With only one game on the schedule tonight, the NHL thought it would be a good time to break the news. The League signed a 12-year broadcast contract with Canadian company Rogers, worth $5.2 billion.
Rogers’ deal, and further partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is the largest such deal in North American history, both in terms of money and time. The deal isn’t set in stone, as it has to be approved by the league during meetings on December 9th and 10th.
If you’re from the U.S: Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect you. For those of you north of the border, here’s what you can expect in the near future:
- No More Hockey on TSN
TSN, who is affiliated with Bell Media, loses rights to broadcast games of their own, barring a deal between the communications giants. Expect TSN to beef up their news coverage, as they try to remain the source for everything hockey.
- Less ‘Grapes’
Don Cherry will still be the man on Saturday nights, anchoring his legendary show “Coach’s Corner”, but you won’t be seeing him during the playoffs. Hockey Night In Canada will continue every Saturday night, and pretty much every night during the post-season, but with Rogers gaining editorial control over Hockey Night, Don Cherry will have a lot more days off.
- More Junior Hockey
One thing that Rogers didn’t gain in the deal was rights to broadcast the World Junior Hockey Championship, as those reside with the TSN camp. TSN will likely focus on the junior perspective, broadcasting OHL, QMJHL, and WHL they will look to add regular junior hockey to that repertoire.
- TSN Jets Survives
TSN isn’t completely out of the hockey game, and they will regionally broadcast 60 games on TSN Jets in 2014-15. All Jets games will be able for viewing just as normal, and TSN 1290 radio will remain unaffected by the deal.
Just as the game of hockey itself has changed, the way fans view it has aswell. 2013-14 will be quite a year for both the CBC and TSN, as one will try to adjust to all their newfound freedoms, and one will try to cope with a huge loss.
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