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#1 CenterIce

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:08 AM

https://twitter.com/#!/wyshynski

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NHL announces conference call with Gary Bettman and **** Ebersol of NBC for 1 p.m. "Major Announcement."
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I'm being told that NBC/Versus has won the NHL's media rights. SBD's Morning Buzz will have the full report in 10 minutes.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:11 AM

Well, whoever pays the most, gets the right. It's simple business.

Cue the f*** Bettman, now.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:11 AM

Will the season still start on New Year's Day?

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:46 AM

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Wow! RT @ericfrancis NBC/Versus gets NHL rights for an NHL-record $200M a year (Versus currently pays just under $80 mil). ESPN shut out
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:54 AM

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:56 AM

Yay for the revenue, booo for the announcers.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:00 AM

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From a solid media source: NBC/NHL is a 10-year deal.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:11 AM

Well - no surprises here...NBC/VS has pretty much done what the NHL has asked from them, and the ratings have been improvong since the lock out.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:23 AM

Hire Bill Clement!

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:38 AM

10 more years of Versus and NBC? I know that the NHL has sustained growth since the lockout but that growth is going to stagnate. ESPN provides national exposure and has the ability to shove hockey down the throats of a lot of people. There is a reason that ESPN can demand one of the highest carrier fees in the industry. The NHL is sacrificing long term growth for short term profits. And you know NBC doesn't care about hockey. When games 3 and 4 of your premier series is relegated to a cable station then you know you have problems.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:39 AM

Yay for the revenue, booo for the announcers.


Pretty much sums this up perfectly.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:43 AM

Pretty much sums this up perfectly.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:09 AM

10 more years of Versus and NBC? I know that the NHL has sustained growth since the lockout but that growth is going to stagnate. ESPN provides national exposure and has the ability to shove hockey down the throats of a lot of people. There is a reason that ESPN can demand one of the highest carrier fees in the industry. The NHL is sacrificing long term growth for short term profits. And you know NBC doesn't care about hockey. When games 3 and 4 of your premier series is relegated to a cable station then you know you have problems.

This is what I have been thinking for a while. Yeah VS/NBC brings more money to the table, but the exposure ESPN provides would be a huge boost. Even if they are on ESPN 2, which I think was the original idea.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:13 AM

This is what I have been thinking for a while. Yeah VS/NBC brings more money to the table, but the exposure ESPN provides would be a huge boost. Even if they are on ESPN 2, which I think was the original idea.


but with VS rebranding as NBC Sports, it does ask some intersting questions of where the channel is going, and the NHL will be at the forefront of it...

i this deal is good for the nhl
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:24 AM

10 more years of Versus and NBC? I know that the NHL has sustained growth since the lockout but that growth is going to stagnate. ESPN provides national exposure and has the ability to shove hockey down the throats of a lot of people. There is a reason that ESPN can demand one of the highest carrier fees in the industry. The NHL is sacrificing long term growth for short term profits. And you know NBC doesn't care about hockey. When games 3 and 4 of your premier series is relegated to a cable station then you know you have problems.


ESPN wouldn't shove the NHL down the throats of anyone.

You have to follow the money with the way ESPN treated the NHL when it was on. They simply do not give hockey enough attention to warrant such a substantial difference in a contract offer.

Hire Gary Thorne to NBC, and I guarantee you half of the criticisms of this deal would go away.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:34 AM

ESPN wouldn't shove the NHL down the throats of anyone.

You have to follow the money with the way ESPN treated the NHL when it was on. They simply do not give hockey enough attention to warrant such a substantial difference in a contract offer.

Exactly. The NHL was the red-headed stepchild on ESPN and verbally abused at every opportunity. This coupled with the fact that VS has slowly gotten better (minus the commentators) makes this a damn decent deal.
Can't wait to read the "Phoenix: I still think it's a hockey market" chapter of Gary Bettman's autobiography. I'm guessing it's going to be chapter 11.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:44 AM

ugh. thankfully i can keep turning on the radio and muting the volume on the TV.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:51 AM

Your sig lacks a 3.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 11:01 AM

Hire Gary Thorne to NBC, and I guarantee you half of the criticisms of this deal would go away.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 11:11 AM

Hire Gary Thorne to NBC, and I guarantee you half of the criticisms of this deal would go away.

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It really might be just as simple as this too. Isn't he the Orioles announcer or something, though?
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