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from MultiChannel News,
With threats of pulling the networks looming, Charter Communications reached new carriage commitments with Comcast-owned The Golf Channel and Versus.
Sources familiar with the situation indicated that the distribution deals that Golf and Versus (nee OLN) negotiated separately with Charter expired around 15 months ago. And while extensions have kept the services on Charter’s air to date since early 2006, the parties have now evidently ended a stalemate over Charter’s intention to move Golf and Versus to a sports tier from their current basic positioning.
Thanks to a KK reader for the tip and as I said in the KK Forum today and to numerous people who emailed, me, they have been trying to get it settled.
Some people tried to make this a lot bigger deal than it was.\
added 9:33pm, More on this from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
Good news, puckheads: If you watch Versus on cable TV you won’t miss a second of playoff action. And there was much rejoicing.
Thanks to KK Member SteveNJ...
Into the home stretch folks, now that we know the NBC will be our home next season, let’s keep watching this season.
In other NBC news, they will be airing a special 30-minute pre-game show on April 14th, before their initial coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Great news for hockey addicts everywhere.
The NHL On NBC Countdown to Faceoff
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Brett Hull and Ray Ferraro
12:30 PM ET
NHL On NBC
Game of the Week
Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
AVAILABLE IN HD
Play By Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Reporter: Brett Hull
Will air in 83.8% of the U.S., and in the following NHL markets in the United States: Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Minnesota, Colorado, Dallas, Phoenix, Boston, Buffalo, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay Washington.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League is widely perceived to be a sport going nowhere in the United States.
Hockey? Hardly worthy of a place at the table with football, baseball and basketball.
But audience results from last Sunday afternoon suggest otherwise.
The NHL telecast on NBC (Boston Bruins-Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers-New York Islanders regionally) drew a larger national audience than ABC’s National Basketball Association telecast (Phoenix Suns-Sacramento Kings).
Now if some national media types in the US would pick up on this…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NBC-NHL television deal is a revenue-sharing agreement. No rights fee is involved. But is the league making money from the NBC telecasts?
Bettman suggested revenue has increased this season. “I think it’s at least as good. And with the playoffs not having started yet, it has the potential to be even better.”
Neither side would discuss specific figures, but Bettman noted that profit from TV is distributed equally among the 30 NHL clubs.
more... plus some Versus ratings numbers…
The National Hockey League’s theme for this year’s Stanley Cup playoff is “Do or Die.” To promote this theme and the event’s upcoming Conference Quarterfinals, the NHL has created a promo piece featuring some of the league’s greatest players.
Watch and enjoy... (31.0MB)
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Steve Lepore at SportsFan Magazine,
Super-zoomed in cameras are not the answer to the NHL’s television problem. Just because we’re getting closer to the ice with the angle does not give you a better view of the game, it worsens it. Watching New Jersey-Florida from Sunrise on Saturday, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Grinding along the boards was a mystery, a few goals were out of sight.
Also some very flattering words about Kuklas Korner,
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NBC Sports and the National Hockey League today announced an extension of their revenue sharing partnership through the 2007-08 season highlighted by a new, innovative “Game of the Week” flexible scheduling component. The deal includes an NBC option for 2008-09. The joint announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
“Flexible scheduling will always allow us to have the best possible games,” said Ebersol. “Nothing could be better for hockey fans, who now will be able to see the best teams and marquee players on national broadcast television each week.”
added 11:24am, NBC release...
As the race for Stanley Cup Playoff spots approaches its dramatic conclusion, the National Hockey League (NHL) has given fans the opportunity to catch all the excitement by offering special pricing on the Center Ice Online package.
For the remainder of the regular season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds (all games subject to local blackout), subscribers in the U.S. and Canada are able to watch up to 40 games per week through Center Ice Online on NHL.com. The one-time fee in the U.S. is now $49 and in Canada it is $43.
To purchase the League’s online subscription package, log on to NHL.com or CenterIce.NHL.tv. NHL Center Ice Online is a portable service; once registered from a home location, the service can be accessed remotely through a broadband connection on any computer throughout the U.S. and Canada.
NHL Center Ice is currently available in the U.S. and Canada on the following League cable and satellite distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network, iNDEMAND, Bell Express Vu, Rogers, Cogeco, Access, Eastlink and others.
via Sports Business Journal, 1.1 Rating and a 3 share- regional coverage.
STAMFORD, Conn. (March 26, 2007)- VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, will televise wall-to-wall Stanley Cup playoff action beginning April 11 with the Conference Quarterfinals and all the series leading up to and including the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Each night VERSUS will televise one or two playoff games as well as the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”. VERSUS will announce its playoff schedule on April 9.
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