This Friday, The Alouettes Kick Off 2014 CFL Football Coverage on RDS

— June 19, 2014

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Montreal, Thursday, June 19, 2014—RDS, exclusive French-language broadcaster of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Montreal Alouettes, will offer Canadian gridiron fans its most comprehensive coverage ever during the 2014 season—including almost 50 regular-season games plus new features such as the BLITZ news magazine and CFL edition of the Fantasy Football game.

In addition to airing 18 Montreal Alouettes games, RDS will show 15 games involving the Ottawa REDBLACKS—a new team joining the CFL this season—as well as around 20 other regular-season games featuring the league’s best teams (see the full broadcast schedule below). On top of that, RDS will broadcast every single playoff game and the 102nd GREY CUP

PRE-SEASON GAME
Before the official start of the CFL season, RDS will present the pre-season game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, June 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET (including the pre-game show), live from McGill University’s Molson Stadium.

Following the match, L’ANTICHAMBRE will wrap up its season in style with a special edition focusing exclusively on the Alouettes. For this special occasion, the panel on Quebec’s number-one sports talk show will be stationed next to the field, where they will be joined by RDS’s football experts.

BROADCAST TEAM
David Arsenault and Pierre Vercheval will handle play-by-play commentary and analysis of Alouettes games this season. They will be supported by host Matthieu Proulx, analyst Bruno Heppell and reporter Didier Orméjuste. This reliable and dedicated broadcast team will be rounded out by Claude Mailhot and Mike Sutherland, who will present other CFL games.

BLITZ: NEW FOOTBALL MAGAZINE
Matthieu Proulx will host the brand-new show BLITZ, a news magazine devoted exclusively to football. Broadcast every Monday on RDS at 6:30 p.m. ET, starting on June 23, the show will run down everything that matters in the world of football, with an emphasis on the CFL and its teams, including the Alouettes and REDBLACKS. With analysis, reports, interviews, commentary and behind-the- scenes insights, football fans will truly get their fill. 
 
ANALYSIS AND OPINION
The RDS INFO channel and SPORTS 30, in both its news report and magazine editions, will provide complete coverage of all things Alouettes and CFL throughout the season. In particular, SPORTS 30 will present special 60 minute post-game shows whenever the Alouettes play at home this summer, starting on July 4. In the fall, Le 5 À 7 will also keep close tabs on the Alouettes and the CFL, while L’ANTICHAMBRE will cover the season’s key moments.      

DIGITAL CONTENT
RDS.ca is another outstanding source of information, with special sections devoted to the CFL and the Alouettes. In addition to providing all the major news, reports on each game and weekly columns by Pierre Vercheval and Matthieu Proulx, RDS.ca offers exclusive web content: analyses by David Arsenault and Pierre Vercheval plus locker room reactions obtained by Didier Orméjuste immediately after each Alouettes game.

INTERACTIVE FEATURES
There’s a new addition to RDS’s interactive features this season: the CFL edition of Fantasy Football. The game involves choosing the lineup of seven players who will accumulate the most points each week, based on the scoring system rules, while staying under the salary cap of $1 million.

Fans can also enjoy two other interactive options back on RDS.ca: the CFL predictions game, in which online players are invited to predict the winners of each week’s games as well as the team that will score the most points during that time, and Jeu du match, in which participants can choose their favourite play in each Alouettes game from a comprehensive selection of highlights.  

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: MONTREAL ALOUETTES

Friday, June 20                      REDBLACKS vs Alouettes (presaison)     at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Saturday, June 28                  Alouettes vs Stampeders                             at 3 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, July 4                         Lions vs Alouettes                                      at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, July 11                      Blue Bombers vs Alouettes                         at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Saturday, July 19                  Alouettes vs Lions                                       at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, August 1                   Argonauts vs Alouettes                               at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, August 8                   Eskimos vs Alouettes                                  at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Saturday, August 16             Alouettes vs Roughriders                            at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, August 22                 Alouettes vs Blue Bombers                        at 8:30 p.m. ET     RDS
Friday, August 29                 REDBLACKS vs Alouettes                        at 7:30 p.m. ET    RDS
Sunday, September 7            Tiger-Cats vs Alouettes                              at 1 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, September 12            Alouettes vs Eskimos                                 at 9 p.m. ET         RDS
Sunday, September 21          Stampeders vs Alouettes                             at 1 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, September 26            Alouettes vs REDBLACKS                       at 7 p.m. ET         RDS
Monday, October 13             Roughriders vs Alouettes                           at 1 p.m. ET         RDS
Saturday, October 18            Alouettes vs Argonauts                              at 4 p.m. ET         RDS
Friday, October 24                Alouettes vs REDBLACKS                       at 6:30 p.m. ET    RDS
Sunday, November 2            Argonauts vs Alouettes                               at 12 p.m. ET      RDS
Saturday, November 8          Alouettes vs Tiger-Cats                              at 4 p.m. ET        RDS

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: OTTAWA REDBLACKS

Thursday, July 3             REDBLACKS vs Blue Bombers                      at 8:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Friday, July 11                REDBLACKS vs Eskimos                               at 10 p.m. ET        RDS
Friday, July 18                Argonauts vs REDBLACKS                            at 7 p.m. ET          RDS
Saturday, July 26            REDBLACKS vs Tiger-Cats                            at 7 p.m. ET          RDS
Saturday, August 2         Roughriders vs REDBLACKS                         at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Saturday, August 9         REDBLACKS vs Stampeders                          at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS
Friday, August 15           Eskimos vs REDBLACKS                               at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Friday, August 29           REDBLACKS vs Alouettes                              at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS
Friday, September 5        Lions vs REDBLACKS                                   at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Sunday, September 21    REDBLACKS vs Roughriders                         at 4 p.m. ET          RDS2
Friday, September 26     Alouettes vs REDBLACKS                              at 7 p.m. ET          RDS
Friday , October 17         REDBLACKS vs Tiger-Cats                           at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Friday, October 24         Alouettes vs REDBLACKS                              at 6:30 p.m. ET     RDS
Friday, October 31         Tiger-Cats vs REDBLACKS                            at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Friday, November 7       REDBLACKS vs Argonauts                            at 7 p.m. ET           RDS2

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: OTHER CFL GAMES

Thursday, June 26             Argonauts vs Blue Bombers                          at 8:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Saturday, June 28              Eskimos vs Lions                                           at 6 p.m. ET          RDS2
Sunday, June 29                Tiger-Cats vs Roughriders                             at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Saturday, July 5                 Roughriders vs Argonauts                             at 3 p.m. ET          RDS2
Saturday,  July 12              Lions vs Roughriders                                     at 9:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Thursday, July 17              Eskimos vs. Blue Bombers                            at 10:30 p.m. ET   RDS2
Thursday, July 31              Blue Bombers vs Tiger-Cats                          at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Tuesday, August 12           Blue Bombers vs Argonauts                          at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Sunday, August 17             Lions vs Argonauts                                       at 7:30 p.m. ET     RDS2
Sunday, August 24             Roughriders vs Lions                                    at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Saturday, September 6        Stampeders vs Eskimos                                at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Saturday,  September 13     Argonauts vs Stampeders                             at 7 p.m. ET          RDS2
Saturday, September 27      Lions vs Stampeders                                     at 9:30 p.m. ET    RDS2
Monday, October 13           Blue Bombers vs Eskimos                            at 4:30 p.m. ET    RDS2
Saturday,  October 18         Stampeders vs Blue Bombers                       at 7 p.m. ET         RDS2
Saturday,  October 25         Tiger-Cats vs Argonauts                               at 4 p.m. ET         RDS2
Saturday,  November 1       Blue Bombers vs Stampeders                       at 4 p.m. ET         RDS2
Saturday,  November 1       Lions vs Eskimos                                         at 7 p.m. ET         RDS2
Saturday, November 8        Eskimos vs Lions                                         at 7 p.m. ET         RDS2

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