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SBD/December 13, 2013/Media
James Duthie Spurns Offer From Rogers, Signs New Long-Term Deal With TSN
Published December 13, 2013
WAITING FOR THE PHONE TO RING: Longtime CBC announcer Bob Cole, who has called "HNIC" broadcasts for 40 years, said "no one has called" him regarding an on-air role for next season. He said, "I thought somebody might call, tell me something, say hello, you know..." In Toronto, Steven Simmons notes when it was announced Rogers will "basically own all NHL national broadcasts in Canada ... Cole was as shook up as anyone in the industry." No one "likes to see change, if major change is what's coming," and Cole has been with the CBC "his entire broadcasting life." He said that he "has no intention of leaving until someone tells him it's over" (TORONTO SUN, 12/13).
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: The GLOBE & MAIL's Shoalts noted the Maple Leafs abstained this week from the NHL BOG vote to approve the new Rogers TV contract "due to an obvious conflict of interest -- not because of a face-saving intervention by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman." MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum "did not vote" because the Maple Leafs’ parent company is co-owned by Rogers and BCE, with each holding a 37.5% stake. It was deemed "not proper for MLSE to vote to approve an NHL deal of benefit to one of its owners." MLSE and NHL sources said that Tanenbaum, who owns the remaining 25% of MLSE, "acted on the advice of his lawyer and fellow MLSE board member, Dale Lastman, and Bettman did not play a role in the decision" (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/13).