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02-25-2013, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by The CyNick View Post
But if CBC loses the hockey deal, they might be dead, so it'll be interesting to see what happens.
As much as Bettman would sell his own mother if he could get a better deal, he realises this is the situation. If the CBC were to lose hockey, it could completely kill the station and they would probably never recover. Some people might think this is a good thing but it reduces the competition. So TSN/CTV could overpay for this contract, and then the next time completely underbid since there is no one to oppose them. That is why I think HNIC is safe for now.

On the other hand, the NHL has slowly been pulling back rights that CBC used to have. There are more Canadian teams playing Sat afternoon to avoid HNIC and get their own local TV dollars. CBC no longer has exclusivity for Canadian teams in the playoffs and not even the full 3rd round. I think the next deal might even see HNIC lose their Saturday night exclusivity and perhaps a full semi-final series going to TSN.

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