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Hockey Night In Canada Drastic Changes On The Horizon


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Joe El-Khoury
July 14, 2023  (10:00)
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Following a transformative summer in the realm of hockey, it seems Rogers Sportsnet, Canada's leading national broadcaster, is set to significantly overhaul its on-air portfolio.

Roller-Coaster Partnership

The alliance between Rogers and NHL has witnessed its share of highs and lows right from the get-go, marred by backlash surrounding George Stroumboulopoulos and an overwhelming influx of betting advertisements.
U.S. counterparts like ESPN and TNT have garnered considerable fan appreciation, with TNT notably invigorating their show through the inclusion of personalities like Wayne Gretzky and Paul Bissonnette.
Perhaps, the impending revamp at Sportsnet might catapult its quality to match the industry benchmark established by their southern neighbours.

Drastic Overhaul

Hockey Night in Canada looks set to experience a massive talent exodus, as reports suggest.
Evidently, Elliotte Friedman appears to be the sole insider insulated from the impending purge, according to circulating reports.
Former Rogers/Sportsnet employee, Howard Berger, was the one to spill the beans.
We may not recognize the Hockey Night In Canada panel next season. Based on what I'm told, only Elliotte Friedman is safe from the changes and cost–cutting measures on the horizon. Hockey Night studio commentators Ron MacLean, Kelly Hrudey, Kevin Bieksa and Jennifer Botterill remains to be determined, but MacLean's future, in particular, seems tenuous. For the bulk of 37 years — by far the longest tenure of any person — MacLean has hosted Hockey Night intermissions, taking over (in 1986) from Dave Hodge. - Howard Berger

Berger further insinuated that while the future of some on-air personalities is uncertain, it seems like Ron MacLean's stint with HNIC is drawing to a close.
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