TSN has the most viewers and can do an event up big-time . On the whole, it's good that it is showing an interest in hoops. There should be some optimism that they are earnest and see this as an untapped resource, not unlike the World Junior Hockey Championship 20 years ago, or NCAA basketball was 30 years ago.
However, it really stuck out like a sore thumb that only the final of the CIS women's Final 8 from Hamilton is to be televised. That's not good enough, but bloggers can't be choosers, eh:
"TSN, which last broadcast CIS events in 2005,* and TSN2 will also televise the CIS men's basketball quarterfinals, semi-finals and final, along with the CIS women's basketball championship match." (Emphasis mine.)The Score aired aired the semi-finals and finals of the women's tournament last March in Regina. Committing to air only the final feels like a bit of a rip-off, especially since the Bronze Baby is going to be in Hamilton. Travel costs will not be an issue, let alone for TSN.
The CIS press release says, "The ultimate objective of CIS is to ensure that as many Canadian fans from coast to coast have the opportunity to witness CIS championship events." TSN's greater base of viewers is moot if they don't air as many games as in the past.
Anyway, to TSN, welcome back and one would hope they are flexible. There is plenty of time to reconsider and if a videocaster such as Streaming Sports Network Canada (full disclosure: I volunteer my time with SSN) wants to show games which are not going to be on TV, hopefully they can fill the void. It should be about making all seven championship-side games available..
(* TSN aired the men's basketball championship in '07.)