Football

Bell Canada has been revealed as the new premier partner of the Canadian Soccer Association.

As part of the agreement, the broadcaster’s logo will feature on all national team kits, across all age groups, and all of Canada’s FIGA World Cup qualifiers will be available live on Bell Mobile TV.

“We couldn’t ask for a better partner,” Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the CSA, said in a statement. “Bell is one of Canada’s most recognized brands with a long history of supporting Olympic and amateur sports. We are excited that Bell will be more closely involved with the world’s most popular game which has seen unprecedented growth in popularity here in Canada.” Continue reading »

Today Rogers Communications announced that customers can score premium soccer on their TVs, computers and smartphones.

For the first time in Canada, Rogers brings exclusive live access to non-televised or tape-delayed matches through Sportsnet World Plus and Rogers Anyplace TV.

“At Rogers we are passionate about world-class sports and along with millions of Canadians, we love to take in the action in real-time, wherever we are,” said Anthony Antonelli, senior director, sports and on demand services, Rogers Communications. “Soccer is one of the most thrilling sports to watch live, and now our customers can catch multiple international league matches live at one time, on the device of their choice.” Continue reading »

CBC will cover the exploits of Team Canada at the upcoming FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

The broadcaster will have live coverage of all of Canada’s matches against Argentina, Norway and Korea DPR.

The coverage will be hosted by Andi Petrillo in the CBC studio with analysis from Nigel Reed and Clare Rustad. Continue reading »

TSN welcomes a new recruit to the network, as former English Premier League and English national team midfielder Darren Anderton joins Canada’s Sports Leader’s broadcast team for UEFA Euro 2012.

Anderton, who represented England on the national stage, will work alongside TSN’s UEFA Euro 2012 host Luke Wileman and analyst Jason deVos in studio throughout the tournament. UEFA Euro 2012 takes place in Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1.

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One of the world’s biggest sporting events is here and TSN is giving Canadians complete coverage of every minute of UEFA Euro 2012.

All 31 games from UEFA Euro 2012 will be broadcast in high definition with 26 games on TSN, four games on TSN2 and one game on CTV.

TSN’s coverage of UEFA Euro 2012 begins Friday, June 8 with Poland taking on Greece, pregame coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET. See full broadcast schedule below.

French language coverage of UEFA Euro 2012 airs on RDS and RDS2. Continue reading »

Bell Media announced today it has reached an agreement with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) securing media rights to a comprehensive soccer programming package from 2015 through to 2022, including exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada.

Canadians can expect to see complete FIFA World Cup coverage in both English and French exclusively on Bell Media’s industry leading platforms between 2015 and 2022. This includes English language coverage on CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, as well as on TSN, Canada’s #1 specialty channel, TSN2, TSN Radio, TSN.ca and TSN Mobile TV. French language coverage airs exclusively on RDS, Canada’s #1 French-language specialty channel, along with RDS2, RDS.ca, and RDS Mobile TV. 

“The FIFA World Cup is an event that galvanizes the world and has a demonstrated ability to touch all communities and cultures. Bell Media is proud to be Canada’s leader in soccer broadcasting and we know the passion for the sport is sure to grow,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We are honoured that FIFA has put their trust in Bell Media to bring these events to all Canadians. Our strategic vision has always been to give Canadians the industry’s best coverage of the biggest events and we are fully committed to delivering the World Cup across multiple platforms like never before. All of us are looking forward to getting it all started on Canadian soil for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

“We are particularly pleased with the development of our media rights and the reach of our events. For every cycle we are reaching more fans than ever, and with the channels and media platforms of Bell Media we are in very good hands for the 2015-2022 period,” said Niclas Ericson, Director of FIFA TV Division.

“This is a historic day for Bell Media and sports broadcasting in Canada. We are thrilled that FIFA has recognized our unmatched ability to produce, promote and market the World Cup to all Canadians,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “Our production team has a long legacy of delivering outstanding coverage of major international events across multiple platforms. In this partnership, FIFA can expect Bell Media’s coverage to not only serve avid Canadian soccer fans but also showcase their marquee events to non-traditional sports fans. We’ll be working closely with our partners to put a national spotlight on the 2015 Women’s World Cup ensuring the event has a long-term impact on the future of soccer in Canada.” 

Canada hosts the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 featuring the top female soccer players from around the globe. Host cities and venues for the landmark event will be confirmed in the coming months. 

The full programming package also includes other FIFA events between 2015 and 2022 including the Women’s World Cup in 2019 along with the FIFA Men’s and Women’s U-20 and U-17 World Cups, FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and FIFA Futsal World Cup. 

Today’s announcement further confirms Bell Media’s commitment to giving Canadians the world’s top soccer coverage. Bell Media’s TSN and RDS are also official broadcasters of Major League Soccer (MLS) as well as the exclusive Canadian broadcasters for EURO 2012 and EURO 2016. 

In addition to the FIFA World Cup package, Bell Media is home to the biggest events in sports including the London 2012 Olympic Games, SUPER BOWL, GREY CUP, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, NBA FINALS, along with all major golf, tennis, curling and auto racing events.