For as long as we can remember, sports have been the great escape from the trials and tribulations of the world around us.
We play it. We watch it. We live it. We like it because we like good storytelling. We're intrigued by the endless possibilities that could arise in a given game or a specific play.
For a few hours a day, it provides us with the sense of relief and excitement at the same time.
And through it all, TSN has been there - helping capture the triumphs and tears of athletes from across Canada and around the world and delivering indelible moments in sports history to Canadians from coast to coast. It was 25 years ago today that TSN was launched, creating a national television platform for amateur and professional sports to be showcased.
As Canada's first 24-hour all-sports network, TSN started small and faced its share of challenges and critics. Today, TSN is available in nine million homes since it launched on Sept. 1, 1984, and the network remains an important part of Canada's sports media landscape.
And our reach isn't just limited to television. TSN has morphed into a multi-platform provider of sports programming, news and information through our website TSN.ca, TSN Extra and the website's portable version TSN Mobile. In 2008, TSN launched its new digital network - TSN2 - to offer more live sports coverage than ever before. Together, the networks also deliver more sports programming in High Definition than any other network in Canada.
TSN has also bolstered its cache of marquee sporting events since it went on the air – growing from a service that showcased niche sports to a network that delivers an all-encompassing schedule of major league events. Over the years, TSN has raised the profile of properties such as the CFL, the IIHF World Junior Championship and curling so that they stand side-by-side with the NHL, NFL, NBA, golf, tennis and auto racing. And next year, TSN will deliver more than 300 hours of live coverage from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, featuring the best high-performance amateur athletes in Canada as they compete on the world's most prestigious sports stage.
As TSN embarks on the next 25 years of its existence, we will continue to move forward and keep our commitment to providing you with that special escape - the chance to see a great story unfold and be intrigued by the endless possibilities on the field or on the ice.
That said, thank you for following us on this exciting ride over the last 25 years.
Thank you for letting us provide you with compelling stories and real drama 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Thank you for helping make us, 'Canada's Sports Leader!'