A week after blocking SSN from webcasting the women's basketball national championship game, TSN is going to do the same (and more) for the men's Final 8.
SSN is now unable to show any games except the early quarter-finals on Friday afternoon. [UPDATE: As noted in the comments below, video for all championship-side games will be available with audio in French (probably because RDS isn't showing anything). Thanks to Alexandre Tourigny, who will be calling those games. We've also learned that there will be English-language audio for these games as well, so unilingual fans could mute the French webcast and listen in English if they so choose.]
Last year, they showed all seven championship-side games, even the ones that were televised on The Score. This means nobody without TSN2 can watch the Canadian version of the Final Four and nobody will be able to see the second semifinal live. TSN2 is showing that game on a tape-delay starting at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
TSN's CIS coverage is descending into self-parody at this point, especially their release stating that they are "showcasing" the women's and men's finals, and they have already been mocked mercilessly by CIS followers.
Again, the point should be made that cutting off SSN like this does not necessarily increase viewership of TSN2. If you get the channel and are planning to watch the Final 8, you're probably already going to watch it on TSN2. If you don't get TSN2, you aren't about to order it for a CIS basketball tournament anyway. So what's the point?
In case you forgot, Cable 14 out of Hamilton broadcast nearly the entire women's tournament last weekend, with a simulcast online for SSN, but were shut out for the final, so that TSN could be the exclusive source for the championship game (after not broadcasting one women's basketball game all year, I should add). Just before the final between Simon Fraser and Windsor, the Cable 14 ad boards around the gym were taken away. However, their banner flew up high from the camera bay during the entire game, leading The Silhouette's Brian Decker to dub this event, "Remember the Burridge."
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