Greg, you may have missed something …

Greg, Greg, Greg …

His blog post of yesterday (some disreputable magazine … er, um prairie dog) neglected to mention a few details. The Saskatchewan Roughriders make it their business, off the field, to know what’s what with the government’s activities. Between the loan guarantees which saved the franchise from bankruptcy in the 1990s, to financially backstopping Grey Cups in 1995 and 2003, the talk of a domed stadium in downtown Regina, and the sheer desire of politicians to surround themselves with successful jocks (watch for offensive lineman Gene Makowsky to run for the Sask Party in Dwain Lingenfelter’s inner Regina riding in the November 2011 provincial election), the Riders’ administration and board of directors have more connections to the cabinet than the senior civil service in most government departments.

And the Roughriders don’t want any hiccups when they’re planning their centenary celebrations (Leader-Post). And one of the plans was to release a DVD of the Riders’ first 100 years, to be made by Partners in Motion. Part of the financing was supposed to come from SCN, as they were to pay for the rights to broadcast the final product. This is fine, because none of the other Regina-based television station would have been able to make time in its schedule top broadcast it — their schedules are all set in Toronto and they couldn’t broadcast a locally made television show even if they wanted to.

But with SCN getting killed off, there’s a big hole in the budget for this project, and it’s now in limbo. And it’s pretty clear that the Roughriders were taken by surprise — given their connections, they would have been making alternative arrangements for funding the project if they had the slightest suspicion That SCN wouldn’t be able to pay.

So, given that the Riders have many and deep formal and informal connections to the Wall government, and given that the Roughriders didn’t know that an important project for their centenary commemorations was going to go into financial instability because one of its major funding partners — SCN — was being pulled out, then did the minister responsible for SCN, Dustin Duncan know about SCN’s fate before the budget was delivered? It doesn’t look like it.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

3 thoughts on “Greg, you may have missed something …”

  1. I’m sort of dismayed with this post, and the comments on the one I did yesterday on the same topic, by how many people regarded me as the author of the news report on the possible impact of SCN’s closure on the Rider documentary. Do people not understand how a blog works? It’s not always about original journalism. Most times, in fact, it’s not. I simply provided a link to a story in the Leader-Post Sports section on plans in the works to celebrate the Rider centennial, and shifted the focus a bit to highlight the relevance of SCN to a project close to the heart of a lot of Saskatchewan citizens to refute the argument by supporters of the government decision to axe the station that it was irrelevant. That was my sole goal in doing the post. And I accomplished it. So shut the fuck up.

  2. Wow I just started comming here recently, have always picked up the paper but never really looked online. Is this always how it is, profanity and all?

    I am sure that the CBC would likely pick it up. They have broadcast local content before. Good example is 65 roses, which was a documentary about a girl with Cystic Fibrosis and her lung transplant story out in BC. Its going to happen one way or another, if the Riders dies hards have to go to a screening or buy the DVD we will. I am not worried at all.

    I am just wondering why the OP is trying to pit the Gov of Sask against the Riders all of a sudden. The Riders organization and Players have become a great part of this community and have become increasingly active locally and provincially over the last 4 -5 years. I personally love the fact that these guys are involved and care. I am also not sure what is wrong with these guys becoming politically active. Look at councilor Szarka, I don’t think he is doing a bad job.

  3. 65_RedRoses was produced for the CBC’s “The Passsionate Eye” (as in, the CBC was with it from the beginning, as they are with virtually everything they show–for the CBC to pick up something that’s already been made/been made without their input is quite rare), by a production company in B.C. So, uh, try again.

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