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TV monopolies and Canadian football

By TONY SEED

On Saturday November 25, the Canadian university football championship was held in Hamilton between the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and Laval Rouge et Or, with the former prevailing 39-17 . The Vanier Cup, attended by 10, 754 fans, was not broadcast on either CBC which featured an Alpine skiing race, an elite sport, or CTV, which featured the Hollywood doomsday movie Armageddon. Instead, it was relegated to TSN 3. (TSN is owned by Bell Media, with EPSN holding a 30 per cent share; Bell owns CTV.)

Sport in Canada has been commercialized, privatized, Americanized and colonized by private empires, reinforced by the sports media monopolies. To watch a Canadian championship, one has to be a cable TV subscriber. But even that is no guarantee. About ten years ago, CIS sports had to quietly pay the then Score TV cable channel $50,000 to come to Halifax to broadcast the semi-final and the final of the college basketball finals. (Score was later bought out by Rogers Sportsnet.)

Is it little wonder that the Vanier Cup is plagued by low attendance? Continue reading

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Here’s Johnny

A radio-controlled flying witch flies past a moon setting into clouds along the pacific ocean in Carlsbad, California

REUTERS/Mike Blake*

By TONY SEED

What about the neo-colonial mentality and behaviour of the monopoly sports media? Every foreign star who touches down in Canada is celebrated as some singular being, and Canadians are supposed to be blessed and thankful for the favour of paying to watch them perform.

Throughout the past week, the sports media has been hyping non-stop the first start of American football quarterback Johnny Manziel in the Canadian Football League. A former NFL first round draft pick, his two seasons with the Cleveland Browns were marred by off-field troubles including spousal abuse. He has not played since the end of the 2015 season. Continue reading

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Sports, war and sponsorship – Valcartier soldiers at Alouettes game

• Quebec Says No to Canada’s Participation in U.S.-Led War in Afghanistan!

• Sports, War and Sponsorship: Valcartier Soldiers at the Alouettes Game – Collectif Échec à la guerre

• Open Letter to Soldiers of Valcartier

TML Daily, June 21, 2007 – No. 101

Quebec Says No to Canada’s Participation in U.S.-Led War in Afghanistan! End the Occupation! Bring the Troops Home Now! Dismantle NATO!

TML Daily expresses its militant support for the demonstration called for Quebec City on Friday against the war in Afghanistan and Canada’s participation in it.

Approximately 2,500 soldiers, mostly from the Royal 22nd Regiment (the Vandoos) from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City, begin deployment to Afghanistan on July 15. The military is planning a huge parade through Quebec City to promote the mission. Continue reading

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