- Sportsnet and Canucks bolster long-standing partnership with landmark multiplatform agreement including television, online and mobile, beginning 2013/14 season -
- Sportsnet continues 14-year legacy of delivering Vancouver Canucks hockey; will air up to 60 regular season games each season -
- Rogers and Sportsnet continue to invest in sports and premium content to drive future growth -
NOTE: Media availability today at 10 a.m. PT, Rogers Arena, Norm Jewison Media Room
VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Sportsnet today announced it has reached a 10-year partnership extension with the Vancouver Canucks through the 2022/23 NHL season, continuing a 14-year network tradition as the regional television broadcaster of Canucks hockey.
The new agreement, which begins with the 2013/14 season, features a comprehensive suite of multimedia rights including television, online and mobile, delivering up to 60 regular season Vancouver Canucks games each season. In addition, Canucks This Week, the 30-minute weekly show providing in-depth coverage of the team throughout the season, will also continue as part of the new multimedia package.
Sportsnet has been broadcasting Canucks games since the network's inception in 1998.
"The Vancouver Canucks are a premium Canadian sports franchise and we are thrilled to continue this strong and important partnership," said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers Media. "This landmark agreement furthers our commitment to serving Canucks fans and connecting with our B.C. audience like never before, as well as providing a diverse portfolio of sports assets and content to our viewers. It also reinforces Rogers' and Sportsnet's continued investment in sports to drive future growth."
"This is a significant partnership agreement for the Canucks and Sportsnet," said Victor de Bonis, Chief Operating Officer, Canucks Sports & Entertainment and Alternate Governor, NHL. "As a valued, long-term partner it was important for us to continue providing in-depth feature coverage, and quality game broadcasts to our fans through Sportsnet broadcasts."
Today's announcement enhances Sportsnet's commitment to keeping Canucks fans connected to their home team first. This season, Sportsnet will deliver 34 regular season Canucks games on television - more than any other broadcaster - as well as more Canadian NHL team games on TV, in addition to coverage across radio, digital and print.
Sportsnet is the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN), Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN).
Rogers and Canucks Sports & Entertainment have committed to build relationships that consist of the same corporate and community values. Rogers is an industry leader and innovator focused on enhancing customer experiences and fostering community partnerships. Rogers Arena is where loyal fans are engaged and important partners are hosted; Canucks Sports & Entertainment continues to be an integral partner to Rogers.
Media Availability - Rogers Arena, today at 10 a.m. PT
The following spokespeople will be available to speak to the media today at Rogers Arena in the Norm Jewison Media Room regarding the new agreement:
- Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers Media
- Phil Lind, Executive Vice-President, Regulatory and Vice Chairman, Rogers Communications
- Victor de Bonis, Chief Operating Officer, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, and Alternate Governor, NHL
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Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, Radio, Print, Online and Mobile. Sportsnet is Fuelled By Fans, and delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level. The multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet, sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet magazine, Sportsnet Mobile and the Hockey Central app on iPad and Playbook. Sportsnet is the Canadian leader in NHL and MLB television broadcasts and is home to 162 Toronto Blue Jays games, plus MLB Playoffs and the World Series. Sportsnet is an official licensed broadcaster of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and also offers an exciting sports lineup including the NFL, the Memorial Cup, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Grand Slam of Curling, IndyCar, the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, and extensive soccer programming including Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UFEA Europa League, MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC, CONCACAF and Canadian national team matches for men and women. Connected is the network's nightly news program, providing regional and national coverage of the day's events in the world of sports.