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10-04-2006, 11:22 PM
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1. The ratings show the NHL needs ESPN, doesn't mean ESPN needs the NHL.
2. A revenue sharing deal means NBC should be doing everything possible to make money off the NHL, since they are sharing revenue.
1. Thats true. However, ESPN's dearth of programming in the winter months, especially after football season, showed them how much they needed the NHL. Mark Shapiro was the driving force behind that decision, and he has since left.

2. Since NBC doesn't pay a rights fee, and instead splits advertising revenue with the NHL, they have no motivation to invest money to promote the sport or risk a better timeslot. If they were paying a rights fee, they would more than likely be losing money right now and would be motivated to improve ratings. However, they seem more than happy right now to use the NHL to get their 1.1 on Saturday afternoons, when they'd otherwise have paid programming or figure skating.

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10-04-2006, 11:26 PM
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Anybody else getting a little tired of the Paul Stastny love? I'm sitting here going, "what about Yan?"

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Anybody else getting a little tired of the Paul Stastny love? I'm sitting here going, "what about Yan?"
Aw, we'll see Peter in Boston one of these days, proclaiming the virtues of Yan

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10-04-2006, 11:37 PM
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1. Thats true. However, ESPN's dearth of programming in the winter months, especially after football season, showed them how much they needed the NHL. Mark Shapiro was the driving force behind that decision, and he has since left.

2. Since NBC doesn't pay a rights fee, and instead splits advertising revenue with the NHL, they have no motivation to invest money to promote the sport or risk a better timeslot. If they were paying a rights fee, they would more than likely be losing money right now and would be motivated to improve ratings. However, they seem more than happy right now to use the NHL to get their 1.1 on Saturday afternoons, when they'd otherwise have paid programming or figure skating.
1. Just because you don't like what ESPN shows in the winter doesn't mean other folks aren't tuning in. They did quite well with the NBA taking over the NHL's slots last year.

2. They absolutely have motivation to promote the sport. The more money it brings in the more money they make.

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10-04-2006, 11:38 PM
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Aw, we'll see Peter in Boston one of these days, proclaiming the virtues of Yan
Paul is the offensive Stastny. A checking Stastny just isn't sexy.

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10-05-2006, 12:00 AM
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1. Just because you don't like what ESPN shows in the winter doesn't mean other folks aren't tuning in. They did quite well with the NBA taking over the NHL's slots last year.

2. They absolutely have motivation to promote the sport. The more money it brings in the more money they make.
1. You can only have so much poker, bowling, bull riding, and log rolling before it starts to wear thin. ESPN's bread and butter are live events from the 4 major sports, which lead in viewers to Sportscenter. Even with the NBA, they've got a lot of time to fill. Their current management wants the NHL back.

ESPN just paid a rights fee for soccer, which only does a 0.2 at best. Their championship game only got a 0.8 on ABC. OLN is getting around a 0.3 with nowhere near the amount of households that ESPN has, and with a lot of games competing directly with Monday Night Football.

2. NBC has no motivation to risk investing money into promoting the NHL broadcasts when they're guaranteed to profit from splitting the ad revenue with the mediocre ratings they're getting now, on Saturday afternoons when they get no ratings anyway. If NBC was paying a rights fee and losing money, you'd probably see more games on TV, in better timeslots, with ads promoting the NHL during NFL broadcasts, and during their top rated prime time shows. Right now, the only way you'd ever know the NHL was on NBC would be reading the TV Guide.


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10-05-2006, 12:45 AM
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ESPN could do so much more to advertize the game especially with the influx of youth. It would do wonders for the popularity of the sport to see Ovechkin and the rest of the yutes in your face all the time. Look at Lebron James, people just see so much of him on ESPN that they go out and buy his jerseys. Heck, seems like the only hilights they showed of hockey last year were of Crosby and Ovechkin.

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Was rushed to the hospital yesterday afternoon- my right arm went numb and my heart started racing uncontrollably, then my chest felt like someone tied a rope around it and pulled tight. I had a bunch of tests today, including the stress test for the heart- all came back fine, thank goodness. I have to go to the doctor tommorrow to find out what other tests/specialists they want me to see.
Best wishes, hope all turns out well.
I've had chest pains several times, and been to the hospital.
Now I know mine are caused by acid reflux.
Scares me every time it happens, concerned about a heart attack.
Feels like a ten pound weight is on my chest.

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Apparentely from a guy working at ESPN, he says that the network wants the NHL back, but Bettman is being stubborn or something along those lines.

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