Even playoff games could leave CBC

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

The Canadian Football League could be moving more games to TSN for the remainder of the season -- possibly even in the playoffs and the Grey Cup -- because of the CBC lockout.

CFL commissioner Tom Wright said in an exclusive interview with The Toronto Sun this week that altering the schedule is being monitored constantly. There already have been three games moved from CBC to TSN, including two Argos games. Another game, scheduled to be shown by CBC last Saturday, was withdrawn and TSN did not pick up the game because of a previous program commitment.

"I speak with the CBC almost daily and obviously we're trying to sort out exactly any implications it might have for all of our games, not to just the playoffs and the Grey Cup," Wright said.

There have been rumours that the CBC lockout will end prior to Oct. 8, when the network is scheduled to begin National Hockey League broadcasts. The CBC also is scheduled to televise a CFL game that day.

"Everybody would agree that we're not at the (broadcast) level we'd like to be, but we understand it's a difficult situation for the CBC and we hope they resolve it," Wright said.

"They've been a partner for 53 years in this league and we hope very strongly they can resolve it."

It has been suggested that if the lockout persists into the post-season, which begins Nov. 13, moving games from the CBC to either TSN or its partner CTV will be considered.

"No decisions have been made relative to the playoffs and the Grey Cup, but I can tell you it's something we're constantly in dialogue with," Wright said.

The Grey Cup is scheduled to be played in Vancouver on Nov. 27. The B.C. Lions, who lead the league with an 11-0 record, likely will play host to the Western final. Stringent labour laws in B.C. prompted CBC to withdraw its scheduled coverage of the game between the Montreal Alouettes and Lions last Saturday in Vancouver.


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