News & Notes: Keith Pelley, NHL Draft Lottery, Ratings, Formula 1, NASL, TNA Wrestling

… Rogers Media President Keith Pelley announced he was leaving the telecommunications giant to become commissioner and CEO of the European golf tour. Pelley was the main man behind Rogers securing their 12-year broadcast deal with the NHL. While Pelley has a history of only holding down the same job for a few years at a time, many people wonder whether the underperforming NHL deal has anything to do with his move. Granted, it is only year one of the deal, but Rogers have seen ratings and profits drop from last season, strong audience backlash, as well as revenue from the deal not likely to meet pre-season expectations.

… The NHL Draft Lottery goes tonight, but don’t expect to be able to watch any of the “exciting” action. In the past few years when TSN held the rights, the lottery has been shown in prime-time on a slow playoff night and had a couple hours dedicated to it. No more. Tonight, you’ll get an in-studio interview with top prospects Connor McDavid, Noah Hanifin and Dylan Strome during Hockey Central on CBC at 7:30pm ET and then just before the beginning of the Penguins-Rangers at 8pm ET, the results will be announced live in the Hockey Central studio. That’s it. Video of the live draw will be available online at NHL.com and Sportsnet.ca once the draw has been completed.

… Game one of the Habs-Sens series gave Rogers a huge ratings number of 3.02 millions viewers on CBC while TVA Sports got 1.37 million for a total Canadian average audience of 4.39 million, while 9.4 million of us watched at least part of the game. The Canucks-Flames game one also on Wednesday night attracted an average audience of 1.98 million.

… The Toronto Blue Jays are back for another season and their season opener got an average audience of 777,000 – the most-watched away opener ever for Sportsnet. The Jays home opener on Monday night was a solid 1.22 million, making it the second highest watched sporting event of the week… Numbers for the final round of The Masters were up in the U.S. and here. Global got 1.19 million viewers watching Jordan Spieth take the green jacket last Sunday.

… TSN’s Formula 1 coverage has been terrible for a number of years now, mostly due to very little coverage of pre- or post-race activities. Now they have done something slightly to improve this, adding the BBC pre-race grid walk before select races this season, hosted by David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan. Sadly, the remaining races not covered by BBC will have zero build-up. The grid walk will feature at the following grand prix races: Bahrain (April 19), Canada (June 7), Great Britain (July 5), Hungary (July 26), Belgium (Aug. 23), Japan (Sept. 27), Russia (Oct. 11), Brazil (Nov. 15), Abu Dhabi (Nov. 29). Yes, TSN will be taking pre-race coverage from England for a grand prix held in their own backyard. Pathetic, really.

… TSN will have coverage on Monday of the Boston Marathon. Action begins at 9:30am ET on TSN2.

… If you’re a fan of lower league soccer in North America, a new television deal announced by NASL (North American Soccer League) a few weeks back should have you somewhat happy — all games are being streamed live online this season. Ottawa Fury games will stream live on their website while FC Edmonton games will be available online on CityTV Edmonton’s website. All matches featuring U.S. teams will be available via TSN GO. Both legs between these teams on April 22 and 29 as part of the Amway Canadian Championship will be streamed at CanadaSoccer.com.

… Fight Network has added TNA Impact wrestling programming to its schedule beginning the first week of April. TNA’s flagship program IMPACT will screen Fridays at 9pm ET while premiering on Saturday nights at 11pm ET is TNA Xplosion, featuring exclusive matches, recaps and historical matches. Other TNA specialty programming will also be broadcast as part of the multi-year agreement.

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— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV

Toronto Raptors 2015 Playoffs on TSN & Additional Playoff Schedule

Just like last year, TSN will have coverage of every Toronto Raptors game during the 2015 NBA playoffs. Coverage begins Saturday with a 30-minute pre-game for game one against the Washington Wizards, live on TSN and TSN GO from 12pm ET. TSN Radio will have a 90-minute show leading into the game.

Raptors schedule as follows:

  • Game 1: Washington @ Toronto – Saturday, April 18 at 12 p.m. ET on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio 1050
  • Game 2: Washington @ Toronto – Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio 1050
  • Game 3: Toronto @ Washington – Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio 1050
  • Game 4: Toronto @ Washington – Sunday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN and TSN GO
  • Game 5: Washington @ Toronto – Wednesday, April 29 at TBD (if required)
  • Game 6: Toronto @ Washington – Friday, May 1 at TBD (if required)
  • Game 7: Washington @ Toronto – Sunday, May 3 at TBD (if required)

Matt Devlin and Jack Armstrong have the call with Rod Black, Leo Rautins and Morris Peterson providing on-site hosting and analysis coverage. Paul Jones and Sherman Hamilton cover things from the radio side.

TSN, Sportsnet 360, and NBA TV will cover all other playoff games during the first round. Select games will also be available on ABC including next Sundays Clippers-Spurs game which won’t be on a Canadian network. The schedule so far is below. All times Eastern.

Sat, Apr 18
New Orleans @ Golden State 3:30 pm ABC/Sportsnet 360
Milwaukee @ Chicago 7:00 pm Sportsnet 360
Dallas @ Houston 9:30 pm TSN2

Sun, Apr 19
Boston @ Cleveland 3:00 pm ABC/TSN2
Brooklyn @ Atlanta 5:30 pm TSN2
Portland @ Memphis 8:00 pm TSN2
San Antonio @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 pm TSN2

Mon, Apr 20
Milwaukee @ Chicago 8:00 pm TSN2
New Orleans @ Golden State 10:30 pm TSN2

Tue, Apr 21
Boston @ Cleveland 7:00 pm NBATV Canada
Dallas @ Houston 9:30 pm NBATV Canada

Wed, Apr 22
Brooklyn @ Atlanta 7:00 pm NBATV Canada
Portland @ Memphis 8:00 pm TSN2
San Antonio @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 pm TSN2

Thu, Apr 23
Cleveland @ Boston 7:00 pm TSN
Chicago @ Milwaukee 8:00 pm NBATV Canada
Golden State @ New Orleans 9:30 pm TSN2

Fri, Apr 24
Houston @ Dallas 7:00 pm NBATV Canada
L.A. Clippers @ San Antonio 9:30 pm NBATV Canada

Sat, Apr 25
Atlanta @ Brooklyn 3:00 pm TSN2
Chicago @ Milwaukee 5:30 pm TSN2
Golden State @ New Orleans 8:00 pm TSN2
Memphis @ Portland 10:30 pm TSN2

Sun, Apr 26
Cleveland @ Boston 1:00 pm ABC/TSN2
L.A. Clippers @ San Antonio 3:30 p.m. ABC
Toronto @ Washington 7:00 pm TSN
Houston @ Dallas 9:30 pm NBATV Canada

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Broadcast Schedule

Below is all the info you need for the first round broadcast on Sportsnet, presented in no particular order.

A majority of first round games and all games involving Canadian teams will be on either CBC or Sportsnet, with the occasional U.S. vs. U.S. game being shown on SN360 or SN1. Rogers will produce five of the eight series: the three Canadian series plus Rangers-Penguins and Lightning-Red Wings.

TVA Sports will have three channels to cover every single playoff game, though specific channel designations haven’t been released as yet.

Of what has been announced, Canadians can view five games on NBC – one game of each series featuring a U.S. team.

Full schedule and commentating crews below. As always, all times are Eastern and channels/times subject to change.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Wed Apr 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Montreal at Ottawa, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: Montreal at Ottawa, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Ottawa at Montreal, TBD CBC
Sun Apr 26: Montreal at Ottawa, TBD CBC
Tue Apr 28: Ottawa at Montreal, TBD CBC

Thu Apr 16: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 8pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Mon Apr 20: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, TBD TBD
Sun Apr 26: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, TBD TBD
Tue Apr 28: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, TBD TBD

Thu Apr 16: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 3pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm SN, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Detroit at Tampa Bay, TBD TBD
Mon Apr 27: Tampa Bay at Detroit, TBD TBD
Wed Apr 29: Detroit at Tampa Bay, TBD TBD

Wed Apr 15: NY Islanders at Washington,7pm SN, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: NY Islanders at Washington,7pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Washington at NY Islanders, 12pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Washington at NY Islanders, 7:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: NY Islanders at Washington, TBD TBD
Sat Apr 25: Washington at NY Islanders, TBD TBD
Mon Apr 27: NY Islanders at Washington, TBD TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Wed Apr 15: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Vancouver at Calgary, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Tue Apr 21: Vancouver at Calgary, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Calgary at Vancouver, TBD CBC
Sat Apr 25: Vancouver at Calgary, TBD CBC
Mon Apr 27: Calgary at Vancouver, TBD CBC
All games available in Punjabi on OMNI

Thu Apr 16: Winnipeg at Anaheim, 10:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Winnipeg at Anaheim, 10:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 20: Anaheim at Winnipeg, 9pm SN, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: Anaheim at Winnipeg, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Winnipeg at Anaheim, TBD SN
Sun Apr 26: Anaheim at Winnipeg, TBD SN
Tue Apr 28: Winnipeg at Anaheim, TBD SN

Wed Apr 15: Chicago at Nashville, 8:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Nashville at Chicago, 3pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Nashville at Chicago, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Chicago at Nashville, TBD TBD
Sat Apr 25: Nashville at Chicago, TBD TBD
Mon Apr 27: Chicago at Nashville, TBD TBD

Thu Apr 16: Minnesota at St. Louis, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Minnesota at St. Louis, 3pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Mon Apr 20: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8pm SN1, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: St. Louis at Minnesota, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Minnesota at St. Louis, TBD TBD
Sun Apr 26: St. Louis at Minnesota, TBD TBD
Wed Apr 29: Minnesota at St. Louis, TBD TBD

Studio Crew

  • George Stroumboulopoulos will anchor the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Hockey Central studio, along with Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos
  • Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will host Coach’s Corner
  • Sportsnet will also provide extensive pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs across all platforms and will include hosts Daren Millard ,Jeff Marek, Brad Fay and Leah Hextall, and analysts P.J. Stock, John Shannon, Damien Cox , Doug MacLean, Billy Jaffe and Scott Morrison

Game Crews

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators (starts Wednesday)

  • Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analysts: Mike Johnson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: David Amber
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (starts Wednesday)

  • Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson; Reporter: Scott Oake
  • OMNI (Punjabi): Play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh; Game Analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal
  • Calgary Radio: all games available on Sportsnet 960 The FAN Play-by-play: Derek Wills ; Analyst: Peter Loubardias
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Dave Randorf; Game Analyst: Garry Galley; Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascall
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Bob Cole; Game Analyst: Greg Millen; Reporter: Christine Simpson

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Rick Ball; Game Analyst: John Garrett; Reporter: Dan Murphy

For the first time ever, all Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games will be available on NHL GameCentre Live.

Cubs and White Sox 2015 MLB Season on WGN

Chicago-based superstation WGN, available to nearly all Canadians via their cable/satellite provider, will have coverage of 40 Cubs games and 35 White Sox games during 2015.

Play-by-play announcer Ken Harrelson and color analyst and former White Sox pitcher Steve Stone will return to the White Sox broadcast booth for their seventh season together, while Len Kasper returns for his 11th season in the Cubs’ television booth and will be joined by Jim Deshaies for their third season together broadcasting Cubs baseball.

PDF download of each team’s WGN schedule: Cubs / White Sox.

The 2015 Masters on Global and TSN

For the third year in a row, TSN and Global split the broadcasting duties for golf’s first major of the year, The Masters, live from Augusta, Georgia. TSN will have the first two rounds, with Global taking the weekend rounds and extensive bonus coverage online. French-language coverage will be available on RDS.

Each round will have a one-hour preview show on the respective network and TSN2 will have a highlights show each night of each round. TSN.ca and TSN GO will have additional coverage of each round including two featured groups, Amen Corner, and holes 15 & 16. GlobalTV.com and Global Go will have streaming of the final two rounds.

TSN’s coverage of The Masters is hosted by James Duthie alongside analysts Bob Weeks and Jim Nelford, with reports from Cory Woron. In addition to preview and wrap up shows, Global’s Kevin Smith contributes reports for Global News. Duthie and Nelford deliver daily news updates and analysis for Sportscentre, with reports from Weeks.

Thursday: First Round, 2pm, TSN1/3/4
Friday: Second Round, 2pm, TSN
Saturday: Third Round, 2pm, Global
Sunday: Final Round, 3pm, Global
All times eastern

NHL Canadian TV Schedule: April 8–11

UPDATE: A few changes for Saturday. Sens-Flyers will be shown nationally on Sportsnet except in the Ottawa viewing area; Flames-Jets will also now be shown nationally except in the Winnipeg viewing area; Detroit-Carolina moves to FX Canada and Penguins-Sabres is added to the schedule on City.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8

7:30pm, Toronto at Columbus: SN (Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, Elliotte Friedman)
8pm, Boston at Washington: TVA Sports
10:30pm, Dallas at Anaheim: SN

THURSDAY APRIL 9

7pm, Ottawa at NY Rangers: TSN5*, RDS2*
7:30pm, Detroit at Montreal: SN East*, City Montreal*, RDS*
7:30pm, Boston at Florida: TVA Sports
9pm, Winnipeg at Colorado: TSN3*
9pm, Los Angeles at Calgary: SN West
9:30pm, San Jose at Edmonton: SN360 (Kevin Quinn, Louis DeBrusk, Drew Remenda, Mark Spector, Gene Principe)
10pm, Arizona at Vancouver: SN Pacific*

FRIDAY APRIL 10

7pm, NY Islanders at Pittsburgh: SN360, TVA Sports 2
7pm, Buffalo at Columbus: Sabres TV*

SATURDAY APRIL 11

12:30pm, Ottawa at Philadelphia: SN*, TSN5*, RDS2*
12:30pm, NY Rangers at Washington: TVA Sports
3pm, Calgary at Winnipeg: TSN3*, SN*
3pm, San Jose at Los Angeles: NBC West
3pm, Minnesota at St. Louis: NBC East
7pm, Montreal at Toronto: CBC, TVA Sports (Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake)
7pm, Detroit at Carolina: FX Canada
7pm, Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres: City
7:30pm, Boston at Tampa Bay: SN1
9pm, Chicago at Colorado: WGN, TVA Sports 2
10pm, Edmonton at Vancouver: CBC (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)

Yankees and Mets Games Available on WPIX in 2015

New York-based station WPIX will have coverage of 21 New York Yankees games this season as well as 25 New York Mets games. WPIX is available on most Canadian cable and satellite providers.

This will be the sixteenth year WPIX will be broadcasting select Mets games while Yankees games return to the network that previously aired their games for over 50 years. All games will be produced by the teams regular home broadcast network, YES for Yankees and SNY for the Mets.

Yankees games on WPIX (all times eastern)

Friday April 10, Red Sox, 7:00pm
Monday April 13, Orioles, 7:00pm
Sunday April 19, Rays, 1:00pm
Saturday April 25, Mets, 4:00pm
Friday May 15, Royals, 8:00pm
Saturday May 16, Royals, 7:00pm
Saturday May 23, Rangers, 1:00pm
Tuesday May 26, Royals, 7:00pm
Monday June 15, Marlins, 7:00pm
Monday June 22, Phillies, 7:00pm
Friday July 10, Red Sox, 7:00pm
Sunday July 19, Mariners, 1:00pm
Wednesday July 22, Orioles, 7:00pm
Saturday July 25, Twins, 7:00pm
Saturday Aug 1, White Sox, 7:00pm
Thursday Aug 13, Indians, 7:00pm
Monday Aug 17, Twins, 7:00pm
Monday Aug 24, Astros, 7:00pm
Sunday Sept 13, Blue Jays, 1:00pm
Wednesday Sept 16, Rays, 7:00pm
Monday Sept 21, Blue Jays, 7:00pm

Mets games on WPIX  (all times eastern)

Saturday April 11, Braves, 7:00pm
Saturday April 18, Marlins, 7:00pm
Friday April 24, Yankees, 7:00pm
Saturday May 2, Nationals, 7:00pm
Saturday May 9, Phillies, 7:00pm
Sunday May 17, Brewers, 1:00pm
Saturday May 30, Marlins, 4:00pm
Sunday May 31, Marlins, 1:00pm
Saturday June 13, Braves, 4:00pm
Saturday June 20, Braves, 7:00pm
Sunday June 21, Braves, 5:00pm
Saturday June 27, Reds, 4:00pm
Sunday July 5, Dodgers, 4:00pm
Saturday July 11, Diamondbacks, 4:00pm
Sunday July 12, Diamondbacks, 1:00pm
Saturday July 18, Cardinals, 7:00pm
Sunday July 26, Dodgers, 1:00pm
Saturday Aug 8, Rays, 6:00pm
Saturday Aug 15, Pirates, 7:00pm
Saturday Aug 22, Rockies, 8:00pm
Sunday Aug 23, Rockies, 4:00pm
Saturday Aug 29, Red Sox, 4:00pm
Saturday Sept 5, Marlins, 4:00pm
Saturday Sept 12, Braves, 7:00pm
Sunday Sept 20, Yankees, 1:00pm