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Costing $4.5 million, spanning 11,000 square-feet, and featuring seven different sets, Sportsnet has splashed out in the design and construction of the studio for their inaugural year of national NHL broadcasting. The feature of the studio is a massive 38-by-11-foot screen nicknamed ‘Goliath’, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever seen in a Canadian TV studio and is made up of 170 individual panels.
Leased from CBC in their downtown studio and paid for by Rogers, the studio is no doubt the biggest viewers have ever seen on a Canadian broadcast, though if you’ve seen an American NFL broadcast in the past few years, a studio this big and fancy probably won’t be a surprise to you.
Here are the highlights from today’s media showing:
- The Hockey Night In Canada theme has been re-recorded with a 50-piece orchestra and will be similar to the previous CBC HNIC theme. Also listen for a new Hockey Central theme.
- Musical montages, like those famously seen during CBC’s reign, will not feature as heavily in HNIC this season to the disappointment of basically everybody.
- The main anchor desk has a 360-degree open area allowing for filming from any angle and the studio is capable of shooting three live broadcasts simultaneously, including two sets stacked on top of each other.
- The set was designed by the same company that created the 2010 and 2012 Olympic sets and was created and designed in eight months.
And here is the new Hockey Central studio by the numbers:
- 40,000 feet of electrical cable
- 500 studio lights
- 52 total screens
- 14 cameras
- 24 wireless microphones
- 9 distinct sets including the main anchor desk, three regional sets, George Stroumboulopoulos’s interview set, and a LED video wall and floor area.
Finally, some pretty pictures:
It seems there are not many good schedule for the 2014 Olympics available which include times for North America. So to save you the time, here is a sport-by-sport schedule. If time permits, I may also post a daily schedule closer to the start of the Games. I have included Canadian broadcast information. The 2014 Olympics are available on CBC, NBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE in Canada.
All times are Eastern Standard (GMT-5). I had to convert all times from local Sochi time myself, so if you notice any mistakes, let me know. Any events starting at “midnight” means the start of a new day. So a curling draw at midnight on February 10, means its on February 9 in primetime for those on the west coast.
Schedule and broadcast info is subject to change. And remember if you are setting your PVR, be sure to add extra time at the end as for a number of reasons events can run long.
Sunday 2/9, 2:00-4:15am – Men’s Downhill CBC
Monday 2/10, 1:55-3:30am – Women’s Combined (run 1) TSN
Monday 2/10, 5:55-7:10am – Women’s Combined (run 2) TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 2:00-4:10am – Women’s Downhill CBC
Friday 2/14, 1:55-3:30am – Men’s Combined (run 1) SN
Friday 2/14, 6:15-7:40am – Men’s Combined (run 2) SN
Saturday 2/15, 1:55-4:10am – Women’s Super-G TSN
Sunday 2/16, 1:55-4:10am – Men’s Super-G TSN
Tuesday 2/18, 1:55-4:00am – Women’s Giant Slalom (run 1) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 5:30-7:00am – Women’s Giant Slalom (run 2) SN
Wednesday 2/19, 2:00-4:00am – Men’s Giant Slalom (run 1) CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 5:30-7:10am – Men’s Giant Slalom (run 2) TSN
Friday 2/21, 7:30-9:00am – Women’s Slalom (run 1) SN
Friday 2/21, 11:00am-12:25pm – Women’s Slalom (run 2) SN
Saturday 2/22, 7:30-9:15am – Men’s Slalom (run 1) SN
Saturday 2/22, 12:15-1:50pm – Women’s Slalom (run 2) CBC (TD 2:15pm)
*Note on alpine skiing: for single-run events and the 1st run of two-run events, the best skiers go in the first hour. For the second run, the best skiers go at the end.
Saturday 2/8, 9:30-10:55am – Men’s 10km Sprint SN1
Sunday 2/9, 9:25-10:50am – Women’s 7.5km Sprint TSN
Monday 2/10, 10:00-11:20am – Men’s 12.5km Pursuit CBC (TD 3pm)
Tuesday 2/11, 9:45-10:50am – Women’s 10km Pursuit SN1
Thursday 2/13, 8:45-11:00am – Men’s 20km Individual SN1
Friday 2/14, 8:45-10:55am – Women’s 15km Individual SN
Sunday 2/16, 10:00-11:00am – Men’s 15km Mass Start SN
Monday 2/17, 10:00-10:55am – Women’s 12.5km Mass Start SN
Wednesday 2/19, 9:15-11:00am – 2x6km Women + 2×7.5km Men Relay SN1
Friday 2/21, 9:15-11:00am – Women’s 4x6km Relay SN
Saturday 2/22, 9:15-11:00am – Men’s 4×7.5km Relay SN
Sunday 2/16, 11:15-1:35pm – Two-man (heats 1 & 2) SN
Monday 2/17, 10:00-11:45am – Two-man (heats 3 & 4) CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 10:00am-12:10pm – Women’s (heats 1 & 2) TSN2
Wednesday 2/19, 11:10am-1:20pm – Women’s (heats 3 & 4) SN1
Saturday 2/22, 11:15am-2:05pm – Four-man (heats 1 & 2) SN
Sunday 2/23, 4:25-7:05am – Four-man (heats 3 & 4) TSN
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Saturday 2/8, 5:00-6:00am – Women’s 7.5km Classic + 7.5km Free CBC
Sunday 2/9, 4:55-6:45am – Men’s 15km Classic + 15km Free TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 4:45-5:50am – Men’s & Women’s Sprint Free (qualification) SN
Tuesday 2/11, 7:00-8:50am – Men’s & Women’s Sprint Free (finals at 8:00am on CBC) SN
Thursday 2/13, 5:30-6:40am – Women’s 10km Classic SN1
Friday 2/14, 4:55-6:55am – Men’s 15km Classic SN1
Saturday 2/15, 5:30-6:30am – Women’s 4x5km Relay SN1
Sunday 2/16, 4:55-7:30am – Men’s 4x10km Relay TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 4:00-6:00am – Men’s & Women’s Team Sprints (semifinals) TSN2
Wednesday 2/19, 6:45-8:00am – Men’s & Women’s Team Sprints (finals) CBC (TD 10:15am)
Saturday 2/22, 4:25-6:25am – Women’s 30km Mass Start TSN
Sunday 2/23, 2:00-4:45am – Men’s 50km Mass Start CBC
Monday 2/10, Midnight – Germany (Jahr) vs. Canada (Jacobs) CBC
Monday 2/10, 10:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Switzerland (Michel) TSN
Tuesday 2/11, 5:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Sweden (Edin) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, Midnight – Match TBA TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 10:00am – Russia (Drozdov) vs. Canada (Jacobs) TSN2
Thursday 2/13, 5:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Denmark (Stjerne) TSN2
Friday 2/14, Midnight – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Norway (Ulsrud) CBC
Saturday 2/15, 5:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Great Britain (Murdoch) TSN2
Sunday 2/16, Midnight – United States (Shuster) vs. Canada (Jacobs) CBC
Sunday 2/16, 10:00am – China (Liu) vs. Canada (Jacobs) TSN2
Monday 2/17, 5:00am – Match TBA TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 10:00am – Semifinals SN
Friday 2/21, 3:30am – Bronze Medal Game TSN
Friday 2/21, 8:30am – Gold Medal Game CBC
Monday 2/10, 5:00am – China (Wang) vs. Canada (Jones) TSN
Tuesday 2/11, Midnight – Sweden (Sigfridsson) vs. Canada (Jones) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 5:00am – Canada (Jones) vs. Great Britain (Muirhead) TSN
Thursday 2/13, Midnight – Canada (Jones) vs. Denmark (Nielsen) CBC
Thursday 2/13, 10:00am – Switzerland (Ott) vs. Canada (Jones) SN
Friday 2/14, 5:00am – Match TBA TSN2
Saturday 2/15, Midnight – Canada (Jones) vs. Japan (Ogasawara) CBC
Saturday 2/15, 10:00am – Canada (Jones) vs. Russia (Sidorova) TSN2
Sunday 2/16, 5:00am – United States (Brown) vs. Canada (Jones) CBC
Monday 2/17, Midnight – Match TBA CBC
Monday 2/17, 10:00am – Canada (Jones) vs. Korea (Kim) TSN2
Wednesday 2/19, 5:00am – Semifinals CBC
Thursday 2/20, 3:30am – Bronze Medal Game TSN
Thursday 2/20, 8:30am – Gold Medal Game CBC
Thursday 2/6, 10:30am-2:00pm – Team Competition (day 1) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 9:30am-2:05pm – Team Competition (day 2) SN
Sunday 2/9, 10:00am-1:15pm – Team Competition (day 3) CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 9:45am-1:25pm – Pairs Short Program SN
Wednesday 2/12, 10:45am-2:00pm – Pairs Free Skate TSN, CBC (JIP 12:15)
Thursday 2/13, 10:00am-2:30pm – Men Short Program TSN
Friday 2/14, 10:00am-2:30pm – Men Free Skate TSN
Sunday 2/16, 10:00am-1:45pm – Short Dance TSN
Monday 2/17, 9:55am-1:35pm – Free Dance TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 9:55am-2:30pm – Ladies Short Program TSN
Thursday 2/20, 9:55am-2:10pm – Ladies Free Skate TSN
Thursday 2/6, 9:00-9:45am – Women’s Moguls (qualifying 1) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 8:45-9:30am – Women’s Moguls (qualifying 2) SN1
Saturday 2/8, 1:00-2:30pm – Women’s Moguls (final) CBC
Monday 2/10, 8:55-10:20am – Men’s Moguls (qualifying) SN
Monday 2/10, 1:00-2:35pm – Men’s Moguls (final) CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 12:55-2:25am – Women’s Slopestyle (qualifying) TSN
Tuesday 2/11, 4:00-5:00am – Women’s Slopestyle (final) CBC
Thursday 2/13, 1:00-3:00am – Men’s Slopestyle (qualifying) SN
Thursday 2/13, 4:30-5:45am – Men’s Slopestyle (final) CBC
Friday 2/14, 8:45-9:45am – Women’s Aerials (qualifying) CBC
Friday 2/14, 12:25-1:35pm – Women’s Aerials (final) TSN2
Monday 2/17, 8:30-10:00am – Men’s Aerials (qualifying) SN
Monday 2/17, 12:15-1:35pm – Men’s Aerials (final) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 8:30-10:25am – Men’s Halfpipe (qualifying) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 12:25-1:30pm – Men’s Halfpipe (final) TSN
Thursday 2/20, 2:45-3:30am – Men’s Ski Cross (qualifying) CBC
Thursday 2/20, 4:30-6:00am- Men’s Ski Cross (final at 5:35am) CBC
Thursday 2/20, 9:15-10:45am – Women’s Halfpipe (qualifying) SN
Thursday 2/20, 12:15-1:25pm – Women’s Halfpipe (final) SN
Friday 2/21, 2:45-3:30am – Women’s Ski Cross (qualifying) CBC
Friday 2/21, 4:30-6:00am – Women’s Ski Cross (final at 5:35am) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 12:00pm – Czech Republic vs. Sweden SN
Thursday 2/13, 3:00am – Finland vs. Austria SN
Thursday 2/13, 7:30am – Slovakia vs. United States TSN
Thursday 2/13, 7:30am – Russia vs. Slovenia CBC
Thursday 2/13, 12:00pm – Canada vs. Norway CBC
Friday 2/14, 3:00am – Czech Republic vs. Latvia TSN
Friday 2/14, 7:30am – Sweden vs. Switzerland TSN
Friday 2/14, 12:00pm – Canada vs. Austria CBC
Friday 2/14, 12:00pm – Norway vs. Finland SN
Saturday 2/15, 3:00am – Slovakia vs. Slovenia SN
Saturday 2/15, 7:30am – United States vs. Russia CBC
Saturday 2/15, 12:00pm – Switzerland vs. Czech Republic TSN*
Saturday 2/15, 12:00pm – Sweden vs. Latvia SN1*
Sunday 2/16, 3:00am – Austria vs. Norway TSN2
Sunday 2/16, 7:30am – Russia vs. Slovakia SN
Sunday 2/16, 12:00pm – Finland vs. Canada CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 3:00am – Qualification Playoff #1 CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 7:30am – Qualification Playoff #2 CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 12:00pm – Qualification Playoff #3 CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 3:00am – Quarterfinal #1 TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 7;30am – Quarterfinal #2 CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 12:00pm – Quarterfinal #3 CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 12:00pm – Quarterfinal #4 TSN2
Friday 2/21, 7:00am – Semifinal #1 TSN
Friday 2/21, 12:00pm – Semifinal #2 CBC
Saturday 2/22, 10:00am – Bronze Medal Game CBC
Sunday 2/23, 7:00am – Gold Medal Game CBC, NBC
Saturday 2/8, 3:00am – United States vs. Finland SN
Saturday 2/8, 8:00am – Canada vs. Switzerland CBC
Sunday 2/9, 3:00am – Sweden vs. Japan SN
Sunday 2/9, 8:00am – Russia vs. Germany SN
Monday 2/10, 5:00am – United States vs. Switzerland SN
Monday 2/10, 10:00am – Finland vs. Canada CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 5:00am – Germany vs. Sweden TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 3:00am – Switzerland vs. Finland TSN2
Wednesday 2/12, 7:30am – Canada vs. United States CBC
Thursday 2/13, 3:00am – Germany vs. Japan SN1
Thursday 2/13, 12:00pm – Sweden vs. Russia TSN2
Saturday 2/15, 7:30am – Quarterfinal #2 SN
Monday 2/17, 7:30am – Semifinal #1 CBC
Monday 2/17, 12:00pm – Semifinal #2 CBC
Thursday 2/20, 7:00am – Bronze Medal Game TSN
Thursday 2/20, 12:00pm – Gold Medal Game CBC, NBC
Saturday 2/8, 9:30am-1:05pm – Men’s Singles (heats 1 & 2)
Sunday 2/9, 9:30am-1:25pm – Men’s Singles (heats 3 & 4) CBC (TD 2:30pm)
Monday 2/10, 9:30am-12:40pm – Women’s Singles (heats 1 & 2) SN1
Tuesday 2/11, 9:30-10:30am – Women’s Singles (heat 3) CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 11:30am-12:30pm – Women’s Singles (heat 4) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 9:00-11:35am – Doubles (heats 1 & 2) SN
Thursday 2/13, 11:00am-12:30pm – Team Relay SN1
Wednesday 2/12, 4:30-5:20am – Individual NH/10km (ski jumping) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 7:25-8:15am – Individual NH/10km (cross country) TSN2
Tuesday 2/18, 4:25-5:30am – Individual LH/10km (ski jumping) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 7:00-7:45am – Individual LH/10km (cross country) SN
Thursday 2/20, 2:55-3:50am – Team LH/4x5km (ski jumping) SN
Thursday 2/20, 6:00-7:15am – Team LH/4x5km (cross country) CBC
SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
Monday 2/10, 4:45-7:30am – Women’s 500m heats, Women’s 3000m Relay semis, Men’s 1500m final CBC
Thursday 2/13, 4:55-7:30am – Women’s 500m quarters, Men’s 100m heats TSN
Thursday 2/13, 6:00-7:15am – Women’s 500m semis, Men’s 5000m relay semis, Women’s 500m final CBC
Saturday 2/15, 4:55-7:55am – Women’s 1500m heats, Men’s 1000m quarters TSN
Saturday 2/15, 6:00-7:30am – Women’s 1500m semis/final, Men’s 1000m semis/finals CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 4:25-6:30am – Women’s 1000m heats, Men’s 500m heats TSN
Tuesday 2/18, 5:30-6:30am – Men’s 500m heats, Women’s 3000m relay final CBC
Friday 2/21, 11:25am-2:15pm – Men’s 500m final, Women’s 1000m final, Men’s 5000m Relay final TSN
Thursday 2/13, 2:30-4:15am – Women’s (heats 1 & 2) CBC
Friday 2/14, 7:15-10:30am – Men’s (heats 1 & 2) SN1
Friday 2/14, 10:30am-12:40pm – Women’s (heats 3 & 4) SN1
Saturday 2/15, 10:30am-12:00pm – Men’s (heats 3 & 4) CBC
Sunday 2/9, 12:25-2:15pm – Men’s Normal Hill TSN, CBC (JIP 1:15pm)
Tuesday 2/11, 12:45-2:05pm – Women’s Normal Hill TSN, CBC (JIP 1:30pm)
Saturday 2/15, 12:30-2:00pm – Men’s Large Hill CBC
Monday 2/17, 12:00-2:10pm – Men’s Team Event SN1
Thursday 2/6, 1:00-7:40am – Snowboard Slopestyle (qualifying) CBC (TD 6am)
Saturday 2/8, 12:30-2:15am – Men’s Slopestyle (semifinal) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 3:45-5:00am – Men’s Slopestyle (final) CBC
Sunday 2/9, 1:25-2:45am – Women’s Slopestyle (semifinal) TSN
Sunday 2/9, 4:00-5:25am – Women’s Slopestyle (final) CBC, TSN
Tuesday 2/11, 4:55-8:05am – Men’s Halfpipe (qualifying) TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 9:55-11:00am – Men’s Halfpipe (semifinal) TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 12:30-1:30pm – Men’s Halfpipe (final) CBC, TSN2
Wednesday 2/12, 4:45-8:05am – Women’s Halfpipe (qualifying) SN
Wednesday 2/12, 10:00-11:00am – Women’s Halfpipe (semifinal) CBC (TD 10:30am)
Wednesday 2/12, 12:15-1:35pm – Women’s Halfpipe (final) SN
Sunday 2/16, 4:15-5:15am – Women’s Snowboard Cross (final at 4:45am) CBC
Monday 2/17, 1:55-3:30am – Men’s Snowboard Cross (qualifying) SN
Monday 2/17, 4:30-5:30am – Men’s Snowboard Cross (final at 5:15am) CBC, SN
Wednesday 2/19, 12:15-2:00am – Men’s & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom (qualifying) CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 3:55-6:05am – Men’s & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom (finals at 5:30am) SN
Saturday 2/22, 12:15-2:00am – Men’s & Women’s Parallel Slalom (qualifying) CBC
Saturday 2/22, 4:15-6:15am – Men’s Parallel Slalom (finals at 5:45am) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 6:15-9:30am – Men’s 5000m SN
Sunday 2/9, 6:25-8:30am – Women’s 3000m CBC, TSN
Monday 2/10, 7:55-11:25am – Men’s 500m TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 7:45-11:00am – Women’s 500m TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 8:55-10:40am – Men’s 1000m TSN, CBC (JIP 10am)
Thursday 2/13, 8:55-10:40am – Women’s 1000m TSN2
Saturday 2/15, 8:25-10:25am – Men’s 1500m TSN
Sunday 2/16, 9:00-10:50am – Women’s 1500m CBC, SN
Tuesday 2/18, 7:55-11:00am – Men’s 10, 000m TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 8:15-10:20am – Women’s 5000m TSN2
Friday 2/21, 8:25-10:25am – Team Pursuit quarterfinals/men’s semifinal TSN2
Saturday 2/22, 8:30-9:45am – Team Pursuit women’s semifinal/finals CBC
The CBC has announced some highlights of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which begin in under one month. English-language coverage will air on TV on CBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. CBC will also have 12 live online feeds that will include commentary. CBC is promising more than 1500 hours of total coverage, including the streams. CBC Television will have over 350 hours of coverage (21 hours daily), featuring all Canadian hockey games and most medal events. TSN and TSN2 will combine for 250 hours of coverage (~17 hours daily), including primetime encores of hockey. Sportsnet will feature 140 hours of coverage, with 64.5 more on Sportsnet ONE (~13 hours daily). Sportsnet will focus on curling in primetime.
Coverage begins on Thursday February 6, the day prior to the opening ceremony, at 6am Eastern with snowboard slopestyle qualification and figure skating’s team event. The opening ceremony, with hosts Peter Mansbridge and Ron MacLean, will air live on February 7 at 11am Eastern on CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and TSN2. CBC’s coverage begins with an exclusive preview show at 10am ET and will also feature encore presentations of the ceremony at 2pm ET and again in primetime.
CBC’s coverage will air almost around the clock, except to break for local news and The National. Olympic coverage begins at midnight Eastern with Olympic Overnight and continues live through the end of Olympic Daytime at 3pm ET. Olympic Extra, an encore broadcast, follows from 3 through 5pm ET. That is followed by a 2 hour break for local news, then Olympic Primetime at 7pm Eastern, in most regions. The National will air between Primetime and Overnight Coverage.
CBC’s highlights include all Canadian hockey games, as well as the gold medal finals in men’s and women’s hockey and curling. TSN will show the free programs of all figure skating events. TSN2 features Shaun White looking for a third straight gold medal in snowboard halfpipe. Sportsnet has the men’s moguls final, featuring Alex Bilodeau, who won Canada’s first gold medal on home snow in Vancouver. Sportsnet ONE features lots of sliding, including women’s skeleton, women’s luge, women’s bobsleigh and 2-man bobsleigh.
CBC will release a more detailed broadcast schedule in the coming weeks.
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.
Since NBC seems to be kind enough to release a list of commentators who’ll call each match every week, I figured I’d try to pass them along in the form of a weekly Canadian TV schedule. I know some viewers have their favourites and we usually never know who’ll call what match ahead of time.
Saturday August 24
7:45am, Fulham v. Arsenal – Sportsnet (Richard Kaufman & Stewart Robson)
10:00am, Southampton v. Sunderland – TSN (Joe Speight & Tony Gale)
10:00am, Stoke City v. Crystal Palace – Sportsnet (Jonathan Beck & Garry Birtles)
10:00am, Everton v. West Bromwich – TSN.ca (Daniel Mann & Trevor Francis)
10:00am, Newcastle v. West Ham – TSN.ca (Gary Taphouse & Davie Provan)
10:00am, Hull City v. Norwich City – SN World (David Stowell & Barry Horne)
12:30pm, Aston Villa v. Liverpool – TSN, NBC (Arlo White & Lee Dixon)
Sunday August 25
11:00am, Tottenham v. Swansea City – SN World (Tony Jones & Dean Sturridge)
11:00am, Cardiff City v. Manchester City – SN World + (Jon Champion & Danny Mills)
Monday August 26
3:00pm, Manchester United v. Chelsea – TSN (Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux)
On the heels of TSN releasing their Premier League schedule yesterday, Sportsnet has followed today. Here is the full schedule through the end of September. All games are on the four regional Sportsnet channels except where noted.
Saturday 8/17, 7:45am – Liverpool v. Stoke City
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – Arsenal v. Aston Villa
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – Sunderland v. Fulham (World)
Saturday 8/17, 10:00am – West Ham v. Cardiff City (World Online)
Saturday 8/17, 12:30pm – Swansea City v. Man United
Wednesday 8/21, 2:45pm – Chelsea v. Aston Villa (World)
Saturday 8/24, 7:45am – Fulham v. Arsenal
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Stoke City v. Crystal Palace
Saturday 8/24, 10:00am – Hull City v. Norwich City (World)
Sunday 8/25, 11:00am – Cardiff City v. Man City (World Online)
Sunday 8/25, 11:00am – Spurs v. Swansea City (World)
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – Cardiff City v. Everton (World)
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – Newcastle v. Fulham
Saturday 8/31, 10:00am – Norwich City v. Southampton (World Online)
Sunday 9/1, 8:30am – Liverpool v. Man United (World)
Saturday 9/14, 7:45am – Man United v. Crystal Palace
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Stoke City v. Man City
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Fulham v. West Brom (World Online)
Saturday 9/14, 10:00am – Hull City v. Cardiff City (World Online)
Monday 9/16, 3:00pm – Swanswa City v. Liverpool (World)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – Liverpool v. Southampton
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – Crystal Palace v. Swansea City (World)
Saturday 9/21, 10:00am – West Brom v. Sunderland (World Online)
Sunday 9/22, 8:30am – Arsenal v. Stoke City (World)
Sunday 9/22, 11:00am – Man City v. Man United
Saturday 9/28, 7:30am – Spurs v. Chelsea
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Southampton v. Crystal Palace
Saturday 9/28, 10:00am – Fulham v. Cardiff City (World)
Saturday 9/28, 12:30pm – Swansea City v. Arsenal (ONE)
Monday 9/30, 2:30pm – Everton v. Newcastle (World)
Was so busy last week I barely even had time to look at the press release for TSN’s new CFL deal. So, here are some of the details. And while you read, here is music history from Saturday night. Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon played their song “Tender” with Noel Gallagher of Oasis, officially ending of of music’s biggest rivalries, I guess. It was either great, or worse than sipping champagne at 10 Downing, depending on who you are.
- It’s a 8-year deal that runs through the end of the 2018 season and includes every regular season and playoff game for TSN, RDS (Alouettes and playoffs) and RDS2.
- Also includes radio rights for the Grey Cup for TSN Radio and TEAM radio stations.
- Otherwise it seems everything is basically the same as before. The schedule will expand to 81 games next season when Ottawa rejoins the league, an increase from 73 this season.
- The CFL’s exclusive negotiating window with TSN ended at the end of January. The CFL wanted an exclusive deal with Bell.
- The guarantee of Canadian markets facing Canadian markets in every game was important for TSN.
- Cohon thinks it gives the CFL the dollar guarantee that allows it to invest in new infrastructural and ideas.
- TSN’s Stewart Johnston on the prospect of moving the Grey Cup to CTV, “Well we love our parent network at CTV, but I can tell you honestly, it wasn’t once discussed. We love what the Grey Cup has done for the TSN brand in the past five years.” It’s not a problem for the CFL, as I’ve mentioned before.
- You can listen to Johnston and Cohon on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor from last week here. I wish I had more to say about it, but it’s really more of the same.
March Madness… TSN’s March Madness coverage continues to have both bright spots and some real annoyances for viewers. The features on Canadian players are great. Dan Shulman and Sam Mitchell are great on the studio panel. Host Kate Beirness is really growing into the job. And best of all TSN barely showed any of the games that were on CBS over the weekend. Not only that, but Beirness and the bottomline directed viewers to watch CBS. Meanwhile TSN and TSN2 focused on games that were broadcast on cable channels TBS, TNT and TruTV in the States. The only thing I found poor about TSN’s coverage was the constant flipping of games from TSN to TSN2. It got confusing. And while the bottomline said which game was on CBS, it never mentioned what games were broadcast on the other network. At the opening of each broadcast it was never really revealed which games TSN would show and which ones would air mainly on TSN or TSN2. A little more consistency in leaving one game on the same network would be nice, instead of constantly switching at halftime.
Soccer… 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying continues tomorrow. Before getting to what’s on tomorrow, GolTV deserves credit for using the RTE Irish domestic commentary of the Sweden v. Ireland game on Friday evening. Despite audio troubles in the first five minutes, it was a lot better than their usual annoying American commentators calling the match off a screen from Florida.
But on to the more interesting matter. England travels to Podgoric to face Group H leaders Montenegro in a key qualifying match tomorrow night. International broadcasts of the match, originally marketed for by Kentaro, have taken an interesting turn. GolTV shows Kentaro matches in North America. This game was one of the biggest in the package of qualifiers that GolTV purchased from Kentaro last year. However, the Montenegro FA recently pulled out of their contract with Kentaro. With that GolTV lost rights to the match and it will now air on Sportsnet.
A similar situation occurred in England where ITV nearly lost rights to the match after paying Kentaro an upfront fee for it. Kentaro still claims (or at least claimed as of last week) to hold international rights to Montenegro home matches internationally. GolTV in the US included it on their broadcast schedule as recently as the weekend. GolTV in Canada still does. The Guardian has an interesting article on the situation. It also explains why Brazil’s World Tour matches have disappeared from GolTV this season, as Kentaro has lost rights to those as well. No word yet on how this affects GolTV’s coverage of Ireland v. Austria tomorrow evening. The match was originally scheduled for tape-delay at 6pm ET; however, with this development it could air live at 4:45pm ET. In other action tomorrow evening France and Spain battle for the top spot in Group I on Sportsnet ONE.
MLB… The 2013 Jays broadcast schedule is out. 20 games will air exclusively on Sportsnet ONE. Most of those are due to NFL or Memorial Cup conflicts. Because of regional hockey conflicts another ten games in April will air on different combinations of the Sportsnet channels (six of those are also on ONE). The other 132 games will air on all four regional channels. I also have Sportsnet’s MLB schedule (I’ll post it later this weekend when I get the chance). Sportsnet ONE has close to 90 other MLB games, while the regional channels will combine for around 175 games. TSN2 has Sunday Night Baseball again. By my count there are over 450 games on Canadian TV this season, not including American networks like FOX or WGN.