CBC Blowing It With Female Hockey Commentary


It really is hard for me to believe that the CBC is a taxpayer based entity. They are consistently so f’d up, it’s hard to believe that Canadians stand for it. Granted, it’s so f’d up, who else would allow it but the government?

Not sure if you’ve heard or not but taxpayer network is launching a an alternative audience for women to listen to hockey games.

““One afternoon while (our husbands) were both watching the same game on TV Jules and I were on the phone and we started just making comments to each other like, ‘Did you see that guy’s hair?’ and ’What’s going on with that coach wearing the suit four sizes too big for him?“’ said Sutherland of their web show’s inspiration.

“And we kind of thought, ‘Wow, this is funny, wouldn’t it be great if we could tune into an alternative version of the commentary from a female perspective?’ And that was kind of where we got the idea.”

If the CBC wanted to do something for women in sports or more specifically in hockey, here’s an idea, why not offer up full support of a women’s league! What a shitty thing for the network to do.

If I were a woman I’d be insulted.

I don’t really want to pull out the easy, for the all the advances that woman have made in sport or journalism arguments, but how can you resist? Forget woman watching sports or playing sports, what about those covering sports? Even in Toronto there are several women who do a good job covering the teams and leagues. How much harder do you think this is going to make their job? The next time they go interview a player or a coach, I can only imagine what the question back will be irrespective of the fact that they aren’t the ones doing Sex and the City meets HNIC.

What a really stupid idea.


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May 24, 2012 1:33 am

I can only hope we hear what Ron and Don have to say about this.

Don: “these are good Canadian girls. Get off their backs.”

Ron: “these girls are heroes.”

Jim Van Horne
May 24, 2012 8:35 am

uhhh, excuse me, but…
“even in Toronto there are a few women who do a good job covering the teams and leagues”
what kind of neanderthal comment is that?

May 24, 2012 12:06 pm

It’s over for the CBC.

I suspect they’ll lose the rights to NHL broadcasts. What rights they do have for next year is in danger of being postponed or even cancelled. Not good.

Is not HNIC and the playoffs the CBC’s cash cow? Big profits, etc.? How are they going to replace that income?


Another Steve
Another Steve
May 24, 2012 12:09 pm

I was expecting that the link would bring me to The Onion, but apparently this is real. Yuck – on so many levels.

Yes, the CBC is a public broadcaster (I’m not into the “taxpayer” lingo), and I certainly can’t imagine that the BBC or other similar public broadcasters would stoop so low.

The problem is that the CBC doesn’t know what it is. The former head of the CBC explained the problem quite well a few weeks ago when he was on PTS with McCown.

May 24, 2012 4:32 pm

the BBC has its load of popular crappy shows. I mean, they air Wipeout and the Voice.

May 24, 2012 6:18 pm

If this is about lampooning the “sanctity” of NHL hockey, then I’m all for it. I get a laugh out of the earnest hockey panels endlessly dissecting the art of shot blocking and puck cycling – but their heads explode at the thought of something like this. Too funny.

May 24, 2012 6:25 pm

hnic > r.i.p

May 24, 2012 8:25 pm

PLEASE tell me when the CBC had an original thought about pro hockey. I’ll read all comments and admit it when a fellow poster suggests one…and that includes anything the jackasses in the first intermission say. the clock starts now…..

May 24, 2012 9:46 pm

Bob stole my thunder on PrimeTime tonight…what he said…and i was thinking….was i wonder if CBC will put 2 guys on during the…say womens olympics…or another championship…and talk about their hair…how they look…how cute they are…

Wow…if there ever was a reason…and there`s been plenty…to cut that CBC budget to just radio…and i dont even listen to that…this is it…this is one out of control waste of money govt. supported laughing stock.

Start firing and budget cutting today…yesterday would be better.

May 24, 2012 10:23 pm

You take Elliotte Friedman, Andi Petrillo and to a lesser extent Ron MacLean away from Hockey Night in Canada what else have you got for intermission insight?

CBC & Hockey Night in Canada have gone in circles with intermission “hockey experts” for years.

Barb R
Barb R
May 26, 2012 8:28 am

“‘Wow, this is funny, wouldn’t it be great if we could tune into an alternative version of the commentary from a female perspective?”

What a coincidence since most of Canada watches CBC for an alternative version of the commentary from a far left perspective.

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