The Ottawa Senators and Rogers Sportsnet announced today they have reached an agreement on a four-year deal to broadcast up to 15 regular season games on Rogers Sportsnet One, starting with the 2010-2011 NHL season.
Rogers Sportsnet One is a new 24-hour national sports digital channel that will feature more than 800 hours of live-event programming, of which the majority will be broadcast in high-definition format. Sportsnet One is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Rogers Sportsnet One will also broadcast a Senators pre-season game which will be announced at a later date.
"We are excited about the launch of Sportsnet One,” said Senators president Cyril Leeder. “The new channel will result in more games being available for Senators fans. We want to make it as easy as possible for our fans to watch our games on television and Sportsnet One will help us do just that. We have been televising Senators games with Rogers Sportsnet since their inception and have built a strong working partnership with their organization in the process."
This new partnership is in addition to Rogers Sportsnet East’s 40-game Senators broadcast schedule, which is available to fans throughout the club’s regional broadcast territory.
“We’re excited to have Senators games available on Rogers Sportsnet One,” said Doug Beeforth, president of Rogers Sportsnet. “A tradition we have established on Rogers Sportsnet is to provide viewers 'Hockey That Matters', and we have accomplished that on Rogers Sportsnet One with the Senators.”
NHL regional restrictions apply for Rogers Sportsnet One, with Senators games to be made available to viewers in Ontario from Peterborough east and north to the Manitoba border, while also including Quebec and the four Atlantic provinces.
Rogers Sportsnet and Rogers Sportsnet One will announce its respective Senators broadcast schedules in August.