Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/17/05 at 08:59 PM ET
The National Hockey League is expected to wait until Thursday morning to announce which network has been awarded the rights agreement to televise its games, as a result of confusion over the deadline for ESPN to file a matching bid to Comcast's Outdoor Life Network. OLN bid a guaranteed $135 million for the first two years, and another $72.5 million for a third option year, according to sources, and OLN believed the deadline was 5 p.m. Wednesday, while ESPN believed the deadline was midnight. ESPN would not comment on whether it would make a bid, but earlier in the day, an ESPN representative had said, "We've been carrying hockey for a long time. Sure we're interested in continuing."
update 10:52pm, This bit of news has been expected for quite some time and has no implication on the ESPN decision:
Following months of rampant speculation in media circles over his imminent departure, ESPN late Wednesday announced that Mark Shapiro, ESPN’s executive vp of programming and production, will be leaving the company on Oct. 1 to become CEO of Red Zone, LLC, a private investment company controlled by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
more on this from Media Week…
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