Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/24/05 at 08:13 AM ET
Despite his initial concerns about the lockout's negative effect on the NHL, Bill Clement is now optimistic about the league, its future and its new television home on OLN. "The way things turned out, there won't be as much damage as I once thought and I'm optimistic the fan base will not take as long to build back as I once feared," Clement, hired last week as studio host for the NHL on OLN, said in a phone interview this week. "We have an incredible business model and the sport is back with its wheels on rails." "I'm really excited for the NHL that they found a partner to lock arms with," Clement said. "It didn't seem as if the NHL and ESPN could find the same page. At OLN, the NHL is a big fish in a small pond. At ESPN, it was a little fish in a big pond." OLN, which is available in 64 million households compared to ESPN's 90 million, will broadcast 58 regular-season games. After the season-opening telecast of the Flyers-Rangers on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the network regularly will air games on Monday and Tuesday nights. "That gives us a leg up because fans will know when to find us," Clement said.
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