All right so you say there is no comparison between the reported new NHL contract with the CBC for 6 years and $550M. Which is some $90+ million per year and is not in the same ballpark as our recent $13M per year contract signed by TSN.
We don't know how many games will be televised but assuming it is the same Saturday night DH and other odd weekly games plus the playoffs.
After all the CFL is the second most popular sport in the country surpassing MLB and the Blue Jays.
What the below article does not contain, this comparison is on the same page but did not make the internet version.
HNIC ---- CBC ---- $550M for 6 years
2010 & 2012 Olympics CTV 153M Blue Jays -- TSN/RSN -- 80M for 4 years
CFL -- TSN -- $ 65M for 5 years
There is no way in this world the Blue Jays should have recieved $20M average per year while the CFL is averaging $13M per year. In fact, it should have been in reverse.
I have been saying for quite some time how the CFL should have secured a minimum $20M per year. After all, the playoffs and the Grey Cup is the prize possesion and is the highest watched sporting event most years.
Someone yet again fell asleep at the switch; whether it was the BOG and in combination with the out going commish, Tom Wright.
The CFL continuous to undervalue its product.
CBC ponies up $550 million
Locks up rights to keep broadcasting NHL games for another six years
Mar 27, 2007 04:30 AM
Sports Media Columnist
After watching curling and the Grey Cup get away, the CBC has landed the big one.
The network and the National Hockey League announced yesterday that they have agreed on a six-year Hockey Night In Canada deal that will keep the country's longest-running television show on CBC.
There had been speculation that CTVglobemedia, which includes TSN, would attempt to wrest Canada's biggest sports property away from the public network after it beat out the CBC for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics, the country's major curling series and the CFL.
But they never got into the game. The CBC took the prize before its exclusive negotiating window had closed.
Although details were not released, sources say the network paid an estimated $550 million (U.S.) over six years. That works out to about $90 million (all figures U.S.) a season, almost a 50 per cent increase over the previous contract.
"Hockey is part of the Canadian fabric and we're proud and pleased to continue what is the longest-standing sports rights partnership in the world – one that dates back to the very beginning of the CBC," said CBC Television executive vice-president Richard Stursberg.
In return for a higher price tag, the CBC will also get all Internet streaming, video on demand and mobile rights as well as an increased number of games. But it did have to surrender exclusive rights to all playoff games involving Canadian-based teams.
Under the new deal, which runs from the 2008-09 season through 2013-14, the NHL's Canadian cable partner will have the right to some early round playoff games. The number will depend on how many Canadian teams make the playoffs.
The advantage to fans is that they would get to watch their choice of games when there are conflicts. Under the current deal, the CBC broadcasts conflicting games regionally.
The CBC also plans to stream all broadcasts live on its website for free, allowing all Canadians to watch games not shown in their region. In addition, it has promised more national broadcasts for teams outside Toronto and will have one or two fewer Leafs games. However, that likely won't affect the number of Leafs games seen in this area since they would be included in the cable deal that has yet to be negotiated.
TSN is the NHL's cable partner and that's not likely to change since neither Rogers Sportsnet nor The Score are interested in paying the kind of money the NHL is seeking. "The CBC had an exclusive negotiating period and now it's our turn," CTV president Rick Brace said of the cable rights.
Asked if he expected to pay more for a package that included lucrative Canadian playoff games, Brace would not comment. But there's little doubt it will pay more than the $20 million annual fee in last year's deal.
Stursberg took pains to point out that the CBC was not gambling with public money with the NHL deal.
"There is no public money involved," he said. `We're absolutely going to make money."
While he wasn't specific, CBC president Robert Rabinovitch told a federal hearing two years ago that the network made about $20 million a year on hockey.
What Stursberg didn't say was that the CBC has to have this deal. Sports, specifically the NHL, constitute only 15 per cent of the CBC's programming but produce 25 per cent of its audience and a whopping 40 per cent of its ad revenue