CSA confirms that it is looking for new broadcast partner

Logo-CSAThe Canadian Soccer Association is looking for a new broadcast partner.

The CSA confirmed that it and the network have mutually agreed to part ways, even though Sportsnet’s broadcast deal to show Canada’s national teams was set to run till the end of 2015.

As of this moment, there is no broadcast deal in place to show either the June 11 or June 16 World Cup qualifiers between Dominica and Canada.

The CSA indicated that there were issues in finding space for national-team programming on the Sportsnet networks — some of that do to increased commitments to other sports. In 2014, Rogers began the first of a 12-year, $5.2 billion deal to broadcast the National Hockey League. The company also owns the Toronto Blue Jays.

The CSA says that it “is exploring broadcast avenues” for Canada Soccer as a whole, and is looking at ways to get the Canada/Dominica qualifiers in the air.

The deal does not affect the Amway Canadian Championship, which remains with Sportsnet.

(Disclosure: Steven Sandor appears on Citytv’s FC Edmonton broadcasts)

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.