Will TSN no longer be known as the “Toronto Sports Network” if they no longer show Leaf games?
Is the landscape of televised NHL broadcasts in Canada about to change, with TSN left out in the cold?
According to a tweet fired off just after midnight Tuesday morning by TSN puck guru Bob McKenzie, one of the most respected people in the business, that might very well be the case.
Tweeted McKenzie: “Official announcement expected Tuesday by NHL: CBC and Rogers have exclusive English-language NHL rights deal. Believed to be 12 year deal.”
At this time, the NHL nets about $190 million each year in Canadian TV deals with CBC, TSN and RDS — contracts which expire after the 2013-14 season. There is speculation claiming that figure could mushroom to about $350 million US annually, if not more.
A report in the Sports Business Journal suggested that Sportsnet was the frontrunner in negotiations for a new national Sunday Night Game of the Week.
Sports Business Journal also reported that that CBC will fork over $175 million annually — a increase of $54 million US
per year for what they are shelling out now – in order to maintain the Hockey Night in Canada tradition.
For what it’s worth, TSN employs some of the best hockey insiders in the country, a list that includes McKenzie, Darren Dreger, James Duthie and Pierre LeBrun.