Has Rogers Bought The Score?


Lots of moving parts here, but all signs seem to suggest that if the ink isn’t dry it’s certainly damn close.

I dont have a good enough read on the price however I am told it is likely closer to $125m-$150m then it is to $200m

I am told that there is going to be a lot of layoffs, like nearly everyone so that is a factor in terms of price too.

I am told that at least a couple of folks on the soccer side have already jumped ship over to Sportnet. This follows the departure of Brandon Dunlop who already began a career over at Sportsnet.

Several insiders are telling me that folks like Greg Sansone, Cam Stewart, Renee Paquette aren’t part of the plans over at Rogers. Again this isn’t confirmed, but it’s what’s being bandied abound to me from various sources.

Similarly, Kristian Jack and James Sharman ARE apparently NOT going to be out of jobs for very long.

Also apparently many of the upper-level management were MIA from the office today too.

Without exception every source I spoke to who used to work at the Score has expressed deep sadness at the news that the good independent ship has been swallowed up.

However every single person I spoke with has said the same thing, it’s long over due.

It’s quite sad to think what exactly Rogers is buying; a shell of what was once an exciting player in the space. The network will most certainly abandon the space they rent downtown ( it doesn’t sound like they own the building). The brand has been totally diminished down to next to nothing in my opinion. They are buying a licensed bandwidth, an app and a some bad will in having to layoff a bunch of people. Honestly, there really isn’t much left there anymore.

A wise man has guessed that the Score will become the Rogers version of headline sports. I think that probably makes a lot of sense.

For those who are effected and now out of work, I hope you are gainfully employed soon. It’s a sad day for what was once a proud network.

More as I get it.


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Brian Gerstein
August 24, 2012 5:12 pm

Nice write-up TSM, summarizes well my thoughts as well. One thing that you left out was that The Score was the first sports network that not only did not ignore any content related to gambling, as the other mainstream sports networks do, but embraced it fully. They had a running sports ticker with betting lines before games, had specific betting shows on as well, and we all know how Cam Stewart is a betting man himself, and is not shy about it. It will be interesting to see how Rogers handles that end of it, since sports betting is no longer frowned upon as it has been in the past, although no way will they give it a similar mindshare.

Once Tim and Sid jumped ship to The Fan it was all over, and I have treated the network as more of a novelty item than a serious sports channel for a while now. At the same time, I loved having it there, as there is no such thing as too much sports content for me, so hopefully Rogers will use it in a manner that provides some value and interest to me.

August 24, 2012 5:23 pm

…just pasting my comments over from the globe website…

It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it. It used to be a great television channel, and then the big two bought all their talent. Then they had a fantastic mobile app, and now one of the big two is buying them outright. It’s sad that an independent voice for sports in this country has been lost, but The Score died as a television network when Tim and Sid walked out the door. For what they are currently, 200 million dollars actually seems quite generous to me.

Perhaps more important is how visible the two great telecom vortexes of Rogers and Bell are now. For sure Bell had a bit of interest as well. Now they are buying up their content, buying their competitors, building up their lawsuit war chest and seemingly getting ready for a long protracted war. I hope the CRTC isn’t getting paid off by these guys to turn a blind eye to their effective duopoly.


I will also add that I am frankly stunned that Sansone seems to be left out of any talent pickup. Cam Stewart is certainly an acquired taste, even though I love him, but Sansone has tons of experience in the TV game. Perhaps some hostility to the deal on his part? He probably had tons of chances to leave but stayed to try and help the company, and now everything he worked at was for nothing. Besides the soccer guys, TBJ, and the aforementioned Sansone and Stewart, their talent isn’t worth a warm bucket of spit. Still is a sad end though. And I’ll miss the ticker and screen on Peter and King, while waiting for a streetcar after a Jays game.

August 24, 2012 5:27 pm

Sportsnet already has a version of Headline Sports on CH999. So this seems like they will dump that service. CRTC needs to approve and I don’t know if they will. TSN would had made sense, just turn it into ESPNews. This I don’t see.

I think Renee Paquettewill have a future somewhere. She has really grown on me.

August 24, 2012 5:36 pm

Sad but way overdue. I never watch the Score. My thinking when I saw your first tweet was the Canadian version of ESPN News. It gives Rogers another platform for their programming.

August 24, 2012 5:39 pm

Ya but if ESPNews, that would mean Bell (TSN) had to get it…

August 24, 2012 6:54 pm

Does anyone think they will keep most of the programs or will they dump it?

August 24, 2012 9:14 pm

Sansone would make a nice addition to TSN Radio1050. Would he take a radio gig if it was offered?

August 24, 2012 9:23 pm

Well, as a TV network I guess The Score had become second rate. Im sure it will work as Sportsnet News and as another outlet for Rogers to show spillover play by play on.

I think TSM is a bit dismissive of its success though, because of its web content. From what I understand, The Score app is one of the most popular sports apps in North America. I have it and I read their baseball blogs/download their baseball podcasts ona regular basis. I hope they keep those going.

August 24, 2012 10:40 pm

For the love of Lord Alfred Hayes, please please please keep WWE Vintage Collection!!

August 24, 2012 10:50 pm

Like most commenting on this story, I believe it’s a sad day. The rich get richer, but more than that, another voice will soon be gone. It’s not healthy to only have 2 viable sports network owners, especially if they are Bell and Rogers. Truth is The Score was dead long ago, way before Sid & Tim left. Any worthwhile, profitable property they got, they lost. Ownership wasn’t able, or willing, to compete for worthwhile properties, so they were stuck with things like CIS football. That just doesn’t cut it. Some good people went through there, but in the end, it will be remembered more for what it could have been, and not for what it was. Pity.

August 24, 2012 11:30 pm

Hopefully there is a good opportunity waiting for the soccer guys (KJ and Sharman) and The Basketball Jones boys

Both of those teams cover soccer and basketball so much better than anything the stiffs at TSN/Sportsnet do.

The Court Cuts segments for NBA highlights or the Formation Geek match previews for soccer were just more more imaginative and interesting then the standard “stiff in a suit” host with boring as hell ex-pro studio stuff the big boys do

Jayson Merryfield
August 25, 2012 12:21 am

Others might seem to be more ambivalent, but I’m not. I’m angry. A unique voice in the Canadian sports landscape is going, going, gone, and all in the name of corporate one-upmanship. Is the channel what it was a decade ago? No, not in its current incarnation. Was there much the Levy’s could do to fend off the increasing license prices being driven by the Bell/Rogers competition? No, likely not, though I’m not privy to anything financial over there. But The Score is still a vital, important voice that is being silenced.

People can point to Tim & Sid leaving as the sign that the network had jumped the shark. I counter that by saying, if you’re not a Toronto/Golden Triangle resident, the new incarnation of Tim & Sid is shit, particularly if you were a fan of their original show. Whatever it is Cabbie is doing these days? Equally watered down. Dunlop’s new show? Gag me, please. These were the voices of a generation of sports fans who reject wholesale the ESPN model of sportscasting, that being talking heads, bombast, lame humor, and fancy graphics.

If Sharman & KJ go to TSN, or Sportsnet, or wherever, they will not be the same either. The essence of what made The Score different and better is being lost in a sea of smarmy, preprocessed “Sports Anchors”. I don’t think Greg Sansone could stomach sitting in a chair next to Darren-fucking-Dutchyshen or Jay “I laugh at all of my own jokes” Onrait. Having danced so close to the magic that is relaxed, open, intelligent programming, how do you step back into a cloistered role as just another a numbered cog in the Rogers machinery?

This isn’t going to make me want to embrace TSN or Sportsnet any more than I already do. This will drive me further underground to find blogs and podcasts and journalists who give a shit and aren’t beholden to fucking anyone. Maybe I’m being over emotional and hyperbolic. If I am, fuck it, then I am, because The Score has been with me for 15 years and I’m going to miss what it was.

August 25, 2012 9:49 am


It’s official. Rogers paid $167-million.

Rogers is buying only the tv channel.

Score’s digital properties will be spun off into a new company with existing shareholders owning 90% and Rogers owning 10% of this new company.

This makes sense for the Score. They couldn’t compete on the tv side, they have an opportunity to compete in the digital world.

But I don’t understand how this makes sense for Rogers. I assume they are going to turn it into Sportsnet News or something but why not just launch their own channel? SN1 has more viewers than the Score so they could easily launch an other channel. I must be missing something.

Mike C.
Mike C.
August 25, 2012 11:14 am

This is HUGE news… However the writing was on the wall as already said on the forums here when Tim Micallef and Sid Seixiero jumped to Sportsnet 590 The Fan last November early December. Back in the mid to late 1990s to early 2000s The Score was the BEST sports network hands down of the big 3 in Canada. TSN And Sportsnet ended up ripping off the whole sports ticket that The Score and Headline Sports as it used to be called had perfected. Lots of talent came and went through the network. I agree re Greg Sansone can’t see him joining TSN? look at Steve Kouleas hes at TSN now but seems to not have much of a big role at the network in comparison to his days hosting Hardcore Hockey Talk with Steve Ludzik and Al Strachan. If James Sharman and Kristian Jack join Sportsnet that should be alright. On the other side of the coin in recent years The Score has had some terrible on air talent… due to cost cutting they hire people out of reality based contests to be on air personalities with no training!
RIP The Score

(Another) Andrew
(Another) Andrew
August 25, 2012 12:14 pm

the new incarnation of Tim & Sid is shit, particularly if you were a fan of their original show. Whatever it is Cabbie is doing these days? Equally watered down. Dunlop’s new show? Gag me, please. These were the voices of a generation of sports fans who reject wholesale the ESPN model of sportscasting, that being talking heads, bombast, lame humor, and fancy graphics.
If Sharman & KJ go to TSN, or Sportsnet, or wherever, they will not be the same either.

Excellent comment! Every ‘personality’ loses his or her edge when they go to the big boys. Both Rogers and Bell are like ESPN. They make everybody boring and bland.

August 25, 2012 12:42 pm
Reply to  Bob

Oh wow.

Maybe they bought The Score because it’s already in so many homes. If they started up a Sportsnet News, it would probably be on digital cable and not seen by most.

But yeah, I agree. I would have thought the web stuff was what they were after.

August 25, 2012 5:53 pm

Excellent comment!!!

August 26, 2012 1:48 am

This is ridiculous. Having been in Canada for 16 years, I grew up with
Headline Sports which later became The Score. James Sharman and Co. have
been the best voice for soccer in this country and I hope that they
take the Footy Show somewhere else or James and KJ make it their own
entity because Rogers will just ruin it like everything else they touch.
I really hope TSN hires James and KJ and gives them the platform to
continue their great work.

I’m pissed about this purchase. It’s never good for one company to own so much, especially in the business of media. We’ve seen it the past few years, everything has been bought out by Rogers and Bell. It’s going to be one long fight between the two companies for a very long time.

August 26, 2012 1:53 am

Continued….. Part of me is actually happy now that BeIN Sport is about to enter Canada. We will finally have a third competitor for the big 2 that has more money than both of them combined. That should make things interesting in the years to come. Let’s hope the BeIN Sport Canada is a success right off the bat.

Mike V
Mike V
August 26, 2012 8:25 am

Meh. The Score was beyond pathetic at the end, just another dreck channel subscribers were forced to pay for. Can’t remember the last time I tuned in and I’m in their target demo.

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
August 26, 2012 2:47 pm

Id rebrand the network as Sportnet 590TV with all the shows simulcast. PTS, Timand Sid ext.

My money is Monday Night Raw moving to Sportnet1 along with other WWE programming. It would give the network a reason for ppl to order it.

Bell would be smart to trade mark/announce TSNEWS before Rogers can announce Sportsnet News. maybe Bell rebrands one of the crappy Much networks or a Astral network after the purchase is complete.

August 26, 2012 10:58 pm

Dowbiggin writes that Sportsnet will get The Score’s downtown office, and speculates Rogers could turn The Score into a highlights channel, an all hockey channel, or a channel for Rogers radio shows. Here’s hoping the all hockey channel and Rogers radio channel ideas are just him spitballing!


Circa 1999
Circa 1999
August 27, 2012 7:28 pm

Thats exactly why I got out of TV and started my own business. HAHAHA.

August 27, 2012 7:52 pm
Reply to  Syn

Sansone stayed because he was getting paid huge money as a suit.

September 15, 2012 1:31 pm
Reply to  AA

If James/KJ go to TSN or Sportsnet, expect a watered down version of the Footy show and their podcasts. It’s absolutely disgusting that the CRTC is letting this Duopoly happen. It’s impossible for any smaller sports tv network to enter the market seeing as those 2 seem to just drive a dumptruck full of money to the CRTCs’ door. Absolutely pathetic

the count
the count
October 14, 2012 7:31 am
Reply to  dsscpu

Renee is now with the WWE ,she is now doing her dream job.

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