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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

There are just too many numbers that add up to adding another team and I suspect some owners will be pressing the commissioner to look at it, now.

Here are some of those numbers:

4 and 10: Houston (No. 4) and Seattle (No. 10) are the largest TV markets in the United States without an NHL team.

4: The number of years left on the league’s TV deal with NBC, and you have to think the value of the league’s media rights stand to grow if it’s in more and bigger TV markets. There’s also the possibility that both Fox and ESPN might be interested once again in a U.S. national hockey deal.


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TreKronor's avatar

I don’t think there is any way NBC loses the rights during the next contract negotiations. They’ve invested a ton in the NHL and have actually done a pretty good job. Minus the on screen personnel.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/12/17 at 08:01 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Have you heard Michael Smith trying to talk hockey with Barry Melrose?

At this stage, I would give TV rights to espn if they doubled the NBCSN offer.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/12/17 at 08:05 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Wouldnt give*

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/12/17 at 08:06 PM ET


I’m not sure where they are getting their numbers but Atlanta (10) is a bigger TV market than Seattle (14) and Houston is typically listed at 8th. Considering Phoenix is a bigger market than Seattle perhaps TV market shouldn’t be the main focus. It matters a lot more how many people would watch hockey in those markets.

Owners can’t see past the $$$s but they’d be better off making sure some franchises have more stability before expanding even more.

Posted by evileye on 10/13/17 at 10:11 AM ET

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