As of right now if you are a Canadian who wants to watch Rugby League it’s challenging.
You need to have the right cable provider and a big wallet in order to watch a few Super League or NRL matches at best. If you want to watch our new local boys, the Toronto Wolfpack, a lot of things have to fall into place. Currently in Canada, GameTV broadcasts all of the Wolfpack games. The availability of this channel is iffy at best. But what do you do if you don’t have cable at all?
The Toronto Wolfpack have agreed to a new online broadcast partnership with CBC Sports. CBC is Canada’s public broadcaster. CBC’s sports coverage consists of hosting a weekly broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada as well as showcasing high-performance Canadian athletes all around the world, year round. This new broadcasting partnership provides a platform to showcase the Wolfpack to millions of Canadians.
“We are pleased to provide coverage of the Toronto Wolfpack’s 2017 season to Canadians through our digital platforms,” said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports, and general manager, Olympics. “This is a thrilling sport and we are looking forward to sharing the game with new and existing audiences across the country.”
What makes this deal special is that CBC Sports is a free streaming option. In a time when people are getting rid of cable, the Wolfpack have chosen to move with the times and partner with a modern, wide-reaching broadcasting option.
This past summer the CBC provided wall to wall steaming of the Rio Olympic Games. Even though there was a lot of content available, Canadian’s responded by watching the Olympics in record numbers. A Canadian audience is very open and accepting of online streaming. With this new deal, the Wolfpack are tying themselves to an iconic Canadian broadcaster as well as making a smart logistical move.
Now I can get my Rugby League fix with weekly coverage of the Toronto Wolfpack all for $0.