Maybe the HNIC group MIGHT be out of the picture in a couple of years. From the CBC site:
"CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, which broadcasts 24 Maple Leafs games, doesn't expire until after the 2013-14 season. That's also the case for TSN's workweek national package. The contract for regional rights for Maple Leafs games isn't up until 2015.
The breakdown for Maple Leafs games shown on television this season will be 24 games on HNIC, seven nationally on TSN and 51 regional games either on Sportsnet, TSN or Leafs TV.
Pelley said that a decision on plans for Leafs TV or Raptors TV would be made down the road.
Will Rogers and Bell get together again in two-plus years to make a bid for HNIC's package?
Pelley remarked that Rogers could not go alone on a bid for HNIC package right now, but in two years he felt confident that his company would be in a position to make a bid. But could Pelley see both Rogers and Bell combining again to make a bid for the HNIC tradition?
"We'll continue to look at any strategic alliances that make sense going forward," Pelley said."
No doubt these will be interesting times on the Toronto and national sports landscape for the next few years...and beyond.