2.6 Million Canadians Watch Home Run Derby on Sportsnet

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Derby a home run on Sportsnet

There were no Blue Jays or Canadians participating in this year’s Home Run Derby in Miami (although Justin Smoak did decline an invitation), but that didn’t stop Canadians from tuning in to see Aaron Judge sock a few dingers. Overall, 2.6 million Canadians tuned in on Sportsnet, making it the most-watched Home Run Derby since 2012, and a 14% audience increase over the 2016 broadcast.

NBL Canada expanding to St. John’s … or is it?

Semi-Pro sort of scenario unfolding in Newfoundland. Late Friday evening, odd-timing to begin with, NBL Canada tweeted that their Board of Governors had awarded an expansion franchise to St. John’s. However, the jury is still out on who the new ownership group is … and if they have a lease in place to play at Mile One Centre.

New home for Thunder

After almost 20 years in Brampton, the Thunder are on the move to Markham for the 2017-18 Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) season. The move was sparked by the success of the Clarkson Cup, awarded to the winner of the CWHL, which was held in Markham from 2013-15. The 6-team league will also welcome the Kunlun Red Stars next season, a Chinese-based team established to improve the China women’s national hockey team ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Teams playing the Red Stars will play 3-game series in an effort to combat travel costs.

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