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The Kawhi Factor
The hype surrounding Kawhi Leonard and this year’s edition of the Toronto Raptors is real. According to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg, viewership for the first three games aired on TSN this season is up 67% over the first three games the station aired last year. Furthermore, Leonard’s debut was the most-watched Raptors regular season game ever on TSN with 528,000 viewers.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) October 26, 2018
Maritime Football Ltd. picks new CFL stadium site
TSN’s Dave Naylor provides an update on Maritime Football Ltd’s bid to bring a CFL team to Halifax. The group plans to build a 24,000 seat stadium at Shannon Park at a projected cost of $170-190 million.
— David William Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) October 26, 2018
#IceSurfing Returns to Twitter
#IceSurfing captured a total audience of 649,000 viewers during its 3-hour premiere earlier this month. Canadian hockey fans can turn to Sportsnet’s Twitter account every Tuesday throughout the 2018-19 season to watch all the NHL action as it happens.
— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) October 10, 2018
On the Move…
After eight years, Scott Moore’s tenure at the helm of Sportsnet has come to an end. Moore, who played a key role in helping Rogers secure a blockbuster 12-year NHL deal, announced his resignation in early October. Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, will oversee Sportsnet until a successor is named.
Thank you Scott for your amazing leadership at Sportsnet – Scott Moore on sports, balance and ‘storming the castle’ https://t.co/yc2e23pBCx
— Edward Rogers (@EdwardSRogers) October 26, 2018
— Scott Moore (@MooreScottmoore) October 27, 2018