Starting Boxing Day, TSN and TSN2 will be broadcasting twenty-three World Junior Championship games including the playoffs, and Bronze and, of course, the Gold Medal games on January 5th, 2012.
Bell Media announced this week it would be broadcasting twenty-six World Junior Championship games over the next three weeks, including all Team Canada match-ups, the playoffs, and Bronze and Gold Medal games.
The Junior Championship has done well for TSN in recent years with Team Canada’s heartbreaking loss to Team Russia at last year’s championship delivering an average audience of 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the digital specialty channel.
Bell Canada and Rogers Communications announced today they have agreed to purchase a 75% ownership position in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) from Ontario Teachers Pension Plan. Each company will own a 37.5% equity interest.
MLSE is Canada’s largest sports and entertainment company and owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlies and Toronto FC.
Bell Media and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have announced a deal which gives Bell exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
The agreement means FIFA World Cup coverage in Canada will air in English on CTV, TSN and in French on RDS. Bell also secured mobile and internet streaming rights for Canada.
Over the last several days, MTS and Shaw have announced a deal with TSN that will see the TSN Jets Channel air on MTS TV, Shaw Cable and Canada’s second largest direct-to-home satellite television service, Shaw Direct.
TSN Jets will broadcast more than 60 regional regular season and pre-season games each season to fans in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and parts of Northwestern Ontario.
TSN said today that direct-to-home satellite broadcaster Shaw Direct has signed on to broadcast TSN’s English Language Montreal Canadiens regional game broadcast schedule.
The deals means Shaw Direct customers in the team’s broadcast region, including Quebec, Atlantic Canada and parts of Eastern Ontario will have access to 30 additional Montreal Canadiens games.
The 92nd regular season of the National Football League begins tonight on NBC with the New Orleans Saints traveling to Lambeau Field, the home of the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers. The last regular season game will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
Rogers today announced it will not pursue a bid for the Canadian broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games as part of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
“We had an option and chose not to exercise it.” said Rogers Media President Keith Pelley.