Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/06/06 at 04:04 PM ET
The NHL wants to stream games in Canada during the upcoming season but it doesn’t sound like it has all the pucks in a row just yet. Doug Perlman, EVP-media, told the Toronto Globe & Mail the league needs to clear carriage with national and regional television rights holders. That complicated scenario, which also includes the out-of-market NHL Centre Ice cable/sat package, explains why Internet rights will be one of the main topics as the NHL negotiates its next TV rights deals there; agreements with CBC and TSN expire at the end of the ‘07-’08 season.
While Paidcontent.org claims that the Globe and Mail story is “padlocked,” here’s William Houston’s scoop—from August 3rd—but it’s still relevant:
Perlman said the league would need to clear the carriage of Internet game broadcasts with national and regional television rights holders as well as the distributors of the NHL Centre Ice pay-per-view package.
“You have to be mindful and respectful of our relationship with our partners,” he said. “But against that backdrop, we’re looking at how we can provide a streaming product that makes sense.”
Houston wonders whether the NHL would give its fans a discount for a “Center Ice” package:
The Canadian Football League, which started on-line streaming of CBC and TSN telecasts this season, charges $9.95 a game. Major League Baseball’s fee for a full season of out-of-market broadcasts streamed on MLB.com is $39.95 (U.S.).
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