27 Facts About Sportsnet


Since 2011, the service has operated under deregulated category C licensing, which allows Sportsnet to operate multiple feeds with no restrictions on alternate programming.

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In each region, only the local Sportsnet channel is available on analogue cable, but all four channels are available nationally via digital cable.

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Four Sportsnet feeds air some common programming and simulcast major, national events, but are capable of airing programming autonomously—most prominently regional programming.

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Sportsnet is the national cable rightsholder of the National Hockey League, and holds regional rights to five of the league's Canadian franchises.

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The national cable rights to the NHL returned to TSN in 2002, though Sportsnet retained regional broadcast rights for most Canadian NHL teams.

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Critics speculated that the Sportsnet Radio branding was intended to increase synergy with its television counterparts, upon rumors that TSN would be launching a sports radio network of its own.

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On October 3,2011, Rogers Sportsnet underwent a major rebranding, introducing a revamped logo and visual appearance designed in conjunction with Troika Design Group, and a new image campaign.

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The redesign of Sportsnet was overseen by Dean Bender, who served as the network's creative director upon its original launch as CTV Sportsnet.

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However, in some instances, programming on the out-of-market Sportsnet feeds, particularly regional NHL games, are blacked out due to league restrictions on teams' regional broadcast rights.

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Since the revival of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011, regional Flames and Oilers games on Sportsnet West have been blacked out in Manitoba, despite it being the "local" Sportsnet feed for that province.

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Sportsnet is the main television outlet for Major League Baseball in Canada: it is the exclusive television outlet for the Toronto Blue Jays, airing all of its games and other Blue Jays-related programming throughout the season.

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Sportsnet carries other MLB games simulcast from US regional sports networks.

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Sportsnet began airing National Football League games Starting with the 2005 season, splitting late games across the Pacific and West feeds, and the East and Ontario feeds.

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Sportsnet lost all NFL broadcasting rights for the 2017 season.

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Sportsnet aired the Amway Canadian Championship, an annual competition featuring Canada's five professional soccer teams – Toronto FC, CF Montreal, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton, and Ottawa Fury FC, until TSN acquired full rights in 2017.

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In 2006, Sportsnet aired coverage of the FIFA World Cup as part of a consortium with TSN and CTV.

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On February 8,2011, Sportsnet announced that it had signed a multi-year deal with Tennis Canada to acquire early round rights to the Rogers Cup.

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Sportsnet acquired rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour 500 series events.

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In 2016, Sportsnet lost the ATP tours to TSN, but it still maintains exclusive rights to the Rogers Cup, as well as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup.

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In February 2013, Sportsnet announced that it would become the official Canadian broadcaster of the IndyCar Series beginning in the 2013 season in a five-year deal with the series.

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That season, Sportsnet originated coverage from the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Indianapolis 500 and Honda Indy Toronto, with Bill Adam, Todd Lewis and Rob Faulds.

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In May 2013, Sportsnet reached a six-year deal for rights to the national championships of U Sports, including coverage of the Vanier Cup.

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Sportsnet is a major broadcaster of National Hockey League games; the network is the current national cable rightsholder to the league, and regularly airs nationally televised games on Wednesday, Saturday nights as part of Hockey Night in Canada, and Monday nights as part of Rogers Hometown Hockey.

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From its launch through 2002, Sportsnet was the national cable broadcaster of the NHL in Canada, displacing the rival TSN; it aired a package of Tuesday night games, along with coverage of non-Canadian matchups from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Sportsnet televised coverage of the 2015 Pan-American Games, as part of a sub-license with CBC; it aired coverage of the soccer tournaments, as well as a Men's basketball semi-final game involving Canada.

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Sportsnet operates four high-definition feeds, one for each regional channel.

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Originally, Sportsnet operated one national feed that consisted primarily of a simulcast of Sportsnet Ontario, carrying nationally televised events, or separate content from other regional feeds.

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