Good news for Winnipeg hockey fans, and possibly those in Saskatchewan and Alberta. According to multiple reports, True North Entertainment, owners of the Winnipeg Jets have signed a radio & tv deal with TSN.
The radio deal will see the Team 1290 become the flagship station, taking over for CJOB who has had the Jets & Manitoba Moose radio rights for 15 years. Games that are not televised nationally should all be on a regional based TSN Channel. It’s the same deal TSN had signed with the Montreal Canadiens last year. Chances are the regional based broadcast should be available to those in Saskatchewan, possibly Alberta and small parts of Ontario.
The new TV deal also avoids possibly conflicts down the line. If the Jets would have signed with Sportsnet there was no guarantee all of the games would have been televised, that likely would have led to PPV games. Despite having Sportsnet & Sportsnet One, the Oilers and Flames have signed 10 year contracts with Rogers, ensuring 58 games per year would be televised by the network.
Now the question will be asked who will be the broadcasters for the TSN games. If most Jets fans have their way, Curt Keilback would be the play by play man. In TSN’s first year doing Montreal Canadien games Dave Randorf and Mike Johnson got appointed as the broadcast team. Could we see a tandem of Rod Black and Gary Green? It all depends on the input True North has, when it’s all said and done, TSN likely will be paying the broadcasters.