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TY PILSON, CALGARY SUN

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The 'Fastest Game on Two Feet' has piqued the interest of the famous network peacock, which means some huge exposure for pro lacrosse and the city of Calgary. In a landmark deal for the National Lacrosse League, NBC will air the league's all-star game -- held this year at the Saddledome -- and the Champion's Cup final live across North America, a league source confirmed yesterday.

An official press conference to announce the deal is expected this week.

The all-star game had been slated for Sunday, Feb. 27, but will be moved to Saturday, Feb. 26 at noon to accommodate NBC.

The Calgary Roughnecks were awarded the right to host the all-star game last March.

They had submitted a bid along with their landlords, the Calgary Flames, and were chosen over a number of other bidders, notably the Toronto Rock.

The NLL has made it their No.-1 priority to nail down a national TV deal in the U.S. The Score and Sportsnet have broadcast games nationally in Canada while Stateside games were only aired regionally on networks, including Fox Sportsnet, Empire Sports Network and Altitude.

While the deal with NBC is only for two games, the league is viewing it as a major step towards finally inking a full-season deal that will bring the NLL added credibility on the North American sports scene.

Four Roughnecks took part in the all-star game last year in Denver. Captain Tracey Kelusky, Kaleb Toth, Rob Kirkby and Ted Dowling played for the West Division, which lost 19-15 to the East.


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