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Scott Moore Resigns As President Of Sportsnet

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, has resigned from Rogers Communications Inc.

According to company sources, Moore had recently begun discussing his departure from the company. He felt Sportsnet’s hockey ratings were in good shape now that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets are serious contenders and wanted to explore new challenges.

Rogers is expected to announce Moore’s resignation this afternoon. No successor will be named immediately...

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from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,

The final numbers on the season’s ratings are still being tallied, but as the playoff schedule is announced, Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties at Rogers, had a chat about the year that was and what changes might come.

(This Q &A has been condensed and edited for clarity.)

Q: What is the impact of having no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs?

A: First, let's look at it as if the glass is half full. This is an opportunity for us to take a slightly different approach to the NHL playoffs. I think viewers will notice us taking a broader view of the tournament. There are no shortages of storylines, and some of them will catch fire.

Will it be the same as having Canadian teams in the playoffs? No, it's never the same when you don't have home rooting interests. The last time there were no Canadian teams was in 1970, and there weren't seven Canadian NHL teams then, so this has really never happened.

I don't expect it happening again during the course of this (12-year) deal. At least I certainly hope not. It's something that we couldn't have expected and it's difficult to explain to our corporate bosses who are not as familiar with hockey and sports as we are.

Q: There are rumours that the poor performance might lead to more job cuts.

A: We announced in January that we were looking at a number of job cuts across all the media divisions. That was due to a number of factors, including the same challenges that other media companies are facing. We have not completed that and there still are some adjustments to be made. We don't know what those are, but those will be completed sometime early in the summer.

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

One year into its 12-year contract with the National Hockey League, Sportsnet has moved ahead of TSN as Canada’s No. 1 sports broadcaster.

“It’s been very satisfying,” said Scott Moore, the president of Sportsnet and NHL at Rogers Media.

Do you think Rogers and Bell — as co-owners of the Leafs — would interfere with Brendan Shanahan’s rebuilding program, to try to speed it up, for ratings purposes?

I don’t think the right word is interference. There’s pressure. I believe he is doing the right thing. I think he and the team and us all need to look at the messaging. I don’t think saying there’s four or five years of pain is necessarily the messaging we want. It’s: ‘There’s a plan. There’s progress. There’s going to be legitimate stars on this team over the next number of years that you’ll be able to watch as they progress, whether that’s Leo Komarov, (William) Nylander, or Mitch Marner.’

Any regrets about the continued limited roles both Don Cherry and Ron MacLean have on Saturday nights?

We realize Don has a lot to say and he’s getting a little bit more time than he did last year. We’re giving him more flexibility. As for Ron, it’s clear to me, when we launched Sunday night, that type of show, nobody could do it the way Ron does. I don’t think we’d have the ability to do that kind of show without Ron. You can’t do a doubleheader on Saturday night and do Sunday. That property is important to us.”

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