Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/16/05 at 09:51 AM ET
Q: Are you happy with what you've seen from new cable partner OLN? A: If you want to put something in perspective, to accomplish what they did on about six weeks' notice is nothing short of phenomenal. This year on OLN will be a work in progress in two respects: 1, as the year goes on they'll get better and better in doing all the things they want to do, and they're not in a fire drill; and 2, the schedule we agreed to put together really won't be in place for a year; that is, on Monday nights have all the hockey in the U.S. to themselves, and two good exclusive games on a lighter schedule on Tuesday nights. Remember we did the schedule before we even announced the deal; we didn't even know what our cable arrangements were going to be. And it wasn't just who our partner was going to be, it was what was the right schedule. And there were a lot of variables because we were talking to different parties. But this year will be a work in progress, and they will only get better, and next year, when people look at what they do and our ratings this will be a very good move both for OLN and for us. Also, look at their coverage at the end of the game; there's a nice studio show, they're not blasting off to somewhere else.
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