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07-31-2007, 10:12 AM
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NHL on espn2.....fingers crossed!

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com...estTimeout=900

Man does this league need this, especially w/ the NYR returning to contention!

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07-31-2007, 10:24 AM
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Gonna be hard because Versus owns the rights and NBC has an option year. But if the ESPN e.v.p. Skipper really wants hockey i think he'll get it done. Shapiro is gone now, and he didnt care once the previous lease ran out.

Versus won't mind if the NHL lowers the rights fee (Bettman...) but they'll be looking for some kick back advertising from ESPN similar to what ESPN does with TNT for basketball.

It would definitely help out the sport and be much easier to find thats for sure.

I'll keep my fingers crossed too.

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Oh man if that happens how sweet that would be for the game of hockey. Granted it's not the whole fix but it's a step back in the right direction. I would also state that I'm not holding my breath over this either but we'll see how it goes

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I don't think it'll make a difference one way or the other. We're fans of a niche sport, guys, they could put it on prime time network TV every night and still no one would watch. This is a sport that last time saw air on ESPN2 was being out-viewed by poker and bowling.

It would be nice to no longer suffer through the crappy Versus broadcasts.

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How was the ESPN broadcast when they carried hockey? I remember NHL Tonight was a great show, but I don't actually remember how the broadcast itself was.

This would be a great improvement on the leeague, they were playing Stanley Cup games on a channel that a good percentage of the country didn't have, you can't get exposure on a channel nobody has.

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Man do I miss Gary Thorne calling games.

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But there is a downside!.....ESPN2 = not in HD

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But there is a downside!.....ESPN2 = not in HD
There is an HD ESPN2. Not ever provider carries it, but it's there.

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07-31-2007, 10:43 AM
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it would be nice to see the games back on ESPN, would love to get multiple games a night again.

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Since it wouldn't be an equal and reliable substitute for costly NHL Central Ice package, I do not care, really about the return.

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Man do I miss Gary Thorne calling games.
You could always become an Orioles fan!

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But there is a downside!.....ESPN2 = not in HD
ESPN2 does have an HD channel depends on your carrier, besides by the 2008-09 season almost all of nat'l and regional sports programming will be in HD.

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There is an HD ESPN2. Not ever provider carries it, but it's there.
Well, Cablevision doesn't. Hopefully the complaints will come flooding in and Dolan will add it for hockey games

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it will be nice to have hockey on some sort of national TV syndicate some time before the end of the year but i think until the NHL leaves Versus, its gonna be a joke on the TV ratings- but yes it is a step in the right direction

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if it would mean less blackout games, i'm up for it. i dont care if its on the food network as long as i get to see my rangers play

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Well, I just got ESPN2 HD added on by Time Warner, so hey! Let's get it moving! Apparently there's a Versus HD but I think there's way too many HD channels in front before that ever gets added.

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Man do I miss Gary Thorne calling games.
Loved him too. Perfect voice for hockey.

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like others have said it would be a small step forward, but a step nonetheless.

i've long said that the nhl needs to be on 2 or 3 different tv networks. espn/abc by themselves sucked overall, and obviously versus/nbc has been worse so far. but espn/versus/nbc(or whatever broadcast network decides to pick them up beyond 2009) and cross-promotion would be a good thing.

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Don't get your hopes up just yet.

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Well, I just got ESPN2 HD added on by Time Warner, so hey! Let's get it moving! Apparently there's a Versus HD but I think there's way too many HD channels in front before that ever gets added.
I've got Versus HD with Comcast, but it splits time with Golf Channel HD. I also have ESPN2 HD up here in Boston.

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I've got Versus HD with Comcast, but it splits time with Golf Channel HD. I also have ESPN2 HD up here in Boston.
On Comcast here in DC we have a channel called "INHD" which occasionally shows Versus and occasionally shows the Golf Channel. Is that the same thing you have?

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On Comcast here in DC we have a channel called "INHD" which occasionally shows Versus and occasionally shows the Golf Channel. Is that the same thing you have?
We used to have that here in New York and they'd show Rangers/Yankee games since that was before MSG HD and YES HD were added. Don't have that anymore.

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On Comcast here in DC we have a channel called "INHD" which occasionally shows Versus and occasionally shows the Golf Channel. Is that the same thing you have?
INHD does show NHL from time to time, but there is also a Versus/Golf HD channel that is available at no extra charge to every cable company that carries versus and the gold channel.

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Loved him too. Perfect voice for hockey.
Yeah, too bad he didn't know anything about it. Not to mention the butchering of nearly every player's name. How about that Manny Malwhoretra.

If ESPN2 adds hockey, I hope they leave Thorne in Baltimore.

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Man does this league need this, especially w/ the NYR returning to contention!
LOL, yeah, it was the Rangers, that's why the ratings are in the toilet.

Three things.

1) They're talking about NBC's package. Which is minimal, even if they extended
the weekend package earlier into the season. The most significant thing would be
that ESPN would get the back end of the finals. That could mean that the Finals would be off over the air, which would actually be a negative. ABC could carry it, they could not.

2) There's all kinds of clues in this article about ESPN's behavior that tells you why this is a horrible idea. ESPN has not turned a new leaf on promotion, their talking
heads will bury hockey, just as their talking heads (short of Mike and Mike, who are *paid* to do the games) bury AFL. They should work on getting Versus out there.
Instead, they're doing this.....

3) NHL network paired with CI? I guess alot of cable customers in the US should
get ready to not have Center Ice, because I don't think there's too many cable companies (maybe outside of Minnesota), who are going to carry the NHL Network
at gunpoint, what's gonna happen, they're going to lose their 200 CI subscriptions?
It almost didn't work with the Extra Innings negotiations, and they have more customers. Man, if that isn't a typical NHL mistake.

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