Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/19/05 at 10:18 AM ET
Could Spike TV, the home of Ultimate Fighting Championship, become the next cable home of the NHL? "We've had conversations with the NHL, and we're taking a wait-and-see approach," said Kevin Kay, Spike's executive vice president of programming and production. "I don't think we're in the business of paying huge license fees for sports rights, so we would be really interested in a kind of revenue-sharing deal." That's the type of deal the NHL made with NBC, but the league refused a similar opportunity with ESPN after the network opted out of its contract to televise games next season. Stars president Jim Lites has said he would prefer to see the NHL stay off cable next season rather than accept a no-rights-fee deal. "We're just coming off our highest-rated quarter in the history of the channel, so it feels like we have a great viewer base," Kay said. "I think we could do them a lot of good and they could do us a lot of good if we ever got to that place." Spike would love to add live events to its sports lineup. The network airs a weekend Major League Baseball highlight show, Maximum MLB, plus a reality program that followed the trials and tribulations of NBA rookies. Another reality-based program, Super Agent, is coming soon, taking an inside look at the cut-throat, multi-million dollar world of sports agents. The show features Dallas-based sports agent Scott Casterline.
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