On Dec. 9 and 10, the NHL’s board of governors will meet in Pebble Beach, Calif. The bosses’ first order of business will be to approve Rogers Communications’ 12-year deal for the NHL’s Canadian broadcasting rights. Rogers, with Sportsnet as its primary property, will pay $5.2 billion Canadian — that’s loonies to some, just loony to others — to the league, teams, and players.
It will be the easiest unanimous vote in NHL history. After all, there are 30 rich owners. The TV contract will make 30 even richer owners.