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01-15-2013, 11:20 AM
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TSN/TSN Radio vs Sportsnet/FAN590 vs The Score

I consume sports media probably on average about 5-8 hours a day. I get the feeling the landscape is changing though...where TSN used to be on top in the past, I think Sportsnet is making a massive run.

Here are some thoughts....interested in your opinons.

TSN / TSN Radio
- The leader over the last 20+ years
- hockey coverage is the staple - they can't do any other sport well (maybe CFL)
- on twitter, McKenzie and Dregger are heads and shoulders above the rest
- TSN radio is an absolute joke
- no free HD - they are actually pushing people to watch Sportsnet and the Score who aren't going to dish out $7/month to watch TSN in HD

Sportsnet / FAN590
- HD is free
- Blue Jays coverage is fantastic
- Hockey Central has turned into a real force for news (and conflict) during the lockout...interesting to see if it continues -- hated Kyper before the lockout and he and MacLean are enjoyable to listen to (even with the bickering)
- Tim and Sid poached from the Score are a real cup of tea
- Bob McCown is the king of radio and adult discussion and debate - he can write his own cheque and worth every penny...that said, can't STAND Damien Cox
- semi-alliance between FAN590 and CBC with Cherry, Friedman making regular appearances

- HD is free
- training ground for TSN and Sportsnet
- no matter how bad they get "poached", they always seem to be taking chances on new talent
- energy and youth of the network is contageous, even for an older audience
- loved the top 50 plays format of all their new personalities discussing the plays in an open enviornment
- app is awesome

HNIC (special mention)
- NOTHING compares to HNIC on Saturdays...absolutely love what they do, and it's almost better to hear from the analysts like Hrudey, McLean and Cherry once a week than every hour (like the other competitors above)

-->From an Ottawa perspective, the coverage of the Sens is weak. I'd say Sportsnet has the lead due to Ian Mendes who has been increasing in his role on the stations.

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