NHL staying with NBC/Versus in 10-year/$2B exclusive rights deal
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04-19-2011, 04:06 PM
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I hoped they would have picked up some sort of third wheel for broadcasting occasional games (ie: NBA- ESPN/ABC/
). Figure its unlikely now.
What they need to do now is to get Versus into the same amount of households that ESPN is in. The NHL deserves similar coverage, just without the tabloid-esque nature that ESPN reports football and basketball now.
They should also set up a solid group of broadcasters, instead of snatching announcers from their teams (Doc/NJ, Beninati/WAS). Kenny Albert was a real stretch last night...
In twitter world, Buccigross and Barnaby seemed really distraught that ESPN didn't land any hockey again. I feel bad for them, ESPN actually has a lot of loyal hockey guys and girls. They don't run that company.
I mean... they have a pretty regular stable of broadcasters. Not sure what you think they should do different there. It isn't uncommon for national broadcasts to use local broadcasters... ESPN was doing it on Sunday Night Baseball for the last 20 years.
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