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Monday, July 30, 2007

NHL on ESPN?!

Thanks to Kukla for point this out.

The NHL and ESPN are in discussions about bringing the league’s games back to ESPN2 as soon as the 2008-09 season.

Multiple sources described the conversations as preliminary. The two started talking the week of July 16 when the NHL approached ESPN about NBC’s nine-game regular-season schedule, plus the playoffs. NBC holds the rights to air the coming season as part of a revenue-sharing agreement, and the network holds a one-year option for the 2008-09 season.

I know this sounds great but, it seems that ESPN would be replacing NBC not Versus. I'm not really sure how I feel about that. I mean EVERYBODY gets NBC. I don't know. It'd be nice to be on a legitimate sports channel I suppose. Anyone have any thoughts?

5 comments:

Teebz said...

Yes, I have a thought. Unless ESPN goes all in, I'd say screw them the way they screwed the NHL. If they can go the distance in Canada as part-owners of TSN, they can do the same in the US.

Hell, cherry-pick the TSN telecast!

Shmee said...

You know, I am actually fine with it because sports fans watch ESPN, and we need to pick up more peripheral fans.

KMS2 said...

I think there are positives and negatives for both NBC and ESPN2, but I'm not sure ones better than the other. Seems like on one hand we should say F-U to ESPN, but like Shmee said, we might as well air hockey games on a sports network. Does anyone know how widely broadcast ESPN2 is? I'm sure it's way higher than VS but not as high as NBC.

Jibblescribbits said...

No no no... I hope they never get back there, ESPN is bad for the sports they have.

Bitchany said...

Teebz and Jibble: I think I'm with you guys. ESPN isn't really that great and NBC is in EVERY house...but, we would get the exposure on Sports Center which would be nice.
Shmee: I would be fine if it would go all in...but just the game of the week like NBC...I'm not ok with that.
KMS2: I'd like to see the numbers of how many people get ESPN2 as opposed to VS maybe I should look that up when I'm feeling more motivated.