Originally Posted by Claudius
At the end of the day, Bell and Rogers have much to lose because their name will be tied to the hockey team (like it or not) and if it's evidenced that they're not willing to be competitive, then it could hit them in the pocket book pretty hard as their brand will be associated with being a loser.
My worry in any sale, is where do the 'smaller' enterprises stand (i.e. TFC and the Raptors?) Will they be forgotten about?
Also, a part of me wants to see Bell Canada win out here, simply because I despise Rogers.
Lastly, it wouldn't surprise me that whomever purchases this enterprise, I could, possibly envision the next purchase being an EPL team. Money to be made there, especially in Canada and considering they're all broadcasters, potential to control soccer rights as well.
I used to despise Rogers. I did. Then I switched to Bell. Now I despise them both.
As for this sale - whoever wins this sale (of the two) will be able to corner the market on showing the games on their own channels, and thereby increase how much they charge other carriers for those channels.
The best part about this is, as Acie said above, the incentive to win. With an ownership like the OTPP, a winning team increases the profits by improving gate sales, playoff revenues, jersey
sales, etc, versus the cost of paying for more talent, better coaching, etc.
With a communications owner, a winning team has the same cost, but also improves profits based on all of the above, PLUS increased viewership on their exclusive channels. This may tilt the scales in the fans' favour, in terms of the owners' willingness to spend.