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CFL Opens 60th Season
While the CFL kicked off a new season on the field last week, there’s also been a lot of action off the field. Here’s some of the top stories:
Mosaic Stadium ready for Canada Day kickoff
On Saturday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play their first game at the new $278.2 million Mosaic Stadium. The state of the art 33,000 seat facility features expansive concourses, concession and hospitality offerings, as well as premium options that include 38 suites for corporate partners. Back in 2014, the team renewed their partnership with The Mosaic Company in a 20-year stadium naming rights agreement.
Hear from the Riders' President & C.E.O., Craig Reynolds on what fans can expect Saturday from Mosaic Stadium.
— Sask. Roughriders (@sskroughriders) June 26, 2017
CFL and Twitter Canada team up to deliver #CFLTHISWEEK
The CFL and Twitter Canada have teamed up to deliver a weekly 30-minute live show hosted by the CFL’s Brodie Lawson and three-time Grey Cup champion Davis Sanchez with guest appearances by CFL’s Max Rosenberg. The announcement makes the CFL the first Canadian sports property to team up with Twitter on a live streaming deal.
— CFL (@CFL) June 27, 2017
The search for a new CFL Commissioner is on
June 15th marked the final day for the 13th Commissioner of the CFL. Jeffrey L. Orridge assumed the position in March 2015, becoming the first African-American chief executive on a major North American sports league. While the search for a new commissioner is well underway, the league hasn’t officially identified candidates. According to the Toronto Star, names are believed to include former Basketball Canada CEO Wayne Parrish, former CFL star and financial services industry executive Randy Ambrosie and Scott Mitchell, CEO of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In the interim, Chair of the Board of Governors Jim Lawson will assume the commissioner duties.
— CFL (@CFL) June 15, 2017
CFL season to be livestreamed in more than 130 countries
Fans in more than 130 territories outside the TSN, RDS, ESPN, and BT Sport footprint will now be able to watch CFL games for as little as $2.99 thanks to a partnership between the CFL and Yare Media. Prices range from $2.99 for 48-hour access to $79.99 USD for a League Pass which gets you access to all regular season games, playoff action, and the 105th Grey Cup.
The 2017 #CFL season will be livestreamed in more than 130 countries. 🌍
— CFL Communications (@CFL_PR) June 16, 2017
New Threads for NHL
The NHL ushered in the Adidas era in Las Vegas last week. In addition to unveiling the Vegas Golden Knights jersey, the NHL and Adidas introduced new designs for the remaining 30 teams. For the most part, Adidas chose to keep established designs in place, making only minor design tweaks. The most dramatic change for a Canadian team was the Edmonton Oilers who elected to move to an orange home jersey full time, and introduced a navy blue to replace the traditional light blue that the team has used for most of the team’s history. While there will be no third jerseys in 2017-18, the NHL says that 24-26 teams will reintroduce third jerseys for the 2018-19 season.
— adidas Hockey (@adidashockey) June 21, 2017
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 21, 2017
NHL says we'll have 24-26 teams with @adidas third jerseys for 2018-19 season. Some old designs, some completely new.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 21, 2017
Blue Jays Reach 2 Million Followers
The Blue Jays have become the first pro sports team in Canada to reach two million followers. According to Twitter Canada, they join the New York Yankees as the only teams in MLB with more than 2 million followers on Twitter, and are one of only four Canadian pro sports teams with more than 1 million followers (Maple Leafs, Canadiens, and Raptors). The Blue Jays largest social media following is currently on Twitter. The team has 1.7 million likes on Facebook and 1 million followers on Instagram.
— #SmoakTheVote (@BlueJays) June 23, 2017
— Twitter Sports CA (@TwitterSportsCA) June 23, 2017
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