Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/04/07 at 07:58 PM ET
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
After all, it’s television that has the most to gain from a change in format and it’s television that has the most to lose under the current format.
The way the NHL does overtime in the playoffs today, there are no commercials, a huge loss to TV in that it doesn’t make a lot of money on hockey to begin with and when games go to lengthy overtime, TV not only has to absorb the costs of paying a great many union-rate techies and production people, but it also sees the games cutting - sometimes cutting deeply - into regularly scheduled programming.
That’s a triple double hit for television in that not only does it not earn any additional revenue from the extra sessions and has to pay extra production costs, but it loses revenue already committed because it has to dump regularly scheduled programming and it’s already sold advertising.
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