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On The Move To ESPN

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

“It’s the right decision because ESPN is the biggest sports platform in the United States, probably the world,” Zadorov said. “It’s definitely a step forward for us to sell the game. We’re going to bring more people, more population to watch [us]. And it’s a big step up with the money as well for us, which is going to help us in the future with the next [collective-bargaining agreement].”

The money is undoubtedly the biggest positive from a league-business standpoint. The NHL will net $645 million annually from ESPN and Turner, plus another roughly $400 million annually from its ongoing Rogers/Sportsnet contract in Canada. It previously received less than $300 million annually from its contracts with NBC and Disney (for online streaming).

The increased TV revenue will balance the books after a devastating financial year and help the salary cap rise again — although that isn’t expected for another year or two.

“It’ll be good to get some freshness after the year we all had with COVID and everything,” Hawks forward Brett Connolly said. “It’ll be different, but hopefully it’s an advantage, which I think it will be.”


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If we know anything about ESPN and it’s owner, Disney,
there be more selective promotion of politics imported into sports.
And a giddily-greedy approach to being a propaganda platform for
Disney’s favorite government regime, the CCP.



If NBC Sports, which has the rights to those games and beyond, had re-upped with the NHL there may have been more cross-promotions. But we can count on Disney and the companies in its portfolio to do and say whatever the CCP wants.
And all signs are the NHL salivating over selling out for the profit potential of the CCP-controlled market, just as the NBA and its breathtakingly ignorant or corrupt and hypocritical stars, coaches, and executives have. On the other hand, the Canadian Parliament has come out squarely in favor boycotting Beijing. NHL players are famously reluctant to go against the grain and opine in way that might critique the choices of their peers. But the NHL has tried to become more socially conscious in the past year re: shortcomings not just in hockey but in society. Will anyone step up to do the same re: an obvious genocide? Going and smiling and playing a tacit PR role for that regime is a political statement, too, whether players and others associated with Team USA and Canada, etc. want to admit it or not.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/07/21 at 12:15 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

I noticed something unusual on my TV listings. I saw a promo ad as well. The Sat game vs Columbus is going to be on the CW network which is carried by channel 3 a Sinclair station. Channel 3.2 if you use an antenna. A sign of things to come for next year?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/07/21 at 05:55 PM ET

Paul's avatar

RGEP, Bally Sports tweet today,

Viewers in Michigan can watch tomorrow’s @DetroitRedWings game on the following stations & the Bally Sports app:

WMYD (MY20) – Detroit
WBSF (CW 46) – Flint
WWMT (CW 7) – Grand Rapids
WSMY (FOX47) – Lansing
Comet – Traverse City

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/21 at 05:59 PM ET

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