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10-10-2012, 05:28 PM
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NBC/Comcast and this "NBC Sports" business offers a huge competitor to ESPN with its plans to get more soccer and steal bigger college football markets.
NBC already owns a major chunk of football broadcasts, all of hockey, and the Olympics/other international major sporting events.
When is the last time ESPN had direct competition?
Hockey is what the NBC/Comcast partnership was hoping to give them that little extra push into the competitive market with ESPN. Right now the lockout is becoming a problem for NBC Sports, and ESPN is using it to put the breaks in anyway possible from NBC/Comcast getting a foothold in their market.
The KHL won't ever throw out the NHL, but it does make things a little more difficult.
That said, in a lot of ways, all you're doing is exposing more Americans to hockey on ESPN, something they haven't had in forever. Who is to say that some of them don't turn around and jump on board with the NHL when the lockout is over?
There's a lot more to this than just ESPN showing KHL games.
Pretty much this. The reality is the vast majority of Americans that will tune in to watch the KHL are already NHL fans. If the KHL on ESPN creates any new hockey fans it's likely they will follow the NHL considering it's the highest level of hockey and it's right in their own backyard. I don't see anyone who isn't already a hockey diehard fan becoming a fan of a lesser league in Russia that is more difficult to follow.
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