RDS and Montreal Canadiens Announce 12-Year Regional Broadcast Rights Deal

RDS and Montreal Canadiens Announce 12-Year Regional Broadcast Rights Deal 
- Bell retains naming rights to Bell Centre through 2028 - 
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MONTRÉAL, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - RDS and the Montreal Canadiens announced 
today they have reached a new 12-year regional broadcast rights agreement that 
will make RDS the official broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens through the 
2025-2026 season. As part of the agreement, RDS' parent company Bell also 
retains naming rights to the Bell Centre through 2028. Financial terms of the 
deal were not disclosed. 
The new agreement includes broadcast rights for 60 regular-season games as 
well as additional pre-season games each season in the team's designated 
broadcast region. 
"Montreal Canadiens games have been a cornerstone of RDS programming for the 
past two decades and our commitment to covering the team and the league has 
never been stronger," said Gerry Frappier, President of RDS. "This agreement 
with the Canadiens is a testament to the great spirit of partnership we have 
built with the team over the years, and to the industry-leading coverage our 
world-class broadcast team delivers on a daily basis." 
"We are very proud to extend our long time partnership with RDS and Bell Media 
for the forthcoming future. For many years the Canadiens, Bell, and RDS have 
enjoyed a successful working relationship and we definitely feel that it will 
continue to be beneficial to all parties involved and to all Montreal 
Canadiens fans. Le Réseau des Sports (RDS) is a broadcasting leader in sports 
television in the province of Québec and we are convinced that this agreement 
will further strengthen its position. We are also pleased to announce that the 
building's naming rights has also been re-conducted and the home of the 
Montreal Canadiens will continue to be known as the Bell Centre for years to 
come," said Kevin Gilmore, COO of the Montreal Canadiens. 
"As a proud partner of the Bell Centre since 2002, Bell is delighted to move 
forward today as sponsor of Montréal's hockey shrine for at least the next 15 
years," said Martine Turcotte, Bell's Vice Chair, Québec. "The Bell Centre is 
a highly visible symbol of our commitment both to the city that has been 
Bell's home since our founding 133 years ago and to the legendary Montreal 
Canadiens hockey club." 
RDS has been broadcasting Montreal Canadiens games since 1992, and became the 
official broadcaster in 2002. 
About RDS
Le Réseau des sports (RDS) is a French-language sports network offering a 
comprehensive, world-class programming line-up. Since its inception in 1989, 
RDS has developed an unparalleled programming grid featuring major events and 
properties that has included broadcast rights to the Montreal Canadiens and 
other NHL hockey games, the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals, MLS and Montreal 
Impact, CFL and NFL football, the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl, Tour de France, 
F1 and NASCAR racing, MLB baseball including the World Series, over 30 PGA 
Tour golf tournaments (including 4 Majors), ATP tennis and all Grand Slams, 
FIFA World Cup from 2015 to 2022, Euro 2016, Barclays Premier League as well 
as the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Skate Canada and Canada Cup of 
curling. RDS is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, 
NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more details on RDS, 
please visit RDS.ca.
 

SOURCE  RDS 
For RDS: Renee Rouse, (c) 416.428.4807 orrenee.rouse@bellmedia.ca 
For Montreal Canadiens: Donald Beauchamp, (c) 514.231.0955 
ordbeauchamp@canadiens.com 
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