How many will see Sunday's game?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:42 AM ET

Will TSN2 appear on more TV sets in the Edmonton market in time for kickoff of the Eskimos-Alouettes game in Montreal on Sunday?

Nobody is saying very much on the record - but plenty of work is being done behind the scenes to solve the TSN2 distribution problem.

The Eskimos-Montreal game in Quebec on Sunday (11 a.m. MT) is not going to be televised on TSN.

Due to a scheduling conflict with the Ryder Cup, the golf event is going to appear on TSN while the football game is being pushed to the brand new TSN2.

At the moment, TSN2 is only available in Edmonton through Bell satellite dishes.

The channel is not being carried by Shaw cable, which is a major provider in this city.

But Eskimos president/CEO Rick LeLacheur is trying to convince the sports network and a few TV providers to reach a deal for the channel to be carried by kickoff.

"Rick has had discussions with executives from Telus TV, Shaw and Star Choice. He is in close contact with the CFL and TSN," said Eskimos marketing/communications director Dave Jamieson.

While the club floated the idea of having the TSN2 feed of the game shown on the Jumbotron at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday morning, that is no longer on the front burner.

"It is a novel idea. It is something we will entertain but I think it is fair to say it is probably a last resort," said Jamieson.

The game is also scheduled as a webcast on tsn.ca

POINT AFTER: Import offensive lineman Thaddeus Coleman has been signed to the Esks' practice roster.

At six-foot-eight and 310 pounds, Coleman spent a brief time with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets earlier this year.

As reported on the Edmonton Sun's Eskimos' blog yesterday, Coleman's signing means there are nine O-linemen in camp.

"He has huge upside," said Esks head coach Danny Maciocia.


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