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Man.

TSN really?

BYU is playing Florida right now. UCONN is playing San Diego, airing on CBS.

What does TSN do? Show the same game as CBS.

CBS: the channel more Canadians receive then TSN.

I really hope they're not the carrier for MM next year.
 

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Agreed. I liked their coverage last weekend, but I'm not really liking this decision. It seems odd to me because I'd think more people would watch BYU-Florida since they are two higher profile schools and the game isn't otherwise on Canadian TV.

I don't really care personally because I want to watch UConn-SDSU, but for everyone else it sucks for sure.
 

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I was definitely more interested in the UCONN-SDSU match-up myself, but being able to switch from one game to another during timeouts is key.

Josh: You know more about this then I do, but is it possible that TSN would be paying less to show the same game as CBS in Canada then they would if they were the sole provider of a game? And might that be the reason why they're just piggybacking off CBS?

This year, it seems like they've done their best to take the "madness" out of March. :-(

Agreed. I liked their coverage last weekend, but I'm not really liking this decision. It seems odd to me because I'd think more people would watch BYU-Florida since they are two higher profile schools and the game isn't otherwise on Canadian TV.

I don't really care personally because I want to watch UConn-SDSU, but for everyone else it sucks for sure.
 

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They pay a flat rate for the whole tournament. It doesn't matter what games they air or how many they air. They are getting a backhaul feed (or at least it would appear so) from the site of each game, so they aren't picking any feeds up directly from CBS. They are simply airing the game they figure the most people will watch. Up until last night I thought they mostly made the rights choices.

BTW, I'm pretty sure Cybulski said they will air both TBS game tonight. Kansas-Richmond at 7:30pm ET on TSN2 and Florida State-VCU at 10pm ET on TSN.
 

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I think what TSN is doing when only one of their channels is covering NCAA,is to show the TBS game since we cannot get TBS, and allow viewiers who wish to see the CBS game to switch over to that. Makes sense to me. After this weekend, CBS will be the only carrier and there will only be one game on at a time. I'm still not sure TSN is any better than the Score was last year in showing the Tournament; they don't utilize all of their channels effectively. In other words why bid for the tournament if you are only going to show one game at a time when you've got two channels available?
 

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I disliked TSN's coverage this year as well. What it almost seems like TSN is doing is outbidding Sportsnet/The Score for properties simply so no one else can have them. Realistically, did TSN need March Madness? No. They have NHL, NBA, Curling and Auto Racing coverage this time of year. Add in their terrible job of covering the CIS Women's Basketball tournament and you have a two-channel empire that has the rights to too many things.

Seems to me TSN had purchased rights to some odd ball events, I want to say Japanese baseball, Gaelic football or something. They never intended to broadcast it and only purchased it simply because Sportsnet had expressed interest in it.

What did irk me about TSN's coverage of March Madness had nothing to do with basketball at all. Friday night, TSN2 had a live broadcast of the Toronto Rock/Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse game scheduled. I tuned into to see the game and what was on? The same NCAA game, TSN was showing. Explain to me why you'd bump a live broadcast to show the same thing on two channels? At least TSN showed the Rock/Roughnecks game in its entirety tape delayed instead of picking it up 45 minutes or so in. There was no explaination from TSN why they did this, no scroll saying the NLL game will be on after the game, nothing.
 

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Agreed with the above poster.

Its almost as if TSN needs to launch an additional channel :p

They could have also moved the hockey over to NHL Network and they chose not to.
 

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I doubt their contract with the NHL allows them to move Canadiens and Senators games to NHL Network. I'm willing to give them a break on the scheduling this year based on the fact that March Madness rights were sold in February. They already had prior programming commitments. They did trade an NBA game with Sportsnet to allow TSN2 to show March Madness when TSN had NHL the first Friday if the tournament. I think there will be a lot fewer conflicts next year when they can plan ahead.
 

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Your right, it probably doesn't. BUT I am sure if they put the station in free preview and moved it over there, and advertised it had been moved, that they would had been able to make it work. Outside of NHL Network, there wasn't anywhere else to put the game unless they preempted /A\ programming, since they cant show live sports on ESPN Classics.
 

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They can't show them live on 'A' either since CBC has OTA rights. Those games almost certainly have to air on TSN, with a clause they can air on TSN2 in an emergency.
 

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How is it that with the simsub rules (95% of content must be identical), TSN is given a simsub for the NCAA games? If it was just the game itself, OK - but they're over-riding the CBS studio show (Barkley et al.) at halftime and between games, and giving us the schmoes from TSN.

That's totally different content for a significant portion of the broadcast; that's against the rules, isn't it?
(BellTV - didn't see Saturday, but it was on all day Sunday for the Eligible Eight games)
 

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You are correct that they shouldn't be able to simsub over CBS because of the different studio shows. You should contact Bell before the Final Four.
 

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I did contact them on Sunday afternoon - I had an old number from the "Executive Office", but it sounded like simple customer service; dude there didn't seem to have a clue what I was talking about.
We'll see what happens this weekend. Might be time to fire off a msg. to CRTC as well.
 

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the question is 'which political party will go to bat against the crtc and bring us dish network or directv to canada?' or alternatively impose something that gives us access to more usa channels like trutv, tbs, tnt, espn, espn2 etc.
 

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Besides things which are restricted from import, ie: switch blades and weird porn, is there anything else so meaningless as Directv/Dish that's outright banned from Canada?

Though I'd been around this game for a while, it hit me today how foolish it seems that we're treated like children being told "No! You're not allowed to have the cookie" when it comes to Directv/Dish.

It's not like it's an unapproved drug which the FDA allows but Canada hasn't seen fit to allow yet, because it might cause harm.

It's just TV.
 

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Yeah, I wanted to know myself if TSN was overriding CBS' studio segments on Bell, and now I do, and that shouldn't be allowed. That's too bad that it is happening.
 
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