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albreznick
albreznick
11/28/2013 | 12:37:21 PM
Re: Deal Worth It?
Yep, Jim. I agree. I think that's where Rogers is headed with all this. What's also interesting is that they are apparently recouping much of the rights costs thru their sublicensing deals with CBC and TVA. So maybe they didn't overpay after all. Or maybe everybody's just overpaying like crazy so it doesn't matter. I can't tell anymore.  
jhodgesk1s
jhodgesk1s
11/28/2013 | 9:15:41 AM
Re: Deal Worth It?
I agree, it looks like a lot for the rights. Still, there are a number of other factors to consider. Rogers is both a dominant cable provider and mobile operator + it is a joint owner with Bell of MLSE (aka the Toronto Maple Leafs) which is the top NHL franchise according to Forbes at $1.1B. As well, there has long been talk about a second franchise in the GTA area. I wonder how that would play out. Either way, it likely means more content and higher base prices or pay per use fees for mobile and cable services in Canada.
aryezacks
aryezacks
11/28/2013 | 3:48:29 AM
Re: Deal Worth It?
According to Forbes, the average NHL team is worth $413M, an increase of 46% over last year...so basically, they are spending $5.2B to broadcast a league in Canada for the next twelve years that they could have bought outright for about $8.5B a year ago.

If Rogers can recoup that money, then NHL franchises are undervalued, but I think they grossly overpaid.

 
albreznick
albreznick
11/27/2013 | 6:51:12 PM
Deal Worth It?
So Rogers is shelling out  ton of money for the Canadian TV, radio, media streaming and mobile rights to NHL action over the next dozen years. They are getting a lot over a long time. But is this all really worth more than $5 billon? Can Rogers recoup the money that it's spending? What do you think?


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