felt they could tap into all the cameras. If they couldn't, it would be a lot more difficult."

Of the Stampeders' 18 regular-season games, eight will be on CBC, including the Labour Day game with Edmonton, while the remaining contests will be broadcast on TSN.

Local blackouts will remain in effect.

There were five non-televised CFL games last season, including a Grey Cup rematch between B.C. and Toronto in mid-July.

"It's a lot easier for fans to stay in touch with what's happening when they can see it firsthand," Higgins said. "So this bodes really well for us."

The majority of CBC's telecast are Saturday nights in its total of 27 games and the network will also have the Grey Cup in November for the 55th straight year.

TSN will once again have Friday Night Football each week and has 54 regular-season games plus the Touchdown Atlantic pre-season game between Montreal and Ottawa.

D-MAC IS BACK: The Stamps signed Darnell McDonald yesterday, bringing back their only 1,000-yard receiver from the 2003 season.

After the Stamps cut McDonald in training camp of 2004, the Kansas State grad went to Montreal where he joined the Alouettes practice roster. He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season and recorded 17 receptions for 232 yards.

FLUTIE DUO FINISHED: The days of the Flutie Brothers joining each other for one final fling on the football field are officially over.

Doug Flutie, who was a backup in 2005 to quarterback Tom Brady with the New England Patriots, is still waiting to see whether he'll be back with the team. If he becomes a free agent, expect talk again of a possible return to the CFL, where he played from 1990-97, to end his distinguished pro career.

As for brother Darren Flutie, a former CFL receiver, a reunion won't happen.

"It's definitely gone for me, that's for sure," he said. "My window of opportunity has passed. I was clinging on last year but I couldn't do it now even if I tried."


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