NHL Puck Drop 2021: Sportsnet Looks To Limit Travel, Enhance Safety, Maintain Quality

The broadcaster had mere weeks to prep for a return to arenas

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After an abbreviated offseason fraught with uncertainty, Sportsnet heads back to the ice tonight for the start of an NHL season unlike any other. Having managed broadcast operations for the NHL’s Edmonton bubble during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sportsnet is now tasked with producing hundreds of national and regional broadcasts from home arenas across Canada. Just a few hours before the first puck touches down in Vancouver, NHL, Rogers and Sportsnet present the following repurposed content:

• NHL Puck Drop 2021

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About Sportsnet

Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, Radio, Print, Online and Social. The multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet magazine, Sportsnet Mobile and Sportsnet NOW. Sportsnet consists of four regional channels (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific), as well as the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet World, and Sportsnet 360. Sportsnet is the official Canadian NHL national television rights holder, and is also theOfficial Sportsnet Sportsnet 960, Sportsnet NOW, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, and Sportsnet 360 sports channels. Sportsnet is the official Canadian Rugby Union broadcaster and provides all 165 national rugby union matches, MobiTV, and live coverage of all CFL, NCAA, CIS, and Canadian Football League games.

Sportsnet NOW is the leading platform for Canadian Baseball fans, serving up iconic footage from the fold and providing extensive on-demand coverage of the top MLB games on television. This season, Sportsnet NOW is the only television network to offer subscribers exclusive access to the Canadian Baseball Super Series. Sportsnet NOW is the destination for all Olympic sports and offers fans seamless access to the exciting 2015 Pan Am Games. Further, Sportsnet NOW will showcase 104 Toronto Blue Jays games this season, including the MLB Postseason, as well as over 120 Grand Slam tennis events, including the US Open, WTA Finals, US Open and Wimbledon main draws.

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