NHL should have signed with ESPN last time and tried to get a partial with NBC, if both parties allowed. Kind of like how NBA has TNT and stuff. You can't be just stuck with the 1 and no ESPN coverage. Even if it meant less $$$ in the current deal, the exposure of ESPN would help so much more.
NHL should be worried if KHL gets any traction on ESPN. Anything that happens after is deserved by the NHL.
The NHL does deserve whatever happens. They deserve to pretty much go out of business if it comes to that(It won't)
I mean we just got back from losing a whole season only 7 years ago. That ain't that long ago for something to be happening again where we're losing games. It pretty much shows the NHL is a joke. They've had 3 work stoppages since the last MLB one, 2 as opposed to only 1 in the NBA since 2000, and 3 vs the NFL's only work stoppage in the last 20 years which lasted briefly because of the longer off season.
Not to mention none of those sports lost an ENTIRE ****in season! Just the NHL. So any football or baseball homer that tells me the NHL is a joke, and should be irrelevant, I'm no longer gonna argue with them.
Thing is the NHL isn't going to take what anyone 'says' now seriously. They need to be shown apathy and anger, the way baseball fans finally said 'we had enough!' collectively after '94 - and they're not going to be shown that until games start being played again. '95 attendance was down 20% in MLB after they came back,
Well, I for one have no desire to buy even a partial plan. I just dont care.
Originally Posted by CerebralGenesis
NHL should be worried if KHL gets any traction on ESPN.
Well, that's not going to happen.
I view the ESPN move as the actions of a petulant child.
North American fans are not going to identify with a Russian hockey league. Simply won't happen. ESPN is just doing this to be jerks, twist the knife in a little bit that NBC doesn't have the NHL right now. They don't expect it to catch on.
No, the KHL games won't make a dent in the middle of baseball playoffs, the NFL season and even the start of the NBA soon. The rub is if they somehow do, it shows people still care about the NHL stars since you know they're only going to show Ovechkin/Kovy/other big stars playing.
I have to admit I'll probably watch the Kovy telecasts if they're on at a good time, but I'd rather watch the AHL - it'll never be on though, not the way it was in '95.
Both sides met secretly today in Toronto to discuss how to move things going forward. Both sides are expected to continue to talk via phone over the weekend while getting back to meeting face to face next week.
it's nice to hear some honesty from the player side, instead of the typical whining and ranting. good on him.
I think both sides know what their next proposal is, it’s just who wants to give it first, Alzner said. The owners know what their bottom percentage is and I’m sure Don [Fehr] knows what’s going to be a good one for us economically.
But who’s going to be the first one to bite the bullet? No one wants to lose the negotiation. We understand we’re definitely not going to win it.