So, it appears that CTV has gone ahead and bought the rights to "The Hockey Song" up until this point known (and only known) as the theme to Hockey Night in Canada. CTV Spokesman Rick Brace had this to say:
"It is an iconic tune, embraced by Canadians everywhere, and we felt it was imperative to save it." (Emphasis mine)
Right, of course: gigantic media conglomerations are always worried about preserving national icons. Thank you, Rick Brace, and thank the good folks at CTV for giving in to the demands of a borderline extortionist who is evidently labouring under the impression that "jingle writer" is anything other than a pseudonym for "failed musician."
Sorry, but the all this stuff about it being some great iconic tune is pure BS: it's a half-decent jingle that is famous entirely because it was attached to one of the (if not the) most iconic television programs in Canadian history. I think it's probably fair to say Hockey Night in Canada doesn't occupy the place it used to in Canadian culture, but it's still fairly obvious that nobody would remember "badabadabaDA" if it wasn't preceding Saturday night Maple Leafs games for 40 years.
That CTV has now used it to throw some sand in the face of the CBC, under the guise of "saving" it for Canadians, goes beyond stupid. It's a big, rich corporation throwing its weight around at the expense of a public broadcaster, and nothing more. And it sure as hell won't change the fact the their hockey panel is a collection of mouth-breathing imbeciles too stupid to explain how to properly play with themselves, never mind the game of hockey.
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