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FORCE OF HAB-IT: TSN GRABS CANADIENS RIGHTS TO STAY IN NHL
Published May 21, 1998
The Canadiens and Canadian junior hockey each "wrapped up significant" TV deals yesterday, but the Maple Leafs' regional TV picture "isn't cleared up yet," according to Lance Hornby of the TORONTO SUN. The Canadiens agreed to a four-year deal with TSN to carry a minimum of 20 games a season, marking the Habs' first appearance on an English language network in midweek since '75-76. CTV Sports Net (CTVSN) and the Canadian Hockey League agreed to a four-year deal to show a minimum of 65 games per season. Hornby reports that both TSN and CTVSN "continue their battle" to control the regional midweek Leafs package." A decision "is said to be about 10 days away" (TORONTO SUN, 5/21). In Montreal, Pat Hickey writes that the Canadiens deal allows TSN "to maintain a presence in the NHL," after being outbid for the national package by CTVSN (GAZETTE, 5/21). CTVSN was expected to announce that it had added the Expos to its program lineup yesterday, but CTV VP Doug Beeforth said that the deal "hasn't been signed yet" (FINANCIAL POST, 5/21).