Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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11-30-2012, 12:54 PM
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I disagree with that. If (and a mighty big IF I know) the NHL becomes more popular in US, the public (fans) would demand that NBCSN become as accessible as ESPN is right now.
As it is now, all our sports channels are grouped around ESPN, and NBCSN is 50 channels away. You have to seek it out - people will not just bump into it.
And when you travel, ESPN is everywhere, in every hotel room I've been in over the last 10 years - some hotels have 3 or 4 ESPN channels. I have yet to see NBCSN in any hotel room.
And now this lockout just pushes the NHL even further into the sports background. The public couldn't care less. In L.A., I have heard exactly
radio news piece on the lockout in 2 months.
It may take quite a while for the damage from this lockout to be undone.
I spend a lot of time in a particular hotel near San Diego and they just started providing NBCSN a few months ago. Of course, Fehr had to f that up for me. Last night NBCSN was running the movie "North Dallas Forty". I am sure that is not what NBC execs had in mind.
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