Senators set to cash in on broadcast rights

Senators' Bobby Ryan (6), Zack Smith (15) and Milan Michalek (9) take a break during practice at in...

Senators' Bobby Ryan (6), Zack Smith (15) and Milan Michalek (9) take a break during practice at in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Senators are on the verge of cashing in on their valuable broadcast rights.

League sources say the Senators are just dotting the i's and crossing the t's and the club is close to announcing a historical, long-term deal for the local television and radio rights.

An announcement should be made in the coming days.

While the current TV rights are held by Sportsnet and radio games are on TSN 1200, both agreements expire at the end of the season. There has been a bidding war for the club's local package between the two broadcasters.

It is not known which side has won the bidding but the agreement should be in place by midweek. The competition between TSN and Sportsnet for Ottawa's rights heated up after Rogers signed a 12-year, $5.2 billion agreement to take over the national broadcasts.


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