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Sportsnet Takes 47 and Goes HDTV

imageThe Canucks announced that they're continuing their relationship with Sportsnet television through the next four seasons, giving the broadcaster 47 games for air this year. The deal also means a commitment to HDTV to the Vancouver market, so I imagine a lot of people (those who can afford hi-definition televisions) are going to be well-pleased. From the Canucks:
The team's primary broadcaster since 1998, Sportsnet will televise 47 Canucks games exclusively in British Columbia and the Yukon during 2007-08. During the term of the agreement, high definition telecasts of the Canucks on Sportsnet will be introduced, increasing each year to a total of at least 95 HD telecasts over the next four seasons.
For all the things I don't enjoy about Sportsnet on a regular basis (i.e. bright ideas like their handling of trade deadline day this season come to mind) I've largely been pleased with the network's Canucks' coverage. In addition to decent pre- and post-game coverage, shows like "Canucks This Week" are solid programming for the addicted Vancouver hockey fan. However, one of the best parts of Sportsnet's coverage comes down to the commentators, being Jim Hughson and John Garrett. Hughson is nothing short of excellent, and Garrett has grown on me considerably over the years as well, and I sincerely hope the network can lock them down for years to come. Otherwise I fear that one day CBC will swoop down and steal Hughson from us completely. And then who would call the games on Sportsnet? Considering a couple of the other hockey 'experts' on their payroll, it sort of frightens me to think about it.

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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