TSN Radio Vancouver: The Team radio stations in Vancouver of Team 1040 and Team 1410 will fall under the TSN Radio brand beginning today. They join already rebranded stations in Montreal, Edmonton, Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa. Longtime west coast Connected anchor Don Taylor, who left Sportsnet earlier in the month, will now be with TSN 1040 full-time in their afternoon drive slot and contribute to other TSN Radio stations across the country.
OUA on Sportsnet: When The Score was purchased and rebranded by Rogers as Sportsnet 360, they continued showing Ontario University Athletics (OUA) football and basketball, which has been on Canadian television for decades. No more. Sportsnet announced their agreement with OUA has expired and they would not be renewing, but they wouldn’t be abandoning amateur athletics and they are “focused on building a national CIS presence and supporting CIS athletes across the country through our partnership with the CIS.” OUA officials quickly blamed the 12-year, $5.2-billion deal Rogers signed with the NHL and the fact games are on Saturday afternoons, right before Rogers’ massive night of hockey would begin. Sportsnet President Scott Moore came out and trashed that theory stating the low numbers of viewers (average 28,000 per game last year) didn’t justify the cost of producing ten regular season games. Sportsnet will continue to show playoff games. The OUA tried to find another broadcaster but had no luck and will try and stream every game online each week.
Layoffs at The Score: Speaking of The Score (the digital property, that is), six feature editors were let go from the company at the end of July with the official statement being it was a “strategic decision to consolidate our mobile news team into a single group in order to fully focus on producing the kind of mobile-first content our users have come to enjoy.” In other words, they are no longer interested in feature pieces or long-form writing and solely want bite-sized articles that people can read on their ever-popular app. Personally, Richard Whittle, Drew Fairservice and Dustin Parkes are all fantastic writers and deserve a permanent gig over hacks such as Damien Cox and Steve Simmons.
CBC Sports Twins: For those of you always confused CBC Sports’ twin reporters Carly and Charlise Agro, you can now sleep well at night. Carly tweeted out on August 29 she was leaving CBC. A few days later, Carly has announced she has joined Sportsnet as part of their NHL coverage.
NHL Centre Ice: According to a tweet from Rogers, NHL Centre Ice will be $209 until October 31 and $219 from November onwards, and unlike other packages like NFL Sunday Ticket, there will be no payment by installment option. In a followup tweet, Rogers stated all digital TV subscribers should get a free preview of CI between October 8 and 14.
The Week Ahead
Monday: If your a Jays fan and are still watching their crumbling season (not judging you at all), you can see the game tonight against the Cubs at 7pm on WGN so you can rightly avoid the crappy Sportsnet broadcast with the always-terrible Buck and Pat in the booth. Of course, most people will be watching the NFL Monday Night Football double-header on TSN.
Tuesday: No WGN broadcast tonight unfortunately, but alternately you can enjoy the Royals-Tigers game on MLB Network (of course, only if you are on Rogers). UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches continue with five games during the day across the Sportsnet family.
Wednesday: Five games of MLB, a couple MLS games, some cycling and basketball World Cup action. Average hump day viewing.
Thursday: Jays has the night off, so enjoy Yankees-Rays which will no doubt include something relating to the September 11 anniversary. Enjoy watching three different types of football: NFL Thursday Night Football on City and simsubbed on CBS, college football on a bunch of TSN’s, and padding-free football – the English Super League.
And don’t forget, you can find daily listings of all the sports on all of the channels over at Sports on Canadian TV.