NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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10-23-2012, 10:59 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: New Orleans
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Why would the Sabres get a cut of any TV rights? They haven't broadcasted in the area since the 1990's.
Because unlike one-time payments, it ensures that the success of the new team doesn't come at the expense of the existing one.
The Sabres TV situation was thrown into upheaval when their cable rights holder suddenly went bankrupt and to jail. MSG threw them a bone to try and get their network on in the western part of the state. But they make between $8 million and $10 million annually. So we'll see what they do after 2016-17 when their MSG contract expires.
I'm sure given what happened to Empire Sports, the Sabres would be highly reluctant to start their own RSN, but with Buffalo, Hamilton and Markham sharing a RSN? Low risk, high reward.
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