Pat Burns is dead. That was announced at around 11:00 AM Friday. Pat Burns isn’t dead. That announcement came around noon.

Pat Burns

Former NHL head coach Pat Burns must have been shocked to learn that, according to TSN, he'd passed away

What the heck is going on? How did Pat Burns feel? Why was everyone so hell-bent on being the very first Canadian sports media outlet to announce Pat Burns’ demise? That’s easy. It’s because the narrow-thinking, myopic individuals who inhabit sports directors’ and executive producers’ offices across this nation think that the most important thing in sports television these days is to get it first – no matter what “it” is. And, until that ridiculous train of thought is broken, we’re going to have to endure more and more of exactly what happened Friday. (more…)

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CFL on TSN

The CFL took a progressive step when it allocated its broadcast rights exclusively to TSN in 2008. CBC had aired CFL games from 1952-2007.

Fans of the Canadian Football League are very lucky – because we get to watch each and every CFL game on TSN. Live production of a CFL game is an extremely difficult task. Trust me when I tell you the game moves lightning quick in the production truck. Far faster than it appears on television. It’s easy to fall into “comfortable” coverage and replay patterns, without really stopping to think, “Are we giving the viewers the best, most informative look at this game possible?” That’s why, when televising any live sport,  the entire production crew and commentators must be on the same page when it comes to show philosophy. Here are five things noticed during TSN’s season première from Regina – five things that show why they do a fine job. (more…)

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HNIC's Ron MacLean, Don Cherry
Ron MacLean, Don Cherry were once a big reason to watch HNIC – now they are the opposite

Hockey Night in Canada , with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry at the forefront, is now officially absolutely awful. It has become a joke. I enjoyed working with Ron years ago. Today, he and Don Cherry have been allowed to become horrific caricatures. And the work they are doing is not suitable for a national network. Not even close. (more…)

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TSN/NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire

TSN/NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire

TSN/NBC hockey personality Pierre McGuire is clearly the best analyst in the game today. It’s not even close. Over the decades, the jobs of play-by-play man and analyst have both evolved. And that’s why McGuire is one of the best ever. (more…)

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Craig MacTavish on TSN – not a good fit

 
Former Oilers' head coach Craig MacTavish
Former Oilers’ head coach Craig MacTavish

Craig MacTavish on TSN. Does that sentence get you all excited? As the season began, were you ready to absorb Craig’s pearls of wisdom? Sure hope you didn’t wait around, holding your breath. Those pearls are not coming. You know why? Because Craig still wants to coach in the NHL. Hey, TSN, grab a brain and stop hiring guys who still want to be involved in the nuts-and-bolts of the league. They’ve got nothing to add to anything! Ever! (more…)

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