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June 23, 2014


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Overall, each of the Canadian teams will have approximately the same number of games on national TV as in the past. The difference is there are more on Saturdays as there is no more regionalization. Overall, I think this is going to be awesome, at least north of the border anyway.


I love the Sunday night telecasts. If you like more U.S. teams, the Rogers deal is a great benefit. But there are a LOT fewer weekday games involving Canadian teams. Maybe Rogers will carry the Saturday matinees; if not, that is a negative.


I thought I read in their release that among the 150 games still to be announced are weeknight games. Whether or not those involve Canadian teams, I'm not sure. I found an article which provides some clarity on the details here: http://blog.fagstein.com/2014/06/22/nhl-schedule-2014-15/


I know the NBCSN simulcasts during the week and NBC simulcasts on Sundays in the winter and spring will account for a lot of those games. That doesn't add up to 150. There is a Thursday night package of U.S. games separate from NBCSN. So a lot more games to come, but not many involving Canadian teams.


One thing to look out for: Rogers taking some of its regional inventory and making it national. Scott Moore says that is possible on a limited basis. My assumption would be that it can only be done when there is no TSN regional telecast at the same time.


Pretty sure you can count on that happening. I wondered if Rogers would do that for the Wednesday doubleheaders, but there aren't that many of them. The January 17 Edmonton Oilers game at Florida would be a prime candidate.

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