Shame on CBC for the way they have treated the CFL not only for the Saturday night fiasco, but the recent history which William Houston suggests in his Globe article, the key which I have posted below.
Good riddence I say, but still go figure how the largest audience was garnered.
TV Top 10
- CFL, Saturday Edmonton-Sask CBC @ 585,000 well above weekly average of 352,000
- MLB, Friday Balt-Toronto Sportsnet @ 400,000 wins Friday night, well above weekly average of 290,000
- CFL, Friday BC-Calgary TSN @ 344,000 best game of the year, right on top of season average 346,000
- MLB, Sunday Balt-Toronto Sportsnet @ 326,000 great numbers for afternoon game
- Tennis, Rogers Final Sunday CBC @ 224,000 up a whopping 191% from 06
- Golf, Womens Can Open Sunday Final Sportsnet @ 213,000 up a whopping 229% from 06
- Tennis, Rogers Cup semi Sat Sportsnet @ 213,000; Friday TSN @ 137,000
- Soccer, English Sunday Score @ 115,000 highest # of the year
- Tennis Rogers Cup other semi CBC @ 113,000
From The Globe, William Houston here is his take on the fiasco with the CBC.
"Safeguard in place
The CBC has established a backup system to eliminate mistakes similar to the one made early Sunday morning, when the network failed to air the full broadcast of the Edmonton Eskimos-Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL game after it was delayed by a power failure.
Instead of showing the final 13 minutes, during which the Roughriders came from behind to win, the network stayed with a movie that had been used as filler during the 55-minute delay. A mid-level manager in Toronto made the decision.
It was one of those situations in which a series of unrelated developments came together to produce a major blunder, starting with an electrical storm in Regina that caused the outage at Mosaic Stadium.
In Toronto, the mid-level manager was unaware that coverage of live sporting events should be followed through to the finish.
The manager's decision couldn't be countermanded because the producer of the football telecast could not reach a CBC executive at a high enough level. Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, had recently moved and staffers didn't have his new telephone number.
Moore said yesterday that an "escalating call list" has been established in which a set of numbers will available to staff in the event of a crisis.
As well, the network is attempting to make the Eskimos-Roughriders full telecast available for carriage on regional stations through tomorrow.
Advertisers who lost commercial time will be compensated with bonus spots in future telecasts. The game drew 585,000 viewers, the CBC's largest CFL audience of the season, a huge 54-per-cent increase over the season average of 380,000, prompting Moore to suggest, jokingly, that the CBC should prematurely leave telecasts more often.
Moore handled the damage control effectively. He was in touch with CFL commissioner Mark Cohon early Sunday. The two met to discuss the situation Sunday afternoon at the Rexall Centre in Toronto during the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament, which the CBC covered.
A year ago, the old regime at CBC Sports didn't even bother putting a call into the CFL to report it would not be shooting the East Division playoff games in high-definition television. It told the media, but not the league".