This was a hard year for hockey. The NHL got smacked into the boards in March and was shut down right before another Stanley Cup run. When a plan emerged to mount a 60-day playoff tourney in “The Bubble,” it was always seen for what it was — a way to salvage what remained of
Add August to the months during which The Toronto Maple Leafs can’t win a playoff series. After hitting the draft lottery motherload in 2015 and 2016 and signing free agent John Tavaris, the Leafs have not won a single NHL playoff round. All that promise four years ago — the right coach, the right GM,
How devestating would it be if sports gets shut down again a few days after baseball tries to sneak in a 60 game season? The news that 14 players and team members on the Florida Marlins have been diagnosed with COVID-19 has sent MLB officials scrambling to determine if the pandemic is simply too much
CTV’s at home, virtual upfront presentation for advertisers took a while to start streaming Tuesday afternoon. The same thing happened Monday to Rogers/Citytv/Sportsnet. Before we all make with the media companies that can’t run media jokes, these presentations are complex productions shared with thousands of ad buyers simultaneously, on a variety of systems, across Canada
It now looks like everybody except The DeFranco Family, Dick Assman and Don Cherry will be taking part in Sunday’s all-star, Canadian talent extravaganza, Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble. When the first long list of names were announced, a lot of us wondered: what about Drake? Well, he’s now closing the 90-minute, commercial-free, multi-network show. He’ll
Are you’re going batty without baseball? The folks at Rogers have cooked up something they hope you’ll flip over: Tonight, Sportsnet is re-airing Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS, the one where Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista flipped his bat after hitting an unforgettable home run. The exciting Jays playoff game airs at 8 p.m.
If you’re getting stir crazy with all the newscasts and other usual TV options, the major carriers are offering free previews to help your family survive the current lockdownapalooza. Kudos to carriers Rogers, Bell and Cogico, who have already started making several specialty channels available to their subscribers on a free trial basis. Some of
On Tuesday, I posted a ratings report pertaining to last Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada telecast. I’ve been challenged on some of the data, so, with an assist from the Sportsnet numbers crunchers, I’m taking another run at them here. Reporting on HNiC ratings is a bit tricky as the audience can be seen as