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SBD/Issue 49/Sports Media
Sunday's Grey Cup Moves TSN Closer To The CBC For Sports In Canada
Published November 21, 2008
LACKING BUZZ: The GLOBE & MAIL's Houston reports the media contingent covering the Grey Cup "will be the smallest in years." Editors and reporters said that the decisions not to send staff to cover the game "were based strictly on the economic downturn and the financial problems bedevilling newspapers." Vancouver Province sports editor Jonathan McDonald: "It was hard for me to disagree with the decision. I think that about 550 people at (Province owner) Canwest are going to lose their jobs in the next little while. I'd sound really pathetic if I thought it was all about us" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/21). The CP's Andy Blatchford reported even with the hometown Alouettes in the Grey Cup, Montreal's most popular daily, Le Journal de Montreal, featured "only six pages" of CFL news Thursday. Instead, the Canadiens are "dominating the city's newspapers," as the first 10 pages of the sports section Thursday focused on the Canadiens and Saturday night's Bruins-Canadiens game, at which Hockey HOFer Patrick Roy's jersey will be retired (CP, 11/20).
RATINGS NOTES: The GLOBE & MAIL's Houston reported TSN drew 716,000 viewers for last Saturday's Alouettes-Eskimos East Division Final at 1:00pm ET, down 33% from 1.066 million viewers for the CBC's coverage of the Blue Bombers-Argonauts East Division Final last year. TSN drew 1.045 million viewers for last Saturday's Stampeders-Lions West Division Final at 4:30pm, down 34% from 1.571 million viewers for the CBC's coverage of Roughriders-Lions last year. French-language net RDS drew 516,000 viewers for Alouettes-Eskimos, up 319.5% from 123,000 viewers in '07 (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/18).