Paul Graham to remain at TSN following job interview with Edmonton Elks: report

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Paul Graham is remaining at TSN after interviewing for the Edmonton Elks’ vacant president and CEO position, according to Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun.

The Edmonton native has been a vice president and executive producer at TSN since 2009 but has worked as a producer in sports broadcasting for over three decades. He has won the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award, a Canadian Screen Award, and a Gemini. He was inducted into the media wing of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

Graham manages all of TSN’s live event production for the CFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, curling, figure skating, rugby, horse racing, and IIHF, including the World Junior Championship and World Hockey Championship.

Edmonton cleaned house in late November, firing president and CEO Chris Presson, general manager and vice president of football operations Brock Sunderland, and head coach Jaime Elizondo. Chris Jones has since been hired to fill the roles of head coach and general manager, though the president and CEO position remains unfilled.

Jones has made a number of moves, signing Canadian offensive lineman David Foucault, signing dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate, and trading defensive tackle Mike Moore to the Montreal Alouettes.

The Elks finished at the bottom of the West Division with a 3-11 record in 2021 and lost eight consecutive games in the middle of their season. They dropped their regular season finale to the B.C. Lions by a score of 43-10, which was their third contest in seven days due to the rescheduling of one of their games.

Edmonton was the only team in the CFL to suffer an outbreak of COVID-19 during the 2021 season, which was just one of the many off-field issues they faced.