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Sochi 2014: The NHL’s blatant provocation against the Olympics

This article, first published on February 21, 2014 during the Sochi Winter Olympics, exposes both the aim and the method of how the NHL, hand in hand with the sports media, began creating the conditions to justify launching its own private “World Cup of Hockey.”

The discourse runs like this: we poor owners have been victimized and our fans short-changed and held hostage by the Olympics, because “the best league in the world has been shut down” (Prime Time Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, February 18, 2014). “Just look at our empty buildings.” It is reminiscent of the old saw about the thief crying “stop thief!” | TONY SEED*

The NHL can only drool over the figures. The Canada-U.S. men's hockey semifinal drew a television audience of more than 15 million for CBC on Friday. Photo: Corey Perry of Canada tries a wraparound on Jonathan Quick of the USA as he is defended by Cam Fowler during first period action in the men's hockey semifinal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014 | Jean Levac/Postmedia News

The NHL can only drool over the figures. The Canada-U.S. men’s hockey semifinal drew a television audience of more than 15 million for CBC. (Photo) Corey Perry of Canada tries a wraparound on Jonathan Quick of the USA as he is defended by Cam Fowler during first period action in the men’s hockey semifinal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014 | Jean Levac/Postmedia News

SEEMINGLY out of the blue, the National Hockey League (NHL) based in New York sent their fabled Stanley Cup trophy to Sochi. The media slavered when it made its appearance at Canada House on Monday, February 17th. The iconic silver trophy had seemingly fallen from the sky or appeared as if a gift from the gods of sport with a spiritual significance comparable to a burning bush.

In the media euphoria, Canadian Olympic members were organized to pose with the trophy and world champion figure skater Patrick Chan to bless it with a kiss.

Four-time Olympian skier Brian Stemmle, also a CBC analyst, denounced the maneouvre, rightly asking: “Why is the Stanley Cup at Canada House in Sochi? Other athletes don’t bring their trophies. Hate when hockey tries to overshadow other sports.”

A new diversion began. Continue reading

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NBA: ‘Canada’s team’ ‘disrespects’ ‘We the North’

Jos 9:21 And the princes said concerning them: 'Let them live'; so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation, as the princes had spoken concerning them.

Jos 9:21 And the princes said concerning them: ‘Let them live’; so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation, as the princes had spoken concerning them.

(April 18) – The start time of a professional basketball game has brought to the fore the national question in Canadian sport.

“One of the competing media conglomerates that owns part of the Toronto Raptors is at least complicit in the team being stuck with an unenviable starting time for Game 1 of its playoff series,” Doug Smith reported in the Toronto Star. Continue reading

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Selling hope and the bobblehead boys

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerRogers Sportsnet is blowing its horn. “Our own Damien Cox,” it reported tonight, to paraphrase, has the scoop on the appointment of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s (MLSE) new president, Brendan Shanahan. The NHL executive is further being called “the former Olympic champion.” Damien Cox is a Toronto Star columnist and a regular on PrimeTimeSports.

How do journalistic scoops and exclusives work these days? A few days ago, we blew the whistle on W5’s “scoop” on the Canadian Special Forces operating in West Africa, which was actually arranged by the Department of National Defence. Rogers owns 50 per cent of MLSE and a new $5 billion contract for TV rights to Canadian NHL games. Does one think this “exclusive” non-story was going to be leaked from the boardroom of the MLSE empire to the CBC? Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: Respect for one’s opponent in sport (2)

juegos-olimpicos-de-Invierno-2014Mike Babcock’s rant: “And the other thing that happens for the NHL player, and probably for you in the media, is the respect you have for the opposition.” Welcome to the G-20 Winter Games and the Harper agenda for a “new patriotism.” | TONY SEED* Continue reading

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Viciousness of Sportsnet, death of journalism – or Colangelo talking through Rogers’ talking heads?

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bargnani_free_throw640_640SPORTS FANS, his Toronto Raptor team-mates and Andrea Bargnani and his family must have been shocked and stunned by the host of Rogers Sportsnet Connected on Monday, November 26. Leading into the 5:00-6:00 p.m. supperhour segment she asked rhetorically, “Has Andrea Bargnani’s time in Toronto run out?” Thinking it was to be a lead item I waited for the surprising news. And waited. And waited. Finally, some fifty minutes later, she flatly announced with a straight face that Mr Bargnani was on the way out and that “fans have given up on him.” (How she divined this insight only an Insider can figure out.) The host then followed up the shock attack by interviewing one of Sportsnet’s ubiquitous “Insiders,” Michael Grange, to explain it all. Is now the time to trade Andrea Bargnani, he was asked.

Mr Grange said NO!

For a brief moment I thought, wow, Rogers didn’t script this very well. Continue reading

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TSM* NHL trade deadline news breaker

LATE breaking story! Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment trade coach Ron Wilson for a 1999th round pick in the 2020 draft.

Reached at her home, where family and friends were glued to Maple Leaf TV, his mother confirmed to TSM speculation that the coach had still not twittered the news. “If it’s not been tweeted, it can’t be true.”

Meanwhile, as of the 3:00 p.m. trade deadline today, reports that more than fifty other hockey players were to be traded by nineteen paid pundits along with four ex-general managers gathered by The Sports Network and Rogers Communications (owned by Bell Media and Rogers Sportsnet respectively, co-owners of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) were proven to be false.

A number of the highly-paid pundits have since been diagnosed with “an upper body injury” and will be assigned to the Toronto Blue Jay’s spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida for a refresher course in selling hope.

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World Baseball Classic II: Team Canada – just who capitulated and to whom?

WBC.2009.logo-clasico2Part I of two articles by TONY SEED*. Baseball Canada, which extensively collaborates with the Rogers-owned Toronto Blue Jays, capitulated to the U.S. baton in the meetings of the baseball federations to organize the Classic and became one of its first casualties. Part II is here.

HALIFAX (March 15, 2009) – TEAM CANADA ignominiously exited the World Baseball Classic in the first round for the second successive time. Playing in a pool with the United States, Venezuela and Italy, it lost successive games to the United States and Italy on March 7 and March 9 respectively. Canada’s overall record in the 2006 and 2009 tournaments is three wins (against South Africa, Italy and the U.S.A.) and four losses.

The Friday March the Thirteenth Prime Time Sports, the Canadian nationally-syndicated TV and radio show, convened its roundtable to assess the emphatic exit. Continue reading

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