Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/13/2015

We’re back with the notebook after a few days absence. Got busy with a few things so happy to have this back. I’ve plenty of linkage for you. NEWS Ratings from the weekend were delayed due to some problem at the Nielsen headquarters. This happens every so often. NBC said its first Divisional Playoff game […]

CBC to Air The NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals

As Canada’s public broadcaster ends its final season as the main rightsholder for the NHL in the Great White North, CBC will focus on the Eastern Conference in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinal round. Naturally, CBC will ride Montreal for as long as possible. With the Canadiens being the only Canadian team in […]

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Semifinal Schedule

After an amazing three Games 7 in the first round on Wednesday night, we jump right into the NHL Stanley Cup 2nd Round with the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens series. With CBC a lame duck with the NHL, it won’t get B’s-Montreal in its traditional Hockey Night in Canada time slot this Saturday and NBC gets […]

Fang’s Bites Podcast No. 14 — CBC’s Tim Thompson and Amy Van Dyken

Back with an all-new edition of the Fang’s Bites Podcast. It’s not like we’ve had a repeat edition, but I digress. This week, two guests and the first is Tim Thompson, the montage producer for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. I had the opportunity to speak to Tim […]

CBC’s 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Opening Montage Done to Metallica

We only have two more months to cherish CBC as the Canadian NHL rightsholder and just that time to appreciate the great work of producer Tim Thompson who creates the musical montages for Hockey Night in Canada. His work before each HNIC game is greatly anticipated and is spread on social media after the montages […]

Rogers Announces Hosts for Hockey Night in Canada

As Sportsnet prepares for its all-comprehensive NHL TV contract next season for 12 seasons, it has named its host for Hockey Night in Canada and he’s a famous name in Canada and known to CNN audiences. George Stroumboulopolos will be host of the Saturday Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts and involved in the Sunday night […]

CBC Announces Plans for Hockey Day in Canada 2014

This coming from Canada’s public broadcaster. CBC’s annual celebration of Canada’s game, the day-long Hockey Day in Canada will take place on January 18 from Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan in the Western part of the country. CBC will air four games involving all seven Canadian NHL teams plus it will carry programming and features showing how much […]

BREAKING NEWS: CBC and Rogers Sportsnet Gain NHL Canadian Rights; TSN Out

This began developing around 11 p.m. ET on Monday. TSN NHL Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that it appeared that two Canadian TV networks had made an agreement with the National Hockey League and reading between the lines, it appeared that TSN was out. Pains me to report this, but NHL closing in on landmark CDN […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, October 7 — 13, 2013

Back with an overdue Week Ahead post. Lots of things happening in the Week Ahead so let’s not delay any further and get to what’s happening in the Sports Media over the next seven days. TELEVISION PBS Frontline The already controversial PBS Frontline documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” airs in two parts […]

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada All Over the 2013 Stanley Cup Final

Once again, CBC will air the NHL Stanley Cup Final in its entirety for the Canadian audience. Jim Hughson will call the game along with Craig Simpson. Glenn Healey will be the on-ice analyst with Scott Oake as the rinkside analyst. Ron MacLean will once again be the host. He’ll be joined by P.J. Stock […]

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Final Schedules Released

Ok, we have the schedules for both the NHL Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals. The Eastern Conference Final schedule is set as it will begin on Saturday night, June 1 as the Boston Bruins take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on NBC, CBC and RDS. The Western Conference Final is a bit dicey as the […]

Game 7 of Toronto-Boston Sets Ratings Record for Hockey Night in Canada

The result may not have been what CBC and Maple Leaf Nation wanted, but the viewership for Game 7 of the Toronto-Boston NHL Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinal on Monday set a record for Canada’s public broadcaster. More than 5.1 million Canadians watched the game which broke a record for an opening round playoff game and […]

CBC to Carry Two NHL Stanley Cup Conference Semifinal Series

CBC’s hopes to ride a Toronto wave were dashed by the unbelievable Boston Bruins comeback, down 4-1 in the third period and then a furious finish that tied the game at 4, then ending in OT with Patrice Bergeron’s game winning goal. Canada’s Public Broadcaster does have a Canadian team, the Ottawa Senators taking on […]

CBC Airs Three of the Four Canadian Teams in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Canada’s Public Broadcaster CBC gets ready for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The network has made its choices for playoffs and naturally went with Toronto-Boston for one series. And it took the all-Canadian Montreal-Ottawa series as its second pick. These two series will get the full Hockey Night in Canada treatment especially with Toronto being […]

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors

CBC paid tribute to Canadian treasure Stompin’ Tom Connors tonight just before Hockey Night in Canada. This week, Tom died at the age of 77 of natural causes. His “The Hockey Song” is beloved by fans everywhere. And the man truly loved Canada. Very nice open by CBC and well done. Perfect. We’ll miss you, […]

The Top Five Innovations in Sports Television

I haven’t done a post like this in a very long time. Viewers take watching sports for granted. We watch the games in high definition or some cases, 3-D, get instant replays, we can rewind plays instantly on our DVR’s, know how far a team has to go in order to get a first down, […]

Some Quick Sunday Morning Sports Media Thoughts

Saturday was certainly the interesting day in sports with two sports outside of the major four dominating headlines. Let’s go over them in bullet form. In what normally is the start of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series became the sports and also news story of the first part of Saturday when a crash at Drive4COPD at Daytona […]

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada 2013 Schedule

Here’s the press release from CBC which celebrates the 60th season of North America’s longest running sports series on television, Hockey Night in Canada. On Saturday, January 19, CBC will have a season opening tripleheader which will include Ottawa at Winnipeg at 3 p.m. ET and then Toronto at Montreal at 7 p.m. which will […]