What will the NHL Canadian TV deal look like?
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02-21-2013, 12:02 PM
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CTV/Bell/TSN will bid high and hard for this. IIRC CBC kept the rights this time with an inferior bid, I expect that an inferior bid will not work a second time (tradition and comfort only go so far).
If the ceeb is to keep these rights they'll definitely overpay what they can afford, their production costs are much higher than the private broadcasters. Their political masters will not stand for them overpaying, there will be no bailout from the feds for a budget shortfall. What gets thrown overboard? Peter Mansbridge maybe?
The ceeb's sports department has been rotting for years, this may kill it. Lost CFL, Olympics, curling..... it may be time to look at the PBS model for the ceeb, at least then they have to be responsive to their viewers/funders.
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