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by Paul on 01/12/11 at 12:30 AM ET
Gary Bettman is in San Jose tonight for the Leafs/Sharks game and David Pollak of Working the Corners was part of a media Q & A,
What’s the timetable on the new TV deal?
“Soon. We’re in an exclusive negotiating period with Versus although we’ve been laying low because they’re waiting to see what the government does with the merger with NBC-Universal. My guess is within the next couple months or so, we’ll be focused on the TV arrangements in the United States on a national basis, both on cable and over the air.”
How much longer is the exclusive period with Versus?
“It expires soon. I’m not sure why that’s relevant. I don’t like negotiating in public.”
Well how much is the merger part complicating things?
“I wouldn’t say it’s complicating anything. It probably behooves everybody to have that behind us so we can work because in the final analysis, if the merger is approved, NBC and Versus will be under one roof and I think that’s a plus for us.”
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