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from Etan Vlessing of the Hollywood Reporter,
Canada’s CBC network this week secured the local broadcast and digital rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, but with a twist.
The pubcaster isn’t talking terms for its contract for the Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Games with the IOC, but the speculation is the CBC will pay less if the National Hockey League doesn’t send its pro players to Sochi.
Whether NHL players participate in the Winter Olympics will be decided during the current negotiations on a new labor deal between the pro hockey league and the NHL Player’s Association.
It took some time, but it was well worth the wait.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
As expected, the Los Angeles Kings win over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final was an unloved puppy for many Canadian TV viewers. With no Canadian team in the Final this year (after Vancouver’s record-setting run in 2011) the Kings/ Devils drew an average audience of 2.67 million over the six games. Understandably it was down from last year with the Canucks/Bruins, when Game 7 drew 8.7 million Canadians for Boston’s 4-0 win.
Overall, the 2012 Final Round playoffs produced a better rating than any Final with no Canadian teams playing since 2000.
continued and other NHL media topics too…
The Bernier hit was the main topic tonight on Coach’s Corner but also discussed was players wearing rings on their fingers and some Quick and Brodeur talk too.
added 10:16pm, If you don’t have a North American IP, you can’t see the above video, but I have added one below you can watch.
The Hockeywebcaster captured the Game 5 opening from HNIC.
As always, a great job by the HNIC crew.
Elliotte Friedman in his Inside Hockey feature sat down with Marty Brodeur to discuss numerous topics.
Brodeur plans to make his decision fairly quick after the season and late went on to say if the Devils want him back, he would welcome that opportunity.
The HNIC experts discussed the status of Sidney Crosby contract negotiations. Elliotte Friedman said looks like a ten year deal with an average salary of $9.5M.
Also discussed was Jordan Staal’s situation, what is going on with John Davidson and Ondrej Pavelec may be headed to the KHL.
Plus coaching candidates in Edmonton, UFA market not as strong so expect trades, starting at the NHL Draft.
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner talks about the first goal New Jersey goal, Ilya Kovalchuk, Adam Henrique and other topics.
Before the SCF started, Cherry picked the Kings and tells us that again tonight along with other topics…
It’s past time the league stopped taking Canadians for granted like the dull, but reliable boy who moons over the pretty girl and can always be counted on to be there when her flirtations with more dashing suitors fall through.
If Canadian fans want to watch Don Cherry talk about our national passion, what right has the NHL to stop us?
-Lorne Gunter of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on this topic.
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