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03-05-2013, 03:18 PM
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Bettman, Collins visit Fox Sports HQ

ChrisBottaNHL 1:14pm via Web NBC's got the games, but still smart to visit Fox. RT @Ourand_SBJ Spotted at Fox Sports upfront: Gary Bettman and John Collins.




Would be interesting to know what's up.

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Maybe they wanna trade sports. NBC to trade the NHL to FOX in exchange for the MLB.

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Fox has a huge portion of the regional broadcasts, perhaps this has something to do with that?

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Fox has a huge portion of the regional broadcasts, perhaps this has something to do with that?
Yeah, I'm inclined to think this as well. I highly doubt that the NHL would be in a position to try to change/get out of their contract with NBC given that fact that it goes through 2021.

Unless it's not really exclusive as we all believed for national broadcasts?

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Perhaps it is related to this, even an invite:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/...ugust-18658625

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For anyone who thinks TV is already saturated with sports of every stripe, stay tuned.

Here comes Fox with an in-your-face challenge to ESPN — a 24-hour sports cable network called Fox Sports 1, set to launch Aug. 17.

"ESPN, quite frankly, is a machine," Fox Sports executive vice president Bill Wanger said Tuesday in announcing the venture. "They have very consistent ratings, obviously huge revenue. We're coming in trying to take on the establishment."

The new network will be available to 90 million homes.

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Maybe the NHL could create another package to give to Fox Sports? Is that allowed?

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Maybe the NHL could create another package to give to Fox Sports? Is that allowed?
We don't know exactly is in the contract. But when you consider the NFL has 4 national broadcasters, don't think I missed one. They could be trying to get a second one.

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Maybe the NHL could create another package to give to Fox Sports? Is that allowed?

In theory, yes. They could have a package of games that Fox could broadcast, as long as these don't compete with the NBC package.

As noted above, one would need to know what the NBC contract can exclude.

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They are probably going to try to get a Saturday night game on Fox Sports 1.
I don't think NBC would be happy though.

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We don't know exactly is in the contract. But when you consider the NFL has 4 national broadcasters, don't think I missed one. They could be trying to get a second one.
As you said, we don't know what is in the contract. But it is highly unlikely that NBC would have been willing to pay the amount of money they paid had they not received exclusivity with respect to the national broadcasting of NHL games in the US. I would be shocked if they did not have such exclusivity. Then again, I've been wrong before / crazier things have happened.

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In theory, yes. They could have a package of games that Fox could broadcast, as long as these don't compete with the NBC package.

As noted above, one would need to know what the NBC contract can exclude.
AIUI, the NBC deal gave NBC and Versus NBC Sports Network exclusive national broadcast and cable rights. I don't think they could sell another package without renegotiating/compensating the Peacock.

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AIUI, the NBC deal gave NBC and Versus NBC Sports Network exclusive national broadcast and cable rights. I don't think they could sell another package without renegotiating/compensating the Peacock.

I seem to remember exclusive being tossed around too. That said, I don't see NBC being charitable in helping another national sports network get launched. They all need to fill their offering 24/7.

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The league would have to compensate NBC for sure if they give FOX some national games. Since NBC, being. NY based, mainly focuses on Eastern-centric teams, plus Chicago, it could be an idea down the road for FOX (LA based) to focus more on the Western-centric teams (LA, SJ, Dallas etc...) as long as the two networks don't go head to head. Spawning on a smaller scale like the NFL deals (CBS does AFC/FOX does NFC).

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They are probably going to try to get a Saturday night game on Fox Sports 1.
I don't think NBC would be happy though.
Every other sport in the free world is on more than one cable network. Not much upside for Fox though since they wouldn't be able to broadcast the playoffs. I seem to remember there being exclusivity too though.

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Well, since ESPN/NHL ended "Cool Shots" there really hasn't been a league-wide weekly show on the NHL.

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Would be nice to see the NHL on another network as well. Quite frankly I enjoy TNT's coverage of the NBA better than ESPN/ABC. If it's possible to have it on two networks, then they should split up the coverage like this:
NBC/NBCSN: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Friday games
1st, 2nd, Eastern Conference Finals, & Stanley Cup Finals
Winter Classic
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FOX Sports 1: Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday games
1st, 2nd, & Western Conference Finals
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Would be nice to see the NHL on another network as well. Quite frankly I enjoy TNT's coverage of the NBA better than ESPN/ABC. If it's possible to have it on two networks, then they should split up the coverage like this:
NBC/NBCSN: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Friday games
1st, 2nd, Eastern Conference Finals, & Stanley Cup Finals
Winter Classic
NHL Awards
FOX Sports 1: Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday games
1st, 2nd, & Western Conference Finals
All Star Weekend
NHL Draft
NBC Sports already owns just about everything you listed there.

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I understand that. But if the league and the two networks could renegotiate the current contract, this would be the scenerio I'd like to see.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/...ugust-18658625
FS1 is the current SPEED Channel, a dedicated Motorsports entity, which jettisoned Formula 1 to NBC Sports Network, in fact it has had both the Fox and SPEED logos for the balance of 2013. There were also rumors that Fuel TV, also owned by FSMG will morph into FS2, and Fox Soccer will be shut down.

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Perhaps they're meeting with FS Exec's to persuade them to up the FSN Regional contract numerations in some markets and/or the impacts of realignment?

I know the Lightning and Sun Sports just extended their deal right before the end of the lockout for another 7-10 yrs

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