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01-06-2013, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Wingsfan2965 View Post
I'm sure NBC put pressure on the league, but I highly doubt they made any threats.

Considering the awful numbers that came out for NBCSN, they've made it painfully obvious that if they want their sports network to go anywhere, they need the NHL.
8 to 10 year cba should send a clear message to sponsors and fans alike that both the players and the owners want longterm labour peace.

Frustrated and angry fans may boycott for a little while but 8 years minimum is a long time for wounds to be healed. If there is a widespread cold shoulder it may serve as an impetus to extend the agreement rather than excercise their optouts but that would be about it.

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