Rogers Media Gets CRTC Greenlight to Acquire The Score

In the $167 million deal, the company buys a network with live sports, scores and highlights, to be added to its Sportsnet-branded TV sports properties.

VANCOUVER - Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media has secured regulatory approval to acquire The Score cable sports channel as part of its Sportsnet-branded TV sport properties.

The CRTC greenlit the purchase of Score Media, which includes The Score network and other TV assets, as part of a deal worth CAN$167 million (US$163.3 million).

Rogers said The Score will be rebranded on July 1, joining other sports properties that includes the Sportsnet cable sports channel.

The Score, which includes World Wrestling Entertainment programming, reaches 6.6 million television subscribers.

Rogers secured regulatory approval for The Score to break into live sports event programming every hour to present sports results and video highlights, instead of every 15 minutes.

Rogers Media said The Score will continue offering sports updates once every 15 minutes during live events when possible.

Sportsnet and rival TSN dominate the Canadian TV sports field, with The Score in third place.