**New CFL TV Deal, $2 Million Each Team, no more CBC?

A 25% raise for white collar workers when minimum wage stays the same? Sounds like capitalism to me.

Getting back on topic: CBC might have kept the league going during the dry spell, but TSN brought it out of that dry spell. Generally I'm a fan of the CBC, but its football coverage is subpar. Take radio, for example: when was the last time you heard a decent discussion of football on Metro Morning? During Grey Cup week, when its sister TV stations were planning the big broadcast, the radio stations were pointing out the failure of the Renegades seven months earlier. The CBC gives me the impression that they are going through the motions with football; there's no sense of occasion or planning like they have with hockey.

On another point: if the CBC pulls out of football completely, it will dampen the value of CFL broadcast rights. Only one bidder means it's a buyer's market. Would Rogers try to compete with TSN?

It stands to reason that without the CBC, the broadcast fees may drop due to one less competitor.

The question we need to ask ourselves is, are we comfortable with a hidden government subsidy for the CFL?

Here's a quick read on all media, not just state-influenced:

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"Socialist progaganda"??? :roll: - yeah OK - whatever, comrade. Maybe the Conservatives could whisper in the ear of one of their buddies in charge of one of Canada's big bank "social" gouge artists and get them to buy the whole CFL with their pocket change - and then it could be lights out on any CFL financial difficilites and we could enhance our ability to enlighten some more people on a fine Canadian "cultural" instituition.

My argument...proven.

Yeah, the Toronto Sun is great place to find a scholarly article on this subject.

How tolerant of you. Did you read the article or just automatically responding in lemming like manner? I'm fairly confident the author knows a thing or two about this subject and if your mind was open you may have learned something from him. No matter, you can always tune into the National for "scholarly" information.

He reports on his opinion and not from an unbiased perspective. Just an agenda pusher. I do not formulate my opinions based on a single article.

I am not happy about the Grey Cup being only on Cable TV.....in Canada, my Dad does not have cable TV, and that is how I get to see the Grey Cup. He tapes it for me. They should not have sold the playoffs and Grey Cup to a station that is not broadcast on the airwaves.

I am glad the League has not included CBC in the new deal.

The production quality of the CBC broadcast is no where near the quality of the TSN/Dome Productions ones. The HD is especially poor on CBC.

The League appears to making at least some good decisions when it comes to the distribution and broadcasting rights of our beloved product.

Apparently he is in the minority. 87% of Canadians have access to cable.

But maybe you'll be able to see it live on the Internet!

The CBC signal does not reach all parts of Canada. I lived in Brantford for a year and didn’t bother hooking up cable. TVO, CTV, and Global all came in with tin foil bunny ears, the CBC didn’t.

Bottom Line,

YEAH !!!! NO MORE BLOW HARD WALBY AND THE REST OF THE BLOW HARDS, who seemed this year to dis Hamilton at every opportune time. DISGUSTING !!
Even our own Daren Flutie was getting a little annoying !!!

thats funny, cuz i live in brantford, and a friend of mine has bunny-ears, and he gets CBC.

maybe u didnt have the TV plugged in? :cowboy:

I've always liked Lorrie Goldstein's common sense columns.

But speaking of the CBC and the CFL. It wasn't too may years ago that the CBC decided they wouldn't show the CFL games until after labour day. So that along with some of the 2nd rate treatment they gave the CFL games last year wasn't forgotten at contract time by the league.

I don't know if I would like to see the CBC disappear as some people have stated. But I think its high time somebody shook the trees real good.
Over to you "Steve" I mean Stephen.

I had a difficult time getting CBC (on my antenae above the roof) where I live in Hamilton below the mountain.
I get TSN clear as a bell,but I feel for those who don't have cable.
I used to enjoy watching sports on CBC etc while camping or on a boat with only an antenae,

Good for the CFL and TSN! More money for the teams and better entertainment for the fans.
The only down side is we could be infected with more Glen Suitor.IMO!

Well, here are some of the things I will miss about CBC:

  1. The “hot panel” - Ok, not really called the hot panel (my friends and I call them that), but they do a good before and half-time show. I like that they are on the field.
  2. When I have basic cable in Calgary, it doesn’t include TSN. I watch the majority of my games on CBC. So now I have to pay extra $$ for 1 channel? Doesn’t seem fair…
  3. Will TSN make as big of deal about Grey Cup as CBC does? I enjoyed watching the show about all the different people who had come to Grey Cup.

Things I will not miss:

  1. Chris Walby
  2. Steve Armitage (although he is good for a laugh every once in a while)

As long as we are whinning about the cost of cable, if it wasn't for the CFL I wouldn't have cable at all. Never mind for the Grey Cup, I spend six hundred dollars a year for Football Fridays on TSN. All the rest of television is trash. Switch it off people, it's soma.

From my reading of this deal we now have:

  • One less broadcaster showing CFL games

  • The Grey Cup shown on a specialty channel

  • A non-competitive bidding process for CFL games

One of the major arguments for giving the rights to TSN was that CTV would show the cup and therefore other competition on the tube during that time would be eliminated - all the news reports now say that the cup is only going to be on TSN.

We even had the commish saying something like "the quantity of viewers is not as important as the quality" in order to justify the lower audience reach of TSN.

How is this a good deal in both the short and long-term?

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"Our offer, which included another conventional broadcast partner [CanWest Global], would have ensured that all Canadians would have had access to all CFL games free over the air. Clearly, though, reaching as many Canadians as possible, including those who don't have cable access, was not a priority for the league."

A source said the CBC-Global bid had planned to offer more than $20-million a year for TV rights.

The league, by not requesting a bid from the CBC-CanWestGlobal partnership, may have alienated both networks to the extent that neither will present a bid in 2012.

"At the end of the day, while the CFL clubs have a guaranteed income now, they will have nobody to negotiate with down the road," a source predicted. "There will be one person sitting at the end of the table. He will be from TSN and he will say, 'This is what we're going to pay you.' "

sounds like something i've been sayin on the CFL forum.