NEW WESTMINSTER, BC - September 3, 2015 - Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA), Shaw, and the N8 Group are pleased to announce the expansion of Canada West football’s television broadcast schedule for 2015, including Global’s national broadcast of the 79th Hardy Cup on Saturday, November 14th.
Global will be the official home for the 2015 Hardy Cup Playoffs, and will also air one of two Hardy Cup semi-finals across its network on Saturday, November 7.
"Bringing the Canada West product to a national television audience on Global is an exciting opportunity for the conference,” Ian Reade, Canada West President said.
“Shaw, along with the N8 Group, have shown tremendous support for Canada West football over the years, and this season will help showcase our student-athletes in more households than ever before.”
The two games will represent the largest ever televised distribution of a Canadian university sporting event, with Global providing a national broadcasting platform for the games.
“Canada is home to outstanding university level sports and we’re proud to showcase that nationally through our broadcast of this season’s Hardy Cup playoffs on Global,” said Phil Piazza, Vice President, Global TV, Marketing & Content Acquisitions, Shaw Media.
Along with Global’s coverage of the Hardy Cup Playoffs, Shaw TV will once again be the home to conference regular-season action in 2015, with Krown Produce Canada West Football on Shaw TV broadcasting a total of 12 games this season, including four in collaboration with Regina’s Access Communications.
Canada West’s expanded television presence was made possible thanks to the work of the N8 Group, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Canadian collegiate sport.
“We are fortunate to have three willing and progressive partners in Shaw, Global Television, and Canada West who embrace the vision of enhancing the exposure to Canadians for CIS football by way of the Canada West Conference playoffs,” said L. David Dube N8 Group Founding Partner.
Shaw TV’s coverage of Canada West football kicks off this Friday, when the defending Hardy Cup champion Manitoba Bisons travel to Saskatoon to take on the Saskatchewan Huskies in a rematch of last year’s Hardy Cup semi-final.
2015 marks the ninth season of Krown Produce Canada West Football on Shaw TV, bringing Canada’s most competitive university football conference to fans across the country.
Each live, regular season broadcast can be seen on local Shaw TV, Shaw HD, Shaw Direct 299 and on Access Communications’ channel 7/70. The N8 Group’s Krown Countdown U, Canada’s weekly college football show can be seen 30 minutes before each game during the regular season.
2015 Canada West Football Television Broadcast Schedule:
Date / Teams / Time (local/PT) / Channel(s)
Friday, September 4 / Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV
Friday, September 4 / Alberta vs. Regina / 7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV (Edm. only), Access
Friday, September 11 / Calgary vs. Manitoba / 7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Thursday, September 17 / Alberta vs. Calgary / 7:00PM MT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Friday, September 18 / Regina vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Saturday, September 26 / Calgary vs. Regina / 4:00PM CT/3:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access (Regina only)
Saturday, October 3 / UBC vs. Alberta / 1:00PM MT/12:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Friday, October 16 / Calgary vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Saturday, October 17 / Manitoba vs. Regina / 4:00PM CT/3:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access (Regina only)
Saturday, October 24 / Regina vs. Calgary / 1:00PM MT/12:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Friday, October 30 / Saskatchewan vs. Regina / 7:00PM CT/6:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Saturday, October 31 / Calgary vs. Alberta / 1:00PM MT/12:00PM PT / Shaw TV, Access
Saturday, November 7 / Hardy Cup Semi-Final / TBD / Global TV
Saturday, November 14 / 79th Hardy Cup / TBD / Global TV
Canada West is the premier athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. With the most wins in CIS and over 100 national championships in the past decade, Canada West and its 17 member-institutions commit to a student-athlete experience where competitive excellence, scholarship and sportsmanship contribute equally towards moulding outstanding graduates and community leaders.
Global Television is a Shaw Media Network.
About Shaw Communications:
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada’s largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
About N8 Group:
N8 Group is a partnership committed to university sport across Canada. Through media, marketing, event management and promotion.
N8G is in their fifth year of producing Krown Countdown U, Canada's only weekly amateur sports TV show. N8G is also in the fourth year of supporting Krown Canada West Football on Shaw TV, in addition to Canada West playoff football on Global Television nationwide in 2015.
N8G is led by businessman L. David Dube of Saskatoon in partnership with producer Jim Mullin of Vancouver.
For more information contact:
Canada West Communications Coordinator