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09:24 AM ET 08.03 | The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has one month to lock down the broadcast rights to Hockey Night in Canada for another decade. But with the asking price expected to double to $200-million a season, the country's public broadcaster could be hard pressed to keep its 60-year lock on Saturday night hockey. The CBC has exclusive negotiation rights with the NHL through August, but sources at BCE Inc. subsidiary Bell Media Inc. (which owns CTV and TSN) say the broadcast giant is anxious to step in if a deal with the CBC can't be reached quickly. But the league must step lightly - both broadcasters have reasons to let the NHL pass them by. "This isn't a slam dunk for the NHL by any means," one broadcast executive said. "It's not as straightforward as someone might think." And there's a new variable this time around that adds another level of intrigue - the league is interested in creating an exclusive Canadian broadcast on Sunday nights that could go to the broadcaster who is either outbid or passes on the Saturday night rights.

The Globe and Mail

Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Travis Golby/NHL/Getty Images Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Travis Golby/NHL/Getty Images
August 3, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Is Leafs' Night In Canada in jeopardy?

August 3, 2013  09:46 AM ET

$200,000,000 a season? That will keep Don Cherry in new suits won't it?

August 3, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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$200,000,000 a season? That will keep Don Cherry in new suits won't it?

They're not that expensive BF. They don't call him 'Drapes' for nothin'.

August 3, 2013  10:00 AM ET

"But with the asking price expected to double to $200-million a season, the country's public broadcaster could be hard pressed to keep its 60-year lock on Saturday night hockey."

What? Canadian taxpayers aren't going to take it anymore? They want more than just Toronto and Montreal for their money?

August 3, 2013  10:23 AM ET

I used to look forward to HNIC, now it's just another bad Leafs game. I would like to see multiple networks get the broadcast rights so I can find the game I want.

August 3, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

$200,000,000 a season? That will keep Don Cherry in new suits won't it?

Canadian taxpayers will continue to dutifully fork over their hard earned cash with nary a complaint. Don's and Ron's suits are safe.

August 3, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Canadian taxpayers will continue to dutifully fork over their hard earned cash with nary a complaint. Don's and Ron's suits are safe.

If you don't think Canadian's complain then you've never any of comment. :-)

August 3, 2013  10:31 AM ET

* my comments

August 3, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If you don't think Canadian's complain then you've never any of comment. :-)

Yeah, but you do it from a distance, where it's nice and warm and safe. :-)

August 3, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If you don't think Canadian's complain then you've never any of comment. :-)

A penny for your thoughts...wait better make that a nickel:)

August 3, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I used to look forward to HNIC, now it's just another bad Leafs game. I would like to see multiple networks get the broadcast rights so I can find the game I want.

Good idea!! So I guess that's why it hasn't happened:)

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August 3, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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In the end, CBC is a public, financially-struggling broadcaster. They shouldn't be spending gov't $$ of this magnitude for hockey, no matter how good their montages are.

Again with this?

And you're just mad the Leafs are on every single stinkin' HNIC except for Dec. 28th for the rest of the year. I'm sure Crack Boy will begin an inquiry. The injustice is over whelming.

August 3, 2013  01:07 PM ET
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In the end, CBC is a public, financially-struggling broadcaster. They shouldn't be spending gov't $$ of this magnitude for hockey, no matter how good their montages are.

In the end, they (The CBC) don't do anything the PMO doesn't tell them to do. If Omnibus Prime (aka The Harp-****, aka The RoboCon, aka The Big S) decides it's better for HIS business (no I don't mean the big Nippon-easy Travel Agency) to have them (ha) pay CAN $2 Billion per year for the Nat Ho League broadcast rights, then that is what it will be.

Make it so #2 (J-L. Picard).

I do not accept the premise of that question (and/or statement). (S.J. Haprer)

Jail is too good for that dude. (Oldtom)

August 3, 2013  01:09 PM ET

puun

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August 3, 2013  02:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"But with the asking price expected to double to $200-million a season, the country's public broadcaster could be hard pressed to keep its 60-year lock on Saturday night hockey."What? Canadian taxpayers aren't going to take it anymore? They want more than just Toronto and Montreal for their money?

CBC is a government subsidized TV station? Do they have fund raisers like our PBS channels, or is this all straight up government funding?

By the way, when I see HNIC I think of something totally different.

August 3, 2013  02:26 PM ET
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They're not that expensive BF. They don't call him 'Drapes' for nothin'.

Still, that's a lot of fabric.

 
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