According to the National Post, True North Sports & Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets hockey club, and TSN have agreed upon a 10-year broadcast deal.
TSN will have the regional TV broadcast rights for the Jets while Sports Radio 1290 will have the regional radio broadcast rights.
In addition, TSN plans to launch a specialty channel called TSN Jets, set to launch on September 20th.
With TSN Jets, sixty regional regular season games will be broadcast to viewers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwestern Ontario, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.
As well, the Jets announced that former Moose play-by-play announcer Brian Munz, formerly of CJOB, will be the voice of the Moose on Sports Radio 1290 while Dennis Beyak, former play-by-play voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will do the play-by-play for TSN.
In addition to Munz and Beyak, two former NHLers, Stanley Cup champions, and Manitoba natives Shane Hnidy and Brian Engblom will join the TSN play-by-play staff as colour commentators.
Talking in a press release, President & CEO of True North Jim Ludlow expressed his feelings of the newly minted deal. “True North Sports & Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets are ecstatic to have entered into this agreement with Bell Media. It is a landmark agreement for broadcasting and professional hockey in Winnipeg.”
“The 10-year term demonstrates TSN’s long-term commitment to Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Jets. We are also excited about the prospects for the future of Sports Radio 1290 and we are confident they will carry forward what has been a tradition of outstanding radio coverage of hockey here in Winnipeg.” (National Post, 8/31/11)