Robert Posted November 19, 2008 Share Posted November 19, 2008 Today is our darkest day. After having been eliminated from World Cup qualifying, Canada plays its final match today, and Sportnet, the broadcaster who successfully bid for the rights to televise these matches, has decided once again not to give Canadian soccer fans one final opportunity to see their team in action. Out of the eight qualifying matches that Canada played during this campaign, this is not the first game that Sportsnet has refused to broadcast. Most of the games that were televised were either done so on tape-delay basis, or you had to go out and obtain the necessary equipment to watch a live digital feed of these games. Voyageurs have sent countless communications to Sportsnet, only to be brushed off in a rude and uncaring manner. The time to make sure this doesn't happen again four years hence starts now. Obviously there's money to be made off of these games, or the CSA would not bother to enter Canada into this competition. However, equally obvious is the fact that the amount of money received from the broadcast rights is only enough to line the pockets of those who make all the important decision at the CSA. We have to make sure that Sportsnet will not even want to consider bidding for the next World Cup games that Canada participates in. So what can we, the Voyageurs, accomplish that and prevent this totally unacceptable senario from happening again? I believe we need to be heard by those who matter. Not the CSA, not Sportsnet, but the ones who hand over those large amounts of money to those enemies of Canadian soccer. The sponsors with the mula. So how do we proceed? Personally, I will refuse to watch Sportsnet during the hours that Canada plays today and notify the corporations that advertise on Sportsnet that I am doing so. I know that this in it self is an insignificant act. However, if we organize collectively and select a primetime Sportsnet broadcast each week that we refuse to watch, and electronically notify Sportsnet's advertisers that we are doing so and their advertising dollars are failing to reach us, then eventually as our movement grows the message will get through. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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