Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/31/05 at 09:02 AM ET
It's no secret that the rest of the cable world would love to see a competitor for ESPN. And who's better suited for the role than Comcast? ESPN has a reputation for playing hardball in carriage talks with distributors. Comcast is to the distribution side of the cable industry what ESPN is to the programming side. What if Comcast were to play hardball in return, being able to say, ''We don't need you at this price," and not blinking at the last minute and paying up as Cox did the last time around? Especially if Comcast had its own all-sports network in the making? The first piece of the puzzle to achieve all-sports legitimacy would be to acquire the NHL's national rights. Indications are that such a deal is in place and waiting to be announced this week, once the NHL finishes anointing Sidney Crosby as its savior during this weekend's draft festivities in Ottawa.
update 7:10am, Another article from the Philadelphia Inquirer
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