lol well considering that there are only 2 times a night that an update is needed (after the early games then again after the late games...which TSN does), I'd say they're on the ball.
But if my team's game ends at 9:35 or so, I want to see where the standings are at that moment based on whoever has already finished. I don't necessarily want to wait for all the early games to be done.
I think ESPN realizes that the NHL can be a hot property if they get the games and advertise it properly. The NHL portion of their website is one of most hit sections on their website and they don't even televise the games anymore. Imagine how many hits on their website they would get if they got a tv deal and promoted it heavily.
Google TV, Yahoo, and Youtube dont charge you. Buying NHL centre Ice online isn't what this article is about.
But maybe the NHL leads the way with his cooperations. I am not a lawyer, but as far as I know, all charges against Google and youtube were useless in terms of getting money from them. While youtube has to remove any content, whose copyrights belong to the NHL, there is currently no way to prohibit users from uploading NHL-related content and upload clips from NHL-games.
Therefore a kind of joint venture seems to be more promising than to scour youtube for "illegal clips".