Canadian football doubles broadcasting deal

The Canadian Football League (CFL) has extended its main domestic broadcast agreement with Bell Media's TSN and RDS, reports SportsPro.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) has extended its main domestic broadcast agreement with Bell Media's TSN and RDS, reports SportsPro.

The current deal expires at the end of this year, at which point the new terms will kick in and last until the end of the 2018 season.

As part of the extension, TSN and its French language affiliate RDS have secured exclusive media rights to all CFL pre-season and regular season games, playoffs, the championship-deciding Grey Cup game as well as to the CFL Draft and CFL Combine.

The CFL regular season broadcast schedule is expanding to 81 games in 2014 when a new franchise in Ottawa brings the league up to nine teams.

The new deal will see more games broadcast in French via RDS channels.

Although financial details have not been officially released, the new deal is believed to be worth CAN$40 million a year, over double the CAN$15 million a year the previous agreement brought in.

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