Throughout the first week of the 2011 Canada Games records have been broken, underdogs have beaten the odds and those in attendence have been treated to good old East Coast hospitality.
Canada’s youth athletics has been on display for all those to see.
Well, sort of.
Despite the success thus far of the games, the lack of television coverage and access has been a consistent complaint from those unable to physically attend the events or those who are stuck relying on less than reliable webstreaming.
Now one week into the games, the powers at be are moving to rectify this issue and coverage has been dramatically expanded for the rest of the competition. In an email today, the Host Society released the following statement:
For week two of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games, all TSN and TSN2 Canada Games coverage will be available on Bell Aliant, Bell ExpressVu, Eastlink and Shaw Direct.
TSN coverage will be available on Bell Aliant in Atlantic Canada and to Eastlink digital subscribers in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Bell ExpressVu and Shaw Direct satellite customers will now be able to access TSN2 coverage nationally.
Customers are asked to check their local listings for more details.
With a dramatic increase in access to the games, it remains to be seen whether those left in the dark will take advantage of the opportunity and tune in for the final week.
Henry is a contributor to Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Mornings at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads games