Friday, May 27, 2005

 

ESPN

It is official, ESPN is not picking up the option, but I caution those who think this is a disaster, to step back and look at the whole situation. It was widely known that ESPN may not be coming back regardless of the situation, and if they did it wouldn't be at 60 million...

I still have calls out to many sources, but initial reaction is "not surprised, the NHL and ESPN wasn't a great relationship lately" and another source added, "This increases the money in the local markets, so the money isn't the issue. The national exposure for the players is, but with the likes of Crosby and the next wave of superstars coming, a TV deal will be there to be had...It could very well be ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, or a new competitive national sports network from Comcast. No matter what, the NHL will be back on TV in the states when all this shakes down and the excitement of the sport returns..A better deal is out there..."

I feel bad for the great hockey people that work at ESPN. Once again, great hockey people get the short end of the stick...This infuriates me to no end.

It is not surprising that this news was released on the Friday before Memorial Day Week-end. It is smart to bury this, because it will be viewed as a negative. And this clears next week from bad news, therefore giving the NHL an opportunity to put out good news...

I will report occasionally on the holiday week-end, but almost everyone I talk to is taking the weekend off to spend time away from all of this....If something breaks, I will be here....Otherwise brace yourself for a few long nights next week...you will need some sleep...



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