What will the NHL Canadian TV deal look like?
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02-25-2013, 08:06 PM
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TSN - Wednesday night exclusive national broadcast
CBC - Saturday night exclusive national broadcast
SNET - Sunday night exclusive national broadcast
Playoffs will mostly be split up between TSN and CBC. It might not be worth it for SNET to get a big chunk of games in May and June considering that they are committed to airing all Blue Jays games.
I just hope that Bell & Rogers can pry away some HNIC Leafs games from CBC. I can't stand watching Hughson and Healy comment on Leafs games. They're extremely biased against the Leafs. CBC does not deserve to broadcast Leafs games anymore. Lets see how HNIC fares when you put on two small market Canadian teams, like Winnipeg vs. Ottawa.
CBC will not pay top dollar if the Leafs are not part of the equation.
Everyone wants a piece. Its in the NHL's best interest to have as many partners as possible. Problem in Canada is that the regional packages are important as well. So if you create another national package, it has to be at the expense of the regional deal.
What will be interesting is if Bell and Rogers come together and make a bid for the main national package. Much like when they bought MLSE to guarantee content, they were able to avoid bidding against one another. If they could come to some arrangement on a rotation on their various outlets, they could easily outbid CBC.
But if CBC loses the hockey deal, they might be dead, so it'll be interesting to see what happens.
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