CFL to livestream Grey Cup playoff games on YouTube, but not in Canada

Are you a big CFL fan but live outside of North America? Well, YouTube is going assist in making your Grey Cup dreams come true.

The Canadian Football League announced today that all of its 103rd Grey Cup Playoff games — such as the Eastern Semi-Final, the Western Semi-Final, the Eastern Final, the Western Final, as well as the Grey Cup — will be livestreamed through its YouTube channel to 150 countries around the world.

“This is an important step forward as we look to expand our global reach. This makes our biggest game and one of our country’s cultural milestones available to Canadian expatriates and sports fans in general in almost every corner of the globe,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, commissioner of the CFL, in a statement sent to MobileSyrup.

This is apparently history in the making as it will be the first time in North America that a professional major sports league has broadcast its playoff games for free via YouTube.


However, Canadians will be blocked out of the online experience and will only be able to watch the games on TSN and RDS, or on their mobile device, due to the league’s content agreement with Bell Media. Our friends south of the border are also locked out of viewing the playoffs through YouTube, and will be able to watch it all unfold on ESPN2.

The Grey Cup championship game will be played in Winnipeg on Sunday, November 29.