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Encyclopedia > Réseau des sports

Réseau des sports, a Canadian cable television network showing sports and sport-related shows, is the French-language sister station of The Sports Network TSN. It is available in 2.5 million homes. It is owned by Bell Globemedia. The Sports Network (TSN) is English Canadas leading 24-hour national television broadcaster of sports. ... Bell Globemedia is Canadas largest media corporation. ...

It was founded by John Labatt Ltd., the brewing company. It began broadcasting in September 1989, modeled on the relatively successful TSN. However, it began with a relatively low budget and struggled to obtain rights to major professional sporting events. It gained infamy when it began showing weekly miniature golf tournaments under the name "Défi Mini-Putt". The show's energetic announcer, Serge Vleminckx, was renouned for his enthusastic cries of "Birdie!" when a miniature golfer got a hole in one. Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. ... Miniature golf, also known as mini-golf, crazy golf or Putt-Putt, is a game modelled after the sport of golf. ... Défi Mini-Putt was a weekly show in the early 1990s on the Quebec cable sports network, Réseau des sports (RDS). ...

However, by the early 1990s, the network became more established, obtaining the rights to Montreal Expos and some Montreal Canadiens games. Roger Brulotte became the network's second broadcasting star with his enthusiastic colour commentary of Expos games. RDS also covered some of Montreal's struggling professional sports teams, such as the Montreal Machine WLAF football team, the Montreal Impact soccer club, the Montreal Roadrunners roller-hockey team, the Montreal Express lacrosse team, and the Montreal Alouettes Canadian football team. While the Machine, Roadrunners, and Express folded, the partnership between RDS and the Impact and Alouettes helped both the network and the teams to become popular. Much of the rise of popularity of Canadian football in Quebec can be attributed to RDS coverage of CFL and university games. The Washington Nationals is a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. It relocated to Washington from Montréal, Québec, Canada after the 2004 season. ... The Montréal Canadiens (officially le Club de Hockey Canadien, and known as le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, The Habs, le Tricolore, les Glorieux, la Sainte-Flanelle, les Habitants, le Canadien, the Flying Frenchmen) are the oldest established National Hockey League and a member of the Leagues Original Six. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Montreal Machine was the sole Canadian team in the 1991 - 1992 World League of American Football, a springtime developmental minor league set up by the National Football League. ... NFL Europe was originally founded in the spring of 1991 as the World League of American Football. ... The Montreal Impact (French: Impact de Montréal) is a soccer team in the North American USL First Division. ... The Montreal Express was a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional sports league in North America, during the 2001-2002 season. ... The Montreal Alouettes (French, Alouettes de Montréal) refers to a team in the Canadian Football League based in Montreal, Quebec. ... This article or section should be merged with Comparison of Canadian and American football Canadian football is a form of football closely related to American football in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... This article describes the Canadian province. ... CFL is an acronym for: Canadian Football League Compact fluorescent light bulb Continental Football League Courant, Fredericks and Lewy This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Its sports commentary and magazine shows, such as "Sports 30", have enjoyed some success, although they have faced recent competition from the abrasive TQS sports talk show, "110%". TQS is a French-language commercial television network in Quebec. ...

Its small market (mainly limited to Quebec), however, has meant that its revenues are modest. It has had to offer proportionately modest fees for broadcast rights. In 2000, the Montreal Expos severed their relationship with the network, complaining that they were not offering enough to broadcast games. The network showed 15 Expos games in 2003.

Also in 2003, the Montreal Canadiens announced a deal to license its French-language broadcast rights for all of its preseason, season, and playoff games to RDS. This was controversial as it threatened the longest-running television show in Quebec, Radio-Canada's Soirée de Hockey. Days later, an agreement was reached whereby RDS and Radio-Canada would simultaneously broadcast Canadiens games on Saturday nights, saving the show.

In early 2005, RDS was part of the consortium that won the Canadian broadcast rights to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics. This was considered a serious coup, as the rival CBC had consistently won Olympic broadcast rights from the 1996 Summer Olympics through to the 2008 Summer Olympics. CTV and TQS will be the primary broadcasters; TSN, RDS and Rogers Sportsnet will provide supplementary coverage. 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: By sea, land and air we prosper City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Location. ... The 2010 Winter Olympics, known formally as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Vancouver in the province of British Columbia in Canada. ... Nine cities submitted bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and five have made it to the shortlist for hosting the Games of the XXX Olympiad. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known by the abbreviation CBC, is Canadas state-owned radio and television service. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be held in Beijing in the Peoples Republic of China from August 8, 2008 to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony to take place at 8 p. ... For the television outlet in the Channel Islands, see Channel Television. ... TQS is a French-language commercial television network in Quebec. ... Rogers Sportsnet is a 24-hour Canadian cable broadcaster of sports, which has equivalent digital television signals. ...

External Link

  • Réseau des sports website (http://www.rds.ca)

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