2013-14 Senators on Sportsnet Schedule

Here is the press release:

Sportsnet today announced its 2013-14 Ottawa Senators regional broadcast schedule, featuring 54 regular season games, more than any other Canadian broadcaster. Coverage starts with the Senators season opener on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East when they visit the Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic Division showdown. (Click here for Sportsnet’s complete 2013-14 Senators TV broadcast schedule).

Forty-seven of Sportsnet’s regular season Senators games will air on Sportsnet East, while seven will air on the Sportsnet ONE companion channel, Sportsnet Sens.

All broadcasts will feature play-by-play announcer Dean Brown, analyst and former Stanley Cup Champion Denis Potvin and host Ian Mendes.HOCKEY CENTRAL will preview every game with a half-hour pre-game show, and will also provide intermission and post-game analysis.

Highlights from Sportsnet’s Ottawa Senators broadcast schedule include:

·         Six all-Canadian matchups, including games versus Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary
·         The Senators takes on the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ET
·         A visit from former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET
·         Three games versus Original Six teams in the newly realigned Atlantic Division, including Boston and Detroit

And the full schedule.

2013-14 Maple Leafs on Sportsnet Schedule

This week TSN and Sportsnet are releasing regional NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season. TSN also released its national slate yesterday. I will post links to all of the schedules, as well as the press releases.

All of Sportsnet’s 23 regular season Maple Leafs telecasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario and will feature veteran play-by-play announcer Joe Bowen, analyst and former NHLer Greg Millen and host Paul HendrickHOCKEY CENTRAL will preview every game with a half-hour pre-game show, and will also provide intermission and post-game analysis.

 

Highlights from Sportsnet’s Toronto Maple Leafs regular season TV broadcast schedule include:

·         Two all-Canadian showdowns versus Edmonton and Calgary

·         A matchup with 2013 Stanley Cup finalists Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ET

·         Maple Leafs visit Steel City to take on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET
Sportsnet keeps Toronto Maple Leafs fans connected to their home team first as the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. The series will provide an all-access pass to the events leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings playing outdoors at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus. The series will air on Sportsnet and City (broadcast schedule to be announced at a later date)

Full schedule

The Score Will Relaunch July 1 as Sportsnet 360

Sportsnet 360 logo courtesy of @sladurantaye

Sportsnet 360 logo courtesy of @sladurantaye

After waiting months for CRTC approval, and after months of speculation about what plans Rogers had for The Score after purchasing the television side of the company in August last year, Rogers announced yesterday that The Score will be relaunched on July 1 as Sportsnet 360 – a 24-hour news service that will feature breaking news and press conferences along with live sporting events.

With the renaming comes “a new logo, sets, animation package, and enhanced ticker that combines the look and feel of Sportsnet with familiar elements of The Score brand.” Sportsnet 360 will be able to show breaking news and full press conferences so as to not break away from programming being shown on the other family of networks. Sportsnet 360 will also continue to be used for additional programming that won’t fit onto the Sportsnet regionals and Sportsnet One channels, as well as maintaining existing programming that The Score had rights to such as WWE and CIS football.

For those of you playing at home, this brings the total of channels under the Sportsnet banner to seven. While one could argue the four regional channels are for all intents and purposes one channel, it still gives Rogers and Sportsnet a significant edge over Bell and their two TSN channels. That said, even in the past month, both companies have used their over-the-air channels (City and CTV, respectively) to broadcast live events, as both fight to buy up as many sporting rights.

People of the Twitter seem to not be huge fans of the new name…

Sportsnet Two, Sportsnet News, SNational were just a few of the suggestions I saw, but I’m sure the fantastic readers of this site can come up with something better.

The full press release can be found below.

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Breaking: Sportsnet, TSN, RDS Partner with CBC for 2014 Olympics

The 2014 Olympics begin in 365 days in Sochi, Russia. Today Sportsnet announced that they are the official cable broadcaster of the Games in Canada. This is just the latest partnership between the two networks which also includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I’ll have a lot more on this later, but for now here is a statement from Sportsnet.

Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and Sportsnet is pleased to announce it has reached a sub-licensing deal with CBC to provide Canadians with comprehensive coverage of the Games.

Further platform distribution announcements are to come, but under the agreement Sportsnet is now an official cable broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

As part of the sub-licensing deal, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE will carry approximately 200 hours of 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage, including coverage in prime time

And as did TSN and RDS, evidently. Somehow I missed this. Worth noting that TSN and RDS have shown every Olympics since 1998. Very impressive.

TSN and RDS are partnering with CBC/Radio-Canada to provide coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Through the partnership, both networks will be able to bring viewers access to live events and coverage across TSN and RDS’s sports, news, and entertainment platforms.

TSN and RDS have been part of Canada’s Olympic tradition for the past three decades, setting the standard of excellence for delivering Olympic coverage during the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.

TSN and RDS will provide more details on this partnership and broadcast information in the near future.

And here is CBC’s press release with all that news and more. Read the bolded section closely. What’s coming next? Netflix for highlights?

Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and CBC/Radio-Canada is thrilled to bring the Olympic Games home to Canadians. As Canada’s Official Broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada brings Canadians cross-platform coverage of the top news and stories in the year leading up to Sochi 2014, running from February 7 – 23, 2014. With exclusive license arrangements, TSN, RDS, and Sportsnet will also present coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned – more platform distribution announcements to come.

“We’re incredibly proud to be the official home of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As we count down to Sochi 2014, we are committed to sharing the inspirational stories of our athletes, while providing Canadians with a robust Olympic Games experience, across all platforms.”
Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, Radio-Canada, added: “The Olympic Games have been part of Radio-Canada’s DNA for over fifty years. It is with great anticipation that we prepare for Sochi 2014. We aim to offer viewers from coast to coast a distinct coverage that will allow them to live and breathe with our athletes on this most prestigious stage.”
Click here for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games English Promo.
CBC/Radio-Canada is the place to be as we count down to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. With coverage across all platforms – including TV, radio, online, and mobile – Canadians can connect with the biggest stories and the latest content whenever and wherever they want it. Through world-class storytelling and the best performance coverage available, CBC/Radio-Canada will introduce viewers to Canadian athletes poised to take on the world in 2014. Canadians can engage with CBC/Radio-Canada leading up to and throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games online in English at CBC.ca/Olympics and in French at Radio-Canada.ca/Olympiques, as well as on Twitter in English at @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics), and in French at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques).
The countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in full-swing this week on CBC, with extensive programming on all platforms. Throughout the week, viewers have enjoyed extensive coverage, with stories from Sochi and beyond, as well as a look at Canada’s Olympians as they prepare for the Games.

2013 Flames on Sportsnet Schedule

The Flames didn't really upgrade their team in the offseason, so goaltending is key for them this season

The Flames didn’t really upgrade their team in the offseason, so goaltending is key for them this season

The Calgary Flames have released their 2013 regional broadcast schedule. 31 games will air on Sportsnet West, with three more on the Sportsnet One regional subchannel Sportsnet Flames. Sportsnet’s coverage kicks off on Sunday afternoon with the Flames home opener against San Jose. Sportsnet will broadcast 12 games against the Flames’ Northwest Division rivals, including two against both Vancouver and Edmonton. Rob Kerr and Charlie Simmer will call Flames games on Sportsnet, while Roger Millions will host the broadcasts.

Here is the complete schedule. All times are Mountain. All games are on Sportsnet West unless otherwise noted.

January
Sunday, Jan. 20, San Jose @ Calgary, 4 p.m. MT
Monday, Jan. 21, Anaheim @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Wednesday, Jan. 23, Calgary @ Vancouver, 8 p.m. MT
Thursday, Jan. 31, Colorado @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT

February
Tuesday, Feb. 5, Calgary @ Detroit, 5:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 7, Calgary @ Columbus, 5 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 11, Minnesota @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, Feb. 15, St. Louis @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 17, Calgary @ Dallas, 1 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 18, Calgary @ Phoenix, 7 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 24, Phoenix @ Calgary, 6 p.m. MT
Tuesday, Feb. 26, Calgary @ Minnesota, 6 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 28, Calgary @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Flames)

March
Sunday, March 3, Vancouver @ Calgary, 6 p.m. MT
Wednesday, March 6, San Jose @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 8, Calgary @ Anaheim, 8:30 p.m. MT
Monday, March 11, Calgary @ Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 15, Nashville @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Monday, March 18, Calgary @ Dallas, 6:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, March 21, Calgary @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Friday, March 22, Calgary @ Columbus, 5 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 24, St. Louis @ Calgary, 6 p.m. MT
Tuesday, March 26, Calgary @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 29, Columbus @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT

April
Wednesday, April 3, Edmonton @ Calgary, 8 p.m. MT
Friday, April 5, Calgary @ San Jose, 8:30 p.m. MT
Monday, April 8, Calgary @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT
Wednesday, April 10, Vancouver @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Flames)
Friday, April 12, Phoenix @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Monday, April 15, Minnesota @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, April 19, Anaheim @ Calgary, 7 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Flames)
Sunday, April 21, Calgary @ Minnesota, 4 p.m. MT
Tuesday, April 23, Calgary @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Thursday, April 25, Calgary @ St. Louis, 6 p.m. MT

2013 Oilers on Sportsnet Schedule

Justin Schultz and teammate Nail Yakupov are among the favourites for the Calder Trophy.

Justin Schultz and teammate Nail Yakupov are among the favourites for the Calder Trophy.

The Edmonton Oilers have revealed their regional television schedule this evening. Sportsnet West will broadcast 29 Oilers games, more than any other broadcaster. Sportsnet One’s regional subchannel Sportsnet Oilers will carry an additional five games. Sportsnet’s coverage begins on Sunday January 20 with an all-Canadian matchup when the Oilers face the Canucks in Vancouver. Sportsnet’s coverage features 12 games against the Oilers’ Northwest Division rivals, including one Battle of Alberta.

Play-by-play announcer Kevin Quinn and analyst Louie DeBrusk return to the Sportsnet broadcast booth for Oilers games. Gene Principe will host the broadcasts and report rinkside.

Here is Sportsnet’s complete Oilers broadcast schedule. All times are Mountain, and unless otherwise noted, all games are on Sportsnet West.

January
Sunday, Jan. 20, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. MT
Monday, Jan. 28, Colorado @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Wednesday, Jan. 30, Edmonton @ Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Jan. 31, Edmonton @ San Jose, 8:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)

February
Saturday, Feb. 2, Edmonton @ Colorado, 1 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 4, Vancouver @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Sunday, Feb. 10, Edmonton @ Columbus, 4 p.m. MT
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Dallas @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 21, Minnesota @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Saturday, Feb. 23, Phoenix @ Edmonton, 1:30 p.m. MT
Monday, Feb. 25, Edmonton @ Chicago, 6:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, Feb. 28, Edmonton @ Dallas, 6:30 p.m. MT

March
Friday, March 1, Edmonton @ St. Louis, 6 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 3, Edmonton @ Minnesota, 6 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Tuesday, March 5, Edmonton @ Columbus, 5 p.m. MT
Thursday, March 7, Edmonton @ Detroit, 5:30 p.m. MT
Friday, March 8, Edmonton @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 10, Edmonton @ Chicago, 5 p.m. MT
Tuesday, March 12, Edmonton @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT
Friday, March 15, Detroit @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Sunday, March 17, Nashville @ Edmonton, 6 p.m. MT
Monday, March 25, Edmonton @ Nashville, 6 p.m. MT
Tuesday, March 26, Edmonton @ St. Louis, 6 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Thursday, March 28, Columbus @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT

April
Monday, April 1, Edmonton @ Calgary, 7:30 p.m. MT
Thursday, April 4, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 8 p.m. MT
Saturday, April 6, Edmonton @ Los Angeles, 2 p.m. MT
Monday, April 8, Edmonton @ Anaheim, 8 p.m. MT (Sportsnet Oilers)
Wednesday, April 10, Phoenix @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Tuesday, April 16, Minnesota @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Friday, April 19, Edmonton @ Colorado, 7 p.m. MT
Sunday, April 21, Anaheim @ Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. MT
Monday, April 22, Anaheim @ Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. MT
Friday, April 26, Edmonton @ Minnesota, 6 p.m. MT

2013 Maple Leafs TV Schedule

James van Riemsdyk was the Leafs major addition in the offseson. He will make his home debut January 21 on Sportsnet Ontario.

James van Riemsdyk was the Leafs major addition in the offseson. He will make his home debut January 21 on Sportsnet Ontario.

Sportsnet Ontario released its 2013 Maple Leafs broadcast schedule today. Sportsnet is slated to show 14 Leafs games in Ontario. CBC and TSN will combine to show 24. That leaves 10 Leafs games unaccounted for. It is still unknown whether those will air on Leafs TV, or possibly Sportsnet and/or TSN (or some combination). The latter is a possibility though. What happens with those other ten Leafs games is probably the most interesting aspect of this season’s TV schedules.

Joe Bowen and Greg Millen return to the broadcast booth on both networks, with Paul Hendrick reporting rinkside. Sportsnet will also have 30 minute pregame shows with Hockey Central.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.

January
Monday, Jan. 21, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 31, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

February
Monday, Feb. 4, Carolina @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 11, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 18, Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 21, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m. ET

March
Monday, March 4, New Jersey @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 14, Pittsburgh @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 21, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 26, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

April
Thursday, April 4, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, April 8, NY Rangers @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 25, Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET

2013 Senators Broadcast Schedule

Marc Methot returns to his hometown this season; his first with the Senators.

Marc Methot returns to his hometown this season; his first with the Senators.

The Ottawa Senators announced their regional broadcast schedule for Sportsnet East today. Sportsnet East will air 33 of the Senators’ 48 regular season games, while the Sportsnet One regional subchannel Sportsnet Sens has another (TSN has 6, CBC has 8). Senators regional games are available in parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. First up is the Senators home opener against the Florida Panthers on January 21. Sportsnet will also have ten games against Northeast Division foes.

Every broadcast will begin with a 30 minute pregame show. Ian Mendes will host the game broadcast and report rinkside, while Dean Brown and Dennis Potvin provide play-by-play.

EDIT: I’ve updated this to include French listings for RDS and TVA Sports. RDS will show 9 Senators games, while TVA Sports has 22. Commentators on RDS are Félix Séguin and Patrick Lalime, while TVA Sports will use Michel Langevin, Yvon Pedneault and Enrico Ciccone. Note that all games vs. Montreal are also on RDS; however, those are broadcast using the Canadiens broadcast crew, so they are not included here..

Here is the complete Senators on Sportsnet schedule. All games are on Sportsnet East unless otherwise noted and all times are Eastern.

January
Monday, Jan. 21, Florida @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 24, Ottawa @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 25, Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 27, Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 29, Washington @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET

February
Friday, Feb. 1, Ottawa @ Carolina, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 5, Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 7, Carolina @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 18, Ottawa @ New Jersey, 1 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Feb. 19, N.Y. Islanders @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 21, N.Y. Rangers @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 25, Montreal @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 28, Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET

March
Saturday, March 2, Ottawa @ Philadelphia, 12 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 3, Ottawa @ N.Y. Islanders, 3 p.m. ET
Monday, March 11, Boston @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 16, Ottawa @ Buffalo, 3 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 17, Winnipeg @ Ottawa, 5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 19, Ottawa @ N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 21, Boston @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 23, Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 2 p.m. ET
Monday, March 25, New Jersey @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 28, N.Y. Rangers @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET

April
Tuesday, April 2, Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet Sens)
Friday, April 5, Ottawa @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 7, Ottawa @ Florida, 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 9, Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 11, Ottawa @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
Friday, April 12, Ottawa @ New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, April 15, Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 16, Carolina @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 18, Washington @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET
Monday, April 22, Pittsburgh @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET

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2013 Canucks on Sportsnet Schedule

Captain Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks as they open the 2013 season Sunday on Sportsnet Pacific

Captain Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks as they open the 2013 season Sunday on Sportsnet Pacific

Sportsnet Pacific has announced its 2013 Vancouver Canucks broadcast schedule. Sportsnet Pacific will show more Canucks games than any other broadcaster to British Columbia and Yukon, with 34. Highlights of Sportsnet Pacific’s schedule include 13 Northwest Division matchups, six of those include the Canucks facing a Canadian foe. Sportsnet will also show the Canucks facing the Stanley Cup champion Kings in Los Angeles and two games against Western Conference rival Chicago. John Shorthouse and John Garrett will return to the broadcast booth to call the action, while Dan Murphy will host the broadcasts.

Here is the schedule. All times are Pacific and remember that regional restrictions apply.

January
Sunday, January 20, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 6 p.m. PT
Wednesday, January 23, Calgary @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Friday, January 25, Vancouver @ Anaheim, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, January 27, Vancouver @ San Jose, 5 p.m. PT
Wednesday, January 30, Colorado @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT

February
Monday, February 4, Vancouver @ Edmonton, 6:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, February 7, Vancouver @ Minnesota, 5 p.m. PT
Friday, February 15, Dallas @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 17, St. Louis @ Vancouver, 6 p.m. PT
Tuesday, February 19, Vancouver @ Chicago, 5:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, February 21, Vancouver @ Dallas, 5:30 p.m. PT
Friday, February 22, Vancouver @ Nashville, 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 24, Vancouver @ Detroit, 2 p.m. PT
Tuesday, February 26, Phoenix @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT

March
Sunday, March 3, Calgary @ Vancouver, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 5, San Jose @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 7, Vancouver @ Columbus, 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 10, Vancouver @ Minnesota, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 12, Vancouver @ Columbus, 4 p.m. PT
Monday, March 18, Minnesota @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 21, Vancouver @ Phoenix, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 23, Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 1 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 24, Vancouver @ Colorado, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 26, Columbus @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 28, Colorado @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT

April
Monday, April 1, Vancouver @ San Jose, 7:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 4, Edmonton @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Wednesday, April 10, Vancouver @ Calgary, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 13, Vancouver @ Colorado, Noon PT
Monday, April 15, Vancouver @ Nashville, 5 p.m. PT
Tuesday, April 16, Vancouver @ St. Louis, 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 18, Vancouver @ Dallas, 5:30 p.m. PT
Monday, April 22, Chicago @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 25, Anaheim @ Vancouver, 7 p.m. PT

Sportsnet Adds Brier and Scotties Playdowns

Some relatively important curling news breaking today. Sportsnet have announced they will broadcast provincial playdowns for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts (Canada’s national curling championships) for the next ten seasons, beginning in 2013. Sportsnet will broadcast the men’s and women’s playdowns in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, which are generally seen as the three most competitive provinces, beginning this January. Sportsnet will also add the B.C. Championships in 2014.

Earlier this year Sportsnet also purchased the Grand Slam of Curling, so in total the network will broadcast 7 curling events this season.

Here is the press release.

In a continued commitment to growing the sport of curling in Canada, Sportsnet today announced a 10-year multiplatform agreement for exclusive Canadian coverage of the B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario Provincial Curling Championships. Under terms of the agreement, Sportsnet will partner with the four provincial governing bodies – Curl B.C, Alberta Curling Federation, CurlManitoba, and Ontario Curling Association – to deliver the men’s and women’s championship events on television, online and mobile platforms.

This marks the first time the Provincial Curling Championships will be delivered nationally across Canada.

Coverage begins in January 2013 with the Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario women’s events, followed by the men’s events in February.  Sportsnet’s deal for the B.C. Provincial Curling Championships begins in 2014.  Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

“As curling’s popularity continues to grow at an impressive rate, Sportsnet is committed to providing curling fans with increased access to high-calibre events such as the Provincial Curling Championships,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance and Sports Programming, Sportsnet. “By building on the growing popularity of the sport, these agreements allow us to expand our curling coverage while elevating the profile of these events, as well as the sport of curling across Canada.”

The Provincial Curling Championships are an annual event that showcases curling’s most elite athletes from across the country. The winners move on to compete in the national championships: Tournament of Hearts (women) and Brier (men).

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Sportsnet’s recent purchase the Grand Slam of Curling. Announced in August 2012, Sportsnet now wholly owns and operates the elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour.

TSN and Sportsnet Win 2013-16 Premiership Rights in Canada

The new broadcast contracts with Bell and Rogers will ensure that Canadians will be able to see Canadian stars, such as Norwich’s Simeon Jackson, in the Premier League through 2016.

The Barclays Premier League announced a new rights deal for Canada this afternoon. TSN and Sportsnet, the current broadcasters of England’s top domestic football league, will continue to broadcast all games to Canadians. The biggest difference in the new contract is TSN and Sportsnet will each get 50% of the matches. Over the past three years Sportsnet has broadcast most matches, with TSN sub-licensing around 50 per season.

In the new deals the Premiership has sold two seperate 190 match packages. Rogers bought one, which will see 190 games air on Sportsnet, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World Plus. TSN bought the other package, with matches set to air on TSN, TSN2, RDS and RDS2. It is unclear at this time just how TSN and Sportsnet will divide the 380 matches. However, both Rogers and Bell will get equal selections based on timeslots and/or matchups.

The Canadian announcement comes a day after NBCUniversal revealed that they have picked up American broadcast rights beginning next fall. The new US deal sees an end to ESPN’s Premiership broadcasts, which have set the gold standard for soccer broadcasting in North America. NBC will broadcast all 380 league matches per season, marking the first time every game is shown live in America.

Steaming will play an important role in the new broadcast contracts. NBC will use online streaming service to offer around four Saturday 10am eastern kickoffs per week. TSN also has stated that TSN.ca is part of the plan to deliver games to Canadians. Sportsnet World’s streaming service and mobile TV platforms for both Bell and Rogers will also play a role. This really is the first time that online rights have been considered an essential, valuable part of a Premiership broadcast contract. In the past they were just an afterthought.

Here is a quote from Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Sportsnet.

Sportsnet is proud to continue our strong partnership with the Premiere League, furthering our commitment to providing Canadians with unparalleled access to world class soccer content. The BPL is one of the world’s most prominent soccer leagues and this new agreement has positioned Sportsnet to continue our already unprecedented schedule of soccer programming across multiple platforms in the years to come.

And Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN.

The Premier League is home to the world’s most popular teams and biggest stars in soccer. With a dedicated and growing fan base in Canada we are looking forward to giving fans even more Premier League coverage with more games on TSN than ever before. The BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE package is a perfect complement to our slate of world-class soccer programming.

It is also unclear if beIN Sport, which doesn’t yet have distribution in the Canadian market, launched a serious bid for the Canadian rights. beIN Sport, owned by Qatar Media, was expected to challenge the status quo in the British and American markets as well. As it turns out, their bids fizzled towards the end in both of those markets. New broadcasters did take over Premiership broadcasting, but it was British Telecom and NBC, not beIN Sport.

This deal is probably about as good as this was going to turn out for Canadians. Between TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World, it is possible to broadcast up to five games live at one time. The Premier League will use the following timeslots for matches over the next three seasons (all times Eastern and number of matches is approximate)

Saturday 7:45am – 28-30 matches
Saturday 10:00am – ~190 matches
Saturday 12:30pm – 28-30 matches
Sunday 8:30am – 32 matches
Sunday 11:00am – 33 matches
Monday 3:00pm – 18-20 matches

Usually a Premier League season consists 33 weekend rounds and 7 holiday/midweek rounds. The 33 weekend rounds will see around 140 matches played in unique timeslots. The other 190 matches played on the weekend will be on Saturday at 10:00am or Sunday at 10:00am (when a team plays in the Europa League the Thursday before).

Weekday rounds will account for the other 7 rounds, with a total of 70 matches. 12 of these matches are slated for television in the UK. Usually (when it’s not a holiday), the matches are split between Tuesday and Wednesday with consistant start times.

Rogers Media Release on Shareholder Approval of Score Media Acquistion

The deal for Rogers to buy Score Media has passed another hurdle as all shareholder issues have been worked out. The deal now only needs CRTC approval, which should come early next year. Here is the Rogers press release.

Rogers Media Inc. today announced it has closed the previously announced acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Score Media Inc. (the Transaction). The Transaction received shareholder and court approvals earlier this week.

The shares of Score Media, which are currently being held in a trust approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), will be released to Rogers Media upon receipt of final approval by the CRTC. A decision is expected in early 2013.
CRTC-appointed trustee Peter Viner will oversee the day-to-day operations of Score Media pending receipt of the CRTC’s final ruling.

Score Media consists of theScore Television Network (licensee of “The Score”), closed captioning service Voice to Visual Inc., and mixed martial arts program The Score Fighting Series. As part of the Transaction, Rogers Media’s parent company, Rogers Communications Inc., acquired an 11.8 per cent equity interest in theScore Inc. (Score Digital).

The Score is Canada’s third largest specialty sports channel with 6.6 million television subscribers, offering niche headline sports news information.

The total consideration paid by Rogers Media was $167 million.

Sportsnet Will Show IndyCar from 2013

Rumours have circulated on Sportsnet showing IndyCar for some months now (I think Bruce Dowbiggin first reported it in the spring). Sportsnet have now confirmed that they will show all IndyCar races starting next season, including the Toronto Indy and Indianapolis 500.

TSN’s coverage was often tape delayed (seemed to happen multiple times per year) due to commitments to football and NASCAR. Since Sportsnet really only has the Jays in the spring and summer, the new deal should provide IndyCar a more consistent presence on Canadian television.

I’ll have more on this later in the week.

2012 NBA on Sportsnet Schedule

As with TSN’s, this may be slightly subject to change in the event of a re-scheduled NHL season (or even if there is no NHL season at all), so keep that in mind. Sportsnet is showing 45 Raptors games and an additional 35 NBA games.

Sportsnet today announced its 2012-13 Toronto Raptors broadcast schedule, featuring 35 regular season games beginning on Saturday, Nov. 3 with Toronto visiting the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. With comprehensive coverage across all Sportsnet platforms – television, radio, online, mobile and print – fans will not miss a beat from Canada’s NBA team.

Sportsnet’s Raptors regular season schedule includes 23 games on Sportsnet ONE and 12 games on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. TV play-by-play will be handled by Matt Devlin, with former NBA player Leo Rautins as analyst. As the official radio station of the Raptors for the 15th straight season, Sportsnet 590 The FAN will broadcast all 82 games this season featuring the play-by-play team of Paul Jones and Eric Smith.

Sportsnet ONE is also home to 45 regular season NBA match-ups, tipping off on Opening Day, Tuesday, Oct. 30, with the defending NBA champion Miami Heat hosting the Boston Celtics at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Below are the key details of Sportsnet’s 2012-13 Toronto Raptors and NBA coverage on all platforms:

TV- Sportsnet
· Sportsnet will deliver 35 Raptors games for the 2012-13 regular season (See below for the full broadcast schedule). Highlights include a dozen divisional match-ups including three games vs. the Brooklyn Nets in their inaugural season
· Connected provides breaking news and highlights all season long
· Sportsnet ONE is home to 45 regular-season NBA match-ups, headlined by 17 games featuring Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers, 10 with reigning NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder and five with the Heat and league MVP LeBron James. (See below for the full broadcast schedule)

C0ntinue after the break for the full schedule.

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Sportsnet Buys Grand Slam of Curling, Sub-licenses to CBC

I hinted last night about a major announcement coming from Sportsnet this morning. I honestly had no clue they were about to buy the Grand Slam of Curling. That’s right, not just the broadcast rights, but the name and events themselves. Sportsnet promises to broadcast the four annual Grand Slam events like never before. And through a sub-license, CBC returns to broadcast curling events for a 51st season.

You may remember last January that CBC quietly sub-licensed weekday coverage of the Grand Slams to Sportsnet. Before the coverage even got to air CBC terminated their contract with the Grand Slam, then owned by iSport Media. The public broadcaster had not received payments from the company for broadcasting the Grand Slam bonspiels. As a result, Sportsnet’s sub-licenese was also terminated. One Grand Slam went completely untelevised. iSport was able to arrange a deal with Global Television to show the season-ending Players Championship.

Not paying the CBC was just the first sign of financial problems for the Slam. Due to “technical problems” many teams were not initially able to claim their prize money following the Players Championship. All teams were eventually payed, but there was no doubt iSport was in serious financial trouble and the integrity of the Grand Slam was in question heading into the 2012 season.

The new deals eliminates iSport, which brings the CBC back to the table as the over-the-air rights holder; restoring curling to the channel after a short 8 month hiatus. Sportsnet will supplement CBC’s coverage as the cable broadcaster. Sportsnet will also run the tournament, following TSN’s example of having an executive role in the TSN Curling Skins Game.

It is becoming more common for Canadian networks to control the events in which they broadcast every day. Bell and Rogers buying large pieces of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment is a prime example. Rogers also owns the Toronto Blue Jays. The curling is just more guaranteed programming for Sportsnet as long as they keep the series running. As part of their pending acquisition of theScore, Rogers also gains control of theScore Fighting Series in the coming months. Both events will likely fall under the new “Sportsnet Events” department.

Scott Moore was the head of CBC Sports when they bought World Curling Tour rights in 2007. He  is now Rogers President of Broadcasting. Today Moore said, “Curling is an essential part of our Canadian sports fabric, and the Grand Slam of Curling is the cream of the crop in international curling events. We are proud to own and operate the Grand Slam of Curling, as it furthers Sportsnet’s commitment to producing world-class content, anyplace, anyhow and anywhere and allows us to integrate and engage the sports fan in innovative ways through our new events division. Sportsnet intends to grow the Grand Slam of Curling like never before.”

The World Competitive Curlers Association (curling’s version of the NHLPA) was vocally concerned about iSport’s financial troubles, including the lack of a television agreement for the Grand Slam. Their President Pierre Charette said today, “On behalf of the Grand Slam players, we are thrilled to welcome Sportsnet as the new owners of the Grand Slam of Curling. This is great news for the Canadian curling community as a whole. Sportsnet will operate events that are second-to-none, broadcast more games and take the Grand Slam of Curling to another level.”

The 2011-12 season of the Grand Slam of Curling begins November 14 with The Masters in Brantford, Ontario. I’ll post broadcast details as they become available closer to the start of the season.