Starting with the 2014-15 Season: TVA Sports Becomes the NHL's Official French
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 11/26/13 -- Quebecor
(TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) announced today that it has reached an
agreement with Rogers Communications that will make TVA Sports the
official French broadcaster of the National Hockey League (NHL) in
Canada. The 12-year agreement will begin next fall with the 2014-2015
season. Among other things, TVA Sports obtains broadcast rights to at
least 22 Montreal Canadiens regular-season games.
"We would like to thank National Hockey League Commissioner Gary
Bettman for placing his trust in us as well as Rogers, our partners
in this exciting adventure," said Robert Depatie, president and CEO
of Quebecor. "NHL hockey and the Montreal Canadiens are deeply
engrained in the history, culture and hearts of Quebecers. Quebecor
and TVA Sports are proud to be part of this tradition."
The agreement also grants TVA Sports exclusive French broadcast
rights to all playoff games, including Montreal Canadiens playoff
games and the Stanley Cup finals. In addition, TVA Sports will have
the rights to all Canadian national games and up to 160 games between
American NHL teams, as well as NHL special events such as the
All-Star Game, the Winter Classic, the NHL draft and the NHL Awards
"When we launched TVA Sports a little more than two years ago, we
were determined to offer content of the highest standard, drawing
inspiration from the best in North America," said Pierre Dion,
President and CEO of TVA Group. "Thanks to the acquisition of rights
to top-notch sports events and our team's tireless work, TVA Sports
has become a major player in sports broadcasting in Quebec. With
today's agreement, we are taking a crucial step towards becoming
Quebec's number one sports channel."
"As a leader in telecommunications, entertainment and news media,
with strong brands such as Videotron, TVA Network, Le Journal de
Montreal, Le Journal de Quebec, 24 h and Canoe united by a powerful
convergence strategy, Quebecor is in a unique position to offer
Francophone hockey fans the best possible multiplatform experience,"
concluded Robert Depatie.
Quebecor, a Canadian telecommunications, entertainment and news media
leader, is one of the best-performing integrated communications
companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver
the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor's subsidiaries
and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform,
convergent products and services.
Quebecor (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) is headquartered in Quebec. It holds
a 75.36% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs nearly 16,000
people in Canada.
A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to
the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400
organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health,
education, the environment and entrepreneurship.
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