Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

So a singer, a philanthropist and a media magnate walk into a banker’s office

Though scarier than the thought of Céline Dion being the permanent national anthem singer or the Journal de Montréal getting exclusives on everything related to the Canadiens is this:

This trio of potential buyers is said to be contemplating a dedicated pay-TV channel in Quebec that would carry Habs games and other hockey-related content as one way to increase revenues from the team.

It’s just an idea, but it’s an idea that would be devastating to RDS.

6 thoughts on “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

  1. Chris

    Pay-per-view kills sports. Only diehard fans go to crowded sports bars or pay $80 to their cable company to watch “their” sport. No new fans (and especially, no kids) are going to be attracted to a sport if they never see it on TV.

    Example: can you name the current world heavyweight boxing champion? Me neither.

  2. Tim

    I’m almost surprised this hasn’t already been done. After all, Gillett’s team in England has its own TV station.

    I don’t think it’s the right direction, especially in terms of exclusivity rights to broadcast games; but then again, I didn’t think it was right for RDS to get French-language exclusivity rights to broadcast games, either.

    1. Fagstein Post author

      Both the Leafs and Raptors have their own cable channels too. But with RDS having rights to all 82 regular-season games and all playoff games, there’s not much demand for a specialized channel yet.

      That may change.

  3. Homer

    I’ll pay anything to get rid of Benoit Brunet. I miss Yvon Pednault. Certainly made less mistakes when calling cames. Pierre Houde calls stuff so completely off base (to use the wrong pun) you wonder if he’s watching the same game sometimes.


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