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Old 11-26-2013, 02:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wow! Could this mean more Raps games at some point on TSN instead of TSN2?

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You don't have to be a rocket scientist to read between the lines here. Bob McKenzie is not someone who minces words like this, and I can't imagine he is simply overly nostalgic about the potential loss of the 60-plus-year tenure of Hockey Night in Canada. There is every reason to believe that the NHL has gone with Rogers Sportsnet as its sole cable outlet, while keeping CBC as the public broadcaster with HNIC.

If that's true -- and there's still been no confirmation beyond the McKenzie tweet, but he's almost always rock solid -- then the National Hockey League has left its best partner, in my opinion. TSN's coverage of the league outshines every other network, in Canada or America. They have the best host (James Duthie), the best play-by-play man (Chris Cuthbert), the best analyst (Ray Ferraro) and the best studio team (Duthie, McKenzie, Aaron Ward and Darren Dreger, among others). Sportsnet and CBC already have a ton of hockey people, but they (and America's NBC) ought to pick off talent if they can.

This would also be a massive win for Sportsnet, TSN's main competitor. TSN owns the rights to the CFL, and a ton of ESPN-based programming (ESPN is a part-owner of the network), and they still have the World Junior Hockey Championship, which is a massive program for them. But Sportsnet would now have both the best package of NHL hockey on cable, and the best package of Canadian junior league hockey on cable.

We'll keep you posted on this one, as this could be an earthshaking move in the world of Canadian sports television.

UPDATE: And it appears that it's all over but the shouting. CBC and Sportsnet have won NHL TV rights in Canada for what looks to be 12 years. The last word, again, to Mr. McKenzie:

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yay, more bball to a channel I don't have.
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sucks for hockey fans


Arrogant fucks on that channel. Looks good on them.


More curling on the way....
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CURLING??!?!??!




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CURLING??!?!??!




Oddly, they still the rights to some Make Believe games. lol
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I predicted this about a week ago

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I hope internet streaming puts hockeycenter out of business
except it's rogers and cbc not streaming


sucks for the people losing their jobs but I hate hockeycenter so much. Could be the day after the olympics and the champions league final and they'd be talking about the best nhl playoff beard from 6 months ago.

good riddance

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I predicted this about a week ago



except it's rogers and cbc not streaming


sucks for the people losing their jobs but I hate hockeycenter so much. Could be the day after the olympics and the champions league final and they'd be talking about the best nhl playoff beard from 6 months ago.

good riddance
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Wonder what this does to their 12 hour, six panel trade deadline extravaganza? lol

This must cream Doug McLean's corn. lol

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Arrogant fucks on that channel. Looks good on them.


More curling on the way....
omg definitely more curling. cause what canadian wants to see any other sport besides curling and hockey.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Terrible news. Sportsnet will hopefully get some new play by play and colour guys, because the ones they have now suck.

And no, Raptors will be on TSN2. They want your money.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Arrogant fucks on that channel. Looks good on them.


More curling on the way....
I just think hockey had sex with your prom date, Jeff!!

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I predicted this about a week ago



except it's rogers and cbc not streaming


sucks for the people losing their jobs but I hate hockeycenter so much. Could be the day after the olympics and the champions league final and they'd be talking about the best nhl playoff beard from 6 months ago.

good riddance
Slight exaggeration.

And if you watch a program called hockeycenter, you probably should hold your breath for soccer news.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Slight exaggeration.

And if you watch a program called hockeycenter, you probably should hold your breath for soccer news.
It's a joke name. It's actually called SportsCentre - and since they pretty much only show hockey, he renamed it.
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They show more hockey because that is what people want to see. They are running a business.

Hopefully CBC gets hold of Cuthbert to do HNIC games so I don't have to listen to Jim Hughson anymore.
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Stupid question... don't they both have the same ownership? Or did they? (sportsnet/TSN)
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This is unexpected...what the he'll is tsn going to do at this point. Their coverage is like 90% hockey, sport center is like 45 minutes hockey coverage....I love that this happened because tsn is way to beligerant and annoying with the hockey coverage, but I bet this coverage on sport center will stay the same, still showing the previous nights raps highlights 15 min into the program after in depth play by play of the last nights top 5 hockey match ups
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They show more hockey because that is what people want to see. They are running a business.

Hopefully CBC gets hold of Cuthbert to do HNIC games so I don't have to listen to Jim Hughson anymore.
More so it's what advertisers want.
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Stupid question... don't they both have the same ownership? Or did they? (sportsnet/TSN)
Nope. TSN is a Bell/ESPN entity, Sportsnet is Rogers. Both Rogers and Bell own MLSE, but outside of that, they are bitter rivals, as pretty much a two headed monopoly in Ontario, and a good chunk of Canada.
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