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Official Leafs TV network shutting down after more than 20 years

The official Toronto Maple Leafs television network will shut down next month.

Leafs Nation Network, formerly known as Leafs TV, will be deactivated starting September 1.

“Thank you for your audience,” read a message on the channel in recent days. “As of September 1, Leafs Nation network television services will no longer be broadcast.

The channel began in November 2000 and previously hosted more than 10 exclusive Leafs shows throughout their reign.

But in 2014, when the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan sold the team to a cross-ownership group from media conglomerates Bell and Rogers, the channel lost its flagship program.

That same year, Rogers had also signed a $1.32 billion rights deal with the NHL that included the rights to broadcast the majority of Leafs games, with the rest going to Bell-owned TSN.

In the eight years since the two deals, live Toronto Marlies AHL games have been mixed with Leafs highlights, delayed games, as well as classic games and exclusive network interviews. television, which was renamed in 2017.

Much of the similar content will still be available through the team’s YouTube channel and the team’s official website.

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