Craziest Day In Toronto Sports Media World

Craziest Day In Toronto Sports Media World

By TSM

Wow.

I really am at a loss for what has gone on over the last 14-15 hours in the world of Toronto sports media.

There has to be a full moon or something.

My day started with numerous emails and texts about Damian Cox and his tweets.

Damian was taking on TSN and the Globe and Mail and others like James Mirtle, and Al Strachan were jumping in :

Then he turned his focus on Ron Wilson:

Around the same time, Phil Kessel went to town on the Toronto Sports Media for the treatment of Dion Phaneuf:

Damian and others jumped in on this topic too:

Then around noon on TSN radio Kyle Dubas had an interesting debate with Craig Button about Lupul/Dion tweet gate from yesterday. Many of you sent in emails, texts and comments on the discussion where Button’s argument was that TSN shouldn’t be blamed as they weren’t the authors of the tweet. As of now I can’t find the audio from the segment. If anyone has it I am happy to post it.

If that wasn’t enough, news then broke that Phaneuf, his wife and Lupul have retained attorneys who have threatened legal action against both the author of the tweet and TSN for airing it during #tradecenter!

Twitter erupted again!

TSN issued an apology and to be honest the coverage of all these topics is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

If that wasn’t enough, the Florida Panthers almost had to use their goalie coach in the Leafs game tonight and once again the social media world exploded.

Needless to say I am a tad bit exhausted.

Couple of thoughts before I write more tomorrow:

First, I’ve never seen the media battles that exist in this city/country before. Perhaps it’s just because of social media. In the past the public wouldn’t never know what the press was really thinking on these subjects as it would never get published. The amount of dislike across outlets is quite amazing to watch and observe.

I think the Kessel rant is a positive one for leaf fans not because I think he is necessarily right, but it’s good to see a guy like Kessel get fired up. The articles about Kessel are quite amazing. Personally, I find this one from the Globe and mail particularly arrogant. i will delve into it more tomorrow.

On the lawsuit issue, I will say more tomorrow but I think it’s odd that a caller can call in to the Fan 590 and ask Jeff Blair if this same rumour is true, Blair can say that he’s heard the rumour and no one from the media or the team says a word yet when it appears as a tweet all hell breaks loose. I am willing to bet that TSN had some sort of bot setup to filter out expletives on the tweets it aired and this one slipped through the cracks. It’s bad and it’s irresponsible. However, it’s no different than the folks at the fan allowing a caller to make the same comment on the air. The call could have been dumped.

Personally, I think the Curt Schilling story on twitter will be a turning point. I assume that no media outlet will allow tweets to go on live tv anytime soon in this market.

A wild wild day. Lots more to say.

pardon the typos written from a mobile device

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    dogpounder6 years ago

    Al Strachan is a great follow. Never holds back.

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    Damian Cox, the bastion of morals and integrity. So quick to point the finger, seeming to forget that when he points, 3 of his fingers point back at him. I find it sad that one of the countries best (and he was!), becomes that which he chastises.

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    Why is Damien “Gotta ask the question” Cox still a thing, can we all just tune that troll out.

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    Drumanchor6 years ago

    Does everything these days have to measured by social media “exploding”? Who cares?

    It’s like a bunch of old, nattering ladies gossiping about absolutely nothing. As for TSN or Sportsnet showing stupid tweets as a scroll at the bottom of their screens…..who the fuck cares? As a viewer, it does not enhance the broadcast in any way. If anything, it is a dumb distraction – except for the numbskulls waiting to see their brilliant tweets.

    As for this other garbage, personally, as a sports fan and sports media fan, I’m getting really tired of this junior high school, pissing match drama played out by well paid professionals just because they have a platform to do so.

    Can’t wait for Titter and most other social platforms to go the way of the hula-hoop like the fad it is.

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    peacefulposter6 years ago

    TSN made an honest mistake. To sue them for it doesn’t reflect well on Lupul or Phaneuf.

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    Drumanchor6 years ago

    Twitter – damn it, Not Titter (although that would be a platform I could get my hands on).

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    Rob in Aurora6 years ago

    Cox belongs on Sportsnet. They deserve each other. He was kicked off PTS years ago, TSN gave him a job on TV and then he plays one off against the other and jumps to Sp_net – who, I think we can all agree by now, do a simply horrible job on everything they cover. Now he whines about objectivity and conflict when the ratings are awful. That speaks directly to his character as a person and a journalist. (And Damien, you can’t change the facts. TSN won the deadline day ratings 3:1)

    I can’t take the guy seriously. He should retire

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    Rob in Aurora6 years ago

    TSN is embarrassed by the Lupul thing, but the crawl troll was a mistake. That should be forgiven as there was no malice or intent. Go after the author, not the unwitting messenger. The author posted the tweet with obvious malice.

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    WestDale Rocks6 years ago

    1. The tweet. TSN does deserve to take some responsibility. It’s very much their fault that they didn’t have a system in place to humanly vet tweets. And the author of the tweet should, and probably will, be heavily penalized. Alough it would be par for the course if he gets away scot free and others pay a heavy price. See Roger Millions uttering the word c&$$sucker a few years back on a bad take that went to air. He kept his job while some poor, working furiously to a deadline multitasking bastard who trusted that Millions wouldn’t throw him under the bus,lost his job.
    2. Cox. Damian’s probably just miffed that TSN kicked their ass on Monday. Sure TSN’s broadcast had holes. Lose Lester McLean. The llama thing was funny, given the Arizona story. But for pure star power, how do you beat McKenzie, Dreger and LeBrun. Twice they informed players in an phone interview, that they had been traded!!!
    3. Phil ramt. OK. I’ll give Kessel props for standing up and sayi something. But! The bottom line is that Phaneuf is not captain material. A captain stands there and takes the grief. Where was he yesterday? And did he front up leading up to the deadline? Yes he was injured, but he can still talk. And he was responsible for Salute-Gate and should have lost the captaincy right there. the captain is the face. It’s not Phaneuf’s fault he isn’t captain material….but he signed up for the gig. As a third or fourth defenceman on a team, this guy would be lights out in a perfect role,
    4. Lupul. He has every right to be pissed at the tweet. And hopefull the three of them go forward and inflict heavy damage on te guy who tweeted it. But his tweet yesterday of “get used to ‘no comment'” came across as a bit amateurish and brought me right back to Salute-Gate. I’ll give him credit for not sugar coating the team’s performance.. But dude…you won’t win a cat fight with the media. Fine to stay clear of the media and not talk–but don’t announce it.

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    Sam in Scarb6 years ago

    Wait until the summer,rogers has far too many deck-hands on their hockey ship and it is not working.They will have to throw a few hands overboard and alphabetically C is near the beginning.

    Also, when does rogers start selling more NHL games to TSN..as early for the 2016/2017 season??

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    mickey b6 years ago

    Cox is really unbelievable on this one. Apparently he’s never listened to late night radio on the fan over the past few years because I’ve heard on many occasions worse gossipy, crap about players. Yes TSN made a mistake that they’ve taken ownership of. Is rogers taking ownership of worse things that have been SAID and allowed on the Fan’s airwaves? This isn’t even touching on the fact that they’ve just hired a guy (Blundell) who has been ridiculously offensive to a massive amount of people over the years. Seriously Cox?

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    Damien is a total jerk but there is some merit to what he is saying. Sportsnet catches far more flak for almost everything they do compared to TSN doing similar things, which still has the image to some as the golden child who can do no wrong. I can only imagine what the reaction would have been if that tweet made it onto the other trade deadline show.

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    Curious that the aggrieved parties retain a Vancouver lawyer. I think he or his then firm acted for Burke against Poonerman et al. I see no upside in pursuing this beyond an apology, especially publicly.

    The “Player X is sleeping with Player Y’s wife” has really become ubiquitous in the modern era. Gives me nostalgia for Leeman Iafrate. Such an innocent time. Of course Shanahan is married to the former Mrs. Craig Janney. Guess that one was true.

    Cox is the worst on Twitter. A different smug than Arthur. Dowbiggin is bad but has no presence.

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    Steve Jones6 years ago

    An intersting day indeed! This whole battle between the two sports stations really is hilarious. And juvenile. I doubt few viewers know it exists or would care if they did. I heard Kypreos on PT last night and at the open Bob brought up the tweet. Kypreos basically said that now that SN is the rights holder TSN has to try things to elevate their postion. He lamented the days when SN was the outsider. It was sadly funny. He actually thinks because SN holds the rights they are the lead dog. I have heard TSN solidly won the ratings war. I also found it amusing that Kipper pumped his own tires regarding being first on some trades. Firstly, they both had firsts, and of course you’re only first if people are watching you. Lastly first is at best a few seconds. Wow. Maybe these guys could at least impart some of their compete on the Leafs. They seem to have lots of it and it’s mostly unneeded.

    The tweet. Seems to me the tweet was broadcast first on Twitter. Do they hold any responsibility? Uh, no. And TSN was was the second to put it out there. A lawsuit will go no where. This is Canada, try and prove actual damages. Suits like this go no where. That said TSN has lots of money for lawyers, the guy who sent the tweet, who knows. He’s gonna have a nice bill if this moves forward. As for the plaintiffs, go away. You just look ridiculous taking this to court. Even if it was offensive.

    As for Cox, he’s just there as far as I’m concerned. He’s not a voice that I like or dislike. But he had a real bad day yesterday. Calling out another media outlet? His paper has libelled people repeatedly. Him taking the moral high ground, please. Attacking Wilson, ridiculous. Seems he had Twitter open and just did a stream of conscious dump. Maybe he needs to pause and think first. He came across as a total fool.

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    Did anyone catch the exchange between some guy from TSN named Glenn Schiiler and a number of bloggers on twitter – essentially Schiiler (whoever he is) used the old “You would never present these arguments to my face” and watch the games. Guy came off as an extremely unintelligent entitled loser

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    @RobInAurora – You really think someone should go after the guy who wrote the tweet? You can’t sue someone for Tweeting what was probably intended to be a dumb joke. I think it’s outrageous Lupul and co would even consider suing the guy. Maybe it was in poor taste but the precedent that would set would be insane.

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    @westdale – I work in TV. On air people swear all the time between takes or when they screw something up. It wasn’t Roger Millions responsibility to cue up the right takes.

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    Claire A Fye6 years ago

    This is a really interesting thread. To Daniel, I agree it is the tech’s responsibility to put the right take on air, but there is precedence for the talent to take the heat. You may recall a similar incident years ago involving Avery Haines. It was she who took the fall that time. I do find it funny how people here respond to things like Cox’s tweets, the battle between the two companies (Bell and Rogers), and the irresponsibility shown by so many people on social media. I’m not a big Cox fan and the way I deal with his tweets and opinions is novel. I ignore them.It’s also why I don’t bitch about McCown like so many on this site. I don’t listen anymore because it got too frustrating listening to a guy mail it in day after day As for tweets from people like the idiot who tweeted the Lupul-Phaneuf stuff, I think the players are right to go after him. TSN was guilty of negligence, and they’ve apologized for it. The idiot was downright malicious and by being sued perhaps he’ll realize there are consequences when you do things like that. There are far too many people like him around, people who think it’s funny to right stuff like that. And as for the Bell-Rogers stuff, it’s a competitive business. I think both Kypreos and Cox were really showing the frustration they must feel knowing no matter what they do, they can’t beat TSN. I’d bet most of the people at Sportsnet feel the same way.

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    Bob Canuck6 years ago

    I’m amazed that some people can be so indifferent when it comes to the reputation of other people. If the underlying allegation in the tweet in question is false, it seems to me that this is a clear example of defamation.

    http://zvulony.ca/2010/articles/defamation-articles/definition-defamation/

    I support Lupul et al as they pursue their legal options. Even if this matter ends without a financial settlement, there is a public benefit if, in the future, people consider if they are about to defame someone with their impending comment / action.

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    I think Cox’s real frustration comes from the fact that, since he was rinsed once again from PTS, he is now a bit player in the sports media world. He now has to resort to trolling to get attention these days. Sad really.

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    While I don’t like Cox one bit, his point is absolutely valid. If he had come out and wrote an article in The Star about how Sportsnet’s coverage won the day, people would’ve torn him limb from limb mercilessly. However, because it’s cool to like TSN and everything they do, people stood back and said nothing. I’m of the opinion that even if Sportsnet were to do something well, or even admirably, these days, no one would admit it anyways because of an existing pro-TSN bias.

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    http://deadspin.com/joffrey-lupul-is-now-threatening-to-fight-people-on-ins-1689414231

    Now Lupul is going nutty. I would suggest that this is not acting upon the advice of counsel.

    Bob C, I am not sure that legal action will do much to inhibit idiocy. Phil Mickelson and Brian Burke have both taken action in the past, and it continues. Better minds than mine will tell you that the death penalty is not a deterrent. I also think proving damages would be very difficult.

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    (Another) Andrew6 years ago

    I think Cox’s real frustration comes from the fact that, since he was rinsed once again from PTS, he is now a bit player in the sports media world. He now has to resort to trolling to get attention these days.

    He was trolling just as much when he was on PTS. It must be his personality. Though someone who posts here said that they once met him at an airport and that he was genuinely nice guy. Maybe its a media personality only!

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    Steve Jones6 years ago

    Wow, just read that little tweet war Lupul is having. Sad. I think it’s regretable that prominent people have to deal with such an increased level of scrutiny, but talk about thin skinned. He’s only making it worse and soon will have to sue the Internet. Funny how much passion there seems to be for this and so little in terms of what they get paid for. And I hate to say it but this is so trivial compared to what film and TV people get subjected to.

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    I don’t know how it would work in North America, but people have been getting punished (fines AND jail) for abusive / threatening tweets i.n the UK.

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    Dave Perkins is a guest today on PTS during the 4 PM hour………..his first appearance since suffering a heart attack in early November

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    It was very sad the NHL elected to give the contract to Sportsnet versus TSN! TSN is certainly the gold standard in everything they do and Sportsnet will always be the second fiddle. These guys such ad Kepreos, Cox, etc are very jealous as they are second rate. Milliard will never match Duthies skill. Hopefully Sportsnet struggles and they are forced to sell off some games to TSN!
    As for the tweet everyone chill and grow up. A mistake was made, an apology given, move on!
    Listened to Perkins today on PTS, great as usual and nice to have him back. Bettman now on and Bob shows his skill in the interview. A lot of people dislike Bob and I admit he mails it in occasionally but when he’s engaged he’s the best!

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    So Lupul is upset and embarrassed by comments on Tsn but has no problem taking pictures with skank porn stars. Loved the rogers bashing of Tsn for the incident, cause they never f up. Any reason Tsn doesn’t use 1 of their 5 channels to show their radio other then just 6 till 7?

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    WouldStaley936 years ago

    Did anyone catch Mark Hebscher tweet back to Mike Toth ? Apparently Mark was saying Jim Tatti blocked him on Twitter ? @mikeinboston and @yyzsportsmedia check it out.

    Tatti was co hosting Live Drive w Ryan Doyle today over on another Bell Media property NewsTalk 1010.

    Day 3 and I’m still enjoying Dean Blundell & Co on the commute to work on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

    It’s not in same realm as Damien Cox v David Shoalts troll war re trade deadline issue. But did anyone see Kiss 92 Morning Show Host Adam Wylde rip on Twitter on Cathal Kelly and Steve Simmons it was awesome.

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    Wow. Lupul’s ‘No Comment’ bit lasted less than 24 hours! Classic Joffrey.

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    Nan Young Lee6 years ago

    I agree with Damien Cox that someone should be held accountable for the Lupul tweet getting on the air. But he’s on shakier ground when he declares:

    “Shocker; paper owned by same ppl as network says network superior. No conflict declared.”

    It’s not only the Globe that says TSN is better it’s also the audience. From Shoalt’s column:

    “While TSN made a terrible mistake in allowing the offending tweet on the air, this did not result in any ratings damage in its trade-deadline coverage. It scored a big win over Sportsnet, as an average of 206,000 viewers watched its 10 hours of coverage from 8 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m., compared to just 76,000 for Sportsnet.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/defamatory-tweet-about-leafs-players-exposes-the-perils-of-social-media/article23301388/

    Does Damien think these numbers is wrong because BCE owns a percentage of the Globe? On Tuesday’s PTS Kypreos and Brunt were talking about the competing trade deadline shows as if Sportsnet had won the ratings battle. Kypreos mentioned about how it was different now that SN is the national rights holder and Brunt was implying the appearance of the llamas was an act of desperation by TSN, akin to past shenanigans on SN. Except TSN won the ratings battle with llamas this year and sans llamas in the past. In its all too brief appearance the llama also exhibited a greater knowledge of hockey than Strombo (yes, a llame cheap shot).

    Sportsnet also did their best to promote their trade deadline show with the hockey games on the preceding weekend. Was it a coincidence there was a Leafs-Habs game on Saturday and Leafs-Ovechkin game on Sunday? It still didn’t work, or maybe it did work and SN ratings would have been even more dismal without them.

    Also if Sportsnet thinks their talent is better than TSN’s talent, why do they keep trying to hire people from TSN. They tried to get Duthie and company before the season and were unsuccessful. Recently, according to TSM, Sportsnet tried and failed to snag Darren Dutchyshen.

    So Damien is wrong. It’s not only “paper owned by same ppl as network” the says TSN is better. It’s also the vast majority of the viewers and his bosses at Rogers.

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    I noticed bob and maybe healy claimed the ratings for the two shows were about even

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    Thanks to Claire A Fyfe and Bob Canuck for providing some clarity on the issue of defemation. I am not a lawyer, but I do teach law at the high school level (Grade 11 and 12), so I do possess more than a passing knowledge of the law.

    Tort Law is about “negligence”. What did, in this case, TSN and the guy who posted the tweet do or fail to do? TSN neglected to control content, while the poster neglected to realize that his post was put in the public realm the moment he hit send on his tweet and was even more publicized when it scrolled across TSN’s screen.

    For technical purposes, and directly from the Supreme Court here is the interpretation of “defamation” :
    To establish defamation a plaintiff must establish:
    a) the impugned words are defamatory in the sense that they would tend to lower the plaintiff’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable person
    b) the words in fact refer to the plaintiff
    c) the words were published , i.e. That they were communicated to at least one person other than the plaintiff

    With TSN’s swift and well worded apology, and promise not to put tweets on screen again, we can move beyond this.

    Back to sports media: It’s not a surprise to see Bell/Rogers personalities sniping back and forth at one and other. It almost reminds of the wrestling Monday Night Wars when WCW and WWF/E were trying to out do each other on a weekly basis in the name of ratings. The same can be said for the late night TV wars between Carson/Letterman and Leno/Letterman. The numbers and ratings are what drive ad rates , so it is no wonder that they are being fought over.

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    Steve Jones6 years ago

    As was noted above I see from Shoalts column TSN stomped Rogers in the Trade Day war. It doesn’t really matter. But it does make me chuckle after the Kypreos comments on PT. One would think after 3/4 of a hockey season, and with all the exposure and spending SN would have performed better. I guess in the end it comes down to the talent, and who you prefer. Seems pretty clear hockey fans prefer TSN. Pity SN has a lock for a such a long term. It diminishes the profile of the national sport.

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    sinnacle6 years ago

    The numbers previously reported are pretty much correct as TSN had an average minute audience of 209,100 while Sportsnet had 75,600 (The numbers change slightly since each passing day will account for anyone watching on a pvr for up to 7 days)

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    Sam in Scarb6 years ago

    IF numbers are correct TSN appox 210,000 sportsnet appox 75,000 that is not a beating that is a mauling.

    If Bob did claim ratings for the two shows were about even.Then he is an outright liar.The only time they were even was at 08:00:00 at 08:00:01 the slaughter begun.

    The sportsnet people in no way should be harping on the TSN people they should be looking in the mirror.For a property that is basically hockey,hockey all the time it sure fails with the public.

    It is CLEAR that the public on trade deadline day picked TSN head over heels for hockey information and on-air talent.Plain & Simple.

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    When did Shoalts become the Globe’s new Dowbiggin? How often did he write about the media before Rogers won the rights? Does he ever write about any media outlets besides Rogers? Sure, he focused on the business side of the game but he wasn’t writing articles like this. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/tsn-makes-the-most-of-dull-trade-deadline-day/article23258559/ That’s a media criticism piece of the likes that I can’t recall Shoalts ever writing back when CBC and TSN held the rights. He was silent on the subject. He had no skin in the game and didn’t write anything real positive or negative about broadcasts.

    Just a guess, but I think that’s what is annoying Cox. Shoalts never writes anything positive about Rogers and almost all of his writings make Rogers look terrible but in fairness, Rogers deserves much of the criticism. At the same time, he virtually ignores anything else when it comes to media but If it involves criticizing Rogers, he’s right on it. Not sure I’d call it a vendetta but I do find it interesting that Shoalts keeps focusing on the media these days when he used to ignore it unless it involved money. Guess he needed to find something new to write about after the Yotes were sold and the Jets came back.

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    It’s humorous to hear Rogers media types rip on TSN’s mistake. Sure it was a big mistake, and they apologized for it right after on Twitter and later with several on-camera apologies. However, all radio shows on the Fan couldn’t let it go, Bob McCown trashed it, Tim and Sid trashed it and they even had former TSN employee Mike Johnson come in and rip them.

    I am wondering what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot and Sportsnet made the same mistake. I could see Bruce Arthur play the role of Damien Cox, but would Dave Naylor and Bob McKenzie throw stones and try to belittle their competition? I don’t think so. I am not sure they would even acknowledge it.

    If Rogers wants to be taken seriously, earn respect and pass TSN in the ratings, they shouldn’t worry about what TSN does. They should look in the mirror and worry about themselves and improve within with their talent and product. Rogers should rise above trying to rip TSN because they come off like the jealous and bratty little brother trying desperately trying to get attention.

    Sadly, it starts from up top with Scott Moore blaming a ratings system for what ails his network. Why do that? It goes back to being that little brother trying to blame a mistake on someone/something else.

    Rogers has a chance to be great, they just have to take a more positive approach.

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    @Chris
    You’re spot on.

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    Dave in Bolton6 years ago

    It’s gotta just piss off the suits at Rogers that they took the rights to the NHL away from TSN and they still can’t beat them lol I find it hilarious and after 12 years when the NHL deal is up SN will still be 2nd banana

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    WestDale Rocks6 years ago

    @Daniel. I work in TV as a producer and and have ALWAYS remembered the rule taught on day 1 of broadcasting school: “This is a mic. Consider it always to be live. Never swear around it”. I have also been in the daily deadline hell of a newsroom trying to do 7 things at once. It is Millions reaponsibility as a field reporter and as a sender of the tape, to A) not send the version where he swears; and B) BE VERY PROACTIVE ABOUT TELLING THE EDITOR OR PA THAT THERE IS A SWEAR WORD!!! We live in a world where management will always come down hard on the proletariat of a newsroom and not on the “talent”. I have always disagreed with this.

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    The Londoner6 years ago

    My impersonation of Dean Blundell & Co.
    *ahem*
    Thanks brother, right on brother. Let’s take a call from a disgruntled Leafs fan.

    -caller explains how reasons for Leaf struggles are due to lack of truculence-

    Thanks for the call brother. How about that Raptors game last night *insert very general comment on Raptors play*. Let’s take another call from a disgruntled Leafs fan.

    etc

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    Tanner – agree 100%. I have no idea why Shoalts’ editor is letting him file an opinion column before the ratings data comes in. If he is covering media issues, fine, but at least do it based on the facts. He opened the door to Cox’s (predictable) bias criticism.

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    Rob in Aurora6 years ago

    Tim and Sid yesterday (Thursday) were gleefully dancing around the TSN tweet issue on air, as if Sportsnet are far superior and would never do that…How many times do we have to point out that callers to Jeff Blair’s show brought up the nasty rumour on air weeks ago. Who does Sportsnet and the FAN think they are? They need to be reminded that they’re second fiddle to TSN on TV (by a wide margin) and they are losing ground on the radio too. The mid morning and noon to 4 shows on TSN 1050 are far superior to the FAN’s offerings. The mornings are now up for grabs – first Krystal, now Blundell…So be smug about a stupid mistake all you want. They still lost the war and badly to TSN, as usual. It was carnage. This TV deal has given them a false sense of confidence. They are blowing it – the studio content is unwatchable – and the game calling is just unbelievably poor.

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    Chris and Rob in Aurora- you guys are both 100% right with everything you’ve said. I’ve heard much worse things intentionally come out of the mouths of Rogers employees on air than the tweet that TSN unintentionally let on the air from someone from the public. TSN has apologized for this going on air. Why hasn’t anyone from Rogers been held accountable for the gossipy crap that they have intentionally said on air about Lupul and many others? I guess Lupul doesn’t pay any attention to the Fan or Sportsnet otherwise he’d have been all over them months ago. Disgraceful that there are stories about Rogers guys saying anything at all about TSN. Pretty embarrassing on them. Nice er sorry actually really pathetic try guys.

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    Steve Jones6 years ago

    It’s not surprising @rob. I would not be surprised if it was because they got trounced in the ratings that they decided to talk about a 3 day old topic that isn’t even news. How else can you convince listeners that SN is a superior product? Other than maybe hiring better talent.

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    Was it just me, or was Bruce Arthur’s defense of the Twitter controversy just a little self-serving? Guy has become such a phony; he’s all about integrity, until his friends are rightly called on it.

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    (Another) Andrew6 years ago

    HNIC is “hipper” now under Rogers – Sportsnet.ca article

    Asked to identify the biggest changes in this year’s NHL telecasts, respondents cited the availability of more out-of-town games, more games on additional channels, new camera angles and a “hipper” feel to telecasts.

    Overall, Rogers received an average mark of 6.1 out of 10, with millennials giving it the best overall score (6.5). Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos is most popular with millennials, who gave him an average mark of 6.2 out of 10.

    It reads like damage control. Perhaps an attempt by Rogers to reframe criticism as just crotchety old fogeys unable to accept change?

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    It was just recently and I can’t remember where – I heard Cox say he doesn’t use Twitter anymore because it really serves no purpose from him. Glad to see he’s committed to that.