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05-05-2013, 07:26 PM
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Will NHL get a second National TV contract?

Has their been any talk of the NHL getting a TV deal with FOX's new sports channel FOX Sports 1? GB and other NHL were at FOX offices recently. Do you think the NHL can get a second deal or does the NHL contract with NBC prehibit them from getting a second national deal?

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Although their contract with NBC is exclusive, there is a clause that would allow another national provider. I would love to see the NHL on ESPN. ESPN could promote the holy hell out of the NHL.

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ESPN could promote the holy hell out of the NHL.
They have a track record of doing just that, right?

..... right?

Hey, at least if Fox Sports 1 lands the NHL, we can look forward to a return of the glow puck.

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Although their contract with NBC is exclusive, there is a clause that would allow another national provider. I would love to see the NHL on ESPN. ESPN could promote the holy hell out of the NHL.
ahem ... Fox Sports One ... they already play games on Fox Sports Net channels ... might as well go nationally with the new channel ... **** the four letter network

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Although their contract with NBC is exclusive, there is a clause that would allow another national provider. I would love to see the NHL on ESPN. ESPN could promote the holy hell out of the NHL.
What's the clause?

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Although their contract with NBC is exclusive, there is a clause that would allow another national provider. I would love to see the NHL on ESPN. ESPN could promote the holy hell out of the NHL.
ESPN spits in the NHL face with their non-existant coverage. I think it's best they stick with NBC.

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ESPN's last offer was rumored to be a weekly game on ESPN2 and the Stanley Cup playoffs. Why would they do anything without getting the finals as part of the package?

FS1, on the other hand, has a big gap in it's schedule from the end of college football season to the start of baseball season. Adding the NHL maybe one night a week in that stretch shores up it's position as a major threat to ESPN's hegemony. It also allows the NHL to hedge their bets with NBC, who have fallen to a distant third, by getting in bed with the new rising star in cable sports.

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makes sense, do what the NBA does, have an NBC game of the week, and have a FS1 game(games) of the week. rotate conference finals each year

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Ya that is the one thing I think the NBA does right.

Cycle games on the different stations throughout the week. At the worst, it gets people who watch those stations aware of your product even if they don't watch.

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I don't see ESPN buying broadcast rights unless it includes rights to the Stanley Cup Finals. I could see Fox buying in for the regular season and parts of the playoffs.

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Didn't realize there was a clause in the NBC deal that would allow someone else to come in. Now that I know that, I'd be surprised to NOT see a deal with Fox made.

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I don't see ESPN buying broadcast rights unless it includes rights to the Stanley Cup Finals. I could see Fox buying in for the regular season and parts of the playoffs.
It would be awesome during the first couple of rounds to have Conference 1 & 3 on one network & Conference 2 & 4 play offs on the other, wouldn't need over flow channels or anything crazy like that

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Although their contract with NBC is exclusive, there is a clause that would allow another national provider. I would love to see the NHL on ESPN. ESPN could promote the holy hell out of the NHL.

ESPN had their shot, during one of the last hey days of hockey, and basically did nothing for it but relegate it to second tier programming.

Since that time, ESPN has gone into the toilet and has turned into Sports TMZ. They dont even broadcast MLB and NFL games well.

Thanks, but no thanks.

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Yeah, the NHL is fine on NBC. ESPN is the last network the NHL should be on.

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I imagine FOX will be getting the NHL with the recent hiring of O'Toole and Onrait. Why hire pure hockey guys if you're not going after the NHL, it doesn't make sense.

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I imagine FOX will be getting the NHL with the recent hiring of O'Toole and Onrait. Why hire pure hockey guys if you're not going after the NHL, it doesn't make sense.
They hired them because of their personalities.

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I imagine FOX will be getting the NHL with the recent hiring of O'Toole and Onrait. Why hire pure hockey guys if you're not going after the NHL, it doesn't make sense.
They arent pure hockey guys. Pure hockey guys are guys like Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.

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I doubt the NHL gets a second network partner (e.g. ABC, CBS, or Fox), but they could definitely get some games on FS1 or get a deal with Turner to get games on TBS or TNT. I wouldn't be opposed to either of those. Turner does a phenomenal job with its NBA and NCAA coverage. Fox's national sports coverage tends to be a bit more "low-brow," for lack of a better term, but FS1 could change that entirely: they have to have people who know their stuff if they want to run a full-time sports network.

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I doubt the NHL gets a second network partner (e.g. ABC, CBS, or Fox), but they could definitely get some games on FS1 or get a deal with Turner to get games on TBS or TNT. I wouldn't be opposed to either of those. Turner does a phenomenal job with its NBA and NCAA coverage. Fox's national sports coverage tends to be a bit more "low-brow," for lack of a better term, but FS1 could change that entirely: they have to have people who know their stuff if they want to run a full-time sports network.
I'm not sure what you mean by Fox's national sports coverage being more 'low-brow". Their MLB and NFL coverage doesn't seem much different than any other network's.

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Yeah, the NHL is fine on NBC. ESPN is the last network the NHL should be on.
Didn't ESPN average 100,000 more viewers for there games than NBC sports does now?

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Didn't realize there was a clause in the NBC deal that would allow someone else to come in. Now that I know that, I'd be surprised to NOT see a deal with Fox made.

Still don't know that it is the case. First I've heard about this alleged clause as well. Perhaps the guy who mentioned it has a link/source.

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I would much rather see the NHL calm down on some of the Gamecenter Live rules (While still making the cable company's happy) instead of getting a new contract. They already have a 10 year one, and that seems to be working so far.

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Still don't know that it is the case. First I've heard about this alleged clause as well. Perhaps the guy who mentioned it has a link/source.
Yeah, I'd like to see it as well. All signs have pretty much pointed to NBCU signing the 10 year exclusive deal to get out in front of the game, as they knew FS1 and the like were on the way.

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Yeah, I'd like to see it as well. All signs have pretty much pointed to NBCU signing the 10 year exclusive deal to get out in front of the game, as they knew FS1 and the like were on the way.
Yeah who would of thought that a sports league could ever get a 10 year tv deal.

Just an FYI all the other major sports also have at least a 10 year tv deal and college sports tv deals average more than 10 years.

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