Rogers Sportsnet has come to a three-year agreement with the National Football League, becoming the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of the NFL Network's eight-game schedule this fall.
Rogers Sportsnet will open the 2009 NFL campaign with the defending NFC East Champion New York Giants hosting the Washington Redskins at 2 p.m. MDT/1 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 on Sportsnet West, Sportsnet HD, Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet Pacific HD. The NFL Network’s regular-season package will include six Thursday night broadcasts, one Saturday night game and one Friday night telecast on Christmas.
Doug Beeforth, President of Rogers Sportsnet is very pleased with upcoming NFL agreement.
“The eight-game NFL package is a great addition to our fall lineup," he said. “We’re pleased to be the only channels in Canada where viewers can watch those games, especially the Bills vs. Jets at Rogers Centre.
“These eight-games are a great complement to our NFL Sunday afternoon package.”
According to Hans Schroeder, NFL vice president of media strategy and development, he could not be happier that every NFL fan in Canada has the opportunity to tune in every Sunday and Thursday beginning the second week of November.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Rogers Sportsnet," he said. "We are thrilled that NFL fans in Canada can tune in to Rogers Sportsnet for NFL action every Sunday and on Thursdays beginning November 12.”
This is also year three of a five-year deal with the NFL’s cross-border agreement the Bills have with the city of Toronto and the Rogers Centre.
The schedule is to kick off on Nov. 12, when the Chicago Bears—with newly acquired Jay Cutler—square off against the San Francisco 49ers at 8 pm EST.
Find below the full schedule according to the Rogers Sportsnet website;
Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers: Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. (ET)
Miami Dolphins @ Carolina Panthers: Thursday, Nov.19th at 8 p.m. (ET)
New York Giants @ Denver Broncos: Thursday, Nov. 26th at 8 p.m. (ET)
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills (Toronto): Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 8 p.m. (ET)
Pittsburgh Steelers@ Cleveland Browns: Thursday, Dec. 10th at 8 p.m. (ET)
Indianapolis Colts@ Jacksonville Jaguars: Thursday, Dec. 17th at 8 p.m.(ET)
Dallas Cowboys @New Orleans Saints: Saturday, Dec. 19th at 8 p.m. (ET)
San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans: Friday, Dec. 25th at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
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