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Canada submits bid for 2026 World Cup
CONCACAF member nations Canada, USA and Mexico have declared their intention to formally submit a unified bid to host the 2026 World Cup. If successful, the bid would represent the first time three nations jointly host the event. According to CBC Sports, Canada and Mexico would host 10 games each, with 60 being held in the United States. Other bids appear unlikely, and the U.S. is due as they haven’t hosted a World Cup since 1994. It will be interesting to see what venues get to host games here in Canada as currently all of the major stadiums in the country have artificial grass with the exception of BMO Field in Toronto.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) April 10, 2017
— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) April 10, 2017
1.84 million watched Leafs clinch a playoff spot
For only the second time since 2004 (2013 was a shortened season), the Leafs are heading to the NHL playoffs. 1.84 million viewers watched the Leafs clinch against Pittsburgh last Saturday night, making it the most watched Hockey Night in Canada Leafs broadcast of the season. The next day, 1.2 million tuned in to watch the Leafs close out the regular season against the Blue Jackets, a new Rogers Hometown Hockey record. Leafs playoff games have drawn 3-4 million viewers in the past, setting Rogers up for a much more successful playoff compared to last April when no first round playoff game had more than 1 million viewers.
— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) April 10, 2017
Past weekend's avg 🇨🇦📺 sports ratings: Leafs/Pens (1.8M), Masters (1.3M), Curling Final (1M), Jays/Rays (735k/518k/579k), Raps/Knicks (164k)
— Paulo Senra (@paulosenra) April 11, 2017
Canadiens, Auston Matthews the most mentioned on Twitter
What a difference a year can make. After no Canadian teams made the playoffs last season, five are headed to the postseason this week. This resurgence generated plenty of conversation on Twitter during the season. The Montreal Canadiens were the most mentioned team, while rookie sensation Auston Matthew was the most mentioned player.
— Twitter Sports CA (@TwitterSportsCA) April 10, 2017
Ford World Curling Championship draws 85,214 fans
Brad Gushue was perfect in Edmonton as he claimed his first world championship last week in what was being dubbed the ‘Last Hurrah at Northlands’. Overall, 85,214 fans came through the gates during the week, a far cry from the tournament attendance record of 184,970 set at Northlands back in 2007. While the championship draw between Canada and Sweden wasn’t a sellout, 1 million viewers tuned into the game on TSN.
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) April 10, 2017
— #Sportsbiz Canada (@sportsbizcanada) April 10, 2017
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