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Fourteen regular-season CFL games, East and West finals and Grey Cup will air on NBCSN

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The CFL's return to NBCSN was officially confirmed by the league Friday.

Part of the U.S. broadcast news that broke early Monday morning has finally been confirmed by the CFL, with the league announcing Friday that NBC Sports Network will continue to air games south of the border. (They even managed to get this deal done almost a full month earlier than last year's NBCSN agreement.) As reported by Tyler Bieber Wednesday, NBCSN will carry 14 regular-season games, some live and some tape-delayed, the East and West finals (likely both tape-delayed) and the Grey Cup (live). A full schedule of games on NBCSN, as per the CFL's website, can be seen below (all times Eastern):

Regular Season:
Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:00pm - Montreal/Winnipeg
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 7:30pm – BC/Toronto
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 9:00pm – Hamilton/Edmonton
Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:00pm – Winnipeg/BC
Friday August 9, 2013 at 9:00pm – SSK/Calgary
Thursday August 22, 2013 at 7:30pm – BC/Montreal
Monday September 2, 2013 at 5:00pm – Edmonton/Calgary (TBC)
Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 7:30pm – Montreal/Toronto
Friday September 6, 2013 at 9:00pm – Calgary/Edmonton
Friday September 27, 2013 at 10:30pm – BC/Winnipeg
Monday October 14, 2013 at 12am (10/16) – Toronto/Hamilton
Friday October 18, 2013 at 12am (10/19) – Calgary/Edmonton
Thursday October 24, 2013 at 7:30p – Winnipeg/Toronto
Friday November 1, 2013 at 12am (11/2) – Montreal/Toronto

CFL Playoffs:
Sunday November 17, 2013 Time TBD at 11pm – Eastern Final
Sunday November 17, 2013 at 12am (11/19) – Western Final

Grey Cup:
Sunday November 24, 2013 at 6:30pm – 101st Grey Cup in Regina

What's interesting is that there still has been no official announcement of the games expected to air on ESPN2. It looks like ESPN3 will again be streaming most games (Bieber writes that they'll have 58 of the 72 regular-season clashes, so that would likely be everything except the 14 NBCSN ones), and ESPN's schedule has one game airing on ESPN2 a week through Week Five, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. However, Ken Fang writes that an ESPN announcement about the CFL is expected next week:

It's notable that it appears ESPN and NBCSN are willing to share the CFL games, as the networks have been at loggerheads at some times in the past. However, with the imminent arrival of Fox Sports One, a network that appears more willing to take on ESPN head-to-head, perhaps the Worldwide Leader is finding some common ground with former adversaries. It's not like the CFL is going to do huge numbers in the U.S., so this isn't a major move for either network. However, this deal does matter significantly for the league, as it gives the CFL wide U.S. exposure: that should help with both keeping current players happy (as their friends and family back home can watch them) and the recruitment of future players. As explored this week, the CFL can use all the recruitment help it can get, and a TV deal that should see CFL content on a wide variety of U.S. networks is a very promising step.

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