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02-20-2013, 10:27 PM
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i think HNIC will keep their saturday night exclusivity but we'll see less afternoon games on cbc and their playoff package will be cut down significantly.

HNIC is worth more to the CBC than its ~100M cost and ~120M revenue. Losing HNIC means needing to fill all those hours with new, CANADIAN (IE they'd have to produce it), programming, and the estimated cost of that is over 200M.

basically, unless CTV/Bell or Rogers decide to greatly overpay for saturday nights (and run it at a huge loss for the term of the contract), HNIC can afford and NEEDS to outbid them.

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