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Canadian teams are apparently upset with CBC

Mar 10, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

Don Cherry AP

Things aren’t all happy north of the border for executives of the Canadian teams when it comes to getting on CBC.

We’ve heard all about Brian Burke’s scuffling with Don Cherry, but according to Bruce Dowbiggin of The Globe And Mail, the Leafs aren’t the only one’s upset with Cherry and Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean. Dowbiggin explains what happened after a CBC presentation to the Board of Governors during the All-Star Game.

Following CBC’s annual presentation to the NHL board in Ottawa, Burke delivered a blistering critique of the program’s treatment of him and then-coach Ron Wilson. Other Canadian teams, including the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators, blasted the network for the Toronto-centric nature of the program and complained about deteriorating journalistic standards.

It wasn’t just Don Cherry that had team executives upset, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk sounded off about how much coverage the Maple Leafs get on Hockey Night in Canada. Melnyk spoke… Creatively about who he was referring to.

“My issue dealt with the number of games shown on HNIC that are not Sens games and my concern about how skewed they are to another team that you can easily deduce. … I wasn’t given any concrete response.”

The Leafs bring the ratings whether they’re good or bad. When they’re good, Leafs fans tune in in droves. When they’re bad, Leafs haters come out of the woodwork. Either way, people are tuning in but according to Dowbiggin’s story, fans are tuning out when it’s time for Cherry’s segment. Are the times changing north of the border?

  1. AppealToReason - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I doubt people are tuning out at Don Cherry. His fans watch that segment religiously as do his haters just to complain about him. They may be tuning out his opinion but not his segment

  2. velocirapist - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The CBC coverage pisses me off. The Leafs are terrible and that garbage is forced down our throat every week.

    I would be much happier if all the Canucks games were on Sportsnet Pacific, the TSN coverage is not much better.

  3. mydadyourmom - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Sportsnet? Really? Games look like they’re recorded on an iPhone.

  4. jlindsay24 - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Cherry Misses Burke With Feable Knockout Swing:

  5. emperorzero - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Canadian coverage of the Leafs is as bad as U.S. coverage when it comes to any team from New York – they just expect everyone to loe new York, or in this case, Toronto.

  6. nickwire - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    melnyk is a fool. its like the owner of the pittsburg pirates complaining that the yanks and socks are on every week. there is a reason why whenever montreal or toronto play in a canadian city, the rink is half full of visitors fans, they are far and away the most popular teams in canada. quebec gets the habs games so ontario gets the leafs, be they good or bad. ratings drives tv, if they wernt so popular they wouldnt be on, deal with it

    • Josh. - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      The difference is that CBC (as opposed to ESPN) is taxpayer-funded. Ratings, theoretically, aren’t the only thing that should be driving them.

      • solador78 - Mar 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        The difference is that teams likes the Leafs and Canadiens are owned by the CBC’smain competition (Bell/TSN/RDS) and have been at war ever since they stole the HNIC theme song.

        Stephen Harper and his corporate sponsors would like nothing more than for the CBC to lose its hockey coverage and fold.

  7. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I hate Cherry

  8. vipod4ever - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    how is this even news. it’s been going on for decades. the hatred for the Leafs is not brought upon by the team or even the fans, it’ s always been the media. the players fart, and the rest of Canada needs to smell the outdated circa ’67 stench.

  9. firstandonlywarning - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    40 years later people are just starting to figure it out?

    Harry Neal and Bob Cole were sickening to listen to growing up. They would have been great if not for their obvious suckling at the pathetic and embarrassing franchise that is the Maple Leafs.

    The team has witnessed more young boys getting violated than playoff games since 67

  10. badguy711 - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    If you are a Canadian who is not a Leaf Fan, then you despise CBC and the fact they are in bed with the Maple Leafs. Even when my team is actually on CBC, I always change the channel when the Cherry/MacLean Idiot show starts. Too bad the Leafs are mad at a network that is based off showing their pathetic games every week (yes, pretty much the whole damn network runs around the Leafs games). They deserve each other.

  11. phillyphever - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Glad for CSNPhilly and NBCSports here in the US. No blowhards to deal with in those stations.

    • kotteintheslot - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      I hope that was sarcasm

  12. tampabayirish - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    CBC shows Leaf games because they get good ratings, period. I don’t believe for a minute the claims that tv viewers are tuning out Coaches Corner with Don Cherry. I watch every week, even if it means going to the CBC website to see the video clip. (The Cheetah Power Surge commercials are awful.) I also watch The Hotstove every week as well. I think CBC would quietly like to get rid of Cherry for his sometimes bombastic comments, but not look too bad in doing so. Cherry’s comments on the lack of Ontario natives on the Leafs roster was both interesting and xenophobic. I think Ron MacLean does a real good job. If CBC fires MacLean, I hope NBC grabs him up.

    • Josh. - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      NBC would never hire MacLean. He’s too hokey for US television, and too insider-ish to grow the game in the US.

      And again: If you think CBC should just chase ratings, then fine, the Leafs should be on every week. But if you think that because they are funded by taxpayers that they have different priorities, then they should be giving other teams national games at least occasionally.

  13. crazemastercraze - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    the reason for the heavy Leafs coverage is simple: Toronto has the fourth largest economy as a city in all of north america. thats a fact. so at the end of the day, money talks and the rest walk….

  14. taytay099 - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    The one thing I hate is every time the Leafs have come to Vancouver in the past few years it has been on a Saturday and it’s been on CBC so they always start those games at 4 instead of 7. I don’t see any other team get that treatment by the CBC. Tonight the Canucks play the Habs and that game starts at 7.

  15. takingbovadasmoney - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Glad for NBCSports? Man, I hope you are kidding. I’d rather watch the morons doing the college games on CBSSports than the lames on NBC.

  16. blomfeld - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM


    Notwithstanding the fact that you people and comrade Yerdon mean well, the “real” issue here is being completely over-looked. Our well-intentioned CBC is now in the final stages of loosing the Hockey Night in Canada gig for good and they know that, as do the “pigs” (ie: the team owners) who understandably have a vested interest in this gig being transferred to a privately-owned corporation such as TSN (ie: private business is much easier to manipulate for their advantage than publicly-owned business). Now Don Cherry may appear to many to be just an entertainer on the surface, but what he really is is a patriot … and he’s a “loyal” patriot at that. He knows exactly what’s coming in two years time and therefore he’s doing what any loyal patriot would when the “family” is threatened. So I say “bravo” to him for getting in this pissing match with the “pigs” ! … if you’re going to go down, then you might as well go down fighting …

    PS fellow Canadians: we are loyal citizens of Canada … not citizens loyal to money …

  17. pastabelly - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    I don’t know why anyone would complain about NBC’s coverage with Emrick and Olczyk. They are a big improvement over the ESPN days.

  18. rsl22 - Mar 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Emrick sucks. He’s old as dirt and can’t even see the players anymore. He get’s everybody’s name wrong. Makes mistakes on scoring, penalties, everything. He’s terrible.

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