The CFL and TSN have announced their 2018 pre-season broadcast schedule and it is, once again, disappointingly limited.
While TSN broadcasts every regular season and playoff game, they will show just four of the nine pre-season games. They are as follows:
Sun., May 27, 5 p.m. EST: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos
Thur., May 31 7:30 p.m. EST: Montreal Alouettes at Ottawa Redblacks
Fri., June 1, 7:30 p.m. EST: Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Fri., June 8, 10:30 p.m. EST: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at B.C. Lions
Rider fans will be happy as they will get the opportunity to see the road game in Edmonton and go to the home one against Calgary on June 8. Broadcasting the Ticats game doesn’t make a ton of sense, given that they’ve streamed their game online the last two years. Winnipeg gets a game this year, after being shut out last season, while Calgary fans miss out in 2018.
While there are costs involved and its unlikely pre-season CFL action will be a ratings juggernaut for TSN (particularly when it has to go up against the NHL playoffs) it would still be nice to see every pre-season game. Exhibition football is not as enjoyable to watch as a regular season football but it is still football. Right now, roughly halfway through the CFL’s interminable off-season, watching no-name schlubs battling it out for a $500-a-week practice roster spot sounds pretty darn good.