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Another Night Of Hockey - Canadian Style

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

A second network night in the next Canadian TV broadcast contract (due in 2014) might be the NHL’s solution to extending its brand in Canada, while keeping a maximum number of Canadian TV partners in the game.

The idea emerged in a discussion this weekend at the NHL draft here with NHL chief operating officer John Collins.

“I like the fact that Sunday Night Football has become the No. 1 show on television in the U.S.,” Collins said. “Not just the No. 1 football program in America, but the No. 1 television program overall. That gives us lots of hope for our upcoming Canadian TV rights discussions.”

Collins, a product of the NFL, didn’t elaborate, but Hockey Night in Canada already owns Saturdays. Why not a second night in an age when sports remains TV’s go-to property?

continued plus other media notes…

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This would be a good solution to keep CBC in the game and allow TSN or Rogers to have a prime time night spot.  Depending on who has the $, CBC may have to give up Saturday night but get Sunday night instead.

Posted by timbits on 06/25/12 at 02:04 PM ET


If we’re talking about CBC having a night to itself, and either TSN or Sportsnet having a night to themselves… well, isn’t that already the case? TSN has exclusivity on Wednesday nights - when their Wednesday Night Hockey broadcast is on, Sportsnet isn’t allowed to air NHL games locally. This is why occasionally, regional games are not broadcast on Wednesday nights.

Posted by dzuunmod on 06/25/12 at 05:19 PM ET

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