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Rogers Sportsnet West – Amateur Hour At Its Best

Posted in Miscellaneous on October 6th 2009 by Randy Reichardt

.: Tonight while watching the one game playoff between the Twins and the Tigers, I was stunned after the bottom of the 10th inning as I watched the Sportsnet announcer advise viewers on the Prairies that Sportsnet West was switching from the baseball game to a hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames. The announcer said viewers could switch to Sportsnet East (which requires a subscription, of course) to continue watching the game. Problem is that Shaw Cable doesn’t carry Sportsnet East, so even if I had wanted to immediately subscribe to that channel, I couldn’t.

I sent the following note to the jerks at Sportsnet a few minutes ago:


Just wanted to say how incredibly disappointed I was that Sportsnet West chose to drop the Twins/Tigers game after the 10th inning. I live in Edmonton. Your announcer told us we could switch over to Sportsnet East to watch the game. Shaw doesn’t carry Sportsnet East in Edmonton. So we had no broadcast of an incredibly exciting game.

For whatever reasons you chose to do this, or was forced contractually to do this, it was a bush league, amateur move of the lowest order. It reminded me of the Heidi football game in 1968 (look it up on Wikipedia).

It’s no wonder Canadian cable networks continue to look so provincial and amateur compared to their American counterparts. A one-game playoff to decide a divisional championship, and you choose to stop broadcasting it in extra innings. Unbelievable. Such a juvenile decision gives me as a viewer no confidence in your management’s abilities to make informed decisions that serve your viewers in the best possible way.

If I could offer one suggestion, it would be to grow up. How can you consider your operation to be major league when you clearly can’t even cover Major League Baseball?

Thanks for ruining my baseball viewing tonight.

Randy Reichardt