Archive for August 18th, 2007

Riders game blackout lifted

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

There are people living in Prince Albert who buy season tickets and attend every home game of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. However most fans in P.A. consider the 4-hour drive to Regina and another 4 hours back, and settle instead for listening to Rider home games on the radio while grumbling about the blackout policy. According to a statement on the Edmonton Eskimos website:

The standard CFL blackout policy is as follows:
The blackout pattern for CFL games is 56 km radius from the stadium for cable television and 120 kms for conventional (CBC). There is one exception to this rule. The Province of Saskatchewan is subject to full provincial blackouts.

I guess I understand the exception for Saskatchewan, after all they aren’t the Regina Roughriders. However it is an annoyance for those of us living almost 400 km away.

Actually attending a game in person is a rare treat for me, the last time being in 2005 when some men from Gateway Covenant Church had a road trip.

With the B.C. Lions game last night ending in a tie, the Riders could pull into 1st place with a win against the Eskimos tonight. I was all set to watch the game online on, putting up with the poor video quality, so (finally getting to the point of this post) I was happy to read that the game has sold out, and the blackout has been lifted. Since CBC is televising this game, guess where I’ll be at 8:00 tonight.

UPDATE: Well what a roller-coaster that was.  The Riders now have sole possession of 1st  place in the CFL.