Canadian Sports Channel Sportsnet Acquires Tour De France Rights From '14-19
Doping scandals have not "dampened Canadian broadcaster interest in the prestigious French cycling event," the Tour de France, according to Etan Vlessing of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Cable sports channel Sportsnet "has signed a six-year agreement to air the Tour de France, starting in '14 and stretching to '19." That deal "will follow rival cable sports channel TSN completing its current rights deal" for the top Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) world cycling tour event. Sportsnet "will also add the Canadian TV, digital and mobile rights to all 21 stages of the Tour de France to earlier-acquired broadcast rights for other grand tours, including the Giro d’Italia, the Tour of California and the Vuelta a España" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 12/27).