Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New Brunswick - Shaw Direct
You can't really say TSN is greedy, they did buy Canadian rights after all. It is their right to black out the Speed coverage. As for the reason they air F1, its because it airs in the morning, and as a result never conflicts with other sports. Plus it brings in a decent amount of viewers. It makes a lot of sense for them to. If they didn't buy rights, The Score or Sportsnet probably would. I didn't see the end of the race, so I can't comment on what they did at the end this week. I do know they had Canadian Sportfishing scheduled after at 5:00am ET, so there really was no reason not to stay for driver interviews.
It should be noted that they went 40 full minutes at the start of the broadcast without taking a commercial. That is more than Speed ever would, and more than they did in the past when they were picking up the ITV feed. The transition to commercials seemed smooth this week, usually going after they read of the top 10, or something like that.
And maybe its just personal preference, but I've always enjoyed the British broadcast. They are actually at the race.