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NFL Network will show two CFL games a week

Jim Barker

Jim Barker, coach of the Toronto Argonauts, smiles as he addresses a gathering after being named CFL football Coach Of The Year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb 25, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)


At a time when American football fans are wondering when they’ll be able to see the NFL back in business, the league-owned network has reached a new deal to show football of the 110-yard variety.

The Canadian Football League and the NFL have announced an agreement to show two CFL games a week, with the option to show additional games, the CFL playoffs and the Grey Cup championship game.

The first game on the schedule is on Thursday, June 30, when the British Columbia Lions take on the defending champion Montreal Alouettes.

During the 1982 players’ strike, when seven weeks of the NFL season were canceled, NBC televised some CFL games, simply because it was the only professional football available. Although the CFL puts on a good enough product, I think I can speak for everyone who loves football south of the border in saying that we’d prefer to avoid a similar situation this year.