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Blue Jays, Russell Martin Coming to TVA Sports : TVA Sports Signs a Six-Year Agreement With the Toronto Blue Jays
MONTREAL, Que. – TVA Sports is proud to announce the renewal of a six-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. As the official French-language broadcaster, TVA Sports will offer fans at least 60 Blue Jays games every year for the next six seasons.
This contract complements another agreement signed this year with Major League Baseball (MLB). A total of 130 games during the upcoming season will be broadcast on TVA Sports and TVA Sports 2.
Ball fans will have a chance to follow the development of the Blue Jays’ new catcher, Quebecer Russell Martin, who has just signed a five-year deal with the team.
TVA Sports will broadcast two games in Montreal. The agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays also includes the broadcast of two games against the Cincinnati Reds, which will be played at Olympic Stadium on April 3 and 4.
“We are really pleased to continue our association with the Blue Jays, which will allow us to fulfill the wishes of so many baseball fans,” says Serge Fortin, vice-president at TVA Sports. “By broadcasting 130 games, in addition to the games at Olympic Stadium, TVA Sports will give its subscribers front row seats to see the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball.”
“We are extremely pleased to extend our partnership with TVA Sports,” says Paul Beeston, president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays. “Our continued partnership with TVA Sports validates the strength of our fan base in the Province of Quebec. It is quite exciting that Blue Jays telecasts will be available in the French language for the next six seasons.”
About TVA Sports
TVA Sports is Quebec’s #1 hockey destination, as well as the indispensable French-language station for sports fans. As an official French-language broadcaster of the National Hockey League (NHL) in Canada for the next 12 years, TVA Sports will air over 275 NHL games in the 2014-2015 season, including all Montreal Canadiens Saturday night games, the playoff series (including Montreal Canadiens games), the Stanley Cup Finals, as well as special events. TVA Sports will also present 55 QMJHL and CHL games, including the Memorial Cup. In the past few years, the station has also reached broadcast agreements with several prestige properties such as the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the Toronto Blue Jays, the Montreal Impact, GYM, the Interbox Group, the IndyCar Series, the Champions League, the Europa League, ATP and WTA tennis, the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, the Quebec City and Montreal Cycling Grand Prix, the Red Bull Crashed Ice, the Red Bull Signature Series and the Dew Tour. Starting this fall, TVA Sports will support its sports programming with shows focusing on Quebec’s favourite sports (including hockey) with hosts like Louis Jean (Le Premier Trio), Dave Morissette (Dave Morissette en direct) and Sébastien Benoît (Le Fanatik).