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CSA confirms that it is looking for new broadcast partner


The 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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  1. mjjr

    June 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    CSA should look to beIN Sports both for National team coverage and the Canadian league. beIN seems to love soccer and has taken the risk to broadcast the Canadian basketball league

  2. italk2u

    June 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    This may end up be a good thing for soccer, and all other major sports, except hockey, over the long run.
    The days of over-the-air and cable TV are numbered.
    The internet hs already seen a huge increase in sports webcasts, Netflix is single handedly killing the cable networks. All it will take is for the leagues to step up and buy or rent their own broadcast/webcast equipment and people, sell the air time and shove it in the faces of the big networks.
    Too bad the NHL didn’t think of that beofere they signed a 12 year deal with Sportasnet

    • jayme

      June 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

      If you look at the states there biggest and best streaming services are owned by the big networks.

  3. Kent

    June 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    With how many dedicated sports channel we have, plus CBC which should be showing this kind of stuff, it will be really sad if we don’t have a way to watch the World Cup Qualifiers on TV.

    Thanks a bunch Sportsnet! Hopefully TSN steps up to the plate.

  4. Jim Mullin

    June 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Do not discount the broadcast agreement and business partnership that Rogers has with WWE. It played a large role in shuffling OUA football off of SN360 last year after a 12-year run.

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