Ti-Cats to partner in new Hamilton all sports radio station

This should be good news for avid sports fans in the Hamilton area. Might give us a break from the Toronto-centric sports radio we have to deal with now being just 65 km. down the road from TO.

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Hamilton’s media world will move into a new universe Thursday afternoon when it’s announced that the city will be getting its first all-sports radio station.

The Spectator has learned that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are partnering with an as-yet-unnamed media group in establishing the new station and that the partnership will be made public Thursday.

“I have no comment, ? Ticats chief executive Scott Mitchell said late Wednesday afternoon.

While the identity of the Ticats’ partner is not known, it almost certainly has to be TSN, which is owned by Bell Media. It also owns Hamilton radio stations Funny 820 and CKOC, and is the sole TV broadcast partner of the Canadian Football League.

It is not likely the team would invest in such a major partnership with any competitor – such as Sportsnet – of TSN, the national all-sports network that has helped to completely change, for the positive, the financial fortunes of the CFL over the past decade.

TSN has all-sports stations in several major Canadian cities, and some of them hold them hold the broadcast rights for the local CFL team. Last week, TSN’s parent company, Bell Media, and Toronto businessman Larry Tanenbaum bought the Argonauts from Hamilton’s David Braley. Their games were already being broadcast on TSN’s Toronto radio station.

The Tiger-Cats have not renewed their radio broadcast-rights contract with CHML for the 2015 season, so it’s anticipated that part of Thursday’s announcement will be that Ticat games will be on the new station, on a long-term basis.

The CFL is holding a major meet-and-greet with major supporters, partners, advertisers and sponsors Thursday night at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, and it’s expected the new Hamilton station will be a major topic of conversation there.

The Spectator has so far been unable to determine when the new station will launch its full all-sports format, but it will be sometime this calendar year.

And it’s anticipated that Ticat games will be carried by the new station from opening day, regardless of whether the rest of the station’s formatting has been established. That format is still a work in progress.

As The Spectator reported last year, the Ticats have also been central to investigating the potential of developing either a new men’s professional soccer league for Canada or a Canadian division of an existing pro league. TSN fits that need, too. It’s broadcasting the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and would likely look favourably upon partnering with a new soccer league, as it does with the CFL.

Combined with this summer’s Pan Am Games, improving GO Service, the building boom downtown and the switch from quaint but unprofitable Ivor Wynne Stadium to the modern economics of Tim Hortons’ Field, an all-sports radio station would be another important part of the emerging portrait of the New Hamilton


Who knew that Rogers all out hatred towards the CFL could be a beneficial thing to the CFL... I honestly don't think Bell gives a crap about the CFL either, but have no choice but to to capitalize their assets now... The MLS and NBA could stand to benefit too, but the ratings are sooooll low that this makes the CFL even more important

Maybe now I can listen to Funny820 when Maple Leafs games are on, since those games will likely be broadcast on this new station.
I mean, the Leafs are funny, but in a sad way, not a laugh out loud way. :stuck_out_tongue:

Potentially a very interesting change in the sports scene around here.

Interesting for sure.

[b]Mr. Bungle wrote:[/b] I honestly don't think Bell gives a crap about the CFL either
Whether they do or don't doesn't matter as long as they are broadcasting the games and paying for these rights at what the CFL is looking for. Oh wait, I guess that is giving a crap in a roundabout way. :P
:lol: I thought the same thing when I first heard the Leafs were on 820. I believe my exact train of thought was "Well, they are a joke"

This has got to be a really exciting time for the Hamilton Sports fans.
New stadium, CFL 2nd ranked sport behind NHL in Canada, TiCats are good and getting event better, and they stand to be profitable for years to come.
Copps/First Ontario Centre under new management and with a much more popular OHL.
Perfect sense for Bell/TSN to come in with Hamilton seperating itself from the Toronto Shadow even more.
Rogers narrow mind sees Leafs/NHL and Blue Jays/RC as there main priority within the Toronto Proper.
Bell/TSN meanwhile is taking on the millions surrounding with CFL and even MLS, in which Rogers so little interest as seen by the TFC matches on low level SN360.
ESPN3/TSNGo already stream all NASL matches so this would be a perfect situation for TiCats to take on a second NASL soccer team as their brand and second tenant in THF.

TSN Radio 1150

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Glad to hear the an all sports station in finally in Hamilton. You guys can tune out the Toronto noise more than ever :thup:

Good news, however I hope this does not turn into our local TSN 1050 which is no better then the American wannabe Rogers Fan 590.