Western market teams have western based teams, and unless one of them is playing in the east, they are on after the eastern teams play.
Yet the CBC still shows the Eastern game in Western Canada every Saturday. The question is what produces a better market for CBC. Are they marketing to fans who want to watch a good game with stars and possible playoff implications (restricted to CBC's policy of showing Canadian teams) or do they want to watch the Leafs every single Saturday?
Originally Posted by ULF_55
If anything, they might be losing Leafs' fans, but gaining audience from fans that love to watch the Leafs lose.
How long can you sell the mediocrity of a non-divisional rival whose few games against your conference have little impact on the playoff standings?
Just as many people used to be Leafs fans in the West pre-1967, the amount of hockey fans who cared about/hated the Leafs pre-1998 in the West is also going to shrink... only faster.
Leafs are losing a lot of fans with the way MLSE with JFJ and now Burke has been running this team ... not only do Westerners have their own teams but with cable and interenet etc fans of other teams are also being developed ... it was a lot easier when you pretty much had only the Leafs or Habs to choose from and you always got fed the Leafs on TV
MLSE better start realizing even their golden position is not that safe
God Help them if another team moves into Southern Ontario
I like watching the Leafs play as much as the Habs and here in B.C. I have two channels to watch those cames: CBC & RDS. I like to keep it that way myself and hope that unless we've got something like Ottawa/Calgary or Vancouver/Habs going on in that first timeslot you've got to go with the Leaf game. I think the CBC realizes this and will show the Leafs in all but maybe one or two weekends of the season.