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05-13-2012, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by PavelBure9 View Post
Hockey fans wished we would have stayed with ESPN, a known commodity and the gold standard in sports.
That's not true at all. Everyone I know who follows the game closely was happy they left ESPN. Their hockey coverage was a joke. The way they covered hockey was hurting the NHL.

You can't have a TV partner that ignores you and makes fun of you all the time. It starts to hurt your brand after a while, and in business, your brand is all you have. The NHL had to leave ESPN to protect their brand.

I do agree with you about NBCSN though. They are the best TV partners the NHL has even had in the United States.

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