Leafs Nation Network going off the airwaves

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The selling of MLSE by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to majority ownership of the Bell-Rogers communications consortium a decade ago, worth $1.32 billion for all sports properties including Leafs TV, began to make the channel redundant. Toronto Sun file photo Article content

The Maple Leafs in-house TV network is fading to black.

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More than 20 years after the team launched Leafs TV, rebranding it Leafs Nation Network in 2017, the specialty channel will not be back in its current form.

“Thank you for your viewership,” the pay channel advised customers who tuned in the past few days. “As of Sept. 1, Leafs Nation Network TV services will no longer be on air.”:

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Multiple staff confirmed the news to the Sun they’d been informed a few weeks ago. But it’s believed few if any jobs will be lost, as many of the functions LNN provided will likely go to the digital format. A Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

When it debuted in November of 2000, it was a game changer in the National Hockey League. Given the enduring popularity of the Leafs across much of the country, it made sense at the time to gain an advantage on the various networks who were in competition…

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