After much speculation and many mentions on Illegal Curve in previous posts, TSN will in fact be launching TSN2 this fall on a digital cable service provider near you! Actually, that’s not really accurate as both ExpressVu and Rogers haven’t agreed to include it in their subscriber packages yet. I’m sure they will soon, so stay tuned. The channel will take over TSN’s current alternate feed, and will feature “major-league programming” such as NBA and NHL games, 24-hours a day. Look out The Score! They’re coming after you. This will solve various conflicts such as when Blue Jays Baseball and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs collide. Luckily Rod Black won’t win this round.
For full TSN2 details, read the article here.
As for other happenings in the media world this past week:
Marc Crawford was nabbed up by the CBC, and is looking for a partner. Although I’m not sure what his “lifestyle” choices are away from the rink, a play-by-play man is needed at CBC to work beside him. According to sources, at this point it is rumoured that he will be working with Mark Lee for the late games this year, but that is subject to change. Bob Cole and Greg Millen will likely call the early Leafs games, with Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson getting more exposure calling the early games that are nationally distributed. This is of course assuming that no one other than in Leaf Land would want to watch such a miserable team. Hmmm…I wonder why the Love Guru tanked at the box office?
Pierre LeBrun will also be on CBC this year, leaving his Sportsnet duties. Look for LeBrun to make his return to the already crammed Hotstove, as well as the popcorn shrimp buffet across the street from Hockey Night’s Toronto studio. Let’s hope LeBrun doesn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions during his triumphant homecoming.