Friday, August 11, 2006

Would this be the last nail?

Babble on.

I hope, I hope, I hope this comes true:

Remember this number: $1.4-billion over 10 years. That figure could deliver the most coveted prize in Canadian sports television to CTV-TSN, according to sources.

The prize, of course, is Hockey Night in Canada, the CBC's long-time ratings leader, rights to which will expire at the end of the 2007-08 National Hockey League season.

According to insiders, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has already talked to the CBC and CTV-TSN about the bidding process.

Two well-placed sources say Bell Globemedia, which owns CTV and TSN as well as The Globe and Mail and part of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is likely to proffer a bid that the CBC may find impossible to match -- $140-million a year for 10 years, for a total of $1.4-billion.


With Chris Cuthbert, and more recently, Brian Williams moving over from public to private, it's easy to see how the talent could make the shift. I would hope that if Don Cherry's still around, he gets an offer. And it would be silly not to bring in Ron McLean - he's trusted, recognizable, and it's not like he'd have anything else of importance to do at CBC.

The only thing I'd miss would be the old HNIC theme song...assuming CBC or Dolores Claman or whoever controls it wouldn't put it up for purchase in a fire-sale. Wouldn't that be delicious: take it all, lock, stock, and barrel?

It seems a bit morbid to start a two-year CBC deathwatch, but what the hell? It's a lot more fun than watching the CPC try to gift-wrap turd.

Babble off.

3 Comments:

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Canadi-anna said...

I'm not a big fan of the CBC but they do sports well. The Olympics and HNIC are two things they do right and I don't think they could be matched by a private broadcaster.
CTV's Olympic coverage has been terrible in the past. I can't imagine they'd bring anything worthwhile to hockey.

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Greg Staples said...

The CBC has already lost the Olympics and will probably lose HNIC. So those people who broadcast them so well will be looking for work - won't a good share of them move over to CTV?

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger GenX at 40 said...

I would hope that Ron McLean, Grapes and Brian Williams for that matter are left out of it. They represent this weird approach to sports that no longer works - the celebrity commentator whose word is not subject to challenge even though there is not much meat on the bone. Grapes may tell him to shut up but that is all about the line on the desk. TSN now has all the staff it needs to pull this off properly with people who focus on the game and not the sideshow.

 

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