TSN2 is a Canadian pay television channel that acts as the secondary feed of sports-centred channel The Sports Network (TSN) that is owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc. It was launched in its current form on August 29, 2008.

Following TSN's August 2014 expansion of its service into a regional sports network, TSN2 served primarily as a secondary outlet for national programming, but added regional programming in 2017.

Owned byCTV Specialty Television
(Bell Media 80%
ESPN Inc. 20%)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledTSN alternate feed (1997–2008)
Sister channel(s)TSN (primary feeds), ESPN Classic, RDS, RDS2
Bell TVChannel 401 (SD)
Channel 1401 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 112 / 425 (SD)
Channel 602 / 102 (HD)
Available on most providersChannel slots vary on each operator
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 102 (SD)
Channel 602 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 402 (SD)
Channel 1402 (HD)
MTSChannel 21 (SD)
Channel 1021 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9901 (West SD)
Channel 901 (East HD)
SaskTelChannel 112 (SD)
Channel 412 (HD)
VMediaChannel 31 (HD)
ZazeenChannel 67 (HD)
RogersChannel 103 (SD)
Channel 495 (HD)
Streaming media
TSN Gowww.tsn.ca/tv/


The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) had approved a separate TSN2 channel in 2000,[1] but was never launched due to a prohibition on live programming. The authority for this channel expired in 2004 and was never re-applied for, so the present TSN2 is not directly connected to the 2000 licence.[2]

TSN2 operates under the same CRTC licence for TSN as a whole,[3] which originally meant that TSN2 was restricted to a few hours of live programming a day, with all other programs on a three-hour tape delay from what was then TSN's main feed. With the early 2010 implementation of new conditions of licence from the CRTC which permit multiple feeds with no limits on additional programming,[4] the tape delay is no longer observed, and other original or repeat programming from the TSN and ESPN libraries air alongside live events.

TSN alternate feed

TSN first launched what it then called its "alternate feed" in 1997 as a result of occasional regional blackouts for TSN programming in some areas. In its original iteration, the alternate feed could only air on analogue cable in specific areas, replacing the national service, though it was offered in parallel with the main feed on national satellite providers. Alternate programming could make up a maximum of 10% of the TSN schedule – an average of 2.4 hours a day.[5]

In fall 2006, the CRTC allowed TSN to air multiple feeds nationally,[6] with the alternate feed only available on digital platforms, as had previously been permitted for Sportsnet's regional feeds. In essence, this meant that for digital cable and satellite subscribers, TSN now had two channels on which to air programming. The broadcaster's use of the alternate feed changed significantly following this decision, as the alternate feed began to carry a much larger number of live events that could be aired nationally when the main feed was carrying another ongoing event.[7]

Launch of TSN2

TSN2 New Logo
TSN2's original logo used from 2010 until August 25, 2014. Prior to 2010, the red-colored curved rhombus was absent, closer resembling the logo of ESPN2.

On August 6, 2008, The Globe and Mail announced that the TSN alternate feed would be replaced by a new network known as TSN2. The new channel promised "major league programming" throughout the day, and would have extensive coverage of auto racing and tennis. Unlike the existing TSN alternate feed, which was available free of charge, service providers (and potentially, in turn, consumers) would be required to pay extra in order to carry TSN2, and providers that had not yet agreed to carry the new channel were required to stop carrying the alternate feed in August 2008. Unlike the alternate feed, TSN2 would also be available in high definition.[8]

Initially, TSN2 was restricted to acting as a timeshift channel for TSN, with most non-live programming being aired on a three-hour tape delay from TSN proper, allowing TSN2 viewers in the Pacific Time Zone to watch many programs at the same local time as TSN viewers in the Eastern Time Zone. However, as had been the case with the alternate feed, up to 10% of the TSN2 schedule could consist of alternative live sporting events that cannot air on TSN due to other programming commitments.

The new channel was launched on August 29, 2008 at 7 p.m. ET in standard and high definition, with live coverage of the US Open tennis tournament continued from TSN, followed by an encore presentation of a Friday night CFL game aired earlier on TSN.

Since February 1, 2010, TSN has been subject to revised conditions of licence (since formalized as Category C licensing) that allow TSN2 to operate autonomously from TSN's main channel as a pure multiplex.[4] TSN launched three more multiplex channels—TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, on August 25, 2014, serving primarily as regional feeds of TSN.[9][10][11]


Upon its launch, TSN2 promised that it would air over 800 hours per year of live events, and that it would also feature repeat broadcasts of live events that were shown by TSN earlier in the night. Repeat broadcasts of TSN's original programming (such as SportsCentre) would fill out the schedule.[12]

TSN2's alternative programming typically consists of National Basketball Association games featuring the Toronto Raptors, and NASCAR Xfinity Series races. However, it has also included tennis, boxing, baseball, and Major League Lacrosse coverage.

On October 22, 2008, TSN2 announced it would air 25 Toronto Raptors basketball games during the 2008-09 NBA season. However, due to the lack of carriage agreements at the time, these games were not available to cable subscribers in the team's home market of Toronto and other regions served by Rogers Cable.[13]

On August 20, 2010, TSN2 announced it had signed a multi-year agreement with Canada Basketball to become the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of various international basketball tournaments. Under the terms of the two-year deal, TSN2 was the exclusive broadcaster of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, FIBA Americas Championship 2011, and FIBA Americas Championship for Women 2011.[14] For its 2010 edition, TSN and TSN2 became the new Canadian broadcasters of the Spengler Cup hockey tournament. TSN2 would broadcast most of the tournament's games.[15]

On February 18, 2013, TSN2 introduced simulcasts of two shows from TSN Radio, Mike Richards in the Morning, and the new TSN Drive with Dave Naylor.[16][17][18]

As of the 2017-18 season, TSN2 broadcasts regional Montreal Canadiens games, which are subject to blackout outside of the team's designated media market.[19]


Providers that carry TSN2 include Access Communications, Bell Aliant, Bell TV, Cogeco, EastLink, Rogers Cable, SaskTel, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct, Telus Optik TV, Vidéotron, and a number of independent cable systems.[20]

Rogers Cable, which serves much of the Greater Toronto Area, notably did not carry TSN2 from its launch, leaving cable viewers without the ability to view the select Toronto Raptors NBA games that TSN2 aired in the team's own home market in the season following the launch.[13] After months of negotiations, TSN2 was finally added to the lineup in May 2009.[21] The apparent impetus for the deal was a planned broadcast of three key mid-May games between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox (at that point the top two teams in the American League East) on TSN2; the Blue Jays are owned by Rogers Communications, as is Rogers Cable.[22]

Regulatory status

The Globe and Mail reported on September 15, 2008, that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (who have a licence for CBC SportsPlus, a sports channel focusing on Canadian athletes with a particular interest on amateur sports) and Score Media (owners of The Score, whose ability to air live programming is restricted due to being licensed as a sports news service akin to ESPNews) made a complaint to the CRTC accusing TSN2 of exploiting the rules which allow timeshift feeds for the west coast, subject to regulatory requirements restricting the amount of alternate programming that can be shown on alternate feeds. John Levy of Score Media claimed that TSN2 should not be allowed to sell new advertising on the network based on their interpretation of the rules.[3] However, these complaints were dismissed by the CRTC.[23]

Soon after TSN2 was launched, the CRTC announced a proposal to remove genre exclusivity protections for "mainstream sports" and "national news" channels in the near future. As a byproduct of the decision, TSN would be allowed to use streamlined conditions of licence which states that the service may offer "multiple feeds", without any restrictions on alternate programming.[24] TSN was officially permitted to use these streamlined conditions of licence on February 1, 2010.[4]


  1. ^ CRTC Decision 2000-720
  2. ^ "Final extension" approved in Decision CRTC 2003-599 and expired November 2004
  3. ^ a b "Rivals want TSN2 kicked out of game". The Globe and Mail. September 15, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2008. (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-49, February 1, 2010
  5. ^ "CRTC Decision 97-290". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. July 3, 1997. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-620
  7. ^ "CRTC Decision 2006-620". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. November 9, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "TSN getting set to launch companion channel". The Globe and Mail. August 6, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  9. ^ "TSN goes on the offence, unveils three new channels". The Globe and Mail.
  10. ^ "TSN expanding to a total of five national feeds". TSN.ca. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "TSN's expansion to five national feeds debuts Aug. 25". TSN.ca. Bell Media. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  12. ^ TSN press release, August 14, 2008
  13. ^ a b "TSN2 gets 25 Raptors games". The National Post. October 22, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Coverage of Spengler Cup begins Dec. 27 on TSN and TSN2". TSN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  16. ^ "Jump to TSN ‘bittersweet’ for Mike Richards" The Globe and Mail, January 27, 2011.
  17. ^ "Get ready for a lot of Winnipeg Jets coverage ". The Globe and Mail, October 5, 2011.
  18. ^ "TSN Radio 1050 launches new drive show to air on TSN2". TSN.ca.
  19. ^ "TSN's regional NHL coverage features 191 games". TSN. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  20. ^ TSN2 channel listings, retrieved May 17, 2009
  21. ^ TSN2 Available to Rogers Customers, Rogers press release, May 17, 2009
  22. ^ TSN2 to Launch on Rogers Cable on Tuesday, TSN press release, May 17, 2009
  23. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-352, December 12, 2008
  24. ^ "Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-103". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. October 30, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2009.

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2010 CIS Men's Basketball Championship

The 2010 CIS Men's Final 8 Basketball Tournament was held March 19-21, 2010. It was the last of three consecutive CIS Championships to be held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario and was hosted by the Carleton Ravens. The host Ravens were seeking to win their seventh championship in eight years. The tournament was broadcast on TSN2, which led to controversy over its tape delay of one semi-final and over blocking on-line access to game broadcast. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies won their first CIS basketball championship, with a 91-81 victory over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The Huskies defeated the number one ranked Carleton Ravens in the semi-final. It was UBC's second consecutive loss in the championship game, after losing to Carleton in the previous year's final.

2015 CFL Draft

The 2015 CFL Draft took place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET on TSN2 and RDS2. 62 players were chosen from among eligible players from Canadian Universities across the country, as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA.For the first time since the 2006 CFL Draft, an NCAA player was drafted first overall, with Alex Mateas from the University of Connecticut being selected with the top pick. Six offensive linemen were drafted in the first round, which broke the previous record of five in the 1987 CFL Draft. A total of 44 CIS football players were selected in the draft with the Calgary Dinos earning the most selected players with seven, including two within the first three picks. 13 trades were made involving 15 draft picks, with all of the trades occurring before the draft.

The first two rounds were broadcast live on TSN with CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge announcing each selection. The production was hosted by Farhan Lalji and featured the CFL on TSN panel which included Duane Forde, Paul LaPolice, Mike Benevides, and Lee Barrette who analyzed the teams' needs and picks.

2016 CFL Draft

The 2016 CFL Draft took place on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET on TSN2 and RDS2. 70 players were chosen from among eligible players from Canadian Universities across the country, as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA. The draft was expanded to eight rounds, which is the most since there were eight rounds in the 1992 CFL Draft. This draft also featured the most draft selections since 1987 when 72 players were drafted.

The entity which owns both TSN2 and RDS2 showed the first round of the draft on its cable TV platforms with subsequent rounds streamed on TSN GO online. The English language cable channel TSN2 featured host Farhan Lalji and the CFL on TSN panel including Duane Forde, Gary Lawless, Chris Schultz, and Lee Barrette who were chosen to analyze the teams' needs and picks while the French language channel RDS2 featured host Matthieu Proulx alongside analysts, Bruno Heppell, Didier Orméjuste and Pierre Vercheval.

Jim Rome

James Phillip Rome (born October 14, 1964) is an American sports radio talk show host syndicated by CBS Sports Radio.

Broadcasting from a studio near Los Angeles, California, Rome hosts The Jim Rome Show on radio. For a number of years Rome hosted a television show Jim Rome Is Burning (formerly Rome Is Burning), which aired on ESPN in the United States and TSN2 in Canada. In 2011, Rome ended his relationship with ESPN to join the CBS network where he hosts his own show, as well as an interview-format show on the Showtime channel. His past hosting jobs included sports discussion television shows Talk2 (ESPN2), The FX Sports Show (FX), and The Last Word (Fox Sports Net). The Jim Rome Show is tied for the #21 most listened to talk radio show in the United States and Rome is the #29 most influential talk radio personality according to Talkers Magazine.

From April 2012 to March 2015, Rome had a television sports talk show on CBS Sports Network named Rome. During the same time period he had a monthly TV sports/entertainment talk show on Showtime named Jim Rome on Showtime.

Lisa Bowes

Lisa Bowes is a Canadian sports media personality.

She began her career as an editorial assistant at TSN in 1989. She later became a reporter for TSN in Winnipeg and Calgary. From 1997-1999 she was a commentator for SportsCentre (then SportsDesk). She then joined The Score as weekend anchor & host/producer of Sports Axxess.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, she made Canadian broadcasting history in 2000 when she became the play-by-play voice for the National Women's Hockey League. She later called basketball games for The Score, WTN & TSN2. While working for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Sports Journal she was nominated for a Gemini Award for best writing in an information program or series.

She was CTV's host/reporter for women's hockey at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

She worked as an anchor/reporter at CTV Calgary from 2004-2017.

She is the Author of the Lucy Tries Sports children's book series.

List of MLS Cup broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcast the MLS Cup.


The MLS on TSN is the branding used for TSN's telecasts of Major League Soccer games.

Major League Baseball on TSN

Major League Baseball on TSN is a television presentation of Major League Baseball games on Canada's TSN (The Sports Network). TSN has broadcast Major League Baseball games since they went on the air in 1984. Their current MLB schedule consists of simulcasting ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts on TSN2. TSN had previously broadcast Sunday Night Baseball from 1990 to 2000. TSN has also broadcast Toronto Blue Jays (1984-2009) and Montreal Expos (1985-1999; 2001) games.


RDS2 is a Canadian pay television channel, acting as the secondary feed of French-language television network Reseau des sports, owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc. The channel was launched on October 7, 2011 to coincide with the start of the 2011 MLB post-season; its launch night programming included coverage of the Division Series and a documentary on the Montreal Expos.

As with its English-language equivalent TSN2, it is a secondary outlet for programming that cannot be aired on the main network, and operates under the same Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) licence as RDS itself.

Steve Kouleas

Steve Kouleas (born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian television anchor, radio host and hockey broadcaster who last worked for TSN. He hosted both the weeknight hockey program That's Hockey 2Nite on TSN2, as well as the weekday hockey program That's Hockey 2Day on TSN Radio 1050.Kouleas has been working in television and radio throughout North America for more than 20 years. In 2009, he was nominated for a Gemini Award as Best Sportscaster/Anchor in Canada.

The Sports Network

The Sports Network (TSN) is a Canadian English language sports specialty service. Established by the Labatt Brewing Company in 1984 as part of the first group of Canadian specialty cable channels, since 2001, TSN has been majority-owned by communications conglomerate BCE Inc. (presently through its broadcasting subsidiary Bell Media) with a minority stake held by ESPN Inc. via a 20% share in the Bell Media subsidiary CTV Specialty Television. TSN is the largest specialty channel in Canada in terms of gross revenue, with a total of $400.4 million in revenue in 2013.TSN's networks focus on sports-related programming, including live and recorded event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming. TSN was the first national cable broadcaster of the National Hockey League in Canada. Its stint has been interrupted twice by rival network Sportsnet, most recently as of the 2014–15 season under an exclusive 12-year rights deal. TSN holds regional television rights to four of the NHL's seven Canadian franchises.As of 2015, major programming rights held by TSN include exclusive coverage of the Canadian Football League and Curling Canada's national championships, coverage of the NBA and the Toronto Raptors, coverage of Major League Soccer and exclusive rights to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, along with Canadian rights to the tournaments of FIFA (soccer) and the IIHF (ice hockey), the NFL (shared with sister network CTV), Formula One, NASCAR, the Premier League (split with Sportsnet), Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the Grand Slam tennis tournaments, among others. TSN also receives a large amount of programming through its minority partner, ESPN.

The TSN licence currently comprises five 24-hour programming services; from its launch until 2006, TSN operated as a single, national service. In 2006, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled that TSN could operate multiple feeds with a limited amount of alternative national programming—this was followed by the launch of TSN2—a second 24-hour network under the TSN licence that was legally considered a west coast feed of TSN. As of 2010, TSN has been subject to deregulated Category C licensing by the CRTC, which allows multiple feeds to be operated under the TSN licence with no restrictions on alternate programming; TSN used this new ability to operate an autonomous TSN2, along with part-time feeds for regional NHL coverage.

On August 25, 2014, the primary TSN service was re-structured into four 24-hour feeds—TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5—with each designated as the primary TSN network for each region of Canada. TSN now essentially operates as a group of regional sports networks similarly to Sportsnet, the 1, 3, 4, and 5 channels air some common programming and simulcast major events, while all five channels are capable of airing programming autonomously—including alternative national events and studio shows, supplemental coverage of larger events, and regional programming (such as NHL games; subject to blackout outside the respective team's market).

Vancouver Showcase

The Vancouver Showcase is a new college basketball tournament that will be first played in November 18 through 20, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Eight men’s and eight women’s basketball teams will play in the tournament annually. Each tournament (men’s and women’s) will be played over a three-day period with four games each day.

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