According to the Calgary Roughnecks website on Wednesday, most Calgarians will be out of luck if they hope to watch the first half of game two of the 2014 Champion's Cup on Saturday night between the Calgary Roughnecks and Rochester Knighthawks. That is because the National Lacrosse League championship game will only be seen to most Calgary viewers on television on TSN2 once the Major League Soccer game between the Montreal Impact and New England Revolution game has been completed.
The MLS regular season game is at 5 p.m. mountain time, while game two of the Champion's Cup is at 6 p.m. mountain time. This means Calgarians will have to wait for the Major League Soccer game to be completed before they will have an opportunity to watch their beloved Roughnecks have a chance to win their third National Lacrosse League title in franchise history.
The game will be seen to Calgarians if they have Bell or Rogers as a television service provider. Then they can access the new TSN GO channel that was recently launched. However, the majority of Calgarians have either Telus or Shaw, so unless the service provider comes to an agreement with Bell Media, which owns TSN, in the next 72 hours, there will be many upset Calgary sports fans on Saturday night.
Calgarians can also access the game on YouTube.com/TLN if they have Internet access. However the quality of the coverage is not as strong as it is on TSN. The fact that most Calgarians will not have the chance to watch the first half of the game on TSN2 is a shame because the level of interest of lacrosse in Calgary is very high at the moment. A total of 16, 541 attended game one of the series.
The Roughnecks currently lead the Knighthawks 10-7 after their game one victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. If the Roughnecks win game two, they will win their first Champion's Cup since 2009. If they lose, the Roughnecks will play the Knighthawks in a ten minute mini-game immediately after game two of the series.
If lacrosse is not your cup of tea, Calgarians will have an opportunity to watch Canada's first game of the World Volleyball League in 2014. Canada will be playing Finland at the Stampede Corral in Calgary at 6 p.m. The game will also be seen in its entirety on Sportsnet One. There is also the possibility that the Montreal Canadiens will be playing the New York Rangers in game seven of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday if the Canadiens win game six of the series Thursday night.