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,