Sportsnet has announced the hiring of former successful TSN presenter James Cybulski to man the Sportsnet Pacific version of Connected, as well as reporting on the local Vancouver teams. Cybulski left/was fired from TSN Radio Toronto in February after hosting the drive show since April 2011 when TSN Radio launched to try and compete with Sportsnet. To say Cybulski’s show barely put a dent into Sportsnet’s ‘Prime Time Sports’ drive show would be an understatement.
“Shock jocks” in Toronto and Atlanta were under fire this past week after a series of statements that appeared to be attempts at humour, but led to a barrage of outrage that ended in a couple of firings.
Locally first, Toronto’s The Edge morning host Dean Blundell made some unpleasant remarks regarding the death of Edmonton Oilers draft pick Kristians Pelss in Latvia, implying that the future Oiler would have rather killed himself than go to the city of Edmonton. Blundell eventually apologized for the remark, but not before some Toronto sports media reporters took their own shots at Blundell in a back and forth with the host, notably Bruce Arthur and Steve Simmons.
South of the border, and to a radio station that seems to have more balls than The Edge, three members of an Atlanta-based morning show were fired after a segment based on former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is currently battling ALS. The joke was based around the notion of “Gleason” calling into the show and using a computerized voice to speak. At first, the station, 790 The Zone, announced the three individuals involved were suspended, but shortly followed the news they had all been fired. They have since apologized.
Not some much an acquistion, more an extension, (I wanted to keep my rhyming headldine going) as TSN and RDS announced this week that they had signed a 10-year agreement with Hockey Canada to continue broadcasting all Hockey Canada events including internationals such as the World Juniors Championship, World Championship, Women’s World Championship, Mens U18 World Championship. Domestically, the networks will continue to cover events such as the Telus Cup, Esso Cup, RBC Cup, Allan Cup, World Junior A Challenge and etc.
Also included in the announcement is that Montreal and Toronto will co-host both the 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships.
I don’t have exact numbers, but CBC averaged around 2.5 million for the first two Stanley Cup Final games with RDS averaging half a million viewers.
Sat 8th — Indycar: Texas — 66,000 (SN)
Sun 9th — NBA Finals: Spurs vs. Heat, Game 2: 381,000 (TSN, also on ABC)
Tue 11th — NBA Finals: Spurs vs. Heat, Game 3: 258,000 (TSN, also on ABC)
Tue 11th — MLB: Blue Jays @ White Sox: 572,000 (SN)
Wed 12th — MLB: Rangers @ Indians: 88,000 (SN – replacement after Jays game postponed)
Thu 13th — NBA Finals: Spurs vs. Heat, Game 4: 325,000 (TSN, also on ABC)
Thu 13th — MLB: Blue Jays @ Rangers: 568,000 (SN)
Fri 14th — MLB: Blue Jays @ Rangers: 604,000 (SN)
Fri 14th — CFL Pre-Season: BC @ Calgary: 593,000 (TSN)
Sun 16th — NBA Finals: Spurs vs. Heat, Game 5: 467,000 (TSN, also on ABC)
Tue 18th — NBA Finals: Spurs vs. Heat, Game 6: 498,000 (TSN, also on ABC)
Tue 18th — MLB: Rockies @ Blue Jays: 686,000 (SN)
Last night’s NBA Game 7 finale averaged 890,000 viewers with a peak of 1.45 million tuning into the final minutes making it one of the highest-rated games ever on TSN. With the game also screening on ABC, the numbers could have been much higher.