Challenges At Rogers Led To Quiet Blue Jays Offseason?


Earlier this week Rogers released it’s latest earnings. While the media side of the business decent numbers, the rest of the business continued in it’s recent challenged results.

There was lots of speculation over the winter that the driver for the crickets out of Blue Jays land was a tightening of the purse strings at HQ. However, many of the same “it’s early” voices from last season tried to quash that story.

Many Rogers insiders are telling me that at least in the inner circle and at company functions those close to the action are admitting that the Blue Jays weren’t given access to the incremental funds they would have liked due to tough times the parent company is enduring.

A couple of folks are telling me that Paul Beeston himself is admitting the same thing.

Rogers has a new CEO in Guy Laurence and to date he’s been doing a ton of travelling and listening. It sounds like we will know his plans in about a months time. Many are expecting significant changes in the way the company operates. What that means for those in the sports and media part of the company is anyones guess.

From what I am hearing though, the whispers over the winter of belt tightening seem to be getting validated, at least quietly so far.

Here’s a good review of the latest Rogers earnings.


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April 25, 2014 11:47 am

$5.2 billion on hockey rights didn’t help the Jays’ situation either, I’m guessing. Despite all the Sportsnet hype, the Blue Jays are now an afterthought in the Empire. Maybe the players should pass the hat…

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
April 25, 2014 3:38 pm

Hope he sells off the entire sports department.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
April 27, 2014 3:35 am

At first i thought it was very odd that Dirk Hayhurst left sportsnet for TSN.It seems now that rogers just did not want to pay him.
Jack Morris leaving after 1 year (to be closer to home??) I wonder if the same thing applies?

April 28, 2014 11:16 pm

@Sam. Rogers let Dirk and Jack Morris go and replaced them both with one first year broadcaster (who’s fine, but surely must not be expensive). I could definitely see cost being an issue there.

Dear Rogers – if you don’t want to fully commit to the Jays – please upload to MLSE along with the Leafs and Raps and share the burden. Sick of this garbage. It’s a good team, very possibly a starter or two from possible contention. You’re sabotaging the team by changing course like that after one year.

May 8, 2014 3:53 pm

Well said, Daniel.

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