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Sports Media Watch's 5 biggest moves that did not happen

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12-23-2009, 09:30 PM
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Sports Media Watch's 5 biggest moves that did not happen

http://sportsmediawatch.blogspot.com...oves-that.html

Not all items listed in the story pertain to the NHL, but the top three do.
  • #3: NHL remains with ESPN (2005)
  • #2: Versus gets the NFL and/or Major League Baseball (2005, 2006)
  • #1: NBA re-signs with NBC (2002)

No. 3 is the subject of much debate on these forums. Search the entire message board for ESPN on here and you'll stumble onto a few of those Versus/ESPN discussions.

No. 2 would have legitimized Versus that much more, gotten the channel more exposure, and with the NHL deal already in place prior to the attempts at other sports, who knows what might have happened there? Maybe Versus wouldn't be an obscure network.

No. 1 could have also altered what ESPN did. They had the NBA so giving up the NHL wasn't a big deal. But had NBC held onto the NBA, then ESPN may have held onto the NHL so that it had a major winter sport, thus Versus would never have entered the picture -- or at least not in the fashion it did.

All of this is definitely something to chew on and think about, though as I noted for No. 3, it probably has already been discussed in-depth on here before, and in that sense, this article isn't "new news/speculation" for any of us.

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No. 1 could have also altered what ESPN did. They had the NBA so giving up the NHL wasn't a big deal. But had NBC held onto the NBA, then ESPN may have held onto the NHL so that it had a major winter sport, thus Versus would never have entered the picture -- or at least not in the fashion it did.
The NBA being on NBC would not effect it being on ESPN. ABC only has weekend games and playoffs, like how the NHL on NBC is, expect they pay the NBA a large fee, where the NHL and NBC share revenue.

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I don't understand how Versus is seen as such an obscure network. ESPN reaches something like just 25% more viewers. The way people talk about it, you'd think that Versus was in all of 4 households nationwide.

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I don't understand how Versus is seen as such an obscure network.
Really? You have to search it out. On TW cable, VS is not even in the same general numbers as ESPN and FSN (430s, VS is 469)

When you travel, have you ever seen VS in a hotel room tv? or hotel bar? I haven't. ESPN is on every tv in every hotel room in the USA (many hotels have several ESPN channels)


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ESPN reaches something like just 25% more viewers.
ESPN = sports. Even non-sports fans know this.

VS = well, most non-hockey fans have still never heard of it. Or they think it's hunting and bull riding.

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Vs is basically getting the NFL and the Olympics now that Comcast is buying NBC, they're going to be huge. The NHL is going to be a big part of their programming until MLB and NFL contracts come up again in 2013.

NBC, Vs, Golf Channel, and the 11 regional Comcast Sports Net channels will all be under the same roof.


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Even if ESPN kept the NHL, you would likely still be missing it.

ESPN had already announced the cancellation of NHL Tonite at the end of the '03-'04 season. Even if ESPN had picked up their option post-lockout, all games would have been on ESPN2 and there would have been no NHL Tonite.

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