In the coming months I am beginning a new part of my life. One where I probably won’t find as much time for this site. That, combined with a general waning desire to write about sports media much of the time will likely result in less content on here.
I created the Canadian Sports Media Blog, then just Canadian Sports Fan Blog (because, yes, I’m terrible with naming things) as an outlet for me to write about sports in 2009. I wanted it to be a break from “real life”. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I wanted a chance to write about things I would never get the chance to elsewhere. At first I created the blog to write about the NHL Trade Deadline. Believe it or not, I actually wrote about sports (and not sports broadcasting) back then. Finally in 2010 I got a bit of a break with my analysis of CTV’s Olympic coverage bringing readers to the blog for the first time. That’s when I decided I had a niche.
As some of you may already know, I no longer do the daily sports listings. Haven’t all summer. Contributer Ticky has taken that over and I thank him for that. I would also like to thank everyone else who has helped out. And of course everyone who has taken the time to read.
And therein lies one of the reasons I have to cutback. As I said, I originally wrote to please myself. As a hobby. More and more over the last year I’ve wrote to please others. I’ve spent time reseaching stories that I should have spent on other things. As a result, this hasn’t been as enjoyable. But I always knew I had to at least keep it going through the end of the Olympics. And I did. And I hope to keep this going through 2014 because I love the Olympics that much.
So what can you expect this fall? I hope to continue to post two soccer schedules per week (on Monday and Friday), a weekly NFL schedule which is top priority (on Tuesday or Wednesday), and a weekly college football schedule (on Thursday). I also hope to bring back NHL commentator listings in October (if there is no lockout). And I hope to bring ratings updates back too. I hope to do all of these things, but I’m not sure I’ll have the time. And the honest truth is I may have to cut some (or even all) of them. So, some posts may be made well ahead of time, so late schedule changes won’t be reflected. And opinion pieces will come, if I find the time and desire. They are the most enjoyable things I do on here, but they also take the most work. If anyone has any interest in helping out with the schedules or ratings updates, let me know. I’ll give you all the details you need to do them.
I hope everyone sticks with me. There are some big things coming up in sports media over the next two years. New NHL and CFL contracts, CBC takes over the Olympics and CTV takes over FIFA properties from the 2015 World Cup. And there is still the small, currently relevant, matter of Serie A and La Liga not airing on Canadian TV this year.