Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/20/05 at 09:55 PM ET
The National Hockey League is moving to Comcast via OLN after ESPN rejected matching the cable provider's offer sheet this past week. Comcast will pay $65 million in the first year, then $70 million with the money increasing on option years. Its focus now is to build its network and talent base. The next move should be hiring Bill Clement, whose contract with ESPN expires on Sept. 30. Quite frankly, Clement is the best hockey analyst in North America. "I love hockey," Clement said this week. "Especially now, because I am so optimistic about the sport. (Commissioner) Gary Bettman has refined the business model; there's rules changes to make the game better. It's all positive. It's a new beginning for the NHL."
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