NHL signs 10 year deal with NBC/Versus
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04-19-2011, 06:55 PM
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No, it's really not. Take a look at the specifics of the Versus/NBC and ESPN/ABC offers. The Versus/NBC deal looks better in both the short and long term, for many reasons.
Wouldn't get this type of exposure from ABC/ESPN.
NBC remains the exclusive network home of the NHL and Versus stays as the exclusive cable home of the NHL in the United States. NBC and Versus will both feature exclusive "Game of the Week" time slots during the regular season. Between them, NBC and Versus will telecast 100 exclusive regular-season games, nearly double this just-completed regular season total.
Even better news for NHL fans in the U.S.: This deal marks the first-ever national distribution of all Stanley Cup Playoffs games, including, for the first time, exclusive coverage starting with the League conference semifinals. Dick Ebersol, chairman of the NBC Sports Group, told assembled media at NHL offices in New York (plus others on a conference call) that every postseason game will be broadcast in entirety on NBC, Versus or "a major NBC Universal national cable channel."
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