Smith today called Rogers Communications' refusal to carry TSN2, whose first Raptors telecast is less than six days away, "intractable." The Globe & Mail's Michael Grange and the National Post should be on this over the week. As Smith put it:
"I talked to a couple of people in the middle of last week and there had been no movement on the impasse. Rogers is being intractable in the talks, I’m told. TSN has somehow convinced just about every other cable and satellite broadcaster in the country to take TSN2, Rogers is the lone holdout.As always, follow the money. A commenter at the Digital Home forums speculated that — and this is highly speculative — that there is fear that Rogers taking TSN2 would be the death knell for Sportsnet, which doesn't have many properties outside of regional NHL games: "... unless darts, pool and poker are paying the bills, it don't look real good for them."
"Figure out who’s the villain in this travesty yet?
"I’m looking directly at Rogers. And you should be, too.
"I’m going to try to get someone, anyone, on the record over there this week because I want to hear what their explanation is. Gimme a day or two to try and track it down."