Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rogers to rule over iconic 'Hockey Night in Canada'; CBC job cuts loom

The best story about what it all means is by  Cassandra Szklarski of  The Canadian Press:                        

"Canada's hockey TV landscape underwent a seismic shift Tuesday as Rogers Communications wrested control of NHL multimedia rights with a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement that will preserve "Hockey Night in Canada" but limit CBC's role in the iconic broadcast.
"The deal, the largest in NHL history, gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup final, on all of its platforms in all languages.
"'It will be the NHL like never before,' Rogers Media president Keith Pelley promised at a packed news conference Tuesday, touting a 'transformational day'  for the industry, as well as Rogers' position as a sports broadcasting titan.
A sub-licensing agreement with CBC allows the public broadcaster to continue airing Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights for four years, while TVA in Quebec earned all of the Canadian French-language multi-media rights.

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