Sportsnet & Vancouver Canucks Sign 5-Year Deal for Exclusive Radio Rights, Beginning Next Season

– New deal bolsters current agreement; Sportsnet to deliver all Canucks games live on Radio, TV, and mobile –

VANCOUVER, March 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Sportsnet and the Vancouver Canucks are building on their 20-year relationship with a new, five-year agreement that will see Sportsnet deliver all Canucks games on Rogers radio beginning with the 2017/18 NHL season.  This new deal augments their current 10-year multimedia relationship that includes Canucks coverage on Sportsnet TV, mobile and online.  Beginning next season, Sportsnet will have all 82 Canucks games available live on TV, Radio, Sportsnet NOW, and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

"The Canucks are the most sought-after content in the Vancouver market, and we are excited to expand our Sportsnet offering to deliver live Canucks coverage on all platforms," said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet, Rogers Media.  "Vancouver is a top Canadian market filled with loyal and knowledgeable sports fans, and is a natural fit to expand our Sportsnet offering."

The relationship between Sportsnet and the Canucks is long established. Sportsnet has been committed to the Vancouver sports community since the network's inception in 1998 when Sportsnet began televising Canucks games. 

"Sportsnet has an amazing success story of building relationships with fans and this new partnership will bring listeners in the Lower Mainland and across BC closer than ever to the Canucks," said Jeff Stipec, Chief Operating Officer, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "We are grateful to have an exceptional relationship with Sportsnet and this is a perfect step to strengthen our connection to our fans as we continue to develop an exciting team, both on and off the ice."

With this deal, Rogers and Sportsnet continue to invest in premium content to connect Canadians to their passion for sports.

"We have incredibly strong radio brands in the Vancouver market, and we are excited to build on our premium content with the acquisition of the Canucks games," said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President of Radio, Rogers Media.  "As we've seen with our Sportsnet radio stations in Calgary and Toronto, there is a strong appetite for live game coverage and top-tier sports content."

Details about the Vancouver Canucks radio broadcasts will be announced at a later date.

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Sportsnet is Canada's #1 sports media brand, connecting Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes.  Delivering storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level, the multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet,sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960The FAN, Sportsnet NOW, and the Sportsnet app. Sportsnet consists of four regional channels (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific), and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, and Sportsnet World.  Sportsnet is the official Canadian NHL national multimedia rights holder, and is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames (including radio rights), Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights), and Montreal Canadiens. Sportsnet also has exclusive TV & radio coverage of all 162 Blue Jays games, as well as other MLB games, Toronto Raptors, NBA, Grand Slam of Curling, Rogers Cup, CHL, IndyCar, and extensive soccer programming including Premier League, Bundesliga, FA Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Jordan Kerbel, Sportsnet, jordan.kerbel@rci.rogers.com, 437-995-3880; Ben Brown, Vancouver Canucks, ben.brown@canucks.com, 604-899-4609

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