Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Lloydminster, AB
It would be nice if they did rebrand into Fox Sports National channel, if the CRTC would basically leave everything alone. At the very least, if MLB games are exclusively owned by Rogers (and sublet to TSN for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball) black those out, but don't drop the channel entirely. It would be nice to see the NCAA sports that would be shown on that channel, plus I would assume a good portion of the motorsports would still be carried.
I'm thinking they would simply drop the "fix your car" shows my Dad watches every weekend. Those would be where the non-motorsports sports events would go. You'd also likely see some of the coverage of European/Australian motorsports dropped, no more SuperV8 or DTM, I'm assuming only Le Mans would keep their coverage as far as Euro sportscar coverage.
I guess the only major issue would be, if this was permitted, it would open the door up for a cable/satellite provider to use it as an example to get ESPN/ESPN2 etc. But they did allow CBS Sports Network to stay once it rebranded from CBS College Sports Network to simply the CBS Sports Network. Yes, their professional coverage is limited to the United Football League, National Lacrosse League and Professional Bull Riding. But I'm fairly certain CBS SN is looking to acquire bigger properties and it wouldn't surprise me if they went after one of the big 4 properties. In fact, I wonder whether their NFL rights allow them to show a game on CBS SN? With the ESPN rule where any game in a "local" area on ESPN is shown on broadcast TV, CBS could use this to show other games national at the same time a game is on the broadcast network.
At any rate, I am interested to see what follows with Speedchannel. I am still irked about them changing from Speedvision to Speedchannel and becoming largely the NASCAR channel. I miss the F1 boat racing and the plane racing that used to be on when it was Speedchannel and owned by CBS (I think it was).