TSN snags Blue Jays through 2010
TSN today announced a new four-year extension of its broadcast deal with the Toronto Blue Jays through 2010. The deal will see a total of 80 regular season games broadcast on TSN, beginning with a 20-game slate for the upcoming 2007 season (see below for the complete Rogers Jays on TSN broadcast schedule). The deal follows TSN’s most successful baseball broadcast season in 12 years, having delivered an average 415,000 viewers per broadcast over a 23-game package in 2006.
Spring training returns to TSN. As part of the new agreement, TSN will air a minimum of one spring training game annually over the next four seasons. This year’s game takes place on March 29 from Dunedin, Fla., against the AL East champion New York Yankees. TSN previously aired Blue Jays spring training games from 1995 to 2001.
TSN also confirmed that for the first time ever, its entire Blue Jays regular season package will be produced and televised in High Definition on TSN HD. Highlights of the 20-game schedule include 12 games against AL East rivals (five of which are against the Yankees), five games against reigning AL MVP and B.C. native Justin Morneau and the Minnesota Twins, and one Interleague match-up against the former Montreal Expo franchise, the Washington Nationals.
Once again, Rod Black and Pat Tabler team up for the sixth consecutive year to anchor TSN’s Blue Jays broadcasts.
This year marks the 24th consecutive year TSN has televised Blue Jays baseball, dating back to the network’s inception in 1984.