In Case You Missed It

This feature, posting press release links with a bit of commentary at the end of the week, seemed to work quite well last week. So, I’m thinking about making it a regular feature. Gives you guys a chance to catch up on any news you may have missed this week, and saves me a bunch of time.

TSN has the Scotties Tournament of Hearts beginning this weekend. Coverage begins tomorrow at 2:00pm ET with the opening draw, featuring defending champion Heather Nedohin against New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford. TSN will have every draw, except draw 5 tomorrow night, which airs on TSN2. There is a slight change to the schedule this year as there is no action on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Instead Friday will feature the final 3 draws, with tiebreakers and page playoffs on Saturday, and the semifinal, 3rd place game and championship final on Sunday. I think this works a lot better for fans and should help attendance. It should help maintain momentum torwards the end of the week as well.

Sportsnet has announced that Vancouver Canucks games will air on Sportsnet Pacific until 2022-23 with a new ten year extension set to kick-in next season. Sportsnet Pacific will show up to sixty games per season, although the average number is probably a bit less than that. Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean will likely still work for Sportsnet towards the end of the new Canucks deal as both have signed new multiyear deals with the network. Bob McCown joked that Kyper signed a lifetime contract, but in reality he is locked in for around ten years.

In a slightly shorter-term deal Global has re-newed its contract with the PGA Tour through 2018. Global will show 26 tournaments a year (not sure if that includes The Masters, which is a seperate contract). Along with The Masters, Global will continue to show the Players Championship, Canadian Open, two World Golf Championships events, and all four PGA playoff tournaments. Also included are the 2015 and 2017 Presidents Cups. The new contract, as with the current one, does not include all events, which leaves another small package open for another networks to pick up.

The NASCAR season begins this weekend. Coverage of the season’s non-points opener, the Spint Unlimited at Daytona, airs on CTV Two (yes you read that right) and FOX Saturday night at (8pm ET). FOX also has Daytona 500 pole qualifying on Sunday afternoon. TSN and TSN2 will show every NASCAR race after the opener. And the reason NASCAR is on CTV Two on Saturday is because TSN has the Scotties and TSN2 has NBA All Star Saturday (8pm ET). TSN also has the Rising Stars game tonight (9pm ET) and the All Star Game on Sunday night (7pm ET).

NBC’s third annual Hockey Day in America is this Sunday. NBC has a doubleheader Sunday afternoon featuring Pittsburgh @ Buffalo (12:30pm ET) and Los Angeles @ Chicago (3:30pm ET). The press release details some of the stories that are featured. There is a bit of Canadian content too as Gord Miller will call the game in Buffalo.

And, lastly, Fox has announced its 2013 MLB broadcast schedule. Included are eight primetime games beginning in late May.

7 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It

  1. Once again, Fox refuses to carry the Toronto Blue Jays, the only MLB team not covered by Fox. If the Blue Jays make the playoffs and advance to the second round, Fox will have to scramble to learn about the Blue Jays.

  2. Fox has no reason to show the Blue Jays since they would lose 1 home market by showing a Canadian team. Just like NBC avoids showing Canadian NHL teams unless they have to come playoff time.

    Odd to see NASCAR on CTV2. Of course this will give them a simsub opportunity on some providers that they wouldn’t have had otherwise if it were on TSN/TSN2. Although I’ve noticed BellTV does simsub the TSN broadcast over the American O.T.A. networks like Fox.

    • I do know why Fox does what it does concerning the Blue Jays. I’m certainly not naive. But given that these are regional games, and Fox’s baseball ratings are anemic, the potential loss isn’t high. Plus, the Blue Jays are supposed to be exciting.

      • But can they really afford anymore loss? Even smaller-market US teams, like Tampa Bay, didn’t get on much until they actually started winning. If they have a good season (which is a big if), I could see them getting a Sunday Night Baseball or FOX apperance late in the season against New York or Boston.

        • Toronto gets an occasional appearance on ESPN. And when the Blue Jays play the Yankees or Red Sox, they get on TBS. It’s the 0 appearances on Fox that is a little surprising. But you are definitely right that the Blue Jays need to win to be on TV more. Maybe the Blue Jays will get a Fox appearance in the wild card Saturdays the last 2 weeks of the regular season.

  3. Fox regular season baseball ratings are relatively weak. So, no need to dilute it further with a non-US team.

    Nascar on CTV2 is only odd because this station rarely shows any sport. But given that Scotties will kill Nascar in the ratings, no reason to move flagship programming off TSN.

    • I don’t know that early-on Scotties ratings (especially with Nova Scotia and Quebec playing) will kill NASCAR. Neither will be close to hockey, but NASCAR usually does 200, 000 to 500, 000. NASCAR is the only one they can simulcast (on CTV Two), so it makes sense to move it over there.

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