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The Buffalo Sabres and Bell have announced that Sabres games will once again be carried on Bell TV in Southern Ontario. Sabres games, previously available on NHL Center Ice, will now be included as part of Bell TV regular programming – at no extra cost – starting with the Oct. 9 home opener against Columbus.
Sabres president Ted Black: “We have been aware of the very large number of Sabres fans in Southern Ontario for quite some time and, until now, they have been able to see only a very small percentage of Sabres television broadcasts despite being geographically closer to us than Rochester. We are very proud of getting this done for our fans and we’re thankful to Bell TV and MSG for all the hard work that went into the negotiations.”
A total of 53 Sabres game telecasts from the 2014-15 season will be carried only on Bell Fibe and Satellite TV services on channel 442 (standard definition) and channel 1442 (HD) in homes from Fort Erie/Niagara Falls to Stoney Creek in Southern Ontario. While Sabres games will now be available to all Bell Fibe and Satellite TV customers in the Southern Ontario region at no extra charge through the regular Bell TV package, games will not be available in the region on NHL Centre Ice or the NHL GameCenter online application.
“Many people don’t think of the Southern Ontario region as being ‘Sabres Territory’ because it’s in a different country,” Black said. “But, in reality, some of our most passionate fans come from right over the Peace Bridge. They’ve been crossing the border to come to games at the arena for years and now they’ll be able to watch a majority of Sabres games from the comfort of their homes.”