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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
TSN believes it took another shot to the chin from the NHL after failing to win the broadcast rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
No one is saying much publicly, but broadcast sources say George Cope, chief executive officer of BCE Inc., the parent company of the TSN and CTV networks, is not happy. TSN executives worried about the bidding process because Rogers Communications Inc. is in the first year of a 12-year, $5.2-billion contract for the NHL’s Canadian national broadcast rights. But TSN expected the competition for the World Cup, which is being operated by both the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, to be a blind auction with the winner being the highest bidder.
The auction was held about 10 days ago and TSN’s bid was between $28-million and $32-million for the two-week tournament, which will be held for the first time in 12 years. TSN executives were sure they had the highest bid but were informed by the NHL that Rogers was the winner.
“We were told the rights were being awarded to Rogers,” Phil King, president, CTV, sports and entertainment programming, said Wednesday. “As far as we can tell, they [Rogers] seem to have a quasi right to match.”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Canada’s TV numbers are in for the NHL all-star game and the numbers are down.
Sunday’s game that featured an absurd 29 goals drew 1.479 million viewers to CBC, nearly one million viewers less than the last all-star game in 2012 when 2.454 million people watched and 2011 when 2.363 million tuned in.
“Frankly it’s a little mystifying,” said Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers. “Somebody else asked me if I have an explanation and I don’t really.
“I just think they (the numbers) seem wrong.”
The ratings for the rest of the weekend were also down significantly compared to previous years.
Saturday’s super skills drew 1.7 million viewers to CBC, down from 2.5 million in 2012 and 2.4 million in 2011.
And Friday’s fantasy draft on Sportsnet drew a hair over half-a-million viewers, compared to 1.33 million in 2012 on TSN and 1.5 million in 2011.
If you missed it earlier, some numbers for US viewers...
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from The Chicago Daily-Herald,
Mike Spellman, the Daily Herald's Chicago Blackhawks expert and the creator of the Spellman's Scorecard column, died unexpectedly Tuesday.
The cause of death is unconfirmed but he appeared to have suffered a heart attack. Today would have been his 51st birthday.
Just last year, Spellman assumed the Blackhawks beat after the death of longtime hockey writer Tim Sassone.
"While you were dazzled by his creativity as a writer and columnist," Sports Editor Tom Quinlan said, "he was such a good and kindhearted person that you were even more impressed by his outgoing spirit and positive nature. We lost a true friend and a colleague we greatly admired," Quinlan said.
via Terry Frei tweets,
1, Been a part of 1 of these lately, so not saying above it. It's not Seymour Hersh (investigative journalist) to have something coming out first by 27 seconds. BUT...
2, What's most galling is national scribes just reading and slapping "sources tell..." and posting their own story. Bush league.
3, Yes, their "sources" are reading someone else's story or revelation. It's the greatest foible of otherwise reputable outlet(s).
4, Fixation on citing "source" with no specification at all, telling me nothing, has gotten ridiculous. All it does is clutter. JUST SAY IT.
5, Fully willing to acknowledge that previous often is at insistence of editors. Absolute worst is when source is described, but it's a lie.
He is right and if there anyone who has seen what Frei is talking about within the hockey world, it is me.
I am not sure what recent event Frie is referring to but that doesn't really matter. It happens and it happens a lot.
Yesterday Hometown Hockey was in Charlottetown, PEI.
Here is a video introduction and you can find more stories and videos here.
Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman talked about the Toronto Maple Leafs and trying to get their cap situation under control including some trade options.
Next up was the teams showing interest in Chris Stewart.
Also discussed was the Dan Carcillo cross-check, the Vancouver Canucks and the ticket drive in Las Vegas.
The items Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, the fourth line of the New York Islanders and a few more topics.
Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at Hockey Night in Canada? Well, here's your chance to get a live, un-edited look inside our production truck for tonight's game between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders.
This is a live event so I cannot tell you when the feed will end, but take a minute or two and see how a production crew works.
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