05/13/2010 5:11 PM ET
Blue Jays Now Exclusively On Sportsnet
All 162 Toronto Blue Jays games during the 2010 season will now be broadcast exclusively by Rogers Sportsnet.
The Toronto Blue Jays approached TSN with a request to buy back the final year of a contract that expires at the end of 2010. At that time, the club notified TSN that Blue Jays games for future seasons would no longer be available. The Blue Jays, TSN and Sportsnet worked together to come up with a mutually satisfactory solution.
"TSN has been a tremendous partner of ours since the inception of their network in 1984. TSN was a great force in helping us promote our brand and Major League Baseball in Canada. However, it was felt that with the multitude of channels that Rogers Sportsnet now offers that the Blue Jays and their fans would be best served by having one network produce and distribute our games."
-- Paul Beeston, Toronto Blue Jays, President and CEO.
TSN/TSN2 was scheduled do 25 games for the 2010 season. As part of the agreement between Sportsnet and TSN, MLB Sunday Night Baseball will be transferred to TSN beginning this Sunday, May 16th.
"TSN has had a wonderful relationship with the Blue Jays starting with our very first telecast on the day the network launched in 1984. While all of us at TSN wish the Blue Jays the best of luck in the future, we are looking forward to giving fans the best of Major League Baseball every week with the Sunday Night Baseball package."
-- Phil King, President, TSN
"Sportsnet is extremely pleased that a satisfactory arrangement was worked out with the Jays and TSN. We look forward to our role as the Jays' flagship television carrier."
-- Doug Beeforth, President, Sportsnet