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Bell obtains Senators Radio and Regional TV rights.

TORHABSFAN

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Bell Media and the Ottawa Senators announced Wednesday that they have reached a comprehensive new 12-year regional broadcast rights and corporate sponsorship agreement that will make TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of the Ottawa Senators through to the 2025-2026 season.

Bell Media's 12-year partnership with the Ottawa Senators includes five major components:

- English-language regional television broadcast rights for TSN – a minimum of 52 regular season and pre-season games

- French-language regional television broadcast rights for RDS – a minimum of 40 regular season and pre-season games

- English-language broadcast rights for TSN Radio 1200 – all games

- French-language radio broadcast rights – all games

- Telecommunications and retail sponsorship and activation rights

"We recognized early on that our regional broadcast rights coming up for renewal was a very important asset," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "This new 12-year agreement with Bell Media represents one of the most wide-ranging and comprehensive deals in NHL history.

"A long-term deal was personally important as it will allow us to work very closely with the Bell family to continually integrate emerging and evolving technologies so our fans receive a superior product for our regional television and radio broadcasts. This agreement is significant for the Senators, our fans and the future of our franchise."

Beginning next season, the agreement will see TSN and RDS each broadcast its slate of regular season and pre-season games in the Ottawa Senators' designated broadcast region, which spans Eastern and Northern Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and Newfoundland.
The new agreement also grants full radio broadcast rights to TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, continuing to make it the official English radio voice of the Ottawa Senators over the next 12 years. Details on the French-language radio broadcasts will be announced in the coming weeks.

"This comprehensive partnership marks an exciting new chapter for the Ottawa Senators and all of their fans, as well as TSN, RDS, and Bell," said Kevin Crull, President of Bell Media. "Leveraging the strength of world-class hockey production at TSN and RDS, as well as Bell's extensive assets and reach, we are eager to amplify Ottawa Senators regional coverage to a whole new level."

Additionally, the Senators and Bell are strengthening their exclusive corporate telecommunications sponsorship over the long-term. It includes a broad variety of activations on all levels, including community engagement, in-arena promotions and branding, and retail support through The Source.

Bell, an original partner of the Ottawa Senators, has a relationship with the team that dates back 22 seasons to when the team returned to the NHL – marking Bell's longest relationship with an NHL franchise.

This partnership will also continue to invest in the community. Bell will remain the official sponsor of the Senators' official practice arena, the Bell Sensplex, and the Bell Capital Cup, one of the world's largest minor hockey tournaments. The agreement features a number of future programs to enhance the fan experience, both inside and outside of Canadian Tire Centre. Details on these initiatives will be announced at a later date.

Along with being the official regional television broadcast rights holders for the Ottawa Senators, Bell Media also holds long-term broadcast rights for the Toronto Maple Leafs (TSN and TSN Radio 1050), Winnipeg Jets (TSN and TSN Radio 1290), Montreal Canadiens (RDS and TSN Radio 690), Vancouver Canucks (TEAM 1040), along with all Hockey Canada games including the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, IIHF Hockey Championship and the IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship.
 

StroShow

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Lol. Let me get this straight, Rogers Sportnet is their home broadcast for years and after the NHL signs that big 12 year old deal with Rogers they decided to jump ships to Bell full time?!? Does TSN believe their ratings will be good for these games. Ottawa doesn't care about their hockey franchise.
 

Sabby

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THis is a deal that makes sense for both sides. Rogers will lose the regional rights (broadcast nationally) and TSN1200 will continue to be the radio broadcaster. It's actually a smart move for the Sens as Bell alreasy bas a wide reaching presence in the Ottawa hockey community.
 

Sabby

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Dickey's Flow said:
Lol. Let me get this straight, Rogers Sportnet is their home broadcast for years and after the NHL signs that big 12 year old deal with Rogers they decided to jump ships to Bell full time?!? Does TSN believe their ratings will be good for these games. Ottawa doesn't care about their hockey franchise.
Bell/TSN is only getting rights to the regional broadcasts. When the sens play nationally (Usually Wednesdays and HNIC) Rogers will be broadcasting them. There's more revenue in national games, thats why Rogers shelled out 5.2 billion dollars.

It's not full time , it's only for regional bradcasts
 

TORHABSFAN

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It's still a big win for Bell dickey. With Rogers holding the national rights and so many regional rights Bell had to fight back.

now they control regional rights to the Habs, Jets and Sens along with half of the Leafs.. as well as radio rights for the Habs, Sens, Jets, Canucks and half of the Leafs.

These regional deals along with the hockey canada stuff is what's going to keep TSN's hockey department alive for the next 12 years.

Add the NFL deal they made and they are fighting off sportsnet quite well. now they just gotta crack the Alberta clubs.
 

TORHABSFAN

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Sabby said:
Dickey's Flow said:
Lol. Let me get this straight, Rogers Sportnet is their home broadcast for years and after the NHL signs that big 12 year old deal with Rogers they decided to jump ships to Bell full time?!? Does TSN believe their ratings will be good for these games. Ottawa doesn't care about their hockey franchise.
Bell/TSN is only getting rights to the regional broadcasts. When the sens play nationally (Usually Wednesdays and HNIC) Rogers will be broadcasting them. There's more revenue in national games, thats why Rogers shelled out 5.2 billion dollars.

It's not full time , it's only for regional bradcasts
Yes but there are far more Regional games then there are national games. Plus the radio package covers every game in both languages.

It's not the national rights deal but It's still a big win for Bell.
 

Sabby

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TORHABSFAN said:
Sabby said:
Dickey's Flow said:
Lol. Let me get this straight, Rogers Sportnet is their home broadcast for years and after the NHL signs that big 12 year old deal with Rogers they decided to jump ships to Bell full time?!? Does TSN believe their ratings will be good for these games. Ottawa doesn't care about their hockey franchise.
Bell/TSN is only getting rights to the regional broadcasts. When the sens play nationally (Usually Wednesdays and HNIC) Rogers will be broadcasting them. There's more revenue in national games, thats why Rogers shelled out 5.2 billion dollars.

It's not full time , it's only for regional bradcasts
Yes but there are far more Regional games then there are national games. Plus the radio package covers every game in both languages.

It's not the national rights deal but It's still a big win for Bell.
Totally agree. And the radio rights are key, that's a huge deal. Hell I hate the Sens, but if I'm in the car and they're playing, I'll slap the game on since it beter than listening to a Katy Perry song for the umpteenth time
 

StroShow

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Well I am one of those who won't be tuning in on TSN or TSN Radio come 7 o'clock. I think a lot of people from Ottawa will do the same if the Sportsnet Hockey package is reasonable.
 

Sabby

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Dickey's Flow said:
Well I am one of those who won't be tuning in on TSN or TSN Radio come 7 o'clock. I think a lot of people from Ottawa will do the same if the Sportsnet Hockey package is reasonable.
Rogers deal covers all Canadian team's games on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays. All will be aired cross country. I'm still treying to figure out how that affects people in Ottawa who Like Toronto and MTL. For access to the regional games, I'll probably have to continue to pay extra as I do for Leafs TV. But will Habs fans have to pay for a special channel to see the non-National Habs games?
 

TORHABSFAN

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TSN and RDS games are regional. So If you are a Habs fan living in Toronto like me or a Leafs fans living in Ottawa like you Sabby, we are SOL. If you want to see regional coverage of your team out of region you will have to buy the NHL Centre Ice package.

like you said you will be able to see all the Sportsnet/City Tv/CBC HNIC and TVA games on Wens, Sat and Sun across the country.
 
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