24/7 Sports Coming This Friday With Sportsnet Now Live Streaming Service

Rogers’ Sportsnet Now live streaming service will launch this Friday, for a monthly fee and no contract.

Rogers and Bell announce deal to buy 75% of MLSE

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.

Sportsnet announces two year deal to broadcast 50 Alpine ski races

The International Ski Federation (FIS) and Sportsnet today announced a two-year deal which gives Sportsnet the rights to air 50 World Cup ski events over the next two seasons, 25 races each year.

The races will air on Sportsnet ONE every weekend throughout the season and will include slalom, giant slalom, downhill and super-combined races.

Sportsnet gets a makeover

Rogers announced today that it will be giving its Sportsnet television, radio, print and internet properties an makeover starting Monday October 3rd.

Gone is the old red dot surrounded by a rotated and stylized C which was a throwback to when the station was called CTV Sportsnet, replaced by the word Sportsnet with a red and blue swoosh underneath.

Rogers withdraws from consortium bidding for Olympic broadcast rights

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.

Shaw gets approval for National Sports Channel

In a broadcasting decisions handed down this week by the CRTC, the federal regulator has approved an application by Shaw to operate a national, English-language sports channel.

Shaw had applied for the category 2 digital specialty channel last December saying the station would air competitive mainstream sports making it a direct competitor to Sportsnet and TSN.

TSN is Canada’s most profitable Specialty Station

The Canadian Specialty Television Industry is perhaps this country’s most profitable industry. Cultural tariff barriers placed on the industry by the Federal government allowed the industry to record revenues and record profits in 2010.

Last, the Specialty television industry had profits of $877 million on $3.46 billion in revenues. The specialty station with the largest profits was Bell Media’s TSN which earned profits of $53 million on revenues of $267.6 million.

Rogers to launch Sportsnet Magazine this fall

Rogers Media has announced it will launch Sportsnet Magazine in October of this year.

The company says the national bi-weekly sports magazine will focus on the major professional leagues and the premier amateur events, with particular focus on the teams and players which interest Canadians the most.

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