NHL signs 10 year deal with NBC/Versus
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04-19-2011, 06:40 PM
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To be honest I don't think the league wants to lock themselves into a deal where they have to prove themselves to ESPN and rely on the good faith of ESPN to give them more games, etc etc.
In fact it'd be incredibly stupid and disrespectful to the league and to the fans to do that. As much I'd love to see the NHL on all of these networks, I have no desire to see it treated as a laughing stock by ESPN for no other reason than they think it's a running gag to make fun of the NHL.
Yes I am still bitter at how ESPN treated the NHL, and I'm not a fan of ESPN in general
At the end of the day - pre-lockout - the NHL was battling the NBA for the third most watched sport in America. Not a lot of people watched the Euro leagues in soccer and those were on once in a blue moon, and look what ESPN now shows.
Little quips and jabs here and there, so be it, but if there's money to be made - and there is - ESPN will bite.
It's not stupid and disrespectful to the fans, especially when you take into account that fans had been clamoring for a return to ESPN. Why? Today, does everyone now get VS? Yep, great way to make a comeback and make a statement: Revive the sport by broadcasting games on a channel that not everyone has.
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