October 28, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
Following a review of the 12‑year agreement between Rogers and the NHL with respect to broadcast hockey rights in Canada, the Bureau has determined that the agreement has not, at this time, resulted in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition.
The Commissioner’s enforcement decisions are based on the available evidence. Should new and compelling evidence come to light that this or any other sports rights arrangement has harmed competition, the Bureau will not hesitate to take action, as appropriate.
On November 26, 2013, Rogers and the NHL announced they had reached a 12‑year agreement for $5.2 billion that gives Rogers exclusive rights to all national NHL games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Prior to the agreement, the national NHL rights were split between Bell (TSN) and CBC, with Rogers and Bell each holding the regional rights to various Canadian teams.
Over the course of its review, the Bureau consulted with a broad range of market participants, including advertisers, television service providers and distributors. The Bureau also examined a large volume of evidence from Rogers, the NHL and other sources. During its review, the Bureau considered the potential impact of the agreement on:
- the prices that cable companies and other distributors pay for Rogers’ Sportsnet channels;
- advertising rates during NHL games; and
- the ability of Rogers’ broadcast competitors to obtain important sports programming.
For further details about the Bureau’s analysis, please consult the position statement.
- The agreement between Rogers and the NHL took effect with the 2014‑15 hockey season and will run through the 2025‑26 season.
- This agreement is the largest media rights deal in NHL history.
- While many people continue to watch sports programming live on television, viewers are increasingly watching content where and how it most suits them via various emerging service options, such as web streaming.
- Position statement: Competition Bureau statement regarding NHL/Rogers broadcasting rights agreement
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