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by Paul on 05/21/07 at 07:50 AM ET
from Cris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
NBC made a business decision here, choosing high-priced horse advertising over a commercial-free overtime.
But what does this say about the NHL?
It says the league is so desperate to please American networks that it’s willing to take this kind of abuse. This is the same league that scheduled Saturday’s game for 2 p.m. to appease NBC. That decision deprived Ottawa fans of a traditional Saturday night spot while costing the loyal CBC hundreds of thousands of viewers and countless dollars in ad revenues.
For kowtowing to NBC, the league gets a slap in the face.
More accurately, it got a slap in the face, a punch in the solar plexus and a kick in the rear with a frozen boot.
Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Upon further review, the National Hockey League’s national television situation looks worse by the moment.
You will recall that the NHL left the ESPN/ESPN2/ABC family to hook up with the obscure Versus, formerly the Outdoor Life Network, and NBC, with a revenue-sharing plan instead of rights fees.
So what happens during this postseason? Local NBC affiliates dumped playoff hockey for local programming.
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
Poor NHL. If the league isn’t shooting itself in the foot, it’s getting blasted by friendly fire.
Maybe you saw what happened Saturday. You probably didn’t. It was a May Saturday, so you probably weren’t watching if you aren’t a hockey fan. Even if you are, you couldn’t watch if you don’t have, don’t know you have or just can’t find the Versus cable network in your home.
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