Twitter Canada previews the 2016 #CFL season

By Christopher Doyle

#IsItJuneYet? It sure is!

The 2016 Canadian Football League (@CFL) season kicks off on June 23rd and Twitter will once again be home to great photo, video and first person content from your favourite #CFL players and personalities.

In 2015, the Edmonton Eskimos (@edmontonesks) took home the #GreyCup, led with quarterback Mike Reilly (@Rikester13) and a seasoned squad of #CFL pros. The #Esks will look to repeat in 2016 but it won’t be easy with fellow #GreyCup finalist the Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) and seven other teams vying for the hardware.

New for 2016, the #CFL will have its very own emoji. Fans can use the #CFLKickoff and #BottédenvoiLCF hashtag to activate the hashtag from opening night through the #GreyCup.

Fans can also check out Vines and Periscope broadcasts during the 2016 from all your favourite teams, sharing original video content straight to Twitter. In early May, the league’s nine teams used Vine to unveil their new-for-2016 uniforms.

Heading into the 2016 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders) are the #CFL team with the most Twitter followers. However, teams like the @REDBLACKS are coming hard, having gained the most Twitter followers during the 2015 seson.

Here is a list of the nine #CFL teams, ranked by most Twitter followers (as of June 16, 2016):

  1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders) - 166,000+ followers
  2. Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders) - 114,000+ followers
  3. Montreal Alouette (@MTLAlouettes) - 113,000+ followers
  4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) - 108,500+ followers
  5. BC Lions (@BCLions) - 101,900+ followers
  6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) - 97,300+ followers
  7. Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) - 92,700+ followers
  8. Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks) - 92,400+ followers
  9. Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) - 83,100+ followers

Here is a list of the nine #CFL teams, ranked by most new Twitter followers gained during the 2015/2016 offseason. The Roughriders led the way with 23,100+ new Twitter followers gained since December 1, 2015.

  1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders)
  2. Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS)
  3. Montreal Alouette (@MTLAlouettes)
  4. Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos)
  5. Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders)
  6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers)
  7. BC Lions (@BCLions)
  8. Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks)
  9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats)

Many of the top superstars on the #CFL are also on Twitter, giving fans across Canada and around the worldwide an inside look at football Canadian-style.

Here is a snapshot of five top #CFL starting quarterbacks, ranked by number of Twitter followers:

  1. Darian Durant, Saskatchewan Roughriders (@dariandurant)
  2. Travis Lulay, BC Lions (@TravisLulay)
  3. Henry Burris, Ottawa REDBLACKS (@HenryBurris)
  4. Mike Reilly, Edmonton Eskimos (@Rikester13)
  5. Drew Willy, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Drew_Willy)

Many big name players switched teams in the offseason, leading to fresh rivals and fresh storylines that will play out on the field and on Twitter.

Here is a list of the five #CFL players with new teams who received the most Twitter mentions during the 2015/2016 offseason:

  1. Chad Owens, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@ChadOwens2)
  2. Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@andrewharris33)
  3. Jovon Johnson, Montreal Alouettes (@Mr_Consistent_2)
  4. Shamawd Chambers, Saskatchewan Roughriders (@ShamawdChambers)
  5. Keon Raymond, Toronto Argonauts (@Mr_Raymond25)

For the best “second screen” experience throughout the #CFL season, keep tabs on Twitter for game days and off days alike for the best hard-hitting content 24/7.