Interestingly, CBC's Labour Day telecast of the CFL matchup between Edmonton and Calgary drew a season best 584,000 viewers. The reason this is interesting is that CBC has been broadcasting its CFL games without announcers, as Canada' public broadcasting corporation has locked out the 5,500 members of the Canadian Media Guild, including on-air sports staff.

In their place, CBC full-time staff have been operating the cameras and instant replay technology, while extra field mikes and amplified sound provide the atmosphere. And guess what? The lower production values don't seem to matter.

Now we'll see if the same principle holds true in a few months when Hockey Night in Canada gets into full swing, but these audience numbers certainly cannot be helping the cause of the union.


[T]he Lineage of Radio Hewitt ends up running through the Television Cole and Neale to the recombinant nature of the Videogame Hughson and Simpson, suggesting a Third Golden Age of (fantasized and fragmentary) professional sport that is mediated by virtual space and artificial intelligence engines.

Or does it? Maybe we just get rid of the announcers and embed advertising in other ways…


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