I'm appalled that, for the first time in I don't know how long, I will
not be able to see the Six Nations games on Canadian TV. I must go
instead find a pub that is open and request that the games be put on.
Even in the past, when TSN hardly ever showed rugby, and when it was
shown it was at least a week later, the Five Nations were always
shown. Not every game, but usually a good half of them were shown.
Last year, CTV had excellent coverage, sometimes on the same day,
sometimes on the next day, and then they took another step forward
with same day (sometimes live) coverage of the World Cup. Now we are
informed on the day before the event that "Due to rights issues beyond
our control, CTVSportsnet will not be showing the Six Nations Rugby
Tournament". I don't know exactly what this means, but I will surely
send a comment or five to CTV inquiring as to why exactly this is.
This statement is not enough. It will not do. If the rights to the
games were placed at a ridiculously high level, then one cannot blame
CTV, SKY or whoever has the rights must be blamed. If this is the
case, as I know it was in Ireland for the Irish game, then this is a
travesty. SKY should have their ***y heads beaten in for preventing
geniune rugby fans all over the world from viewing one of the world's
great sporting events because of a couple green bills. The fans in
Ireland especially should be crying ***y *** about this. How can
they not let Irish people watch their own national team play? It's not
like they're playing in Tasmania or the friggin' arctic, it's right
accross the Irish Sea fod God's sake! Surely the IRFB must have some
say in this. We are supposed to be trying to expand our game by
showing it to people all over the world, not denying even the home
unions from watching their own games...
a very angry canadian