An Exemplary Death Wish?
In his previous four postings, co-blogger, Alan Adamson has noted a number of questionable decisions made by the CCA over the past month or two. In the most recent one, he asks, "Huh? Is the CCA Nuts?"
My answer: Yes.
Back during the Brier and the Scott tournaments, I suggested several times that either the CCA or its legal representative(s) were negligent in negotiating their contract with the CBC.
My take: It looks as if the CCA should consider suing its lawyers for lack of due diligence if, in fact, the CBC made decisions that the CCA would have opposed but were not covered in the terms of the contract. That, or it should be asking serious questions of its own negotiators.A commenter on that piece said that the CCA went into that contract with its eyes wide open and knew full well what they were negotiating. Given the silliness that has ensued, I am inclined to believe him.
Recent comments at In the Hack suggest that even though the CCA has promised that they will have a new, better deal signed, it appears they are struggling. The other networks are hesitant/reluctant to sign a deal until the CBC-CCA contract dispute is settled, and with the CBC managers running the network during its lockout, who knows how much time they have to work on a deal with the quirky CCA? This comment says the quotation below is from the Trono Globe and Mail, but I was unable to find it there:
The curling television mess just got a whole lot messier. TSN has walked away from a potential TV deal with the Canadian Curling Association because of concerns over a possible lawsuit.I hate to say this, but I wonder if the CCA is on the verge of death. It has buggered up television coverage; it has fought change; and it (essentially) has tried to deny autographs to kids.
Sources say The Score television network also has withdrawn as a potential curling broadcaster.
The networks are backing off because CBC has threatened to sue the CCA over the association's decision to terminate its deal with the network after only one year.
...If the CBC and CCA can't make peace, it is unlikely curling's big events will be seen on Canadian television during the 2005-06 season -- a season that will include the added bonus of Olympic qualifying tournament later this year.
Meanwhile the World Curling Tour is growing in popularity.
If the Tour held a big money tournament at the same time as the Brier or the Scott, which would you rather watch? My preference (for nostalgia's sake) would be the traditional tournaments. But I can readily imagine that if, increasingly, the better teams were competing in other tournaments, the old stand-bys would lose their lustre.
Perhaps the days of the CCA are numbered. At the very least, their management needs to wake up or be shaken up.