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I do not think I've ever watched Leafs Nation Network or Leafs TV before but I remember a relative of mine wanted to watch the Maple Leafs hockey games and he tried calling his TV Provider. The person he spoke to advised him to get Leafs TV. So he went a head and ordered it at the advise of the agent. He discovered that there were no live leaf's games on this channel and he was duped. He called back and unsubscribed and the next agent was very apologetic and instead gave him Sportsnet. It turns out some people on the phone are not familiar with Toronto Maple Leafs or Hockey because their call centre is in another country so they heard Leafs and thought it was the channel he wanted to watch not the live games, if you speak to an agent who actually lives in Toronto they would know that live Maple Leafs games are not on Leafs TV but on Sportsnet channel
 

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Because the execs very mistakenly thought they were competent enough to create a Leafs version of the Yankees YES network and instead created a zombie station which is finally being killed off.
They would've if MLSE was never purchased by the Bell / Rogers consortium. The whole point of creating Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV was essentially to freeze both of them out and control the regional (in the case of the Leafs) content and create their own YES. Bell and Rogers were scared they could actually do this as they were slowly migrating regional games away to their channels (at one point in the early / mid 2000's Leafs TV has 13 regular season games and all but one pre-season game) and with the regional rights coming up for negotiation soon Bell and Rogers bought MLSE together to ensure they would never lose the rights. Once this was done, they divided the rights amongst themselves eventually settling on Rogers gets hockey Bell gets everything else (Raptors, TFC and Argos) for sponsorship and TV / Radio rights get split down the middle.

If MLSE had sold to anyone else or the teachers pension plan kept the team, Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV would dominate regional broadcast and they would have a YES or MSG network on their hands.
 

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If MLSE had sold to anyone else or the teachers pension plan kept the team, Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV would dominate regional broadcast and they would have a YES or MSG network on their hands.
This is 100% the case for Leafs TV. Basically the 2013 season was the last season that Leafs TV had the rights to live broadcast regional games. TSN essentially got the rights to those games 2014 and onwards. This was likely done to appease the Bell Media wing of MLSE after Rogers took over exclusive national NHL rights. Raptors NBA TV was a bit different in its history in that I don't think they ever had live Raptors games but they did source live NBA games from NBA TV in the US and ESPN from the very beginning. They have always had abbreviated rebroadcasts of Raptors games. They abandoned the idea of a Raptors centric regional broadcast channel in 2010 when the channel rebranded as NBA TV Canada. This predated the Rogers/Bell purchase of MLSE which was 2012.
 

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This is 100% the case for Leafs TV. Basically the 2013 season was the last season that Leafs TV had the rights to live broadcast regional games. TSN essentially got the rights to those games 2014 and onwards. This was likely done to appease the Bell Media wing of MLSE after Rogers took over exclusive national NHL rights. Raptors NBA TV was a bit different in its history in that I don't think they ever had live Raptors games but they did source live NBA games from NBA TV in the US and ESPN from the very beginning. They have always had abbreviated rebroadcasts of Raptors games. They abandoned the idea of a Raptors centric regional broadcast channel in 2010 when the channel rebranded as NBA TV Canada. This predated the Rogers/Bell purchase of MLSE which was 2012.
You are only partially right. SN and TSN share Leafs regional broadcasts however, TSN does get a slightly larger share than SN as SN does have the national rights. I believe last season the breakdown was 26 games for TSN and like 20 for SN but I could be wrong with the exact breakdown I just know that TSN does get a larger percentage of regional broadcasts than SN to appease the Bell wing of MLSE but they do not have 100% of the regional broadcasts. Only difference is SN uses all the same graphics, music and broadcast package as a whole so other than the game not being available in the Leafs region, you wouldn't know if it's a local or national game.
 

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This is 100% the case for Leafs TV. Basically the 2013 season was the last season that Leafs TV had the rights to live broadcast regional games. TSN essentially got the rights to those games 2014 and onwards. This was likely done to appease the Bell Media wing of MLSE after Rogers took over exclusive national NHL rights. Raptors NBA TV was a bit different in its history in that I don't think they ever had live Raptors games but they did source live NBA games from NBA TV in the US and ESPN from the very beginning. They have always had abbreviated rebroadcasts of Raptors games. They abandoned the idea of a Raptors centric regional broadcast channel in 2010 when the channel rebranded as NBA TV Canada. This predated the Rogers/Bell purchase of MLSE which was 2012.
Also, Raptors NBA TV did have live Raptors games in the early 2000's. Not a large number but they did have some.
 

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You are only partially right. SN and TSN share Leafs regional broadcasts however, TSN does get a slightly larger share than SN as SN does have the national rights.
Leafs TV never had 100% regional rights. They had 13 regular season games. I believe Sportsnet and TSN also had 13 games each up until the 2014 season. Prior to Rogers deal, it's possible Sportsnet may have had more than 13. Starting in the 2014 season, TSN went to 26 games, Sportsnet kept their 13 regional games and the remaining games were all nationally broadcast games. I believe in the case of Sportsnet, their regional package is "technically" higher than 13 but they have the option of making some of their regional broadcasts national which they have done since their exclusivity deal started.

Also, Raptors NBA TV did have live Raptors games in the early 2000's. Not a large number but they did have some.
You're correct, I do see that Raptors TV had coverage as late as 2008 but in that year it was only 2 live telecasts. I know in the early years of Leafs TV, they only had 5 games, they didn't get to 13 games until the mid-late 2000s. I don't recall Raptors TV ever having a significant amount of games (Probably less than 5 each season).
 

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Want to really know why Leafs TV is being shut down? just ask yourself this question: Do you regularly sit at home and watch Leafs TV? actually even better, do you subscribe to it? chances are unless its part of your package you would not go out of your way and subscribe to it. Why? because no one wants to watch old re-runs of leafs games. When no one wants to subscribe to a channel, its usually time for it to shut down. This is probably the best explanation
 

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I mean, that didn't stop Book TV from existing for like 20 years. ;)

Leafs TV was a zombie channel with little to no content. We've had lots of those for a long time. What's changed is that with linear TV subscriber numbers dropping, "simply existing" is becoming a less viable business model for these channels than it used to be. As they have basically no reasale value at this point, when they cross the line into not making money (even though they have no staff and very few expenses), they just have the plug pulled.
 
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