The fledgling NBC Sports Network and the Canadian Football League agreed on Friday to air fourteen games, including the playoffs and the Grey Cup, on the network.
The deal goes into effect this upcoming CFL season. The Grey Cup will be broadcast live this season on NBCSN.
The NFL Network dropped CFL coverage after the NFL labor dispute ended as it didn't exactly translate into good ratings for the network. The deal with NBCSN looks like it is a better one than the NFL Network had.
The NBCSN will televise the two Labour Day games, the equivalent to the NFL's Thanksgiving games, and since the CFL's games are played on Friday, it won't compete directly with Saturday's college football games and the NFL.
Also, the NBCSN will show CFL games live rather than tape delay games that the NFL Network had shown.
The first game to be televised on the NBC Sports Network will be on August 27th when the Toronto Argonauts head to Alberta to play the Edmonton Eskimos.