Your Weekend Sports Guide Jan 14,15

I hope to make this a Friday tradition on the blog.  A guide for the ultimate weekend viewing experience from Saturday morning to Sunday night.  Here you go.

Saturday January 14

7:25/4:25am     Tottenham vs West Brom    TSN 1/4

10am/7am         Swansea vs Arsenal                SN

Noon/9am         Leicester City vs Chelsea      SN1

1pm/10am         Flyers @ Bruins                        SNP

4:30pm/1:30pm Seahawks vs Falcons            CTV/FOX

7pm/4pm           Maple Leafs @ Senators        CBC

7pm/4pm           Rangers @ Canadiens            SN

8pm5pm             Texans @ Patriots                   CTV/CBS

10pm/7pm          Flames @ Oilers                     CBC

10pm/7pm         Jets @ Kings                              SN

Sunday January 15

8:25/5:25am        Manchester City vs Everton         TSN 1/4/5

10:55/7:55am      Manchester United/Liverpool     TSN 1/4/5

5:30/2:30pm     Knicks @ Raptors                              TSN 4/5

4:20/1:30             Packers @ Cowboys                         CTV/FOX

7/4pm                 Devils @ Canucks                             SN

7/4pm                 Australian Open                                TSN2

8:20/5:20pm      Steelers @ Chiefs                             NBC

Aussie Open on TSN Schedule

The first of the years grand slams begins what should be a very intriguing year for Canadian tennis fans.   Milos Raonic, third in the ATP world rankings, looks to continue the momentum from a successful end to the 2016 tour.  He has made consecutive trips to the semifinals at the Paris World Tour Masters 1000 and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, losing to world number one Andy Murray both times.

The 2017 season started with a semifinal appearance at the Brisbane International where Grigor Dimitrov defeated Raonic 7-6, 6-2.

Raonic has had success at the Australian Open on the hard court in the last two years.  The 2015 tournament saw Raonic lose in the quarterfinals to Novak Djokovic in three sets and last year Raonic went a step further losing to Andy Murray in a five set semifinal defeat.

Raonic will open the tournament against number 70 in the world, Dustin Brown of Germany.  Raonic’s draw pits him in a potential matchup with 25 ranked Gilles Simon in the 3rd round and a potential quarterfinal versus Gael Monfils, 6 rank, or Rafael Nadal, 9 rank.

Roger Federer also makes his return after taking 6 months off the rest his left knee.  He is in a draw with Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.

On the women’s side Eugenie Bouchard looks to start the 2017 tour off on the right note after a 2016 season mired with frustration and disarray.  She looks to recapture the play that saw her make the quarterfinals in the 2015 tournament as she begins play against Louisa Chirico of the USA.

Here is your 2017 Australian Open Broadcast Schedule

Day 1

Sun, Jan 15        First Round    7ET/4PT                    TSN2

Mon, Jan 16      First Round    3am/Midnight         TSN 1/3/4

Day 2

Mon, Jan 16      First Round     7ET/4PT                    TSN 3

First Round    10:30ET/7:30PT       TSN 5

Tue, Jan 17        First Round      3am/Midnight         TSN 3/5

Day 3

Tue, Jan 17        Second Round  7ET/4PT                    TSN 2

Second Round  10ET/7PT                  TSN 3

Second Round   11ET/8PT                  TSN 1/4

Wed, Jan 18      Second Round  3am/Midnight         TSN 1/3/4

Day 4

Wed, Jan 18       Second Round  7ET/4PT                    TSN 3

Second Round  10:30ET/7:3oPT      TSN 1/5

Thu, Jan 19        Second Round  3am/Midnight        TSN 1/3/5

Day 5

Thu, Jan 19       Third Round      7ET/4PT                    TSN 1/3

Third Round      11ET/8PT                   TSN 4

Fri, Jan 20         Third Round      3am/Midnight         TSN 1/3/4

Day 6

Fri, Jan 20         Third Round       7ET/4PT                    TSN 2

Third Round        11ET/8PT                  TSN 1/3/4/5

Sat, Jan 21         Third Round         3am/Midnight       TSN Network

Day 7

Sat, Jan 21           Round of 16         7ET/4PT                  TSN 1/3/4/5

Sun, Jan 22          Round of 16         3am/Midnight      TSN Network

Day 8

Sun, Jan 22          Round of 16          7ET/4PT                  TSN 2

Round of 16         7:30ET/4:30PT       TSN 5

Round of 16         9ET/6PT                  TSN 1/3/4

Mon, Jan 23          Round of 16         3am/Midnight       TSN Network

Day 9

Mon, Jan 23         Quarterfinals       7ET/4PT                    TSN 1/5 (TSN 3/4 JIP)

Tue, Jan 24           Quarterfinals       3am/Midnight        TSN Network

Day 10

Tue, Jan 24          Quarterfinals        7ET/4PT                     TSN 1/4 (TSN 1/5 JIP)

Wed, Jan 25         Quarterfinals        3am/Midnight          TSN Network

Day 11

Wed, Jan 25        Women’s SF #1     9:30ET/6:30PT          TSN 1/3

Women’s SF #2     11:30ET/8:30PT         TSN Network

Thu, Jan 26        Men’s SF #1             3:30am/12:30am      TSN Network

Day 12

Thu, Jan 26         Mixed Doubles SF  11ET/8PT                     TSN 1

Women’s Dbls F    11ET/8PT                      TSN 1

Fri, Jan 27            Men’s SF #2            3:30am/12:30am       TSN Network

Day 13

Sat, Jan 28           Women’s Final        3am/Midnight          TSN Network

Men’s Dbls Final      5:30am/2:30am       TSN Network

Day 14

Sun, Jan 29        Mixed Doubles Final  Midnight/9PT         TSN 1/3

Men’s Final                   3am/Midnight       TSN Network

For those who wish not to stay up/wake up in the middle of the night to watch the biggest matches daily encores will be at 1ET/1oPT during the weeks.  On the first weekend the encores are at 2ET/11PT on Saturday and a half hour later on Sunday.

At the end of the tournament Thu, Jan 26 and Fri, Jan 27 encores are at 1:30ET/10:30PT. The Women’s Final encore is at Noon/9am Saturday morning and the Men’s encore will be at 3pm/Noon on Sunday.

Enjoy the tennis!

NFL Divisional Weekend Schedule

After an underwhelming NFL wild card weekend featuring four blowouts, here’s hoping for a competitive slate of NFL games in week 2 of the NFL playoffs.

Sat, Jan 14          SEA @ ATL        4:30ET/1:30PT    CTV/FOX    Kevin Burkhardt & John Lynch

Sat, Jan 14          HOU @ NE         8ET/5pT               CTV/CBS     Jim Nantz & Phil Simms

Sun, Jan 15          PIT @ KC            1ET/10PT           CTV/NBC   Al Michaels & Chris Collinsworth

Sun, Jan 15          GB @ DAL          4:30ET/1:30PT    CTV/FOX   Joe Buck & Troy Aikman

TSN Extends MLS Broadcasting Contract

On the heels of the most successful season for the MLS on TSN, a new multi-year broadcasting rights extension was reached.  TSN will continue to broadcast all Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC games along with a select number of Montreal Impact games and marquee US match-ups.

Along with the regular season slate, TSN will continue to have the rights to the MLS playoffs, MLS cup, the MLS all star game and MLS decision day.

TSN is coming off their highest ratings for MLS coverage with the Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact eastern semifinal garnering 1 million viewers in the first leg and 1.4 million in the second leg.  The final set a MLS on TSN record, 1.5 million viewers who witnessed the Seattle Sounders defeat Toronto FC in penalty kicks in the MLS cup.

While the recently high ratings are the result of the success of the Canadian MLS teams last season, MLS soccer as a whole, is one of the fastest growing games in North America in terms of popularity.  With high attendance numbers (partly due to low ticket prices compared to the big 4 leagues) and a committed fan base the MLS is quickly establishing a foothold in the highly competitive North American sports market.

The leagues growth spurned a cumulative 90 million dollars in television contracts from ESPN, FOX and Univision.   Expansion is also on the horizon with Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC joining the league in March and Los Angeles FC set for 2018.  The future holds a team in Miami as well, with a list of potential expansion candidates on the waiting list.

As the MLS slowly enters the mainstream in the vast North American sporting landscape networks are expanding coverage and devoting more resources towards the MLS.  While  Canadian soccer fans are surely hoping for the continued success of TFC and the Impact, and a Whitecaps bounce back season, everyone should be happy for more North American footy in Canada.

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