TSN2 deal `will be done'. But when?
Rogers honcho Phil Lind dropped into The Star yesterday, mainly to chat with our editorial board and business department about the cable company's objections to Global and CTV getting more money for cable carriage. He made some good points, but that's not really my field of interest.
I figured I'd take the opportunity to ask for the latest on TSN2 and why Rogers is the lone holdout in carrying the digital channel, thus depriving Southern Ontario viewers from watching NHL playoff games, the Raptors, tennis and auto racing. Of course, it was mentioned that MLSE and TSN also deprived viewers of Raptors games by putting them on a channel that was guaranteed carriage in the country's biggest market.
Not surprisingly, there were few answers that will satisfy the deprived masses.
``If you've followed the YES Network in the States and a lot of others, it’s about money, coming to some sort of saw-off and price that’s all.
``It will be sawed off. There will be TSN2 on the dial. I don’t know when. I’m not authorized to say anything more than that."
Makes you wonder if the vice-chairman of the country's biggest cable company isn't authorized to say more than that, then who is?
I'm told, by others not authorized to say more, that this issue runs much deeper than what Rogers wants to pay for TSN2. It's about what Rogers is paying for a lot of things in the TSN family. Even if that's not the entire story, the fact is it's about one thing: money.