SCOTT TAYLOR, MyToba.ca
Now that TSN will have five networks, but no NHL national rights, it looks like the Winnipeg Jets will come streaming into your living room without an extra cost this season.
According to a release Monday from Scott Brown, the Jets’ senior director of corporate communications, the Jets and TSN will telecast 65 regional Winnipeg Jets games this season on the new TSN3.
“Jets fans who already subscribe to TSN will automatically receive TSN3 as part of their existing television package,” said Brown, in the release. “With games being moved to TSN3, the previously offered subscription to TSN Jets is no longer required. Winnipeg Jets games will now be more widely available across the broadcast region of TSN3, which includes all of the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, along with parts of Northwestern Ontario including Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay.”
TSN3 is part of a new collection of five TSN feeds announced on May 6, 2014, by the national cable broadcaster. All five channels will debut on Monday, Aug. 25. The NHL’s Canadian television and telecommunications license now belongs to Rogers Sportsnet. TSN owns the regional TV rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets.
“The TSN broadcast package for this upcoming Jets’ season includes five pre-season games and 60 regular season games live on TSN3,” stated Brown. “The remaining 22 regular season games will be broadcast on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Rogers Sportsnet and City TV. The remaining two pre-season games can be seen on TSN GO.”
According to the Jets release on Monday, Winnipeg’s first broadcast on TSN3 will take place live from MTS Centre on Sept. 22, when the Jets play host to the Minnesota Wild in their opening pre-season game. The Jets will also open the 2014-15 regular season on the road in Arizona on Oct. 9, and make their home debut the following week against Nashville on Oct. 17. Both games will be featured on the new TSN3.
As fans have grown familiar with over three Jets seasons, all games on TSN3 will feature the voice of the Jets, Dennis Beyak. Analyst duties will be shared by Shane Hnidy and Brian Engblom. TSN3 will also feature 30-minute pre- and post-game shows every game, hosted by the TSN team.
Note: The Jets advise the game time for the Jets’ home game on Nov. 23 versus St. Louis has been changed to 3:30 p.m. CST. Also, an earlier schedule released by the team on June 22 indicated the game on Jan. 8, 2015, at Arizona was scheduled to be played at 9 p.m. CST. The correct game time is 8 p.m. CST, as listed on the broadcast schedule.
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