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TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby $lacker » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:09 pm

It's a sad day:

Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 36m
Official announcement expected Tuesday by NHL: CBC and Rogers have exclusive English-language NHL rights deal. Believed to be 12 year deal.

Personally TSN was the gold standard for all things hockey - the draft, games, trade deadline. The NHL is losing a great partner.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Lancer » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:28 pm

...and the Toronto Sports Network is losing a lot of revenue. Better hope they can market the snot out of CFL football and curling... :lol:
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Topper » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:40 pm

Oh poor Darren Dregar
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby SKYO » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:01 am

Bidding war for Bob McKenzie, sportsnet wins imo.

Sportsnet can drop half of their analysts and pick up some of TSN's.

Can't wait to see some playoff games on SPAC!...hope the Canucks can actually make the playoffs though
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby sagebrush » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:29 am

A sad day indeed. :(

However, this should increase the time that Westerners have for things other than hockey. :)
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Topper » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:33 am

Look for SVan to become PPV.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby CFP! » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:00 am

Welcome home Hughson!
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Meds » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:06 am

TSN was definitely the gold standard when it came to production.

They were also taking home diamond awards in the bias department.

Gotta wonder if Bobby Mac will leave TSN now.....he's about the only one I would want to see come over to RSN.

Quite happy to hear that there will be no regionalization of games. Bye bye blackouts.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Mondi » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:18 am

This sort of thing troubles me for many reasons, but the main reason is the vertical integration run amok in the media and entertainment industry.

If my understanding is correct, Rogers now owns

(1) The Network (Rogers Sportsnet and the Score)
(2) The Infrastructure (Wires, Towers and Satellites)
(3) The Broadcast Property and the on-air talent (HNIC and Sportsnet Canucks...etc.)
(4) The Team (Leafs)

In a lot of ways that is a monopoly, cartel, or whatever you want to call it. Good luck finding balanced coverage, or criticism of the Leafs. Even if this whole thing were somehow corruption and bias free, the appearance of bias is automatic.

And, its another nail in the coffin of CBC. Whether the right-wing profits-before-people sector of this world understands it or not, there is great value in having a news-media outlet in the country that is not beholden to a corporate board of directors and shareholders whose only requirement is profit. Sometimes accurate reporting is contingent on not seeking out the best selling story. In a lot of ways, that is now impossible when it comes to hockey coverage.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Meds » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:48 am

Mondi wrote:This sort of thing troubles me for many reasons, but the main reason is the vertical integration run amok in the media and entertainment industry.

If my understanding is correct, Rogers now owns

(1) The Network (Rogers Sportsnet and the Score)
(2) The Infrastructure (Wires, Towers and Satellites)
(3) The Broadcast Property and the on-air talent (HNIC and Sportsnet Canucks...etc.)
(4) The Team (Leafs)

In a lot of ways that is a monopoly, cartel, or whatever you want to call it. Good luck finding balanced coverage, or criticism of the Leafs. Even if this whole thing were somehow corruption and bias free, the appearance of bias is automatic.

And, its another nail in the coffin of CBC. Whether the right-wing profits-before-people sector of this world understands it or not, there is great value in having a news-media outlet in the country that is not behold to a corporate board of directors and shareholders whose only requirement is profit. Sometimes accurate reporting is contingent on not seeking out the best selling story. In a lot of ways, that is now impossible when it comes to hockey coverage.


Did you really just call the Liberal Party run CBC an accurate reporting news broadcaster?

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

As for hockey.....

CBC HNiC is even more heavily Toronto biased than TSN is. We were still hearing about Phil Kessel while Boston was sweeping Pittsburgh in the conference finals last year.....this a full two rounds after the Leafs had been eliminated in a choke job that not even the Canucks can match.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby herb » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:02 am

I am just stunned. I have no idea how TSN allowed themselves to get shut out of this deal. I guess they can always get World Cup skiing now that Rogers has the NHL...safe to assume all the good hockey analysts from TSN will be heading over to Rogers in short order.

So TSN basically has the CFL, Raptors, curling, world hockey championships, some weekend NFL games, MLS and Premier League soccer. This is a massive blow to TSN, who has built themselves up as far and away the premiere place for hockey in Canada.

This deal is $5.2B over 12 years, or $433M per year, which works out to $15M per NHL team per year.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby dbr » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:07 am

Don't forget the HNIC theme, TSN still has that too.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby herb » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:13 am

dbr wrote:Don't forget the HNIC theme, TSN still has that too.


:lol:

I guess they can play that during the Marlies games they broadcast.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Topper » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:18 am

So with the 10 year deal between the Canucks and SportsNet for the regional package and now the 12 year National TV package shared with CBC, TSN is left with regional Leaves (partial), Sens, Jets and Habs games.

Ouch!

SportsNet better up their coverage from their current list of clowns. Start with basing analysis around Freidland and build from there.
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Re: TSN loses NHL Hockey Rights

Postby Puck » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:17 am

For now, this looks kind of bad. I've never been too impressed with SN's production. TSN does a better job than them or CBC. BUT, I suppose with the money in place, we may see some improvement, so we'll see how it goes.
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