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06-10-2011, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bozak911 View Post
From what I understand from my friend who works at CBC...

It's not like the NHL gets a **** ton of money from their Canadian markets... The whole "socialism" and "state owned" broadcasting thing...
Except that the Canadiens play most of their games on TSN/RDS (ESPN Canada), and Rogers Sportsnet carries most Western games. So, if ESPN and FSN/Comcast/Root/Whatever the Local Cable Affiliate is carried more NHL games, that would be bad for the TV market? The CBC's main trump card is Saturday night, and the occasional Scotiabank ($$$$) Hockey Tonight special. Simply put, people watch hockey in Canada at a greater market share per capita, and therefore, advertising pulls more for the network, which translates into more for the League. With no major national cable deal (Versus still doesn't count, as it is not basic cable everywhere like ESPN), the NHL is not making nearly as much per capita in the US. Also, it's not like the CBC doesn't have advertising. Your friend is either mistaken or not on the business side of things at the CBC.

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