Canada doesn't have its own NFL franchise, but it does have its own football league complete with the Grey Cup, the country's version of the Super Bowl.
The CFL is now in it’s 65th year.
However, football has a much longer history than that in Canada, with the Grey Cup running since the early 1900s.
While the CFL has had its share of issues, the Grey Cup remains an important fixture in the Canadian sports calendar.
Here is a look at the history of the Grey Cup, alongside a look ahead to the sides who are aiming to lift the trophy later this year.
|When||November 19, 2023|
|How to watch||TSN and RDS (Canada), CBS Sports (USA)|
|Odds||WIN Bluebombers +165, TOR Argonauts +175, BC Lions +400, MON Alouettes +525, SAS Roughriders +2000|
The 2023 Grey Cup will be held on November 19th, 2023. It closes out the CFL season, which began on June 8th.
The CFL regular season will finish on October 28th, with the postseason beginning on November 4th, building up to the 110th Grey Cup.
This year’s Grey Cup will be held at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. It is the home of the Hamilton Tiger Cats, who are priced at +2800 to reach the championship game.
Tim Hortons Field currently has a capacity of 23,218, but a record 26,324 fans attended the Grey Cup at the ground in 2021.
The Grey Cup has been held in Toronto on 48 occasions, far more than any other city.
However, the CFL is seemingly looking elsewhere for future venues, with the game last played there in 2016. Vancouver and Winnipeg are both scheduled as future hosts of the Grey Cup.
The Grey Cup can be viewed on TSN in Canada, while it also broadcast on their French-language sister station RDS. They have held the rights to the Grey Cup since 2008.
In the USA, CBS Sports hold the coverage of some CFL games - including the Grey Cup - with all others streamed for free on the CFL+ streaming platform.
The 2023 edition will be the 110th Grey Cup, with the first being held in 1909. It had been held every year since 1920 until the league was forced to cancel the 2020 Grey Cup.
Defending champions the Toronto Argonauts are the Grey Cup’s most successful side, having lifted the trophy on 18 occasions. They’ve played in the Grey Cup a total of 24 times, winning their first title in 1914.
The Argonauts were the first team to win the Grey Cup 10 times when they lifted it in 1952, but their success slowed before a recent resurgence, lifting the trophy in 2012, 2017 and 2022.
Behind them are the Edmonton Elks, who have 14 wins but they haven’t taken the title since 2015. The Winnipeg Bluebombers have lost 15 of their 27 Grey Cup appearances, but they’re still the third-most successful team in its history.
All of the nine current CFL teams have won the Grey Cup at least once, with the Ottawa Redbacks the least successful of the bunch, having been to only three Grey Cups, winning once in 2016.
The Winnipeg Bluebombers have the shortest odds to win the title at +165.
The Toronto Argonauts are the second-favourites to add to their most recent Grey Cup victory, as they are currently+175 to lift the trophy once again.
The BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes follow the two favourites with +400 and +525 odds, respectively.
After that, the field is quite open - bar the +50000 Edmonton Elks.
There are four sides priced at +525 or shorter to make the Grey Cup this year, with the host team out at +2800.
The Winnipeg Bluebombers are -160 second favourites to make the championship game, as they look to improve their win/loss ratio in Grey Cup games.
Toronto have the shortest odds to appear in the Grey Cup at -340.
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