Make the Grey Cup game available to ALL Canadians
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The Grey Cup is the championship game of Canada's unique brand of football. There hasn't been a better example of this than the 105th Grey Cup - a game played in the nation's capital, on a snow-covered field, cheered on by thousands of hearty fans. This championship game exists to bring the nation together to celebrate the sport and friendly rivalry of the great cities and provinces across the country. Unfortunately, CFL games are broadcast only on TSN, a specialty sports channel that must be paid for in order to gain access. There are still regions in this country where cable TV and the internet are not readily available or reliable. There are many across the country that can't afford to pay cable or internet fees every month. The CBC has the infrastructure in place to deliver the game to every region in the country, even to those relying on "over-the-air" signals via TV antenna. The CBC's mandate is to "is to inform, enlighten and entertain; to contribute to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity; to reflect the regional and cultural diversity of Canada; and to contribute to the development of Canadian talent and culture." The Grey Cup fits that mandate perfectly. Rogers Media has partnered very successfully with the CBC to continue to provide Canadians with access to NHL games in a way that doesn't impact the financial profitability for Rogers. Surely Bell/TSN could arrange a similar partnership with the CBC in order to broadcast at least the Grey Cup game and make it available to ALL Canadians, not just those in urban centres who can afford cable and internet fees.
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