Amid a furious week of activity for International Swimming League media rights deals, CBC, the national broadcaster of Canada, has announced that they will stream all 20 meets of the 2020 ISL season, as well as the semi-finals events, this fall.
In addition, there will be 12 on-air broadcasts on the CBC Television channel, some of which will be live and some of which will be taped delayed. That includes dates for reairs of the finale, dates and details for which haven’t yet been announced by the ISL.
This is the 4th media deal announced globally for ISL meets for the coming season. No details about the nature of the deal have been announced.
Known ISL Media Distribution Internationally So Far:
- United States – CBS Sports
- Canada – CBC Online & limited CBC Television
- France, Turkey, Middle East, Asia Pacific – beIN Sports
- UK – BBC (London Roar meets, at least, with TBD on other meets)
Canada this year will join the league via the expansion Toronto Titans, one of two new teams in the now-10 team league – along with the Tokyo Frog Kings.
The Titans’ team holds the biggest share of Canadians in the 2020 season with 11 Canadian swimmers on their latest roster. In fact, no other team has more than 1 Canadian on their roster, with 8 teams total having Canadian representation.
Canadians on ISL rosters:
- London Roar, 1 (Sydney Pickrem)
- Tokyo Frog Kings, 1 (Markus Thormeyer)
- LA Current, 1 (Kierra Smith)
- Energy Standard, 1 (Mary-Sophie Harvey)
- DC Trident, 1 (Bailey Andison)
- Aqua Centurions, 1 (Haley Black)
- Iron, 1 (Danica Ludlow)
Two of the country’s most recognizable swimmers are expected to miss the season. Penny Oleksiak, who won individual Olympic gold among 4 medals at the 2016 Olympic Games, never signed up for a roster this season, while Kayla Sanchez was originally on the Titans’ roster before withdrawing due to a shoulder injury.
Swimming for Energy Standard last season, Sanchez was the top-placing Canadian in the league’s MVP scoring system last year at 13th, followed closely by Sydney Pickrem in 14th place.