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The 32 teams that will be competing in next year’s FIFA World Cup will know their fate tomorrow (December 6) as ping-pong balls will be drawn from Tupperware containers to determine the the draw / venues / dates for the biggest sporting event in the world.
Sportsnet has extensive coverage of the draw from Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. Gerry Dobson, Craig Forrest and Danny Dichio will host the show, Brad Fay will provide news and social media updates, former Canadian international Dick Howard will report live from the draw and ITV’s Andy Townsend will join the panel live from London. Scott Russell of CBC Sports will preview the World Cup broadcast on CBC and Sportsnet next summer.
10:30–11:00am: Preview Show
11:00am–12:30pm: Final Draw Live
12:30–1:30pm: Post Show
CBC will also broadcast the draw on their website
Take this as speculation for now, but Toronto Sports Media is reporting that TSN have re-signed James Duthie, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie to long term deals.
Breaking. Multiple sources tell me that TSN has resigned major hockey “talent” to long term deals.. more—
jonah (@yyzsportsmedia) December 05, 2013
various sources say that the plan at Rogers was for Duthie to be the face of Rogers hockey…—
jonah (@yyzsportsmedia) December 05, 2013
This post will be updated should we TSN confirm this news, but judging from these two tweets last night from McKenzie, we think TSM is on the money here.
I can tell you there are some developments in the works that will ensure TSN's hockey coverage remains first rate for a long, long time.—
Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 05, 2013
Sportsnet officially announced their new broadcast contract with the National Hockey League this morning. And the scope of the new deal is much wider than I could have imagined when news of it first broke 12 hours ago. Sportsnet has bought rights to all nationally-broadcast NHL games for 12 seasons beginning next fall. Sportsnet also picks up rights to the NHL All Star Game and Entry Draft. Rogers will also take over operation of NHL Centre Ice and GameCentre Live in Canada. Rogers is paying $5.2 billion for rights to every game for 12 seasons. The NHL will receive approximately $300 million next season, with fees raising to $500 million by the end of the contract.
Coverage on Saturdays and Sundays will begin at 4pm Eastern. Sportsnet has exclusive national coverage on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. Sportsnet will also launch a new studio that will host all NHL on Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. As part of the deal Rogers will sub-license some Saturday night coverage to the CBC. Two games every Saturday will air on CBC, with the rest airing on Citytv and Sportsnet. This eliminates the need for regional broadcasting. Sportsnet will assume complete creative control over all Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. This means the future for CBC’s hockey talent is uncertain. It also means that Sportsnet will have the pick of all on-air personalities at TSN and CBC for their new broadcasts. Games will air on CBC, Sportsnet, SN1, SN360, TVA, TVA Sports, TVA Sports 2, as well as other potential channels on Saturday nights.
Keith Pelley, who was key in the plans for how Sportsnet will cover the NHL, was also the head of the Olympic Broadcast Consortium’s Vancouver 2010 coverage. Sportsnet will aim to offer Hockey Night in Canada in a similar fashion with all networks pooling resources and cross-promoting. Pelley set a new standard for Olympic broadcasting in Canada and is looking to do the same for hockey. Since the Sportsnet deal with CBC only came together in the past few days the broadcasters haven’t decided which CBC on-air personalities will transfer over to Sportsnet.
Sportsnet will get to show 30 Leafs games nationally (some could air on CBC) as part of the new agreement. Sportsnet will retain 26 for regional consumption beginning in 2016, with the other 26 airing on TSN regionally. Since TSN has regional rights to 60 Jets games, the Jets will appear on Sportsnet a maximum of 22 times. It is unclear how many games for each of Canada’s other five teams will air on Sportsnet. TVA will pick up rights to 22 Montreal Canadiens games, most of which will air on their over-the-air channel on Saturday nights.
The sub-licensing deal with the CBC is one of the most intriguing aspects of the deal. The CBC will have around 320 hours of primetime hockey. That probably equates to around 50 regular season games and 50 playoff games. There is no word yet on how CBC and Sportsnet will split-up the playoffs, except that the Stanley Cup Final will air on CBC. The sub-license will last for four years; however, in a news conference Rogers Media President Keith Pelley said that he hopes the deal with CBC can extend beyond four years. The CBC and Sportsnet will also work together to acquire and broadcast other major sports properties. Sub-licensing deals are already in place for the two networks to split the Grand Slam of Curling and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In a letter to CBC employees President Hubert Lacroix outlined what the four-year deal means for the public broadcaster. CBC will no longer assume any control over production or content, although Sportsnet will consult with them. CBC also will not make any advertising revenue from the broadcasts; however, they also are not paying Rogers or the NHL a cent to show the games. Lacroix also notes that the loss of advertising revenue will mean job losses at the CBC. These additional cuts come on the heels of CBC Sports cutting costs just two years ago due to a lack of funding.
This is a very complex deal and there are many questions that still need asked and answered. It is a complete game-changer in Canadian sports broadcasting and will result in many changes at CBC and TSN. I’ll leave the speculation, and there is lots of it, for a later date (and the comments section). I do plan to look into the effects this deal will have on all networks, but especially the CBC, in the coming weeks.
Sportsnet has confirmed the deal this morning. Rogers will own the rights to every NHL broadcast in Canada, paying $5.2 billion for the next 12 years. Rogers will sub-licence games to CBC for Hockey Night in Canada, playoffs and the Stanley Cup. CBC will no longer be the only network showing hockey on a Saturday night with City now in the mix (see graphic on right). Rogers has the exclusive window to broadcast any Canadian team on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. TVA Sports will have French-language coverage.
“Hockey No Longer Lives Here” will presumably be TSN’s new tagline next fall. That after TSN lost NHL TV rights to CBC and Sportsnet. The news first surfaced when Bob McKenzie tweeted that two networks had acquired the new NHL national television contract that takes effect next season. That tweet, from hockey’s best insider, flew in the face of everything that everyone has reported in the past week. As recently as this morning, publications had reported that the NHL would sell smaller packages to CBC, TSN and Sportsnet to maximize exposure and revenue.
Well, it turns out that somehow TSN has missed out as McKenzie has now confirmed that CBC and Sportsnet have picked up NHL rights for 12 seasons beginning next fall. While more information will probably become available in the morning in terms of which network will broadcast which games. According to reports CBC will keep most of what they have now. Sportsnet will replace TSN as the national cable broadcaster, with Sunday night the likely landing spot for an exclusive weekly broadcast. Sportsnet will also likely have one exclusive conference final.
Steve Ladurantaye of The Globe reported Monday that CBC will like pay around $200 million per year. The Globe article also stated that the CBC could lose $175 million in advertising revenue without the NHL. So, it is clear that even at a $200 million pricetag the CBC would have been out almost as much money without broadcasting the NHL as it is paying the hefty fee the NHL is requesting to show games.
In another report earlier Monday, Chris Botta of Sports Business Daily reported that all three networks would get a slice of the NHL pie. In the piece Botta reported that TSN was likely to retain Wednesday Night Hockey and add the All Star Game. With the recent developments it is unclear whether Sportsnet will offer national broadcasts on Wednesday night or whether CBC or Sportsnet will show the All Star Game. Botta projected that Sportsnet and TSN’s deals would be worth over $125 million combined, which means Sportsnet likely paid upwards of $150 million for exclusivity.
In losing TSN, the NHL has lost a partner that revolutionized broadcasting of the league. Day-long trade deadline and free agent coverage were TSN innovations. As was TV coverage of the NHL draft and even the All Star Game fantasy draft. The NHL also loses TSN’s in-game coverage, which featured award-winning broadcasters like Chris Cuthbert, James Duthie and Bob McKenzie.
However, the bigger loss is undoubtedly for TSN. It’s not the end for TSN, as some were quick to project. They still have CFL and curling locked up in long-term contracts (which, yes, a lot of people do watch). TSN also has the World Juniors locked up for a decade in a new contract that kicks in this December. The NHL can live without TSN because the network will still bid aggressively in 12 years. That’s in comparison to CBC, who probably would be out of broadcasting hockey for good if they had lost NHL rights for over a decade.
So, to recap. TSN has the CFL through 2018, Season of Champions curling through 2020 and World Juniors through 2023. Those are the most valuable sports properties in Canada outside of the Olympics, NHL and NFL. The Canadian Hockey League will also sign a new contract in the coming year, which TSN is probably now very interested in.
TSN will have to worry about an exodus of its esteemed hockey talent following this season. Is there room for both Chris Cuthbert and Gord Miller at a network with no weekly national hockey broadcasts? I doubt it. Miller has worked at TSN since 1990 and called World Junior games since 2002; however, Cuthbert is TSN’s most valuable voice since he also calls the Grey Cup. I wonder if Miller and Ray Ferraro are a natural choice for Sportsnet’s primary broadcast crew. Another question is where will James Duthie go? Surely not back to SportsCentre. While he’d make sense at the helm of TSN’s CFL coverage that would come at the expense of long time TSN employee Dave Randorf. Maybe he’ll follow the example of fellow highly-touted TSN employees Dan O’Toole and Jay Onrait and look south of the 49th.
Remember the night of November 25th, 2013 everyone. It is a landmark in Canadian sports broadcasting that could lead to Sportsnet becoming the top-rated sports network in Canada. Of course this landmark is really just the latest occurrence in a trend that began in 2010 when Scott Moore left CBC and Keith Pelley left CTV to lead Rogers’ broadcasting division.
Burgundy to TSN… While TSN has lost hockey, they have gained Ron Burgundy. That’s right, the fake news anchor from the movie Anchorman. Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell, will join Vic Rauter in the broadcast booth for TSN’s coverage of the first draw of the Olympic Curling Trials on Sunday afternoon. Now, I love Anchorman as much as anybody, but this is a ridiculous ploy for attention. It only promotes the idea that curling needs a gimmick to draw in viewers, which isn’t true in my opinion. Not only is TSN trying this gimmick, but they are doing it at the biggest Canadian curling event on the calendar. But then again, it’s a gimmick that will work because even I will tune in to see what Ferrell knows about curling.
Grey Cup ratings… An average of 4.5 million Canadians tuned into TSN for the 101st Grey Cup from Regina Sunday evening. That makes it the fourth most watched Grey Cup ever on TSN, which is mildly impressive considering it was a blowout by halftime. A ratings peak in the second quarter exemplifies this. But isn’t so impressive when considered that it is the lowest rated Grey Cup on TSN since BBM introduced Portable People Metres to measure audiences in 2009. Ratings are down a million viewers compared to last season, despite a victory for the league’s most popular team. However, regular season CFL ratings were up 4.3% this year.
EDIT!! I forgot to include one news item. This is why you shouldn’t blog at six in the morning. See point below.
• It is becoming more and more common to see bloggers slowly moving their way up in the digital world, from no-names living in their parents’ basement to B-list television stars. The biggest Canadian names to make this transition happened last week when The Basketball Jones finally broke their summer silence and announced they have joined NBA TV in Atlanta under the new name of The Starters. I became a fan way back when J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas were filming daily podcasts in their apartment (even before that, it was audio only). Along with producers JD and Matt Osten, they joined The Score in 2010 where their daily videos were professionally filmed/produced and they co-hosted Court Surfing each week. Along the way, Trey Kirby joined them from Yahoo Sports and Score employee Leigh Ellis made up the sixth member. With Rogers buying The Score, their future seemed up in the air and hence the move to greener pastures occurred. Here’s the video announcement from the NBA on TNT crew:
• If you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan and happen to live within 50 miles of the city, Bell TV has some good news for you as they will show 50 games during the regular season on a free specialty “Sabres TV” channel on both Bell Fibe and Bell Satellite. The 50-mile radius is from Fort Erie and Niagara to Stoney Creek just south of Hamilton. I’m sure all the folks in Windsor would love to see a similar deal made with the Detroit Red Wings, which has a much larger fan base on this side of the border than Buffalo.
• Bell has also made a deal with the NBA that will allow Bell customers to watch new weekly NBA content on their phones and tablets, featuring player profiles, rookie features and courtside content; and Bell Mobile TV will have daily NBA highlights during the regular season and playoffs. Sadly, there is no mention of NBA League Pass finally being available to Bell customers, which I’m sure NBA fans would rather have than the new lame options listed.
• Fox Sports in the US have acquired the rights to the German Bundesliga and DFL-Cup competitions beginning in the 2015-16 season. GolTV in the US and Canada are both the current rights holders, so this change down south could also see a change of rights holders in Canada (hopefully going to Sportsnet and not beIN Sport), and will turn GolTV Canada into an even sadder and more pathetic channel than it currently is.
• In a sign of how bad the Canadian men’s soccer team currently is, their international friendly against Australia (in England) at 3pm ET today (Tuesday) will be streamed live on sportsnet.ca and replayed on Sportsnet 360 at Midnight ET. France/Finland, Spain/Georgia, and England/Poland are showing on the Sportsnet family of channels, and I don’t doubt that all three could garner better ratings than the CMNT match.
• For those missing watching former Sportscentre anchor Jay Onrait on their screens every night (though it appears Fox Sports Live is doing a pretty good job of posting highlights of Jay and Dan most nights), Onrait has a new book coming out next month which should tide you over. Anchorboy: True Tales From The World of Sportscasting is currently available for pre-order from HarperCollins Canada and will no doubt be a hilarious read… presuming you’re a fan of that type of humour.
• And finally, Sportsnet continues to piss off two fan bases. Firstly, college football fans by showing duplicate programming on Sportsnet One and SN 360 on Thursday nights instead of the NCAA game of the night, as well as removing Saturday night games from their schedule at the last minute. SN spouted about their extensive NCAA coverage after picking up ESPN’s College Game Day, but have failed miserably so far. TSN on the other hand, after getting off to a slow start, showed more games this past weekend than SN has all season.
SN also is making viewers’ eyes and ears bleed for another MLB post-season as they subject us to the awful MLB International feed for the NLCS series instead of TBS as we endure the ramblings of the always-terrible Rick Sutcliffe. Combined with the graphics and production values of an early 90s high school broadcast, it’s almost enough to make you want to find an illegal stream online. SN even knows how bad it is as they use the TBS feed when showing highlights during the game.
Here is the press release:
Sportsnet today announced its 2013-14 Ottawa Senators regional broadcast schedule, featuring 54 regular season games, more than any other Canadian broadcaster. Coverage starts with the Senators season opener on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East when they visit the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic Division showdown. (Click here for Sportsnet’s complete 2013-14 Senators TV broadcast schedule).
Forty-seven of Sportsnet’s regular season Senators games will air on Sportsnet East, while seven will air on the Sportsnet ONE companion channel, Sportsnet Sens.
All broadcasts will feature play-by-play announcer Dean Brown, analyst and former Stanley Cup Champion Denis Potvin and host Ian Mendes.HOCKEY CENTRAL will preview every game with a half-hour pre-game show, and will also provide intermission and post-game analysis.
Highlights from Sportsnet’s Ottawa Senators broadcast schedule include:
· Six all-Canadian matchups, including games versus Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary
· The Senators takes on the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ET
· A visit from former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET
· Three games versus Original Six teams in the newly realigned Atlantic Division, including Boston and Detroit
This week TSN and Sportsnet are releasing regional NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season. TSN also released its national slate yesterday. I will post links to all of the schedules, as well as the press releases.
All of Sportsnet’s 23 regular season Maple Leafs telecasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario and will feature veteran play-by-play announcer Joe Bowen, analyst and former NHLer Greg Millen and host Paul Hendrick. HOCKEY CENTRAL will preview every game with a half-hour pre-game show, and will also provide intermission and post-game analysis.
Highlights from Sportsnet’s Toronto Maple Leafs regular season TV broadcast schedule include:
· Two all-Canadian showdowns versus Edmonton and Calgary
· A matchup with 2013 Stanley Cup finalists Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ET
· Maple Leafs visit Steel City to take on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET
Sportsnet keeps Toronto Maple Leafs fans connected to their home team first as the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. The series will provide an all-access pass to the events leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings playing outdoors at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus. The series will air on Sportsnet and City (broadcast schedule to be announced at a later date)
After waiting months for CRTC approval, and after months of speculation about what plans Rogers had for The Score after purchasing the television side of the company in August last year, Rogers announced yesterday that The Score will be relaunched on July 1 as Sportsnet 360 – a 24-hour news service that will feature breaking news and press conferences along with live sporting events.
With the renaming comes “a new logo, sets, animation package, and enhanced ticker that combines the look and feel of Sportsnet with familiar elements of The Score brand.” Sportsnet 360 will be able to show breaking news and full press conferences so as to not break away from programming being shown on the other family of networks. Sportsnet 360 will also continue to be used for additional programming that won’t fit onto the Sportsnet regionals and Sportsnet One channels, as well as maintaining existing programming that The Score had rights to such as WWE and CIS football.
For those of you playing at home, this brings the total of channels under the Sportsnet banner to seven. While one could argue the four regional channels are for all intents and purposes one channel, it still gives Rogers and Sportsnet a significant edge over Bell and their two TSN channels. That said, even in the past month, both companies have used their over-the-air channels (City and CTV, respectively) to broadcast live events, as both fight to buy up as many sporting rights.
People of the Twitter seem to not be huge fans of the new name…
How does one get a high-paying job just to think of dumb names, such as the Ottawa RedBlacks or Sportsnet 360? Asking for a friend…—
Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) June 04, 2013
Sportsnet, Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360. I guess TSN already claimed the number two—
M. Milner (@thejockocracy) June 04, 2013
Sportsnet Two, Sportsnet News, SNational were just a few of the suggestions I saw, but I’m sure the fantastic readers of this site can come up with something better.
The full press release can be found below.
The 2014 Olympics begin in 365 days in Sochi, Russia. Today Sportsnet announced that they are the official cable broadcaster of the Games in Canada. This is just the latest partnership between the two networks which also includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I’ll have a lot more on this later, but for now here is a statement from Sportsnet.
Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and Sportsnet is pleased to announce it has reached a sub-licensing deal with CBC to provide Canadians with comprehensive coverage of the Games.
Further platform distribution announcements are to come, but under the agreement Sportsnet is now an official cable broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
As part of the sub-licensing deal, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE will carry approximately 200 hours of 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage, including coverage in prime time
And as did TSN and RDS, evidently. Somehow I missed this. Worth noting that TSN and RDS have shown every Olympics since 1998. Very impressive.
TSN and RDS are partnering with CBC/Radio-Canada to provide coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Through the partnership, both networks will be able to bring viewers access to live events and coverage across TSN and RDS’s sports, news, and entertainment platforms.
TSN and RDS have been part of Canada’s Olympic tradition for the past three decades, setting the standard of excellence for delivering Olympic coverage during the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.
TSN and RDS will provide more details on this partnership and broadcast information in the near future.
And here is CBC’s press release with all that news and more. Read the bolded section closely. What’s coming next? Netflix for highlights?
Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and CBC/Radio-Canada is thrilled to bring the Olympic Games home to Canadians. As Canada’s Official Broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada brings Canadians cross-platform coverage of the top news and stories in the year leading up to Sochi 2014, running from February 7 – 23, 2014. With exclusive license arrangements, TSN, RDS, and Sportsnet will also present coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned – more platform distribution announcements to come.“We’re incredibly proud to be the official home of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As we count down to Sochi 2014, we are committed to sharing the inspirational stories of our athletes, while providing Canadians with a robust Olympic Games experience, across all platforms.”Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, Radio-Canada, added: “The Olympic Games have been part of Radio-Canada’s DNA for over fifty years. It is with great anticipation that we prepare for Sochi 2014. We aim to offer viewers from coast to coast a distinct coverage that will allow them to live and breathe with our athletes on this most prestigious stage.”Click here for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games English Promo.CBC/Radio-Canada is the place to be as we count down to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. With coverage across all platforms – including TV, radio, online, and mobile – Canadians can connect with the biggest stories and the latest content whenever and wherever they want it. Through world-class storytelling and the best performance coverage available, CBC/Radio-Canada will introduce viewers to Canadian athletes poised to take on the world in 2014. Canadians can engage with CBC/Radio-Canada leading up to and throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games online in English at CBC.ca/Olympics and in French at Radio-Canada.ca/Olympiques, as well as on Twitter in English at @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics), and in French at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques).The countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in full-swing this week on CBC, with extensive programming on all platforms. Throughout the week, viewers have enjoyed extensive coverage, with stories from Sochi and beyond, as well as a look at Canada’s Olympians as they prepare for the Games.
The Calgary Flames have released their 2013 regional broadcast schedule. 31 games will air on Sportsnet West, with three more on the Sportsnet One regional subchannel Sportsnet Flames. Sportsnet’s coverage kicks off on Sunday afternoon with the Flames home opener against San Jose. Sportsnet will broadcast 12 games against the Flames’ Northwest Division rivals, including two against both Vancouver and Edmonton. Rob Kerr and Charlie Simmer will call Flames games on Sportsnet, while Roger Millions will host the broadcasts.
Here is the complete schedule. All times are Mountain. All games are on Sportsnet West unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, Jan. 20, San Jose @ Calgary, 4 p.m. MT
Monday, Jan. 21, Anaheim @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Wednesday, Jan. 23, Calgary @ Vancouver, 8 p.m. MT
Thursday, Jan. 31, Colorado @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Tuesday, Feb. 5, Calgary @ Detroit, 5:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 7, Calgary @ Columbus, 5 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 11, Minnesota @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, Feb. 15, St. Louis @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 17, Calgary @ Dallas, 1 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 18, Calgary @ Phoenix, 7 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 24, Phoenix @ Calgary, 6 p.m. MT
Tuesday, Feb. 26, Calgary @ Minnesota, 6 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 28, Calgary @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Flames)
Sunday, March 3, Vancouver @ Calgary, 6 p.m. MT
Wednesday, March 6, San Jose @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 8, Calgary @ Anaheim, 8:30 p.m. MT
Monday, March 11, Calgary @ Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 15, Nashville @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Monday, March 18, Calgary @ Dallas, 6:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, March 21, Calgary @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Friday, March 22, Calgary @ Columbus, 5 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 24, St. Louis @ Calgary, 6 p.m. MT
Tuesday, March 26, Calgary @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 29, Columbus @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Wednesday, April 3, Edmonton @ Calgary, 8 p.m. MT
Friday, April 5, Calgary @ San Jose, 8:30 p.m. MT
Monday, April 8, Calgary @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT
Wednesday, April 10, Vancouver @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Flames)
Friday, April 12, Phoenix @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Monday, April 15, Minnesota @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, April 19, Anaheim @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Flames)
Sunday, April 21, Calgary @ Minnesota, 4 p.m. MT
Tuesday, April 23, Calgary @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Thursday, April 25, Calgary @ St. Louis, 6 p.m. MT
The Edmonton Oilers have revealed their regional television schedule this evening. Sportsnet West will broadcast 29 Oilers games, more than any other broadcaster. Sportsnet One’s regional subchannel Sportsnet Oilers will carry an additional five games. Sportsnet’s coverage begins on Sunday January 20 with an all-Canadian matchup when the Oilers face the Canucks in Vancouver. Sportsnet’s coverage features 12 games against the Oilers’ Northwest Division rivals, including one Battle of Alberta.
Play-by-play announcer Kevin Quinn and analyst Louie DeBrusk return to the Sportsnet broadcast booth for Oilers games. Gene Principe will host the broadcasts and report rinkside.
Here is Sportsnet’s complete Oilers broadcast schedule. All times are Mountain, and unless otherwise noted, all games are on Sportsnet West.
Sunday, Jan. 20, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. MT
Monday, Jan. 28, Colorado @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Wednesday, Jan. 30, Edmonton @ Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Jan. 31, Edmonton @ San Jose, 8:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Saturday, Feb. 2, Edmonton @ Colorado, 1 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 4, Vancouver @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 10, Edmonton @ Columbus, 4 p.m. MT
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Dallas @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 21, Minnesota @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Saturday, Feb. 23, Phoenix @ Edmonton, 1:30 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 25, Edmonton @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 28, Edmonton @ Dallas, 6:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 1, Edmonton @ St. Louis, 6 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 3, Edmonton @ Minnesota, 6 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Tuesday, March 5, Edmonton @ Columbus, 5 p.m. MT
Thursday, March 7, Edmonton @ Detroit, 5:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 8, Edmonton @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 10, Edmonton @ Chicago, 5 p.m. MT
Tuesday, March 12, Edmonton @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, March 15, Detroit @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Sunday, March 17, Nashville @ Edmonton, 6 p.m. MT
Monday, March 25, Edmonton @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Tuesday, March 26, Edmonton @ St. Louis, 6 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Thursday, March 28, Columbus @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Monday, April 1, Edmonton @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, April 4, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 8 p.m. MT
Saturday, April 6, Edmonton @ Los Angeles, 2 p.m. MT
Monday, April 8, Edmonton @ Anaheim, 8 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Wednesday, April 10, Phoenix @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Tuesday, April 16, Minnesota @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Friday, April 19, Edmonton @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT
Sunday, April 21, Anaheim @ Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. MT
Monday, April 22, Anaheim @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Friday, April 26, Edmonton @ Minnesota, 6 p.m. MT
Sportsnet Ontario released its 2013 Maple Leafs broadcast schedule today. Sportsnet is slated to show 14 Leafs games in Ontario. CBC and TSN will combine to show 24. That leaves 10 Leafs games unaccounted for. It is still unknown whether those will air on Leafs TV, or possibly Sportsnet and/or TSN (or some combination). The latter is a possibility though. What happens with those other ten Leafs games is probably the most interesting aspect of this season’s TV schedules.
Joe Bowen and Greg Millen return to the broadcast booth on both networks, with Paul Hendrick reporting rinkside. Sportsnet will also have 30 minute pregame shows with Hockey Central.
Here is the complete broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.
Monday, Jan. 21, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 31, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 4, Carolina @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 11, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 18, Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 21, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, March 4, New Jersey @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 14, Pittsburgh @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 21, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 26, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 4, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, April 8, NY Rangers @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 25, Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Ottawa Senators announced their regional broadcast schedule for Sportsnet East today. Sportsnet East will air 33 of the Senators’ 48 regular season games, while the Sportsnet One regional subchannel Sportsnet Sens has another (TSN has 6, CBC has 8). Senators regional games are available in parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. First up is the Senators home opener against the Florida Panthers on January 21. Sportsnet will also have ten games against Northeast Division foes.
Every broadcast will begin with a 30 minute pregame show. Ian Mendes will host the game broadcast and report rinkside, while Dean Brown and Dennis Potvin provide play-by-play.
EDIT: I’ve updated this to include French listings for RDS and TVA Sports. RDS will show 9 Senators games, while TVA Sports has 22. Commentators on RDS are Félix Séguin and Patrick Lalime, while TVA Sports will use Michel Langevin, Yvon Pedneault and Enrico Ciccone. Note that all games vs. Montreal are also on RDS; however, those are broadcast using the Canadiens broadcast crew, so they are not included here..
Here is the complete Senators on Sportsnet schedule. All games are on Sportsnet East unless otherwise noted and all times are Eastern.
Monday, Jan. 21, Florida @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 24, Ottawa @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 25, Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 27, Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 29, Washington @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Feb. 1, Ottawa @ Carolina, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 5, Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 7, Carolina @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 18, Ottawa @ New Jersey, 1 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 19, N.Y. Islanders @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 21, N.Y. Rangers @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 25, Montreal @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 28, Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 2, Ottawa @ Philadelphia, 12 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 3, Ottawa @ N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. ET
Monday, March 11, Boston @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 16, Ottawa @ Buffalo, 3 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 17, Winnipeg @ Ottawa, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 19, Ottawa @ N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 21, Boston @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 23, Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 2 p.m. ET
Monday, March 25, New Jersey @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 28, N.Y. Rangers @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 2, Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet Sens)
Friday, April 5, Ottawa @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 7, Ottawa @ Florida, 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 9, Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 11, Ottawa @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
Friday, April 12, Ottawa @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, April 15, Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 16, Carolina @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 18, Washington @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, April 22, Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
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Sportsnet Pacific has announced its 2013 Vancouver Canucks broadcast schedule. Sportsnet Pacific will show more Canucks games than any other broadcaster to British Columbia and Yukon, with 34. Highlights of Sportsnet Pacific’s schedule include 13 Northwest Division matchups, six of those include the Canucks facing a Canadian foe. Sportsnet will also show the Canucks facing the Stanley Cup champion Kings in Los Angeles and two games against Western Conference rival Chicago. John Shorthouse and John Garrett will return to the broadcast booth to call the action, while Dan Murphy will host the broadcasts.
Here is the schedule. All times are Pacific and remember that regional restrictions apply.
Sunday, January 20, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 6 p.m. PT
Wednesday, January 23, Calgary @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Friday, January 25, Vancouver @ Anaheim, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, January 27, Vancouver @ San Jose, 5 p.m. PT
Wednesday, January 30, Colorado @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Monday, February 4, Vancouver @ Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, February 7, Vancouver @ Minnesota, 5 p.m. PT
Friday, February 15, Dallas @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 17, St. Louis @ Vancouver, 6 p.m. PT
Tuesday, February 19, Vancouver @ Chicago, 5:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, February 21, Vancouver @ Dallas, 5:30 p.m. PT
Friday, February 22, Vancouver @ Nashville, 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 24, Vancouver @ Detroit, 2 p.m. PT
Tuesday, February 26, Phoenix @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 3, Calgary @ Vancouver, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 5, San Jose @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 7, Vancouver @ Columbus, 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 10, Vancouver @ Minnesota, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 12, Vancouver @ Columbus, 4 p.m. PT
Monday, March 18, Minnesota @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 21, Vancouver @ Phoenix, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 23, Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 1 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 24, Vancouver @ Colorado, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 26, Columbus @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 28, Colorado @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Monday, April 1, Vancouver @ San Jose, 7:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 4, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Wednesday, April 10, Vancouver @ Calgary, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 13, Vancouver @ Colorado, Noon PT
Monday, April 15, Vancouver @ Nashville, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, April 16, Vancouver @ St. Louis, 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 18, Vancouver @ Dallas, 5:30 p.m. PT
Monday, April 22, Chicago @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 25, Anaheim @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Some relatively important curling news breaking today. Sportsnet have announced they will broadcast provincial playdowns for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts (Canada’s national curling championships) for the next ten seasons, beginning in 2013. Sportsnet will broadcast the men’s and women’s playdowns in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, which are generally seen as the three most competitive provinces, beginning this January. Sportsnet will also add the B.C. Championships in 2014.
Earlier this year Sportsnet also purchased the Grand Slam of Curling, so in total the network will broadcast 7 curling events this season.
Here is the press release.
In a continued commitment to growing the sport of curling in Canada, Sportsnet today announced a 10-year multiplatform agreement for exclusive Canadian coverage of the B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario Provincial Curling Championships. Under terms of the agreement, Sportsnet will partner with the four provincial governing bodies – Curl B.C, Alberta Curling Federation, CurlManitoba, and Ontario Curling Association – to deliver the men’s and women’s championship events on television, online and mobile platforms.
This marks the first time the Provincial Curling Championships will be delivered nationally across Canada.
Coverage begins in January 2013 with the Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario women’s events, followed by the men’s events in February. Sportsnet’s deal for the B.C. Provincial Curling Championships begins in 2014. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
“As curling’s popularity continues to grow at an impressive rate, Sportsnet is committed to providing curling fans with increased access to high-calibre events such as the Provincial Curling Championships,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance and Sports Programming, Sportsnet. “By building on the growing popularity of the sport, these agreements allow us to expand our curling coverage while elevating the profile of these events, as well as the sport of curling across Canada.”
The Provincial Curling Championships are an annual event that showcases curling’s most elite athletes from across the country. The winners move on to compete in the national championships: Tournament of Hearts (women) and Brier (men).
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Sportsnet’s recent purchase the Grand Slam of Curling. Announced in August 2012, Sportsnet now wholly owns and operates the elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour.