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Bettman comes to Don Cherry’s rescue

Nov 26, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT


This morning in Toronto, a happy NHL commissioner Gary Bettman trumpeted a “historic and forward-looking” — not to mention, $5.232 billion (Canadian) — TV deal with Rogers Communications.

The new deal features a sub-licensing agreement with CBC that will keep Hockey Night in Canada on the air up north.

But after an internal CBC memo was leaked — a memo that showed that Rogers would assume “all editorial control” of HNIC — hockey fans were not surprisingly wondering about the future of one Don Cherry.

They were wondering even more when Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media, danced around a direct question about Cherry’s future.

Cue Bettman to the rescue:

Cherry has said repeatedly he has no plans to retire. And just because CBC will no longer have editorial control doesn’t mean he’ll be forced out when the new deal goes into effect next season.

That said, Cherry will turn 80 in February. If anything, that should be the reason people wonder how much longer he plans to keep sharing his opinions on TV.

  1. blue21c - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Don Cherry can’t retire because who else is going to wear those ridiculous sports jackets?

  2. joey4id - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Are we going to see games moved from CBC to Sportsnet over the course of the next couple of years? Hmmm! It wouldn’t surprise me considering Sportsnet is owned by Rogers.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I wish that old fart would retire…he plays one game and next he’s a hockey genius? Give me a break!

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Your an idiot. I know your new to hockey being your a pens fan an all but cherry may sound a little nuts at times with his comments but he knows what he’s talking about. He brought the bruins to two Stanley cups and is like second in wins in the bruins franchise. He also played in the AHL for years. That more then qualifies for his lack of NHL games played. Do your homework before ya make dumb comments.

      • thailer35 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        You’re* x3.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Most of the best analysts weren’t great players. Great players just play, and find a way, so they don’t make good analysts. Cherry is easily the best analyst in hockey, and it will be a real shame when he retires. It’s too bad you’re too ignorant to see that.

    • ntvd7 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      “As much as I hate that man right now, you’ve got to love that suit” -Bart Simpson

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      So by your standards Mike Babcock, John Tortorella, Barry Trotz, and Ken Hitchcock have no place as coaches in the NHL and their opinions on the game don’t matter because they didn’t suit up as players in the league?

  4. jcmeyer10 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    He got him on the show, “What Not to Wear”?

  5. tlow97 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Those of you complaining about Don Cherry must not have ever heard or read anything Sid Hartman has said.

  6. joey4id - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    It appears that Don C. won’t necessarily be employed by CBC because he can appear on any of the 9+ channels that will broadcast games, which probably means he’ll be paid by Rogers.

  7. slysipops - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM


  8. freefall0303 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    pitpenguinsrules… I’m guessing that with a handle like that you’re just a youngster, so I’m not very concerned about it – but you need to achieve a modicum of knowledge before you blow out something you’re trying to sell as an “opinion”. Cherry is revered by players and fans and has been since being among the most popular coaches in history with Bruins several decades ago. He’s the guy who is unafraid to say out loud the often un-PC opinions many people are thinking. You’re best advised to simply be quiet….. and learn. You won’t learn anything by listening to yourself talk and I suspect that’s about all you do.

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