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April 1, 2019 9:10 pm  #1


Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

From the Toronto Sun, a suggestion that because Rogers owns the exclusive rights to the Jays, the Raptors will be relegated to second class - which the author suggests is why they were shunted over to CFRB on Monday night.

It's a situation that's likely to continue as long as all three teams (the Leafs are the other one) continue to have conflicting schedules at this point in the season.

It comes even though the Raptors are a far better team, are playoff contenders, and the poorly performing Jays are just starting their season. If you believe his conclusions, it means that Rogers is once again putting its corporate interests ahead of the fans and what would seem to be logical priorities. .   

Toronto Sun: Crowded sports market means Rogers will showcase baseball and not basketball

 

April 1, 2019 9:44 pm  #2


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

The issue is complicated by cross-ownership and ratings.  The Raptors and the Leafs are co-owned by Bell and Rogers, while Rogers owns 100% of the Blue Jays.  So, if The Fan 590 broadcast the Raptors game, I am not sure which station would carry the Blue Jays game.  Moving it to a Bell owned station would be out of the question.  That leaves 680 News, which would be a worse choice to carry a sporting event than NewsTalk 1010.

Leaf and Blue Jay games outdraw Raptors games on TV, so I am assuming ratings follow a similar path on radio.  And the game tonight was a meaningless game for the basketball team since it has already clinched 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.

 

April 1, 2019 10:52 pm  #3


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

MLB is the strictest of the big league sports when it comes to having games moved or preempted.  When the Leafs and Jays were both on the Fan in the 90's, the Blue Jays always had priority.

 

April 2, 2019 4:24 pm  #4


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

has anybody ever realized the raptors are only on one station [no raptors radio multi station network] they will be the first Toronto big league to go online for audio streaming

wasn't CFRB 1010 The original broadcaster of  the Raptors there first  few seasons?
 

 

April 2, 2019 5:32 pm  #5


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

The reason a Raptors radio network does not exist is the team's limited appeal outside the GTA.  That is also the reason the games have lower TV ratings than those of the Leafs or the Blue Jays.

NewsTalk 1010 carried all the Raptors games for a few seasons in the mid nineties. So at least there is some broadcast history on 1010 when scheduling conflicts force the games off of 590 and 1050.

 

April 2, 2019 7:38 pm  #6


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

I believe the FAN is contractually obligated to carry every Jays game, so there's no getting around that.

If I remember correctly, there was a similar situation about 5 years ago where the Leafs and Raptors were both in the playoffs. If memory serves, Rogers bumped two leaf games over to 680.

 

April 2, 2019 8:27 pm  #7


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

TheWiz wrote:

If memory serves, Rogers bumped two leaf games over to 680.

Yup. That's exactly what they did, but it was also due to a surprise Leaf playoff schedule that was very hard to predict. 
The fact that leafs got that far was big news, so games on 680 were so fitting. (as the joke goes...lol)

 

April 2, 2019 11:26 pm  #8


Re: Rogers Gives Raptors "Short Shrift" As All Major T.O. Sports Collide

Radiowiz wrote:

TheWiz wrote:

If memory serves, Rogers bumped two leaf games over to 680.

Yup. That's exactly what they did, but it was also due to a surprise Leaf playoff schedule that was very hard to predict. 
The fact that leafs got that far was big news, so games on 680 were so fitting. (as the joke goes...lol)

I am guessing it was the 2013 playoffs after the lock-out shortened NHL season.  The sale of MLSE to Rogers and Bell had just been announced in late 2012, so the Leaf and Raptors broadcast rights were still held exclusively by The Fan 590 and Rogers in the 2012-13 season.  Therefore, the company was forced to use another Rogers owned station to resolve the issue.  I doubt you will see that happen again anytime soon with the Bell and Rogers co-ownership.

Scheduling conflicts were surprisingly rare during the regular season.  But I vaguely remember that if the Raptors and Leafs games over-lapped, listeners were advised to tune in to CKTB 610 for the Leafs games.  It has always been part of the Leaf radio network and is easily received in the GTA.

Last edited by Chuck99 (April 3, 2019 12:14 am)