TSN2 throws Jays fans a curveball
Many Blue Jays fans rejoicing at the prospect of being able to watch their beloved team's
way-too-early-to-matter-much big series opener in Boston Tuesday night probably took a double take, or maybe a triple take, when they tuned in to TSN2.
Expecting to see a TSN production in the channel's much-ballyhooed debut on Rogers Cable, they were no doubt taken aback when they got the Red Sox NESN broadcast. Heck, they could have got this on the Rogers promo channel.
Not to imply that TSN did this on the cheap, but TSN did this on the cheap.
Okay, there were mitigating circumstances. According to TSN insiders, the company wasn't keen on paying $300,000 in production costs for what might amount to an audience of 50,000, which is what the games probably would have drawn had TSN2 not finalized its deal with Rogers. So, with the Rogers deal still up in the air, TSN made the decision to pick up the NESN feed.
By the time the Rogers deal went down two days before the series opener, TSN couldn't have found a production trailer even if it wanted to do the game itself. So it stuck with NESN.
That's all well and good and it was probably a wise business move to save a few hundred thousand dollars. But you might think that a little-watched channel might have taken a gamble to at least look like a real channel for its first turn on the big stage.
By the way, it's NESN all the way for this series. We'll assume TSN2's two other Blue Jays games will be done the right way.