HNIC I still can’t believe this is happening – my favorite show is losing its theme song. Hockey Night in Canada has been using the same theme song since 1968, apparently, and the owner of the song’s rights was asking a renewal price that was too rich for CBC’s blood. It is going to be so weird next year to tune in to hockey and not hear that song. Gaah!

The rights to the song were purchased by a rival network in Canada (one we don’t get in the States). That tune is so thoroughly and, you’d think, inextricably linked to both HNIC and CBC. It seems counterintuitive that another network would even try to make it their own:

[CBC Sports executive director Scott] Moore said he was surprised a rival network would purchase something so inextricably linked to the Hockey Night brand.

“It’s a constant commercial for our network,” he said.