Weekend Poll: The Future Of Hockey Night In Canada?

With the CBC exclusivity provision winding down time to ask what you the fans think:

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August 2, 2013 6:02 pm

I’d like to see CTV/TSN get the Saturday slot.

7PM Main game on CTV
7PM Secondary Game on TSN and/or TSN2 (also on local CTV in the home market ie Montreal)
10PM Late game on TSN (or CTV)

only 3 games on CTV/TSN/Bell family on Saturday.

and give CBC the Sunday 7PM slot single game only.

TSN keeps Wednesday slot and the NBCSN pickups.

Playoffs – CBC still gets a heavy dose since CTV can’t dedicate 7 nights a week to it. CTV gets Saturday games in the playoffs. CBC/TSN split the rest.

Conference finals split one on CBC, the other on TSN. Finals rotate each year between CTV and CBC.

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
August 2, 2013 7:32 pm

CBC and Rogers team up. CBC keeps the early game SN gets the late game. Since Rogers has rights to all the west teams fits their programing. CBC agrees to sell HNIC to Rogers and HNIC gets used on both SN and CBC but under Rogers ownership.
TSN gets the new sunday night package as well as their Wednesday night games and playoffs.
The Cup gets rotated between TSN, CBC AND SN like the NFL does for the Super Bowl

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
August 2, 2013 9:33 pm

Don Cherry is going to be 80 years old in Feb. 2014. Do people really think the CBC without him would be better than TSN. What’s left after Cherry’s gone? That cringe-inducing kiddie opening, the lethargic Hotstove, and watching Ron MacLean swallow every 15 seconds.

August 3, 2013 10:19 am

Even as someone who has long ago lost interest in watching hockey, I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how this works out. I don’t know how CBC can possibly justify spending what it would take to outbid both Bell and Rogers to remain as the principal NHL carrier of Saturday night and playoff games. CBC is largely limited to earning advertising revenue from this, while Bell and Rogers can also simply increase what they charge us on monthly bills. Apart from history and continuity, apparently the CBC’s only advantage in recent years had been the NHL’s preference to remain on an over-the-air network. The NHL’s attitude, largely American-oriented, still makes the assumption (as does the NFL) that major events that can also attract non-sports viewers belong on broadcast network TV, not just cable sports channels. That doesn’t necessarily reflect the situation in Canada, since TSN has been able to attract large numbers of viewers for major events. And in any case, Bell also now has their over-the-air network(s) in CTV and CTV2, and Rogers has been working to expanding its City (formerly Citytv) network to be a nearly national over-the-air network.

Does CBC get squeezed out entirely? Will it be Bell or Rogers as the main carrier and the other getting a secondary deal like TSN has at present, or can there be some kind of equal deal for both? Will it still involve a broadcast network on Saturday nights, or maybe just for the playoffs? During the 590 roundtable yesterday, someone mentioned the possibility of a national Sunday night game.

August 4, 2013 1:25 am

Wow, someone who thinks Cherry is great but refers to other aspects of the broadcast as “Cringe inducing”.

I’m disgusted that our tax money gets spent on showcasing a blowhard redneck who spouts racist, obnoxious rants under the guise of entertainment.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
August 4, 2013 11:35 am

I’ve been avoiding the opening of HNIC like the plague, remind me, is the sweet, innocent kids-opening before or after “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting?”

I am reminded “Greatest Canadian” Tommy Douglas thought gays were mentally ill. So the age you were brought up in can affect you outlook. Cherry, 79, has done well to overcome some of his biases. He came out in favour of Gay marriage in 2004. Did Brian and Brendan Burke favour gay marriage back then? Cherry’s kiss of the Muslim Kadri was a subversive slap at the Islamaphobes. He’s trying.

Of course if you want to shut-down the entire execrable CBC and give the money to the First Peoples, I would support that. Cherry will have no problem replacing his taxpayer money with TSN money.

August 6, 2013 8:31 am

“I’m disgusted that our tax money gets spent on showcasing a blowhard redneck who spouts racist, obnoxious rants under the guise of entertainment”

What would you prefer? Bland, politically correct wanks like Strombo and Mansbridge?

Mike V
Mike V
August 6, 2013 6:11 pm

Would Cherry get TSN money? I’m of the opinion that his importance is greatly, greatly exaggerated and TSN doesn’t need (and likely doesn’t want) him at this point.

Steve Clark
August 7, 2013 9:12 am

Agree with Dave in Bolton. Rogers is the most natural fit to partner up with CBC. I think that they are looking to get into more of the national picture. You see a fair amount of back and forth with CBC Talent appearing on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

TSN could anchor a Sunday Night Package, but they already have NFL Sunday Night Football on right now.

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