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from Gary Shelton of the St. Peterburg Times,
What in the wide world of sports is ESPN thinking? Dominoes? What, did someone forget the Pick-Up Sticks? Paintball championships. Poker tournaments. Rodeo. Game shows. Billiards. Kickboxing. Logrolling. Hot dog eating contests. Sports writers yelling at each other. If these are sports, they should hold the Olympics at Chuck E. Cheese's. The other day, I was in a restaurant, and bowling was on the TV. Not just any bowling, but trick bowling. Arena bowling, if you will. ...At this point, Bettman needs to bend a knee and issue a plea. He needs to point to all of the various ESPN channels and beg for one of them, any one, to show his league's games. He needs to settle for any announcer, even Chris Berman. If it takes it, he should offer to let the players play Trivial Pursuit between periods. Parcheesi, maybe. Frankly, the NHL needs ESPN. And despite the low ratings of the past year, ESPN could use the NHL.
more...I am not sure if Mr. Shelton realizes it or not, but ESPN did not want the NHL on their network. The best course of action is just wait, if the NHL continues to improve, maybe we can have a bidding war for network rights in the not to distant future.

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