Weekly Digest: RBC Canadian Open scores a new date


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RBC Canadian Open scores a new date

Golf Canada announced last week that the RBC Canadian Open will move to a premier spot on the PGA TOUR schedule starting in 2019. The date change means the tournament will take place in early June before the U.S. Open versus on the heels of the British Open in late July, a move that’s expected to attract a better field of players. Earlier this year, Golf Canada announced the 2019 and 2023 RBC Canadian Open will be held at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, marking the first time since 2014 that the event will not be held at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville.

UFC returning to Toronto

The UFC has added a third Canadian date to their 2018 calendar with the announcement of UFC 231 in Toronto on December 8th. The Pay-Per-View event will mark the UFC’s sixth visit to Toronto, but the first at newly minted Scotiabank Arena. Formerly Air Canada Centre, the building was renamed on July 1st as part of a historic 20-year naming rights agreement announced last year between MLSE and Scotiabank. Other 2018 Canadian stops this year for the mixed martial arts promotion include Calgary on July 28th (UFC on Fox) and Moncton on October 27th (UFC Fight Night).

Rattlers unveiled

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) – a new Canadian pro basketball league tipping off in 2019 – introduced its latest team, the Saskatchewan Rattlers, last week. The Rattlers – who will play out of SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon and are led by former Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Rush exec Lee Genier – will be one of six teams to take the court for the league’s inaugural season in May 2019. The other CEBL teams – Edmonton, Abbotsford, Guelph, Hamilton, and Niagara – are located in Ontario and Western Canada, which contrasts NBL Canada’s eastern Canadian footprint. Interestingly, the Niagara River Lions announced in June they were moving to the CEBL after three seasons in NBL Canada. River Lions’ owner Richard Petko is one of the investors in the new basketball league.

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