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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and Rogers Communications president and CEO Nadir Mohamed discuss the deal in Toronto on Nov. 26, 2013.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and Rogers Communications president and CEO Nadir Mohamed discuss the deal in Toronto on Nov. 26, 2013.
(AARON HARRIS/REUTERS)

Rogers' splashy NHL deal is barely a ripple in sector

Rogers Communications Inc. has deservedly grabbed headlines with its bold, splashy move to acquire the exclusive national Canadian rights to NHL games across all broadcast and digital platforms. The numbers are eye-popping – $5.2-billion for the next 12 years – and the deal represents a huge market coup over arch-rival BCE and its flagship sports cable channel, TSN.