Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/30/07 at 09:08 PM ET
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
Unless I see something that tells me otherwise, I’d rather see the NHL leave games on NBC and Versus. Yeah, an ESPN connection would raise the league’s public-relations image. And if NBC wants out of the deal, the NHL is right to do something to assure its TV presence on a high-level U.S. broadcast outlet, preferably one available to the highest number of viewers. Free TV, rather than cable.
Hard-core fans aren’t the NHL’s primary concern. They are hooked and in the creel. It’s casual fans the league needs to grow its base and popularity. And realigning with the magical machine that is ESPN would seem a bonanza in the making.
Nah. Leave the games on Versus. Better yet, go through with the proposed NHL Network. It’s better than being a second citizen on ESPN.
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