TSN announced this week that it acquired multi-year Canadian broadcast rights for the Tour de France, the world’s premiere cycling event and the multimedia rights for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 2012 and 2016 championships.

Programming for both sporting events will air on TSN and TSN HD.

Tour de France

TSN and TSN2’s Tour de France coverage will be available in High Definition – marking the first time the race has been broadcast in HD on Canadian English television beginning in July of this year.

The historic Tour De France features the best cyclists in the world racing throughout France over three weeks in pursuit of the coveted yellow jersey. The 98th edition of the Tour de France runs from July 2 to 24, 2011. The race will be will be made up of 21 stages covering close to 3,500 kilometres.

Euro 2012 and 2016

TSN and TSN2 will be the exclusive home in Canada for UEFA EURO 2012 and UEFA EURO 2016, which will feature the top European national teams competing in one of the world’s most prestigious championships. RDS and RIS will be the exclusive French-language television broadcasters for both championships.

In addition to broadcast rights, TSN has purchased the rights to provide coverage of UEFA EURO 2012 and 2016 across a number of platforms including wireless and internet.

The deal also includes media rights for the UEFA European Under-21 Championships as well as for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013.

UEFA EURO 2012 will take place Friday, June 8 – Sunday, July 1, in Poland and Ukraine and will include a total of 31 matches featuring the top-16 European national teams. The field will expand to 24 teams and 51 matches for UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

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