CTV acquires rights to Hockey Night in Canada theme song

Toronto, ON - CTV Inc., together with Copyright Music & Visuals, today announced that CTV Inc. has acquired all rights to 'The Hockey Theme' in perpetuity, preserving the song's legacy and ensuring it will be heard on national television for years to come. 'The Hockey Theme' song will now live on CTV Inc. properties TSN, RDS and across Canada on CTV during coverage of the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics as outlined below.
The deal between CTV and Copyright Music & Visuals was agreed to in principle after the CBC publicly announced last Friday at 5 p.m. ET that a deal could not be reached with the rights holders. Due diligence was completed earlier today.
Well, at least the song lives on, but on TSN? Does it really matter? In my mind I'm not fully content because I always equate the song with Ron MacLean, Don Cherry and Bob Cole's voices following soon after. But, I will get used to it.


Meanwhile, Sportsnet is reporting that Stompin' Tom Connor's son is saying that his father is open to licensing his famous song "The Good Ol' Hockey Game" with CBC as a replacement. To that I say....no way. Sure, catchy little historic Canadian song, but not something I want to hear every damned Saturday. Did Connors write that song when he was in grade 3? The words are just terrible. I think the new song needs to be a musical, no lyrics, just muzak. And it has to have a classical feel to it. An orchestral piece, as Hodge put it today. I agree.

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