Monday, March 26, 2007

HNIC stays put

The CBC and National Hockey League will announce a new television agreement today that will keep Hockey Night In Canada on the air well past the 2007-08 season.

The Globe and Mail has learned that the new rights is worth about $100-million a year, an increase from the $65-million that the CBC is now paying the NHL.

The rights deal is believed to be six years in length. It will begin when the current agreement expires after the 2007-08 season.
Crisis averted.

TSN's influence continues to grow, and the all-sports channel has really emerged as a player for rights packages in all sports here in Canada. The fact that TSN could plausibly bid for Hockey Night in Canada certainly didn't hurt the NHL's leverage in negotiating this new deal.

One other thing of note that Houston brings up in his piece is that it is expected that TSN's playoff coverage this season will include series with Canadian teams, which, depending on how many make it into the playoffs (at the moment it'll be anywhere from two to five), could leave HNIC with more than a few all-American match-ups.

Not that we haven't gotten used to that scenario in recent years.

In general, the competition between the two networks is a good thing for the league — and a good thing for viewers.

The playoffs begin in 16 days.



At 12:25 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Great. More Bob Cole and Harry Neale. Super.

At 2:09 p.m., March 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a mandate to improve the objectivity of Hockey Night in Toronto anywhere in this new agreement? Another seven years of Punmeister Extraordinaire Red Deer Ronnie McLean (Alberta's largest embarrassment) and Kingston's Raving Senile Idiot Don "Too many men on the ice" Cherry.
As well expect more insightful Tim Bits..err TidBits from Hairy Kneel like "your best players have to be your best players" and "that shot came from 58 feet six and three quarter inches" and the exciting play by play of Bob Cole calling the play by play of the Leafs against "Those guys who have that defenseman and the goalie"
Hey CBC and Hockey Night in Toronto.
A word of advice.
If you can't take a shouldn't be one.

At 2:34 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger Pinder said...

is Jim Hughson the likely heir to Bob Cole for calling the Toronto games?

At 4:12 p.m., March 26, 2007, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Oh, yay. Six more years of Hockey Night in Toronto during the first half of its doubleheader.

At least they supposedly intend to offer streaming broadcasts of more regional games, which if I understand it correctly means Habs and Sens fans can watch their teams on rather than the steady Saturday night diet of all things Toronto in the first half of its Saturday doubleheader.

Otherwise, looks like I'll be watching more hockey on TSN and Sportsnet, where I can at least actually watch a Canadiens game in English.

At 4:19 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Unrelated, but does anyone know who was calling the 3/20 Calgary/Detroit game on sportsnet last week? Whoever it was jumped out to me as calling the play-by-play really well.

At 4:39 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

I wonder if showing all of those Leaf games has something to do with bigger audiences and more revenue.

Naw, must just be a vendetta against the Habs and Sens.

At 4:39 p.m., March 26, 2007, Anonymous Par said...

Great. More Bob Cole and Harry Neale. Super.

Andy, doesn't Harry Neale already do some work for TSN? And Hughson is on both CBC and Sportsnet? And let's not forget that the number 1 and 2 colourmen on TSN are Pierre "MONSTOR!!!" McGuire and Glenn "You can't stop what you can't see" Healy.

There are definite gripes with CBC. (Hockey Night in Toronto is one, Greg Millen's Dubya-esque propensity for making huge mistakes and matching ability to admit them is another). But let's not pretend that there aren't shitty commentators on every channel.

On the other hand, isn't this the digital age? I seem to recall really enjoying watching Habs games during the CBC french strike a few years back when they just had arena noise; can't I have that as a channel option?

At 7:10 p.m., March 26, 2007, Anonymous Eric said...

PPP, CBC is funded by our tax dollars. They have a responsibility to fairly reflect Canada and all its regions. HNIC shouldn't be exempt from that mandate just because it can make their inept asses a few more dollars.

At 7:53 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger Scarlett said...

I personally despise TSN and their hockey broadcast. I'd take six more years of Cole and Neale anyday.

At 10:25 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

Name the last innovation HNIC brought to its broadcast. Anyone?

At 11:36 p.m., March 26, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...


Colour men are awful anywhere. But at least with TSN I get Miller or Cuthbert in the play-by-play. And they can actually remember the names of the players. I'm sorry, but HNIC is turning itself into a national joke. Some of those guys need to be put out to pasture.

At 12:06 a.m., March 27, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Eric, HNiC helps them generate more revenue than they would otherwise which in turn allows more of their great programming like Little Mosque on the Prairie.

If they didn't maximize their revenues with Leafs games every Saturday we would never have seen 24's Miles O'Brien as a Muslim father with a white wife and a troublesome daughter.


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