NFL Network will air CFL games in 2011

TORONTO ( - Two Canadian Football League games per week will be broadcasted on NFL Network in the United States this season, the Canadian Football League and NFL Network announced today.

NFL Network's telecast of 2011 CFL regular season games is part of a new agreement with the CFL.  The network also has the option to show additional games in the regular season, the CFL Playoffs and the Grey Cup championship game.

"This is very positive news for our CFL fans living in the United States," said Michael Copeland, Chief Operating Officer of the CFL. "And it's a very positive development for our football operations as it will continue to expose our product to prospects across the U.S."

Last season, NFL Network carried 14 CFL games featuring the fast-paced, wide open Canadian game which included numerous players familiar to Americans who follow U.S. college football. Additionally, the CFL continues to lay the foundation for some of the NFL's current standouts.

ASU alum Cleo Lemon and the Toronto Argonauts will be featured on the opening week of the season. Their July 1st game with Calgary will be aired on July 2nd.

The first five weeks of CFL matchups featured on NFL Network are listed below. Additional matchups on NFL Network will be announced at a later date.

Air Date Teams Time
Week 1
Thursday, June 30 British Columbia @ Montreal 7:30 PM ET
Saturday, July 2 *
Toronto @Calgary 8:00 PM ET
Week 2
Saturday, July 9 Montreal @ Saskatchewan 4:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 9 Hamilton @ Edmonton 7:00 PM ET
Week 3
Saturday, July 16 Saskatchewan @ Hamilton 4:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 16 British Columbia @ Edmonton 7:00 PM ET
Week 4
Saturday, July 23 Edmonton @ Calgary 7:00 PM ET
Sunday, July 24 Saskatchewan @ Montreal 7:00 PM ET
Week 5
Thursday, July 28 British Columbia @ Winnipeg 8:00 PM ET
Saturday, July 30 Calgary @ Saskatchewan 9:30 PM ET