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Decision CRTC 2001-550

Ottawa, 4 September 2001

2997895 Manitoba Ltd.
Across Canada 2001-0389-6

24 July 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region

Sports Vault TV

The Commission approves a Category 2 specialty television service to be known as Sports Vault TV. The terms and conditions generally applicable to Category 2 services are set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-171-1.

Conditions of licence


The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2008 and will be subject to the following conditions as well as to those set out in both Public Notice CRTC 2000-171-1 andin the licence to be issued.

Nature of service

a) The licensee shall provide a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service that offers viewers programming focused exclusively on professional athletes, teams and organizations, and opportunities for those viewers to buy related sports merchandise and collectibles. Sports Vault TV will focus on the business of sports and the personalities associated with it. Programming will include biographies and dramas about or featuring professional athletes as well as exclusive events involving professional athletes such as live golf tournaments. Programming will also include sports talk programs focusing on athletes and the business of sport.

b) The programming must be drawn exclusively from the following categories, as set out in Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990:
1, 2(a), 2(b), 3, 5(b), 6(a), 6(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.

c) The licensee shall not provide coverage of live professional or amateur sports events, other than those it creates and produces.

d) The licensee shall broadcast no more than 10 hours of original, live, professional sports events each broadcast week.

e) No more than 15% of the broadcast week shall be devoted to the exhibition of programming from program category 7.



Broadcast day refers to the 24-hour period beginning at 6:00 a.m. each day.



In a comment filed to this application, CTV Inc. expressed the view that all Category 2 services having a sports element in their programming should be restricted to a 5% maximum limit on the amount of live event coverage they broadcast. In addition, the intervener suggested that Sports Vault TV should be limited to a maximum of 15% drama programming per week.


In response to the intervention, the applicant stated that the proposed service would broadcast only live event programming that had been self-created or self-produced, and that it would accept a condition of licence limiting such broadcasts to no more than 10 hours each week. With respect to the broadcast of drama programming, the applicant stated that it believed that a 25% limit would be sufficient.


The Commission has considered the views of both the applicant and the intervener, and is satisfied that the conditions set out above are consistent with the provisions set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-6, Licensing framework policy for new digital pay and specialty services.

Related CRTC documents

· Public Notices 2000-171 and 2000-171-1 - Introductory statement - Licensing of new digital pay and specialty services

Secretary General

This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site:

Date Modified: 2001-09-04

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