See below for a note from long-time CIS and Carleton basketball supporter Dave Whitfield hopefully clarifying television and webcast coverage of CIS Final 8 this coming weekend in Halifax. Thanks to Dave for passing this along.
After several emails to TSN and the CIS I now have the "definitive" answers on the CIS/TSN2 broadcast plans for the Nationals--but I'm not sure that you're going to be happy with all the answers.
1. According to Bill McLean in Halifax, SSN Canada will be allowed to stream the webcast for the first two games on Friday:
#1 UBC v. Acadia 2 PM Eastern
#2 Trinity Western v. Lakehead 4:15 PM Eastern
These games are NOT being televised by TSN2.
2. The Sunday Bronze Medal game between the Saturday night losers will be played at 2:15 PM. This game is not being televised on TSN2, but will be streamed to the internet by SSN Canada.
You can find the SSN webcasts at: http://www.ssncanada.ca/games/
This is the first time (at least in my memory) that they've had a "Bronze medal" game on the Sunday. Normally, only the "Consolation" (5th place) final game has been played.
These are the only games being streamed to the internet according to Peter Metuzals, the CIS Director of Marketing.
3. TSN2 will broadcast two games live on Friday night.
#3 Saskatchewan v. Dalhousie 7 PM Eastern will be broadcast live on TSN2.
#4 Carleton v. Concordia 9:15 PM Eastern will be broadcast live on TSN2
Both these games will be broadcast live, but there will not be any streaming to the internet. The only source of live scoring for these games, other than the TSN2 broadcast, is "Live Stats" which you can access by going to: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/2010-11/postseason,
and clicking on "Live Stats" which is located beside each game. "Live Stats" is a bit like the old fashioned ticker tape broadcast of baseball games--it's text only, no commentary. You'll normally see a graphic of a basketball court with the names of the players currently playing, a game clock and scoreboard, along with a streaming text description of what is happening on the floor. It's not quite "live" and it certainly is minimalist, but it's better than nothing.
4. TSN2 will broadcast the two semifinal games on Saturday night both on a tape-delayed basis.
Semi-final #1 will feature the winners of UBC v. Acadia, against the winners of Trinity Western v. Lakehead, and TSN2 will broadcast the game tape-delayed starting at 7 PM Eastern. The actual game starts at 4 PM Eastern, so it should be completed well before it's broadcast by TSN2.
Semifinal #2 will feature the winners of Saskatchewan v. Dalhousie, against the winners of Carleton v. Concordia and TSN2 will broadcast the game tape-delayed starting immediately following the completion of Semi-final #1 (probably at 9 PM Eastern). The actual game starts at 7 PM Eastern
Please note: Until this evening the CIS webpage for the Final 8, contained a great deal of wrong information abut the broadcast schedule. The information I set out above has been confirmed by Peter Metuzals, the CIS Director of Marketing in emails I received from him today. The CIS website has now been corrected.
There will not be any streaming webcast of games which TSN2 is televising. You're only source of "live" scoring information on the internet is the "Live Stats" facility available at: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/2010-11/postseason.
5. On Sunday, the Championship game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on TSN2 starting at 6 PM Eastern. The game will actually start at 4 PM Eastern. Once again, there will not be any webcast of this game which TSN2 is broadcasting, just the "Live Stats".
For those of you who are not sure where to find TSN2 on your cable or satellite service, here's where you'll find it for most viewers in Ontario:
Rogers Cable 98 or 507 (HD)
Cogeco Cable 156 or 792 (HD)
Bell TV 401 or 851 (HD)
Shaw/Star Choice 401 or 269 (HD)