As I mentioned last week, Fox Sports World Canada will shutdown before the current soccer season ends. The channel, which was one of Canada’s first digital channels, will cease broadcasting on April 30. Rogers will drop it at the beginning of April. Here is the statement Shaw Media released.
As we continue to strategically strengthen our portfolio of specialty channels, we’d like to share with you that we will be closing Fox Sports World, effective April 30, 2012. With our decision last summer not to pursue a robust sports offering, maintaining Fox Sports World no longer makes strategic and economic sense for Shaw Media going forward. We are currently in discussions with Fox Soccer Channel in the US, however, about the possibility of continuing to license the Fox Soccer Report, a one-hour program which is produced by our team in Winnipeg and licensed internationally.
This seems to cement that Shaw has absolutely no interest in competing with TSN or Sportsnet at anytime. Fox Sports World was their only grab at any sports rights. This probably means Shaw has no interest in buying theScore either.
All of Fox Sports World’s broadcast rights were acquired through TLN (itself owned 50% by Corus, which is was founded by Shaw) and theScore. The Serie A and Europa League contracts are up at the end of season. As are GolTV’s La Liga and Bundesliga contracts. Shaw had no interest in any of these properties. This leaves GolTV, TLN/Euroworld Sports and Sportsnet as the only serious bidders for those contracts.