Oilers and Flames End PPV Service in Landmark Deals with Rogers

Calgary, AB – Rogers Sportsnet today announced an unprecedented 10-year partnership with Alberta’s two National Hockey League teams, under which Rogers Sportsnet will be the clubs’ Official Television Broadcaster and provider of digital media content until 2020.

Beginning with the upcoming 2010-11 NHL season, Rogers Sportsnet West and Rogers Sportsnet ONE will combine to televise at least 58 Calgary Flames and 58 Edmonton Oilers games for 10 seasons within the Flames and Oilers regional territory which includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

This agreement will also mean Alberta’s NHL hockey fans will no longer have to rely on Flames and Oilers Pay Per View broadcasts to in order to view games not being broadcast on Sportsnet West.

“Sportsnet has been a partner of both the Flames and Oilers since we launched back in 1998,” said Doug Beeforth, President, Rogers Sportsnet. “And as our relationship grew over the years, it became the foundation for this remarkable extension of the partnership. We could not be more excited and delighted about today’s announcement”.

Rogers Sportsnet ONE is a new 24-hour sports channel that will launch on Saturday, August 14th as the newest member of the Sportsnet family of channels, which includes Rogers Sportsnet West, the exclusive regional broadcaster of the Flames and Oilers since 1998.

“Rogers Sportsnet’s agreement with the Flames and Oilers ensures years of high quality production, maximum exposure, and full fan participation with their favourite Alberta team,” said Ken King, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Flames. “We are proud to be partners with Rogers Sportsnet.”

“I would call this agreement a milestone event for our organization and for our wonderful fans,” stated Patrick LaForge, Edmonton Oilers President and CEO. “Working together with Rogers Sportsnet, the Calgary Flames and the NHL, I believe we have created the most dynamic and dominant broadcast vehicle for our fans. It is equal to any television partnership anywhere in the NHL.”

NHL regional restrictions apply for Rogers Sportsnet West and Rogers Sportsnet ONE, with Flames and Oilers games made available to viewers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

Schedule details for Flames and Oilers games on Rogers Sportsnet ONE and Rogers Sportsnet West will be announced at a later date. Flames and Oilers fans should contact their local digital cable or satellite provider about ordering Rogers Sportsnet


The Suitor Tutor, Part 5: The Glorious Conclusion, and Our Suggestion For Where the NHL Should Go Next on TV

With the NHL nearing a new TV contact, a multi-part series, “The Suitor Tutor”, takes a look at the potential bidders for NHL hockey.

Before we start, a thank you for reading this entire series.  The numbers for the site have been very good for a niche inside a niche blog in August. Perhaps its the Kovalchuk nonsense that’s kept you into the sport when you usually would’ve strayed to other activities, or maybe you just wanna be pals. Whatever the case, your readership is appreciated.  Thank you.  Now, onto the good stuff.

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