Dowbiggin: Raps to suck on new Rogers channel - and BC rumor
Old 06-30-2010, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rogers buy into Raptors at a low point - The Globe and Mail

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Market players recommend buying a stock when it bottoms out. If so, Rogers Sportsnet/The FAN 590 are getting the Toronto Raptors at just the right time. The No. 2 TV sports network in ratings (but not profits) is set to announce that it and its sister radio station will be the combined broadcast homes for the Raptors starting this fall. With its four regional channels jammed with NHL content, the plan is to put all the Raptors upcoming losses... er, games on Sportsnet’s new Xtra channel - which is set to debut shortly.

Expect play-by-play guy Matt Devlin to remain the lead dog on the TV game broadcasts. For the FAN, it will be the continuation of the relationship its has had as radio host station of the club the past few seasons. Eric Smith (who was whacked along with Armstrong in the recent purge) and Paul Jones will continue as the radio team.

What they’ll have to describe is uncertain. Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo ruefully described the team’s situation on Prime Time Sports on The FAN 590 Monday. With Chris Bosh gonzo and Hedo Turkgolu wishing he was, the prospects are bleak in 2010-11. The best Colangelo could offer is that No. 1 draft pick Ed Davis might surprise a few folks. No wonder the rumour mill is suggesting the dapper Colangelo might be taking his tailored shirts elsewhere soon.

But thanks to MLSE’s creative marketing, all those hapless souls wanting to sustain their Maple Leafs addiction will keep the Raptors from playing in front of the empty houses they so richly deserve.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If this whole Xtra Channel thing is true, won't that mean that we'll barely get a single Raps game on regular cable?
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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MLSE creative marketing is an oxymoron.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So what channel will it be on then? And will it be on cable or do we have to buy it like TSN2?
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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all those hapless souls wanting to sustain their Maple Leafs addiction will keep the Raptors from playing in front of the empty houses they so richly deserve.
Both teams deserve empty houses. The Leafs probably moreso.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What's with all this new Raptors bashing? Seriously? We missed the playoffs by one game. Bosh is gone but there is a strong chance that we will get pieces in return or trade exceptions that allow us to go after some quality players. There are teams that have spent more than us and underachieved more. I am proud of this organization.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Both teams deserve empty houses. The Leafs probably moreso.
But it is the Leaf fans that will keep the Raptors afloat all the same.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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But it is the Leaf fans that will keep the Raptors afloat all the same.
Really? How so?
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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But it is the Leaf fans that will keep the Raptors afloat all the same.
Do you mean because the leafs make MLSE wealthy? The Raptors make a lot of profit every year as well. The merchandising and attendance is fairly high.
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The Leafs season's seat holders of pricier seats need to buy a Raptors package to hold onto them, don't they?
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Both teams deserve empty houses. The Leafs probably moreso.
does not compute.

Leafs have been very entertaining recently, despite sucking. The Raptors have almost turned me away from basketball completely. and i don't think i'm alone there.

(cue jeff saying how much he used to love hockey but doesn't anymore.)
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Leafs make $60 mil more in profit and ticket holders pay for Raps games also in their package
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I know its a bit of an old post but I don't expect to pay extra for snet xtra. If its on my cable pack so be it.

I'm sick of Canadian sports stations giving basketball the snub. With the bad ratings for Raptor ball I guess I don't blame them as they can make just as much money playing poker syndication.

Its all a moot point for myself. I'm sick of watching crappy basketball and the Canadian sports stations help me not watch it.
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The Leafs season's seat holders of pricier seats need to buy a Raptors package to hold onto them, don't they?
Correct
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why.

people care about the leafs.

and Burke has them headed in the right direction AND NHL players WANT TO PLAY HERE.

Not the case with the raptors, or NBA players
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Fuck I hope you don't have to pay for this channel.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Leafs, Raps and Jays are bad teams because of the incompetent GM's they have had with JFJ, BC, and JP. It's all their fault for the inability to make a contender even though they were given tons of time but they made bad signings, trades etc...
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Bosh is gone with no sign-and trade... WE'RE DOOMED! We will be the next year's New jersey Nets. Quite ironic, Jarrett Jack could be our new Captain who plays the point guard position like Devin Harris.

I hope Ed Davis will be a "surprise" like Brandon Jennings last year.
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Leafs, Raps and Jays are bad teams because of the incompetent GM's they have had with JFJ, BC, and JP. It's all their fault for the inability to make a contender even though they were given tons of time but they made bad signings, trades etc...
at least Burke and AA have their teams pointing in the right direction
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