We know over the last fortnight, TSN was leading the cheers for the Genie Army, and they were part of the Milos Raonic run at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
But if they really cared about Canadian tennis, should they have bailed on a championship match, involving a Canadian in the middle of the 5th and deciding set of a grand slam tournament?
The network decided to switch over to the second Canadian Football League game of the season between Saskatchewan & Toronto.
The Sports Network did scroll during the fifth set, the men’s doubles final between the Bryan brothers and Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock would be moved to TSN 2 at noon on Saturday.
Instead of sending tennis to TSN 2, why not start the CFL game there, until the tennis match finished for those people that had invested almost three hours in the match.
I understand the CFL has a big money deal with the network, and the green people on the flat land would have been ticked. You know they could have flicked the channel, once they polished off the latest pilsner.
Toronto people did not care about the game, as less than 18 thousand showed up at the cementy goodness of the former Skydome to see the CFL contest.
Full Disclosure, I PVR’rd the match.
So, later in the day after Bouchard was blown out, and the ladies doubles final was a rout, in the middle of the fifth set of the men’s final, there’s Rod Smith telling me to turn the channel to TSN 2 if I wanted to see the rest.
Of course I’m steamed I did not see Pospisil and Sock win 7-5 in the 5th set.
The PVR people got hosed by a wonderful finish, by the only Canadian to win something in 2014 at Wimbledon.
It truly was a double fault by the network.