Third party intermediary offered to assist in negotiations for CBC's HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA theme song



    Esteemed sports lawyer Gord Kirke invited to assist in mediations

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - CBC announced today that it has invited trusted
sports lawyer Gord Kirke, Q.C., to act as an intermediary in negotiations with
Copyright Music & Visuals for an extension of the license for "The Hockey
Theme"- CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA theme song.
    "We feel this song is worth one last attempt to save," says Scott Moore,
executive director of CBC Sports. "Canadians are passionate about its
association with Hockey Night in Canada."
    Gord Kirke, considered by many to be Canada's top sports and
entertainment lawyer, is a professor of sports and entertainment law at
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and the Faculty of Law, University of
Toronto. The first Canadian Director of the Sports Lawyers Association, Kirke
is an expert in mediation and negotiation, and his practice over the years has
included work in the music industry on behalf of artists and composers. In
addition to representing an extensive list of professional athletes, Kirke
prepared the Players First Report on behalf of the Canadian Hockey League in
connection with sexual abuse and harassment in hockey, and is part of the
committee leading the search for a new General Manager of the Toronto Maple
Leafs.
    "I have been on both sides of negotiations with Gord, and I think he is a
tremendous dealmaker," says Moore. "His ability to negotiate integral
resolutions in sticky situations is incredible. Gord is an ideal candidate to
assist CBC and the theme song rights holders in brokering a positive
agreement."
    "Canadian Hockey fans clearly identify this music with their enjoyment of
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada," says Kirke. "I welcome the opportunity of
exploring means by which this can continue."

    About CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

    CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA has been a national institution since 1952.
Now entering its 56th season on CBC TV, it remains the most popular weekly
sports program on Canada, averaging more than a million viewers every Saturday
night.





For further information:

For further information: Jeff Keay, Media Relations, (416) 205-3987,
jeff.keay@cbc.ca

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