Weekly Digest: Raptors TV ratings up 67% on TSN


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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.

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.

#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.

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.

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