What does Bell, Rogers purchase of MLSE mean for sports journalism?

Canada's two largest media companies have purchased the country's largest sports empire: Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

While this morning's press conference focused on business, content and the fan experience, we want to talk about what this means for sports journalism in Toronto. After all, Bell and Rogers each own a sports network: TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, respectively. 

Canada's two largest media companies have purchased the country's largest sports empire: Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

While this morning's press conference focused on business, content and the fan experience, we want to talk about what this means for sports journalism in Toronto. After all, Bell and Rogers each own a sports network: TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, respectively. 

Essentially what this means is that a large number of sports journalists will now be covering teams that their employers own. While it isn't a unique situation — Rogers also owns the Toronto Blue Jays and Bell owns a share of the Montreal Canadiens — there hasn't been much discussion whether this is a problem or not. What will it mean for the coverage fans can expect to receive moving forward?

We captured some of the discussion this morning in hopes of getting some answers to these questions.

Let us know what you think in the comments below or tweet us @jsource.

 

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