ICYMI – Top Stories from the week of Dec 3 – Dec 9, 2017

Canadian Sports Business

Every week we recap the top Canadian Sports Business stories from the past week.

Rogers Pondering Sale Of Blue Jays As Another Media Company Whiffs With Baseball

Mike Ozanian of Forbes recounts the other examples of media companies purchasing baseball teams in hopes of finding profitable synergy. As the title of the article suggests, this strategy has not had a strong track record. Full Story

Study into replacing Peterborough Memorial Centre could start Tuesday

The 61-year-old Memorial Centre was last renovated in 2003; at that time, there were additions such as private box suites, a restaurant and new seats. That renovation, which cost about $13.3 million, won’t be paid off for another six years. Full Story

A new downtown NHL arena: What Ottawa can learn from Edmonton

With advanced talks taking place about a new downtown arena for the Senators, decision makers in Ottawa look to Edmonton and it’s new crown jewel arena to understand what they are in for; both positive and negative. Full Story

Fewer than 1,000 Saskatchewan Rush season tickets left for sale

Team officials announced that over 10,000 season tickets have been sold, with plans to cap season tickets at 11,000 to leave room for single tickets. Full Story

Goodbye? Coliseum gets a lifeline while Northlands announces farewell weekend

Council was told it will cost $1.5 million a year to maintain and secure the shuttered facility, and at least $15 million to demolish it. Full Story

The 105th Grey Cup on Nov. 26 was the most watched on TV since 2013, up 10 per cent over last year’s game with an average of 4.3 million viewers on TSN and RDS, according to data from audience measurement organization Numeris. Full Story

Windsor officials to make bid for police-fire games

At an estimated cost of $580,000, a report from sports tourism officer Samantha Magalas estimates the economic impact at $5 million to $10 million. Full Story

CBC makes a play for cord cutters with $4.99 ad-free streaming service

Online viewers will have access to high-profile content including Hockey Night in Canada, the rights to which CBC sub-licensed from Rogers Communications Inc. Full Story

Edmonton boxing industry sucker-punched by ban on combative sports

The temporary moratorium, approved unanimously by city council Friday, prevents new licences or event permits from being issued for any combative sports competition until at least Dec. 31, 2018. The temporary ban went into effect Saturday. Full Story

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