Canada's Sports Leader announced on Wednesday that its award-winning host James Duthie will join CFL ON TSN for a slate of marquee events, including the playoffs and the 102nd GREY CUP. Duthie will continue to lead TSN's extensive hockey coverage, which includes 130+ NHL games featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Winnipeg Jets as well as the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Duthie, an Ottawa native who hosted TSN's CFL studio coverage from 1998-2000, makes his CFL ON TSN return this Friday, July 18 during the Ottawa Redblacks' home opener against the Toronto Argonauts at the brand new TD Place. Live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on TSN and TSN GO.
Duthie is the latest addition to TSN's CFL broadcast team. Just before the season kicked off last month, the network announced Rod Smith as the new host of CFL ON TSN.
“We are adding one of the best broadcasters in the business to the pillar of our summer schedule,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “Between his Ottawa roots and the return of the Redblacks, there couldn't be a better time for James to come back to CFL ON TSN. We're thrilled to have him join our coverage of key CFL events and think fans will really enjoy what he'll bring to our broadcasts.”
“Football and hockey have always been 1 and 1a as my favourite sports. Hosting CFL was my first role at TSN 16 years ago. Chris Schultz, Matt Dunigan and I all started around the same time, so I'm thrilled to be involved in our coverage again,” said Duthie. “I've always been a huge fan of the CFL. I grew up in Ottawa and went to every Rough Riders game with my Mom and Dad for 20 years. The game on Friday feels like a perfect time to come back.”
Ottawa Redblacks' Home Opener
James Duthie and CFL ON TSN analyst Jock Climie, an Ottawa resident and former Ottawa Rough Rider, will broadcast live from TD Place to capture all the action from the Ottawa-Toronto tilt and the unveiling of the brand new stadium. Reporting at field level is TSN Ottawa Bureau Reporter Brent Wallace.
Covering the Toronto @ Ottawa game from the TSN Studio are CFL ON TSN host Rod Smith and analysts Matt Dunigan, Chris Schultz, Milt Stegall, and Paul LaPolice. The CFL ON TSN panel pulls double duty on Friday night, with Hamilton @ Calgary airing immediately after the Redblacks' game at 10 p.m. ET on TSN.
TSN's Gemini Award-winning broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Glen Suitor will be in the broadcast booth for the Redblacks' game.
Premiering during CFL ON TSN's pre-game show on Thursday night is an essay fronted by TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor on the rebirth of Lansdowne Park and the return of the CFL to the nation's capital. Naylor, who lived in Ottawa for nearly two decades, revisits the city for a retrospective look on the history and significance of Lansdowne Park – including what it meant to him as a Carleton University journalism student living across the street from the stadium.
TSN.ca's dedicated CFL hub will provide extensive pre- and post-game analysis of the Redblacks' home opener, while TSN BarDown at BarDown.com will compile the best reactions from social media along with behind-the-scenes content from TD Place.
TSN 1200 – the official radio voice of the Ottawa Redblacks – celebrates the return of professional football to Ottawa with 10 hours of live on-site coverage:
Fans can also tune in to the OTTAWA REDBLACKS RADIO SHOW this Thursday at 6 p.m. ET for a comprehensive preview of the home opener.
Argos fans can tune in to TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto for live coverage of the Toronto @ Ottawa game. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with Jim Tatti and Sandy Annunziata, while Mike Hogan and Jeff Johnson call the game live from TD Place at 7 p.m. ET.