Rogers boldly kicks off Upfront week in Canada

First things first: the breakfast was way better this year at the Toronto Intercontinental Hotel. Rogers had a guy warming up those gross McEggy things with a heat lamp the past few years in a room way up at SkyDome, but, really, they tasted like the eggs had been tossed around the dugout and dropped… Read on



Five Canadian teams a win for Rogers as Cup chase begins

Wednesday marks the beginning of two months of playoff hockey and this year, viewers in Canada have reasons to cheer. Unlike last spring, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary all made the playoffs. Only Vancouver and Winnipeg missed the cut. That’s good news for Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers. He and his… Read on


Don Cherry signs multi-year pact for more HNiC

Took a little back and forth, and credit the CP editors for their patience, but I was able to break this news about Don Cherry off Monday’s Rogers Media upfront in Toronto: he’ll be back next season, at least, on Hockey Night in Canada. Cherry, 82, who signed a two-year contract when Rogers made their… Read on


With Canadian teams out, millions skipping Stanley Cup

He shoots he bleeds. Rogers was expected to take a beating in the ratings with Canada shut out of the playoffs. The numbers are starting to come in, and they’re at historic lows. On opening night, last Wed., April 13, Detroit v. Tampa Bay drew 618,000 on CBC. The Rangers v. Pittsburgh did 510,000 on Sportsnet… Read on



Woe Canada: Rogers stuck bundling all American playoffs

Hello Canada and hockey fans in Newfoundland. It’s hockey night in, uh, well, Tampa. Yes, all seven Canadian NHL teams have been shut out of the playoffs. This hasn’t happened since that other Trudeau was prime minister. Wednesday night’s first round openers feature games between Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET on… Read on


This week’s podcast: hockey talk and upfront chatter

If this podcast sounds a little muffled, blame the upfronts. Fleeing Wednesday’s Shaw press event, I ducked into what I thought was a hotel parking entrance off Yorkville when CHML producer Jacob Smith reached me on mobile. A burly security dude chased my back into construction hell just as Scott Thompson opened with hockey talk. Scott asks… Read on


This week’s podcast: more notes from Nashville

This week, AM900 CHML’s Scott Thompson asks about my trip earlier this week to Nashville. I tell him about those Masters of Flip, Kortney and Dave Wilson–two Canadians who relocated to Music City in pursuit of country careers but who have become more savvy at buying, renovating and selling homes. Their series premiers May 12… Read on


This week’s podcast: minus Leafs, are Rogers’ Cup dreams still alive?

This week, AM900CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to talk playoff hockey. We don’t get into will the Canadiens beat the Senators or will the Canucks defeat Calgary–it’s more will Rogers make a dime off of its NHL coverage? Scott is of the mind that another horrible Leafs season spells disaster for Rogers $5.2 billion, 12-year NHL… Read on