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April '12

Tueday 27 March 2012


Jeff MacDonald

Director of Content

Jeff was ably introduced to the Club by his proud father Grant. It was a pleasure listening to them at the same event. Both are more than speakers. They are orators!

Jeff  oversees most of the studio production with Sportsnet. That includes 7 daily editions of Connected (the flagship news show), Hockey Central, which airs nightly at 11PM; also Blue Jays Central, which is a show that airs before every one of the 162 Blue Jays games. Aside from the daily requirements, there are the countless specials  such as NHL Trade Deadline Day, NHL Season Preview Show and MLB Season Preview Show, then the big events on the calendar like Super Bowl, Grey Cup, Stanley Cup playoffs, World Series, etc.

Sportsnet was launched in October, 1998 as CTV Sportsnet. The name was chosen to match the regional "Fox Sports Net" operations across the United States. CTV owned 40% and was the managing partner of the new network; Rogers, Molson and Fox owned 20% each.

Rogers acquired CTV's stake in the summer of 2001, and soon after renamed it Rogers Sportsnet. It operates with four regional feeds airing different sporting events tailored to the region they serve.

These are:

Sportsnet East, serving Eastern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sportsnet Ontario, serving the rest of Ontario .

Sportsnet West, serving Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

Sportsnet Pacific, which serves British Columbia and the Yukon.

Sportsnet carries both regional and national programming. Sportsnet is a major regional broadcaster of National Hockey League games, and is the main television outlet for Major League Baseball in Canada, holding Canadian rights to the All-Star Game and the postseason. In February, 2011, Sportsnet signed a multi-year deal with Tennis Canada to acquire the exclusive rights to the Rogers Cup as well as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 & ATP World Tour 500 series events.

Jeff played a very touching film clip of a Little League baseball team from Langley, BC that went to Uganda to play that country’s championship team which had been barred from entering the USA last year for the Little League World Series for not meeting visa requirements.

We don't have the Sportsnet video, but found this on the Internet. Click the arrow to start.

YouTube Video