The Cost of Cable to Curling
Rogers and Bell recently increased fees paid for cable packages that include TSN and Sportsnet by licensed establishments with capacity over 100 people. Establishments licensed for seating for 100-200 people are facing an increase of approximately $300 per month to continue to show TSN and Sportsnet, in addition to their regular cable or satellite fees. This will ensure that an average location of this size would be facing an approximate $270 per month or $3,240 annual fee.
Curling Canada has confirmed that community based curling clubs are going to be subject to the same fees applied to for profit bars and restaurants - fees which on annual basis could range anywhere from $3,000.00 to $5,000.00. While those numbers may not seem significant to corporate executives at Rogers and Bell, they will have a pronounced impact on our clubs across the country. Curling clubs are unique. Putting them in the same category of sports bars and restaurants doesn’t make sense. Subjecting them to sports package fees aimed at for-profit sports bars is unreasonable. We want to make sure that cable fees don't unfairly harm your local curling club, and we need your help.