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Custance Now An Insider

via ESPN tweet,

Extremely pleased to announce that @CraigCustance will be joining ESPN’s hockey coverage as the new Insider blogger.

Since we are talking insider (paid) information, do/will you pay for the service?

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I wouldnt pay for this, I believe as many others do, that TSN’s insiders are much more connected and accurate. They also provide their information free. McKenzie & Dreger are unbeatable!

Posted by holdt on 08/29/11 at 01:33 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Who in their right mind would pay for coverage from a network that treats the NHL like a sideshow when the best hockey coverage on the web is available for free.  *cough* *Kuklas Korner* *cough*

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/29/11 at 01:35 PM ET

yzer19man's avatar

I paid for this “service” for a year, mainly to receive ESPN the Mag, and while that aspect of the deal was worth it, the online content was lacking, especially anything related to NHL news, compared with free outlets like TSN or the greatest site known to man, KUKLAS! Thanks Paul and all that contribute

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 08/29/11 at 01:48 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

This isn’t going to get me to pay for insider access, but it’s one more step in the right direction for the print side of ESPN.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/29/11 at 02:12 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

I haven’t paid and will not pay for “Custance coverage.”

Posted by TheFreak on 08/29/11 at 02:30 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

So ESPN’s essentially going to mute one of the best sportswriters in the industry? Great…

ESPN’s Insider service is cost and content prohibitive to people who only follow hockey, so if Custance leaves the Sporting News for this gig, it’s just going to limit Custance’s audience and impact in a big way.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/29/11 at 03:23 PM ET


My spam filter blocks all four letter words and four letter networks fall under this category. I won’t pay for coverage from a network that pretends the sport doesn’t exist.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/29/11 at 03:43 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Too much free information out there, not sure why anyone would pay for this?

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 08/29/11 at 05:12 PM ET


George, you took the words right out of my mouth.  I’m sure the money is better for Custance, and the brand recognition, and maybe he’ll end up doing some TV spots (ESPN News?), but it certainly does shut him off from most serious hockey fans.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 08/30/11 at 04:01 AM ET

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