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Quick hit as I’m swamped at work: As alluded to late last week, Bell Media confirmed today that TSN and CTV have agreed with the NFL to broadcast all Sunday NFL games, taking away the 4pm package of games from the Rogers-owned Sportsnet and City networks. Each market will get two games at 1pm and 4pm, via TSN, TSN2, CTV and CTV2. Bell continues to hold the rights for Sunday Night Football (TSN), Monday Night Football (TSN) and the playoffs and Super Bowl (CTV). Sportsnet has the Thursday night /Thanksgiving Day games locked up until 2016. At first glance, I’d say in a normal week you’d get one game on CTV and one on TSN. In weeks where TSN is showing CFL and NASCAR (for example), you’d see two games on CTV and CTV. Feel free to dissect in the comments.
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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 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.
TSN has 81 games this season, including 72 featuring at least one Canadian team. TSN2 has 69 games. Here is the press release:
NHL action returns to Canada’s Sports Leader with TSN delivering 150 national regular season games during the 2013-14 season. Eighty-one (81) games will air on TSN and 69 games on TSN2. In addition to live game coverage, fans can expect to see extensive NHL coverage across all TSN Digital, TSN Radio, and TEAM Radio platforms. Highlighting the TSN schedule is the annual HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME that airs on the network for the first time.
TSN’s broadcast schedule includes 72 games featuring Canadian teams in action. TSN also retains English-language exclusivity of WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY, during which there are no other national or local NHL telecasts.
TSN will also broadcast six pre-season games – featuring all Canadian teams. TSN and TSN2’s full NHL broadcast schedule is available onTSN.ca
In addition to its national broadcast package, TSN will also broadcast 63 regional Winnipeg Jets games on TSN Jets and 30 regional Montreal Canadiens games on TSN Canadiens.
RDS returns with French-language coverage of all Montreal Canadiens games. RDS and RDS2 will confirm its package of games featuring other NHL teams in the coming days.
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME
Highlighting TSN’s 2013-14 NHL regular season broadcast schedule is the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME – airing for the first time on TSN. Featuring New Jersey @ Toronto on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN, the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME honours 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney, and Stanley Cup-winning head coach Fred Shero.
NHL ON TSN Highlights
Regular season coverage kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN with Toronto @ Philadelphia (click here for a complete broadcast schedule). All of TSN’s nationally televised NHL games are also available live on TSN Mobile TV.
TSN’s 2013-14 NHL regular season coverage includes:
· Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET
· Jarome Iginla’s return to Calgary on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET
· Alain Vigneault’s return to Vancouver on Tuesday, Apr. 1 at 10 p.m. ET
· Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia’s Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby face off against each other for the first time as the Avalanche visit the Penguins on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
· The HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME featuring New Jersey @ Toronto on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET
· 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game featuring NY Rangers @ NY Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET
· 17 Toronto Maple Leafs games
· 15 Montreal Canadiens games
· 10 games each for the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks
· 5 Winnipeg Jets games
· 5 all-Canadian match-ups
Additional highlights include:
· 12 double-headers on TSN (six double-headers on TSN2)
· 9 Original Six match-ups on TSN (five games on TSN2)
· 6 games featuring the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks on TSN (seven games on TSN2)
· 6 games featuring superstar Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on TSN (13 games on TSN2)
· 5 games featuring 2013 Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on TSN (nine games on TSN2)
· 6 pre-season games featuring all Canadian teams
In addition to its package of regular season and playoff games, TSN has exclusive Canadian coverage of the NHL DRAFT LOTTERY, NHL DRAFT, and the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CELEBRATION. TSN complements this exclusive lineup with its own signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, NHL FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S NHL DRAFT RANKING.
TSN will have 30 regional Canadiens broadcasts this season, as only 7 Habs games are not broadcast on English television. Here is the press release:
TSN Canadiens returns with exclusive English-language regional coverage of the Montreal Canadiens. In total, TSN Canadiens delivers a package of 30 Canadiens match-ups from the 2013-14 NHL regular season to fans in the team’s broadcast region. Coverage begins with Montreal @ Edmonton on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
TSN Canadiens’ regional games complement the 15 Montreal games that air on TSN as part of the network’s national NHL broadcast package.
Calling the action on TSN Canadiens is play-by-play commentator Dave Randorf, who will be joined by game analysts Dave Reid and Bobby Dollas throughout the season.
Montreal bureau reporter John Lu will be following the team all season long to deliver news on the team on SPORTSCENTRE and across the TSN’s slate of programs and platforms.
TSN’s regional Jets channel will broadcast 63 games this season. Here is the press release:
TSN Jets is back with dedicated regional coverage of the Winnipeg Jets, In total, TSN Jets has exclusive regional coverage of 63 Jets games from the 2013-14 NHL season – including eight all-Canadian match-ups.
TSN Jets regional games complement the five Jets games to air on TSN as part of the network’s national NHL broadcast package.
TSN Jets coverage kicks off with three preseason games starting with Minnesota @ Winnipeg on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. CT.
TSN Jets will feature play-by-play commentary by veteran broadcaster and Manitoba native Dennis Beyak. Colour commentary duties will be shared by Mike Johnson, Brian Engblom and Shane Hnidy. Once again, TSN Jets will bring fans 30-minute pre- and post-game shows for every game, hosted by TSN’s team of hockey experts and Insiders.
TSN’s Sara Orlesky continues as the network’s permanent Winnipeg Bureau reporter, following the Jets all season long to deliver news on the team across TSN’s slate of programs and platforms.
Beginning Monday and running until July 7, TSN will serve up more than 200 hours of coverage across all their platforms as the third grand slam of the year takes place from the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. TSN will showcase matches from the Canadian’s in action including Milos Raonic. French-language coverage will be available across RDS platforms.
For the first time, TSN will be producing a daily highlights show hosted by Vic Rauter, showcasing the biggest matches of the day, plus all the Canadian action taking place on court. Times and channel will vary, but for the most part it can be seen around 7:30pm/8pm each night during the tournament. ‘Breakfast at Wimbledon’ will also return to TSN. The on-site, pre-match show begins on June 29 and will be led by ESPN’s Hannah Storm. TSN.ca will show exclusive bonus online coverage, including matches not being shown on television.
TSN will be using ESPN’s coverage, who will be using their usually crew for the fortnight of action. Chris Fowler and Mike Tirico will be calling matches and hosting in-studio, and they will be joined by Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver and John and Patrick McEnroe.
ABC will also air encore coverage on June 30, July 6 and July 7 (3pm to 6pm ET) with the latter two dates being the women’s and men’s singles final.
Full daily schedule is below.
The top eight European under-21 teams will compete in Israel beginning tomorrow in the 2013 edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. TSN and TSN2 will have have all 12 group stage games live, as well as the two semi-finals and the final on June 18.
The schedule and press release can be found below. One very interesting thing to note is that former The Score football host Kristian Jack has joined TSN for their coverage to provide in-depth analysis. Since Rogers took over The Score and ‘The Footy Show’ disappeared from the airwaves, KJ had all but vanished apart from his occasional blog post. With James Sharman joining Fox Soccer News/Soccer Central, I presumed KJ wouldn’t be far behind, but for whatever reason, that never materialized. A shame really, as in my opinion, Jack is the best football analysts on Canadian television.
Wednesday, June 5
Israel vs. Norway – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
England vs. Italy – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN
Thursday, June 6
Spain vs. Russia – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Netherlands vs. Germany – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN
Saturday, June 8
England vs. Norway – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Italy vs. Israel – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, June 9
Netherlands vs. Russia – 4 p.m. ET on TSN
Germany vs. Spain – 6 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, June 11
Israel vs. England – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Norway vs. Italy – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Wednesday, June 12
Spain vs. Netherlands – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Russia vs. Germany – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, June 15
Semifinal 1 – 11:15 a.m. ET on TSN2
Semifinal 2 – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, June 18
Final – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Apologies for the lack of posts on the site. I know Josh is ridiculously busy, and I am slightly less ridiculously busy. I’m sure normal operation will resume one day in the not-too-distant future.
The 2013 NBA Finals begin this Thursday with the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Miami Heat. All games can be seen on TSN and ABC. If you need assistance deciding which team to support, this picture should easily swing you towards the Spurs. See the ESPN press release below for the full details on their coverage.
Game 1: Thurs. Jun 6 at 9pm — San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
Game 2: Sun. Jun 9 at 8pm — San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
Game 3: Tues. Jun 11 at 9pm — Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
Game 4: Thurs. Jun 13 at 9pm — Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
Game 5*: Sun. Jun 16 at 8pm — Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
Game 6*: Tues. Jun 18 at 9pm — San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
Game 7*: Thurs. Jun 20 at 9pm — San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
* If required. All times Eastern.
SportsCentre hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are leaving TSN this June for Los Angeles. They will host the new Fox Sports 1 sports highlights show, which is launching in August to compete with ESPN’s SportsCenter. I’ll have more on this later.
I expect that the NHL will release their 2013 Conference Quarterfinals schedule Sunday night at 11:00pm Eastern on a special that will air on NHL Network. That’s regardless of what happens tonight. However, with about 24 hours for schedules to leak before any is officially released, I’m sure some news will come out early.
In this post I’ll list the NHL Playoff Matchups as they are confirmed, what networks will cover them, and the night the series will start. I’ll also add full schedule information once it is available. Anything that is not confirmed, but worth mentioning (probably broadcasters and current, but not final standings) is in italics. I’m assuming every series will start Tuesday or Wednesday, but that’s not confirmed. Feel free to post any information you come across in the comments.
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders (Game 1, Wednesday)
(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators (Game 1, Wednesday)
(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Rangers
(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8) Minnesota Wild (Game 1, Tuesday at 8pm)
(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings (Game 1, Tuesday at 10:30pm)
(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) San Jose Sharks
(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings (Game 1, Tuesday)
*The Canadiens will likely play game 1 on Tuesday.
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.
Winnipeg Jets hockey returns to TSN’s
crazily overpriced regional service for the 2013 season (proving that maybe it isn’t overpriced so much considering the market). TSN-Jets will broadcast 34 games regionally in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwestern Ontario, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Dennis Beyak fronts TSN’s coverage providing play-by-play. Mike Johnson, Brian Engblom and Shane Hnidy will rotate as analysts. TSN’s schedule will include six all-Canadian matchups with many other games against the Jets Southeast Division “rivals”.
Here is the 2013 Jets on TSN regional schedule. All times are Central.
Monday, Jan. 21 Winnipeg @ Boston 12 p.m. CT
Sunday, Jan. 27 NY Islanders @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Jan. 29 Winnipeg @ Montreal 6:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, Jan. 31 Winnipeg @ Florida 6:30 p.m. CT
Friday, Feb. 1 Winnipeg @ Tampa Bay 6:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Feb. 5 Florida @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Thursday, Feb. 7 Toronto @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb. 17 Boston @ Winnipeg 2 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Feb. 19 Winnipeg @ Buffalo 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, Feb. 21 Winnipeg @ Carolina 6 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb. 24 Winnipeg @ New Jersey 4 p.m. CT
Thursday, Feb. 28 New Jersey @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 5 Winnipeg @ Florida 6:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 7 Winnipeg @ Tampa Bay 6:30 p.m. CT
Friday, March 8 Winnipeg @ Florida 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 10 Winnipeg @ New Jersey 6 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 12 Toronto @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 14 NY Rangers @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 17 Winnipeg @ Ottawa 4 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 19 Boston @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 21 Washington @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 24 Tampa Bay @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Tuesday, March 26 Winnipeg @ Carolina 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 28 Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg 6 p.m. CT
Monday, April 1 Winnipeg @ NY Rangers 6 p.m. CT
Tuesday, April 2 Winnipeg @ NY Islanders 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, April 4 Winnipeg @ Montreal 6:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, April 9 Buffalo @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Thursday, April 11 Florida @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Tuesday, April 16 Tampa Bay @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Thursday, April 18 Carolina @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Monday, April 22 Winnipeg @ Buffalo 6 p.m. CT
Tuesday, April 23 Winnipeg @ Washington 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, April 25 Montreal @ Winnipeg 7 p.m. CT
Alright; here it is. If you’re like me you’ve waited for the NHL broadcast schedules for the past seven days while the CBA went through the ratification process. Even crazier than the time playoff TV schedules used to come out is the NHL on TSN schedule coming out just before midnight on a Saturday night.
TSN will broadcast 42 games featuring Canadian teams this season (NBC simulcasts will be announced later this week). Coverage includes four all-Canadian matchups and five Original Six matchups. The Leafs lead the way with ten broadcasts, while the Canadiens have nine. The Jets have three, while the other four Canadians teams have six a piece. The Kings and Penguins appear the most among American teams, with four games each.
TSN’s broadcast team remains unchanged from last season. Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert return to the broadcast booth, while Mike Johnson and Ray Ferraro return between the benches. TSN’s studio show features James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Aaron Ward and Pierre Lebrun, if you haven’t already figured that out during the constant NHL on TSN studio specials during the past week.
Also of note, the 2013 NHL Draft will take place on Sunday June 30, with all seven rounds on the same day. It will start in the afternoon. If over a million people watch a hockey draft on a summer Sunday afternoon…
Despite being played during the overnight hours (mostly for east coast viewers), the Australian Open — the first tennis grand slam of the year — can bring about some memorable moments and matches that are worth staying up for, as well as a reminder of what it’s like to have bright, hot sunshine ten hours a day.
Last year saw Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play in the longest grand slam final in history, finishing in just under six hours, with Djokovic coming out on top. Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova to win her first grand slam title, though I’ll have to take Wikipedia’s word on that one, as I’ve had a long standing arrangement with myself not to watch any women’s matches until the ridiculous grunting is either done away with or punished to some extent. It didn’t used to be like this people!!
TSN, being the exclusive home of grand slam tennis in Canada, will bring viewers all the sweaty and grunt-filled action from Melbourne Park over the next two weeks, with the first ball toss coming tomorrow (Sunday) night on TSN2, with over eight hours of coverage on day one, and 110 hours in total (plus encore broadcasts during the day), culminating with the women’s final at 3am on January 26, and the men’s final the following morning.
RDS and RDS2 will have French-language broadcasts covered, and TSN.ca will stream select multi-court coverage throughout the tournament.
For fans of Ontario native Milos Raonic — who is ranked as the 14th seed — TSN or TSN2 will broadcast each one of his games, as long as the game is on a televised court. For those of you playing at home, those courts would be Rod Laver, Hisense, Margaret Court, and courts 2, 3, 6 and 8 (unless it has changed from last year).
As usual, TSN will be taking coverage from ESPN, so expect to see all the regular faces such as Darren Cahill, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver.
The full television schedule is below.