2012-2013 Lockout Discussion Thread (Part II)
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09-06-2012, 06:17 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Bill Daly and Steve Fehr were supposed to have dinner and a beer last night.
A better, but not ideal, scenario for NBC would be a delay to the NHL season, similar to what happened to the National Basketball Association last year. The first regular season NHL game is scheduled for Oct. 11, but exhibition games start about two weeks earlier.
The timing could not be worse for Comcast, which is relying on hockey to build up the NBC Sports Network, its fledgling cable sports channel. A lockout would leave the network, previously known as Versus and the Outdoor Life Network, with major holes to fill in its prime-time lineup.
"The NBC Sports Network got some great lift and visibility and awareness with the Olympics and they'd like to keep that momentum by having the NHL," said Jason Maltby, director of national broadcast TV at media buying firm MindShare
The Roberts family needs to have a talk with Ed Snider and Gary Bettman.
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