CIS, TSN sign two-year agreement
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OTTAWA (CIS / TSN) - Canadian Interuniversity Sport and TSN announced Thursday the signing of a two-year agreement that sees TSN become the exclusive English broadcaster for several marquee CIS events for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 university sport seasons.

The partnership will kick off later this fall when TSN airs both CIS football semi-finals, the Uteck and Mitchell Bowls, on November 21, as well as the Desjardins Vanier Cup, live from Université Laval in Quebec City on Saturday, November 28.

TSN, which last broadcast CIS events in 2005, and TSN2 will also televise the CIS men's basketball quarterfinals, semi-finals and final, along with the CIS women's basketball championship match.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with TSN in broadcasting a number of our high-profile events," said CIS director of marketing, Peter Metuzals. "The ultimate objective of CIS is to ensure that as many Canadian fans from coast to coast have the opportunity to witness CIS championship events. This agreement with TSN will help pave the way towards attaining our goal.

"The CIS football season has started and the Road to the Desjardins Vanier Cup will conclude with a live broadcast of the first-ever Vanier Cup in the Province of Quebec, at Université Laval. History in the making and available to all."

"From the World Juniors to the Canada Games, we have had tremendous success in our coverage of amateur sports, and we are thrilled to once again put the national spotlight on CIS and its marquee football and basketball events," said Phil King, president of TSN. "Adding the Vanier Cup to our packed week of Grey Cup programming in November will make for a huge weekend for football fans across the country."

More details about the broadcast of CIS events on TSN will be confirmed at a later date.

About TSN

Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada's Sports Leader and Canada's most-watched specialty network. TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule features an exciting lineup of sports including NHL, IIHF, CFL, NFL, NBA, Blue Jays Baseball, Season of Champions Curling, Golf's Majors, F1, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Grand Slam Tennis, Championship Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts events. TSN properties include TSN2, TSN MOBILE and the industry leading sports website TSN.ca. TSN delivers more sports coverage in High Definition than any other network in Canada.
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