Scott Morrison Joins Sportsnet; Rogers Out of Olympics

Forgot to comment on two big local sports media stories.

First, huge congrats to Scott Morrison for his new gig with Rogers Sportsnet:

“new Executive Producer of Hockey, effective immediately. He will also appear as an insider on Hockeycentral and Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590 and FAN 960, as well as a feature writer for Sportsnet magazine and a contributor to sportsnet.ca.”

Morrison was most recently on Hockey night in Canada.

Cool gig with Sportsnet for a really good guy.

As Rogers keeps dishing out big contracts to talent they announced today they won’t be bidding for the rights for the 2014 or 2016 Olympics, leaving CTV and the CBC to duke it out. That’s big news considering that the poobah of the Vancouver Olympics runs the sports empire over at Rogers.

Why aren’t they bidding? Publicly they are saying scheduling conflicts. Privately, it sounds like preserving cash for some other large use…..

HMMM

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Chris F.
Chris F.
September 9, 2011 12:13 am

“Why aren’t they bidding? Publicly they are saying scheduling conflicts. Privately, it sounds like preserving cash for some other large use…..”

Maybe they’ll use the money saved to add payroll to the Blue Jays in the coming years 🙂 Course this does nothing to stop the speculation about Rogers buying out MLSE. The money has to come from SOMEWHERE!

Mike S
Mike S
September 9, 2011 12:31 am

Wasn’t Morrison let go by Sportsnet only a couple of years ago??…………it will be a bit strange hearing him on 590 after hearing him so often on Wilbur’s show on 640.

The movement of sports radio/television personalities in this city over the last 18 months has been incredible

mario
mario
September 9, 2011 2:55 am

Good move by Rogers opn bringing Scott back…. I agree with Chris F. MLSE is next on there radar..Olympics are big money unless they are played in Caada or the USA..

Mike V
Mike V
September 9, 2011 6:42 am

“Why aren’t they bidding? ”

Maybe they caught on to the fact that broadcasting the Olympics is a losing proposition financially.

Steve-O
September 9, 2011 9:54 am

As the CBC may not have the financial resources to match when HNIC comes up for bidding, it would not surprise me one bit to see them partner up with Rogers, though CBC has been tied to Bell as a major sponsor for a long period of time.

The two (CBC and Rogers) have worked seamlessly on covering soccer, and with Scott Moore as a big wig with Rogers, the relationship has not been acrimonious.

Roger
Roger
September 9, 2011 11:23 am

TSN is reporting Bell/CTV and CBC have joined forces to bid for the 14 & 16 Olympics.

The keyword here is “bid”. I don’t understand – how the hell else would they be bidding against??? TVO?Global? Obviously, the IOC or NBC will have to have a Cdn rightsholder, so essentially this Bell/CBC group could get the rights for peanuts – at least I would think.

Chris F.
Chris F.
September 9, 2011 11:31 am

NBC? What does NBC have to do with deciding who gets the rights? It’s purely an IOC decision.

Mike V
Mike V
September 9, 2011 11:38 am

Might not be as cheap as we think. CBC/TSN were the only real bidders before the consortium if I recall correctly and they still gave the IOC $73 million for the rights.

Roger
Roger
September 9, 2011 11:41 am

Its my understanding that as the worldwide rights holder, NBC reviews and accepts the bids along with the IOC.

Maybe TSM can confirm for us.

Chris F.
Chris F.
September 9, 2011 11:54 am

Interesting Roger, I didn’t know that. (if it’s indeed true)

William
William
September 9, 2011 12:08 pm

“Its my understanding that as the worldwide rights holder, NBC reviews and accepts the bids along with the IOC.
Maybe TSM can confirm for us.”

No. The bids are heard and chosen by the IOC only. NBC is not involved — and they are not the worldwide rights holder either. An independent group/crew is hired each Olympics to produce the host feed, not NBC.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
September 9, 2011 12:57 pm

reading the comments attached to Dowbiggin’s version of these stories one thing is abundantly clear: some people really don’t like Greg Brady

Darrell
Darrell
September 9, 2011 1:35 pm

Who else is left at CBC for HNIC? There’s Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, Elliotte Friedman – but correct me if I am wrong isn’t Pierre Lebrun gone from the Hotstove segment on the CBC hockey games? Scott Morrison is gone as is Jeff Marek.

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
September 9, 2011 3:12 pm

I like this deal CBC and CTV struck because it could mean a few things in the future. I wonder if TSN ends up running the CBC sports division esentualy having the division leased out which would get many off the mother ships back when it comes to the CBC involved with sports.
TSN and CBC no doubt about it now will team up for the NHL TV rights and win against Rogers or who ever decides to bid. bad move on Rogers part on pulling out from the consortium.
Also when it’s time for the CBC to get out of the Sports industry and it maybe after theses olympics id like to see the Hockey Night in Canada brand sold to Bell which would move it to CTV which would make the most sense to keeping the tradition alive. CTV after all is in as meny homes as the CBC. plus TSN personalities could end also end up up working at the CBC part of HNIN broadcast since TSN is over loaded with talent and HNIC we all know needs talent.

this new Consortium is a win win for both CBC and CTV and maybe bigger for TSN!

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
September 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Sure smells like Rogers is going to go hard after HNIC rights. As a taxpayer do you care if CBC loses the NHL rights and they go to a private company that we already pay cable or sattelite rights to?

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