Can TSN survive the Grey Cup?
It might be overkill to call this the worst week in TSN's history, but it certainly has been seven days of nightmarish events for the sports channel.
Last Sunday, a technical glitch with a satellite uplink in Regina caused TSN to miss the first five minutes of the West final. Now, these kind of things happen but they seldom happen to TSN, especially in one of its biggest broadcasts of the year. Or so we thought.
On Saturday, disaster struck again as TSN viewers missed chunks of the Vanier Cup. The channel called ot a ``last-minute technical malfunction with transmission equipment at the stadium."
``It was a supplier issue beyond our control," said TSN spokesman Greg McIsaac. Hmm, TSN is victimized two weeks in a row by events beyond their control.
But here's one that was under TSN's control. During Sunday morning's TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge, a graphic popped up promoting the rest of the channel's lineup for the day. Included was the following: ``2009 Grey Cup, Blue Jays vs. Tigers."
What's going on at Canada's biggest sports channel and how many bottles of Tums were being gobbled before Sunday's Grey Cup game? That would be the one between the Alouettes and Roughriders, not the Jays and Tigers.