Newcomers to hockey TVA Sports will broadcast nearly 300 games nationally during the upcoming 2014–15 NHL season after obtaining the French-language rights as part of the landmark 12-year deal by Rogers. To accommodate all the action (with at least one game nearly every night of the season), TVA Sports will be adding a second channel.
TVA Sports will show 22 Saturday night regular-season Canadiens games (all but one Saturday night game), the Stanley Cup Finals, Winter Classic and other outdoor games, All-Star Game, and the NHL Draft. For something different, beginning in the new year, TVA Sports will offer fan voting to determine what matchup will be broadcast on select Monday nights.
For their Saturday night Canadiens broadcasts, the pre-game will be hosted by Jean Louis and his team including Renaud Lavoie, Michel Bergeron, Paul Houde and Elizabeth Rancourt. Once the game begins, Félix Séguin and analyst Patrick Lalime will be in the booth with Renaud Lavoie close to the benches. Dave Morissette will handle post-game duties.
Both TSN and Sportsnet will both be showing regional Leafs games for the 2014–15 NHL season, and both are advertising the fact each network is showing “more games than ever!” Of course, Sportsnet includes 40 national games when making that statement.
TSN covered 17 Toronto games last season, and this year that increases to 26 games, all of which will be available to watch on the new TSN4 channel that launches on Monday (August 18). TSN4 will become the default TSN channel for those in the Leafs’ Ontario broadcast area. For TSN’s live game coverage, the network’s broadcast teams feature play-by-play announcers Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert and game analysts Ray Ferraro and Jamie McLennan.
Sportsnet Ontario will have 16 regional games throughout the season with veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk making his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen. Leafs TV will not have any live matches this season and, according to the Leafs via James Mirtle, the channel will show Leafs Today on non-game days, weekly summary show, game day skate shows, game highlights and post-game shows. I’m sure only the most-desperate of fans will continue to pay for that riveting programming.
TSN Radio 1050 Toronto and Sportsnet 590 The Fan
Sportsnet 590 The Fan and TSN Radio 1050 Toronto will split the Leafs radio rights with 41 games each with TSN also having seven pre-season matches. Both stations will feature the same commentary team — Joe Bowen on play-by-play and analyst Jim Ralph.
On The Fan, Gord Stellick will host the two-hour Leafs Nation Post-Game to wrap up each broadcast. Plus, every Saturday night – beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 – Stellick will host Hockey Central Saturday from 5 to 7pm. For TSN Radio, Jim Tatti and Jeff O’Neill will have extensive pre-game, post-game and intermission shows.
Full schedule below. All times are Eastern. Schedule subject to change.
TSN takes over from Sportsnet as the regional rights holder for the Ottawa Senators for the upcoming 2014–15 NHL season. TSN5 will be home to 53 regular season games as well as select pre-season matches. TSN5 will be the default TSN channel for Canadians in Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada as TSN expands to five channels beginning Monday August 25. All games will be subject to regional blackout.
For French-language coverage, RDS, RDS2 and RDSInfo will provide coverage of 54 Sens games and one pre-season matchup.
For TSN’s live game coverage, the network’s broadcast teams feature award-winning play-by-play announcers Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert and game analysts Ray Ferraro and Jamie McLennan. TSN Ottawa bureau reporter Brent Wallace will follow the Senators all season long to deliver news on the team across TSN’s slate of programs and platforms.
TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa
For radio coverage of the Ottawa Senators, TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa brings fans live English-language coverage of every Senators game as the team’s official radio broadcaster. Live French-language coverage of all Senators games is available on 94.5 Unique FM.
For Winnipeg Jets fans, it is out with the TSN-Jets channel, and in with TSN3. With TSN adding three additional channels this coming Monday (August 25), TSN3 will become the home for 60 regional Jets games for the upcoming 2014–15 NHL season. For those in the western regions of Canada (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories), TSN3 will become your default TSN channel, which is especially important to those on basic cable. Jets games will be subject to blackout outside this area.
TSN’s Jets coverage will feature play-by-play commentary by veteran broadcaster and Manitoba native Dennis Beyak. Colour commentary duties will be shared by Shane Hnidy and Brian Engblom. TSN Winnipeg bureau reporter Sara Orlesky will follow the Jets all season long to deliver news on the team across TSN’s slate of programs and platforms.
TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg
For radio coverage of the Winnipeg Jets, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg will continue to bring fans live coverage of every Jets game as the team’s official radio broadcaster. TSN 1290 delivers all the play-by-play action and analysis from a rotating crew of veteran broadcasters familiar to Jets fans. Play-by-play calls are handled by Dennis Beyak and Paul Edmonds. They are joined by analysts Shane Hnidy and Brian Munz, both of whom have been part of TSN 1290’s Jets coverage since it debuted in 2011.
Below is the full schdule. All times are Central. Schedule subject to change.
With RDS only having regional rights this season, fans west of Ottawa will no longer be able to watch games on their cable package. RDS will show 60 games regionally and new national French broadcaster TVA Sports will have 22 that can be seen across Canada (presuming you pay extra for the French package).
And for Anglophones, you’ll only be able to see 32 games nationally on the Rogers family of channels this season as neither Bell nor Rogers have elected to obtain the English regional package. Of course, there is always the option of NHL Centre Ice (presumably, as Rogers hasn’t released any information on Centre Ice for this season).
English and French Radio
TSN Radio 690 Montreal will cover all 82 games in English and CHMP 98.5 providing French-language radio coverage for all games.
Below is the full schedule. All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
It’s been awhile. Here are a bunch of things you may or may not know about.
On July 29th, the Blue Jays got their highest ever ratings for a non-opener. Just over one million people tuned in to watch the Jays take on the Red Sox, a record that has been set and broken numerous times since the beginning of the season as the Jays slowly climbed into first place in the AL East. Since then, the ratings have gone down slightly as the team crashed out of first place and now sit a number of games out of the wild card spot. The All-Star game was the most-watched in Sportsnet history with an average audience of 653,000. Ratings for the Home Run Derby were up 11% from last year. Both no doubt due to some Jays being featured.
Rogers NHL Schedule
ICYMI, here is the press release with the full slate of over 200 games that Rogers will be showing on CBC, Sportsnet, FX Canada and City. There are still 150 games to be added to that schedule of national and regional games. Look for a more detailed post on the new NHL coverage in Canada closer to season start.
The NBA released the 2014-15 schedule last night. Not that it matters much to anyone here, but for the first time in a long time, the Raptors have a decent amount of games on national television in the US. Nine in total, with three on ESPN, one on TNT and the remaining on NBA TV. The annual Christmas Day marathon will see Wizards-Knicks, Thunder-Spurs, Cavs-Heat, Lakers-Bulls and Warriors-Clippers. TSN and Sportsnet will release their Raptors and NBA schedules closer to the season opener. It will be interesting to see how fewer NBA will be on Sportsnet and whether TSN picks up the difference.
Tennis has been in the news lately as a number of Canadians perform well in big matches, especially at Wimbledon in June where TSN recording its highest-ever ratings for the men’s and women’s final. Milos Raonic made it to the semi-final where an average of 766,000 viewers on TSN and RDS tuned in, and on the women’s side, rapid-riser Genie Bouchard lost in the final in straight sets but it still drew a combined English-French audience of 1.8 million with a peak of 2.1 million. The men’s final between Djokovic and Federer got 823,000 combined. Even the men’s doubles final with Canadian Vasek Pospisil got just over 300,000.
The Rogers Cup in Toronto and Montreal didn’t draw close to any of those numbers as the Canadians were all bundled out early. CBC got 178k for the finals on Sunday and 148k and 133k for the Saturday semi-finals. The US Open begins on TSN on Monday.
FIFA World Cup Ratings
The final between Germany and Argentina garnered a new ratings record for soccer in Canada. An average of 4.9 million viewers tuned in (nearly 40% more than the 2010 World Cup) with more than 11 million people at least watching part of the game. The third-place game drew 2.3 million, which wasn’t as high as other playoff games. This was the last World Cup for CBC as TSN takes over from 2018.
Deckchairs on the Titanic
Bruce Arthur from the National Post to the Toronto Star. Cathal Kelly from the Toronto Star to The Globe and Mail. Damien Cox to Sportsnet full time from the Toronto Star. All continue to be garbage clowns. Richard Westhead also leaves The Star and goes to TSN as a “senior correspondent” having covered sports business on and off over the past 20 years.
WWE Network in Canada
Rogers announced recently they signed a 10-year agreement with WWE for broadcast and online distribution. Rogers inherited WWE programming when it took over The Score and will continue to show Raw, Smackdown and it’s other weekly shows, as well as distribute WWE pay-per-view events. Fans will receive see more WWE than ever before with this new deal.
Also included are exclusive rights to the WWE Network. Launched in the US in February, American subscribers pay $10 a month for Netflix-type service that includes thousands of hours of archived programming as well as exclusive online-only shows. Here in Canada however, it is a pale comparison. First, you have to be a Rogers cable customer, and it is currently a video on-demand service through their system. So, instead of watching whatever you choose, you can only watch from a very small selection. How small? According to this Reddit post, 12 PPVs. That’s the list, and one horrible looking graphics package to present it on, all for $12 a month. Classic Rogers.
While Bell and Rogers customers can access TSN GO, TSN’s online streaming service, Sportsnet’s equivalent that launched back in June is still currently only available to Rogers customers. Sportsnet NOW allows you to stream all seven Sportsnet channels on any device anywhere in Canada, blackout-free. Somewhat unusual there isn’t a two-way street when it comes to Rogers and Bell customers being able to watch the live streams, but of course, being a customer of any other cable company in Canada is far worse in this situation.
beIN Sports Connect
Previously known as beIN Sports Play, the online service of beIN Sports will now be known as beIN Sports Connect and offer more matches and features than the previous incarnation. Users will be able to stream the English and Spanish network as well as matches that are available only online.
Available via beinsportsconnect.ca, it will set you back $20 a month with an option for a discounted yearly subscription. Streaming is available on desktops, tablets and smart phones. beIN Sports are exclusive holders in Canada of soccer leagues including La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Capital One Cup, League Championship, Russian Premier League, as well as the World Superbike Championship, World Rallycross Championship and more.
Pretty sure that should catch you up on everything that has happened over the past few months. Here’s hoping we can get some posts up here more consistently as the sports world begins to awaken from their summer slumber, including a post next week as TSN adds three more channels and expanding their coverage.
If you’ve been struggling the past two months since the World Cup finished and your soccer cravings haven’t been fulfilled by the mostly horrible event that was the International Champions Cup, fear not, for the
English Barclay’s Premier League returns this weekend.
TSN and Sportsnet will again go 50/50 on games during the season. Hopefully with the addition of three channels to TSN beginning next Monday, it means TSN will be showing less or no online-only games this season. As a result of the new channels, TSN have only released their schedule for the first two weeks. Sportsnet have their schedule set until the beginning of December with the usual slate of games spread across Sportsnet regional channels, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet World
Online NOW and one game on Sportsnet 360. All the familar faces will return to each channel for the pre- and post-game shows.
NBC Sports has released their schedule for the first three months of the season and 11 games will be shown over-the-air on NBC. US and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been signed by NBC for a multi-year agreement to provide analysis for them during the season, both in-studio and in the booth.
The full schedule is below. If TSN release their schedule for the remainder of the first three months once TSN 1–5 have launched, I will add those to this post also. All times are Eastern and as always, are subject to change.