2014 Wrangler NFR Broadcast in Canada

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LIVE HD coverage of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be broadcast in Canada through CBS Sports Net carriers Rogers, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, SaskTel, Canadian Cable Systems and Ontario Inc according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association public relations department.

Currently in the spot I thought it would be aired on Rogers Sportsnet, there are reruns in place of old shows.

Unfortunately, these are the messages I received this morning (Thurs. Dec. 4th at 8:13am and 8:36am)

“Sportsnet no longer holds the broadcast rights for the National Finals Rodeo, and as such, we are unable to televise this event.”

“Sportsnet did pursue the opportunity to renew our broadcast agreement for this event, but Pro Rodeo decided to partner with CBS to air the National Finals Rodeo in Canada.”

The NFR will be aired in Ontario and to the East on CBS Sports Network.

When I talked to a representative from Shaw today he said they don’t even have CBS Sports Net to be able to air the NFR in Western Canada. He did put in a request to have the channel added. You can do the same to help the cause.

According to user comments, Bell is airing the NFR but only on December 7th. I’m not sure what to think at this point and disappointed it’s not on for everyone in Canada every night.

For those of you who still have the internet and you’re looking to follow along live: ProRodeo Live is airing coverage on a network of radio stations, including Rural Radio, and also online at www.prorodeolive.com with Steve Kenyon, Wade Wheatley, Freya Ford Walton and Jolee Lautaret-Jordan doing the announcing.

I expect the PRCA to publish nightly highlights on YouTube as they have done in previous years as well. I also expect to resolve this TV issue as soon as possible. Once again I’m passing on any information I learn as I learn it.

**New as of Thursday December 4th, 2014: The live stream at this link: http://watchlivestreamonline.com/live-stream-tv.html is officially not approved by the PRCA. I would advise you all to not purchase anything as it looks to me like a scam.

In summation, listen to ProRodeoLive.com if you don’t get it on TV or call your service provider to ask them to add CBS Sports Network. I’m doing my best here to keep you updated and will do so all week.

If you’re watching the NFR on TV from somewhere in Canada, let me know where you’re from and how it’s going!

All the best and Thank you,

Ted

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13 Responses

  1. Shaylen

    I checked and can’t find any listings with Shaw direct tv on Sportsnet one…from what the customer service rep said, rogers sports net one is not airing the NFR…is this true???

  2. JR

    I doubt the problem is with Sportsnet. If I remember correctly, NFR used to be broadcast on either GAC or RFD in the US – both channels that aren’t available in Canada. So Sportsnet would have then bought the Canadian broadcast rights, possibly on a year by year basis.

    This year CBS SN has the broadcast rights it includes both the US and Canada. While it’s only available through a small number of carriers in a small number of regions, it is technically “available in Canada” so there would be no reason for them to not have included Canada in the deal.

    It’s the same reason we don’t get PBR on TV here anymore, other than the odd event they decide to put on the big network… CBS SN has those broadcast rights as well.

    So calling and complaining to Sportsnet will do nothing. They couldn’t show it if they wanted to. All you can do is tell your cable/satellite provider to start carrying CBS SN.

  3. Connie Dunham

    We here in Alberta Canada are big time rodeo fan but we do not see the NFR showing on any of our network please can you help me find it, do we have to have a dish to get CBS sportnet? IF you could email me ASAP and I can let a lot of viewer here know who to find it.

    Thank You Very Much

    Connie

  4. wayne

    you people don’t even have a clue OLN had it for years then BELL,STAR CHOICE/WHICH IS NOW SHAW DIRECT. WHOM ALL OF THESE SATELITE COMPONIES BEACHED AND COMPLAINED TO THE :CRTC: WHICH STANDS FOR (CANADIAN RADIO TELEVISION COMMUNICATIONS ) WHITCH CONTROLLS THE REGULATIONS OF TV & RADIO REGULATIONS IN CANADA . OK SO HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE FIRST GOT SATELITE TV IN THIS FINE COUNTRY OF OURS IT WAS GUESS WHO YOU GUEST IT DISHNETWORK & DIRECT TV AND WE HAD EVERYTHING THEN WHAT HAPPENED BELL TV & STARCHOICE CAME IN AND STARTED TO PROTEST ABOUT US GETTING USA SIGNALS IN CANDA SO AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF DEBATES AND LAW SUITS THE CRTC DECIDED THEY WOULD NO LONGER ALOW ANY USA SATELITE SIGNALS IN CANADA. SO THAT WAS THE END OF OUR GREAT TV BROADCASTS. SO HERES THE IMPORTANT PART. PART OF THE CRTC’S REGULATIONS WAS ADVERTISING TV STATIONS WERE ONLY ALOUD TO DO LOCAL ADVERTISING AND THE COMMERCIALS WERE STRONGLY MONITORED FOR STUPIDITY AND REALLITY.NOW WHAT DO WE HAVE, A BUNCH OF NOTHING FOR TV, THE MAGORIATY OF CHANNELS ARE USA ( SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD HERE ) AND ALL USA COMMERCIALING WHICH SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD ACCORDING TO CRTC REGULATIONS SO WHAT HAPPENED CRTC GOT PAID OUT FROM BELL AND STARCHOICE SO THEY COULD GET DISHNETWORK AND DIRECT TV UNAVIALIBAL TO US ANYWAY THE BEST WAY I CAN EXPLAIN THIS IN A FINAL COMMENT IS ( MONEY ) WHOM EVERY CAME AFFORD TO BUY THE USA PROGAMMING THAT WE NEED TO GET WHAT WE WANT TO WATCH IS HOW IT WORKS AND THE CRTC COULD REALLY CARE LESS ABOUT ALL THE DUMM SHIT THAT WE HAVE ON OUR TV TODAY THANK YOU I HOPE YOU READ THIS AND UNDERSTAND AS I WAS ASSOCIATETED WITH AVERTISING FOR OVER 30 YEARS

  5. Brian M.

    Our service providers, be they Bell, Shaw or who ever should be more aware of customers wants in different regions. There are many people involved in the rodeo business as well as fans of rodeo in the 4 western provinces. As well the PBR, PRCA & NFR should be a little more responsible in seeing that who ever is awarded broadcast rights is responsible to see that Western Canadians are provided coverage of their major events. They quite eagerly accept our money through out the year when we support the smaller venues that lead up to the “Big Shows”! Like wise when a lot of us support the big shows! They don’t feel it is worth the bother to ensure that we get coverage of the major events!

  6. Jerry Pozniak

    Was very disappointed to find that the WNFR was not televised on Shaw this year !! We don’t understand why a major event of this caliber has been dropped . Why ? Why ???

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