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NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 25, 2010) -VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and cable television home of the NHL, will open its sixth year of action with increased coverage featuring nine games across the first seven days of the season. 

The network drops the puck on its regular season coverage with a triple-header on Thursday, October 7, when the Carolina Hurricanes battle the Minnesota Wild from Helsinki, Finland, at 12 p.m. ET, followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET before finishing the night with a match-up featuring the Colorado Avalanche and 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.  Every NHL game on VERSUS is available in HD.

The first week of non-stop action continues with three additional overseas games from Helsinki; Stockholm, Sweden and Prague, Czech Republic on Friday and Saturday afternoon, exclusive coverage of the Colorado Avalanche/Detroit Red Wings contest on October 12 in VERSUS’ regularly-scheduled Tuesday night slot as well as games on Wednesday (New York Islanders at Washington) and Thursday night (Tampa Bay at Philadelphia), the first time in network history bonus games were added for the opening week.

VERSUS is entering the 2010/11 regular season with a lot of momentum based on tremendous ratings and viewership successes last season.  The network saw a 33-percent spike in HH ratings and a 20-percent increase in average viewership for the final six weeks of exclusive regular season game coverage as compared to the season prior.  In the postseason, the Conference Quarterfinal and Semifinal rounds were the most-watched first two rounds on cable since NHL Playoff viewership became available by Nielsen in the 1993/94 season, Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final made VERSUS the most-watched cable network in the country, while Games 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged 3.369 million viewers, up five percent over the 2009 average (3.212 million viewers).  Overall, last year’s postseason was the most-watched on cable since 2002. 

One major addition to VERSUS’ 2010/11 schedule is coverage of the NHL Heritage Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames from McMahon Stadium on Sunday, February 20, at 6 p.m. ET.  Not only is it the first outdoor game in Canada since 2003, but the Heritage Classic will be the first outdoor game ever broadcast on cable in the United States. 

Throughout the 2010/11 regular season VERSUS will televise 78 games, 13 more than last season, including 53 exclusive regular season games and 25 bonus games.  VERSUS will also air All-Star weekend from Raleigh, N.C. on January 29/30 and cap off the final week of the regular season with a game each night (Monday-Friday) leading into the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  During the postseason, VERSUS will once again air wall-to-wall action throughout each round, culminating with Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

All of the network’s non-bonus regular-season games are exclusive and VERSUS’ regular-season schedule features a ‘Game of the Week’ wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to watch an NHL game in the U.S. at that time.  VERSUS’ bonus game coverage is subject to local blackouts. 

Mike “Doc” Emrick will return as the network’s lead play-by-play announcer and will be joined all season long by the best NHL announcers in the game today, including Eddie Olczyk, Darren Eliot, Joe Beninati and John Forslund and the network’s studio show, Hockey Central, with host Bill Patrick and analysts Keith Jones and Brian Engblom will wrap up each night of NHL coverage.  In addition, the network will also televise special Hockey Central pre-game shows before 30 telecasts this season, starting on October 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

VERSUS’ 2010/11 regular season schedule highlights some of the most exciting games of the season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh Penguins all making a season-high 11 appearances on the network.  The Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers will each appear nine times this season. 

VERSUS’ full 2010-11 NHL regular season schedule follows (subject to change): 

DATE                                   GAMES                                                 TIME (ET)

Thurs. Oct. 7                           Carolina/Minnesota**                                    12:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 7                           Philadelphia at Pittsburgh                                 7:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 7                           Chicago at Colorado                                     10:00 PM

Fri. Oct. 8                               Minnesota/Carolina**                                    12:00 PM

Fri. Oct. 8                               Columbus/San Jose**                                    3:00 PM

Sat. Oct. 9                               Phoenix/Boston**                                        12:00 PM

Tues. Oct. 12                           Colorado at Detroit                                       7:30 PM

Wed. Oct. 13                           NY Islanders at Washington*                            7:00 PM

Thurs. Oct. 14                           Tampa Bay at Philadelphia*                              7:00 PM

Mon. Oct. 18                             Colorado at NY Rangers                                 7:00 PM

Tues. Oct. 19                           Boston at Washington                                   7:30 PM

Mon. Oct. 25                             Los Angeles at Minnesota                                 8:00 PM

Tues. Oct. 26                           Buffalo at Philadelphia                                   7:30 PM

Tues. Nov. 2                             San Jose at Minnesota                                   8:00 PM

Mon. Nov. 8                             Phoenix at Detroit                                       7:30 PM

Tues. Nov. 9                             Washington at NY Rangers                               7:30 PM

Mon. Nov. 15                           St. Louis at Colorado                                     8:00 PM

Tues. Nov. 16                           Philadelphia at Montreal                                 7:00 PM

Wed. Nov. 17                           Boston at NY Rangers*                                  7:00 PM

Mon. Nov. 22                           Boston at Tampa Bay                                   7:30 PM

Wed. Nov. 24                           St. Louis at Nashville                                     8:00 PM

Mon. Nov. 29                           Dallas at Carolina                                       7:30 PM

Tues. Nov. 30                           St. Louis at Chicago                                     8:00 PM

Mon. Dec. 6                             San Jose at Detroit                                       7:30 PM

Tues. Dec. 7                             Buffalo at Boston                                         7:30 PM

Wed. Dec. 8                             San Jose at Philadelphia*                                7:00 PM

Mon. Dec. 13                           Los Angeles at Detroit                                   7:30 PM

Tues. Dec. 14                           Pittsburgh at Philadelphia                                 7:00 PM

Wed. Dec. 15                           NY Rangers at Pittsburgh*                              7:00 PM

Mon. Dec. 20                           Anaheim at Boston                                       7:30 PM

Tues. Dec. 21                           New Jersey at Washington                               7:30 PM

Mon. Dec. 27                           Minnesota at Columbus                                   7:30 PM

Tues. Dec. 28                           Boston at Tampa Bay                                   7:30 PM

Fri. Dec. 31                             Phoenix at St. Louis                                     8:30 PM

Mon. Jan. 3                             Chicago at Los Angeles                                   9:00 PM

Tues. Jan. 4                             Minnesota at New Jersey                                 7:00 PM

Mon. Jan. 10                             Boston at Pittsburgh                                     7:30 PM

Tues. Jan. 11                           Philadelphia at Buffalo                                   7:30 PM

Mon. Jan. 17                             Los Angeles at Dallas                                   8:30 PM

Tues. Jan. 18                           Montreal at Buffalo                                       7:30 PM

Mon. Jan. 24                             NY Rangers at Washington                               7:30 PM

Tues. Jan. 25                           Montreal at Philadelphia                                 7:30 PM

Wed. Jan. 26                           New Jersey at Detroit*                                  7:00 PM

Sat. Jan. 29                             NHL Skills Competition                                   TBD

Sun. Jan 30                             NHL All-Star Game                                       TBD

Tues. Feb. 1                             Pittsburgh at NY Rangers                                 7:30 PM

Tues. Feb. 1                             Phoenix at San Jose*                                    10:00 PM

Wed. Feb. 2                             NY Islanders at Pittsburgh*                              7:00 PM

Mon. Feb. 7                             NY Rangers at Detroit                                   7:30 PM

Tues. Feb. 8                             Buffalo at Tampa Bay                                   7:30 PM

Wed. Feb. 9                             Montreal at Boston*                                    7:00 PM

Mon. Feb. 14                           Washington at Phoenix                                   8:00 PM

Tues. Feb. 15                           Buffalo at Montreal                                       7:30 PM

Wed. Feb. 16                           Minnesota at Chicago*                                  8:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 20                             Montreal at Calgary* (Heritage Classic)                  6:00 PM

Mon. Feb.21                             Washington at Pittsburgh                                 7:30 PM

Tues. Feb. 22                           New Jersey at Dallas                                     8:30 PM

Wed. Feb. 23                           San Jose at Pittsburgh*                                  7:30 PM

Mon. Feb. 28                           Chicago at Minnesota                                     8:00 PM

Tues. March 1                           Buffalo at NY Rangers                                   7:00 PM

Wed. March 2                           Pittsburgh at Toronto*                                  7:00 PM

Mon. March 7                           Washington at Tampa Bay                               7:00 PM

Tues. March 8                           Colorado at Minnesota                                   8:00 PM

Wed. March 9                           Chicago at Tampa Bay*                                  7:30 PM

Mon. March 14                           San Jose at Chicago                                     8:00 PM

Tues. March 15                         Carolina at Buffalo                                       7:30 PM

Wed. March 16                         Washington at Detroit*                                  7:30 PM

Mon. March 21                           Pittsburgh at Detroit                                     7:30 PM

Tues. March 22                         Washington at Philadelphia                               7:30 PM

Wed. March 23                         Vancouver at Detroit*                                    7:00 PM

Mon. March 28                           Chicago at Detroit                                       7:30 PM

Tues. March 29                         Chicago at Boston                                       7:30 PM

Wed. March 30                         NY Rangers at Buffalo*                                  7:00 PM

Thurs. March 31                         Columbus at Washington*                                7:00 PM

Mon. April 4                             Boston at NY Rangers                                   7:30 PM

Mon. April 4                             Los Angeles at San Jose*                                10:00 PM

Tues. April 5                             New Jersey at Pittsburgh                                 7:30 PM

Wed. April 6                             St. Louis at Chicago*                                    8:00 PM

Thurs. April 7                           Atlanta at NY Rangers*                                  7:00 PM

Fri. April 8                               Chicago at Detroit*                                      7:00 PM

*Bonus Games

**European Games

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the fastest growing sports cable network in the country

To paraphrase Betelgeuse, this just keeps getting funnier every single time I see it. smile

Posted by BobTheZee on 08/25/10 at 03:34 PM ET

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A fairly nice balance of Eastern and Western Conference opponents for the Wings.  Seeing a lot more Monday and Wednesday night matches.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 08/25/10 at 03:45 PM ET

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This sucks!

IN alot of cable or satelite packages you have to go out of your way to buy verses. The only reason for getting Versus is for the Hockey, the rest of the time versus just airs stupid shows about wildlife or hunting. So you end up paying extra money to get this cable package, so you can watch three or four wings games that FSN doesnt get. The three or four wings games that versus gets, they force FSN to get blacked out so you have to watch versus. The only thing you really need versus for is the playoffs, and thats it.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/25/10 at 04:51 PM ET

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The only reason for getting Versus is for the Hockey, the rest of the time versus just airs stupid shows about wildlife or hunting.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/25/10 at 03:51 PM ET

VERSUS actually currently carries NHL, MMA, IndyCar open-wheel racing, Cycling, and 1 or two NCAA Football conferences (Mountain West is one I think?).  They also carry bull riding, which more people watch than you think.  They also carried Arena Football before it imploded, and have shown other sports when they can get it.  I would expect that if the new arena league can ever get going again and prove they’re back to stay, they’ll try and nab it again.

But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of another one of your baseless, senseless , predictable rants.

Posted by Primis on 08/25/10 at 08:00 PM ET

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Posted by Primis on 08/25/10 at 07:00 PM ET

Yeah Primis, Im sure lots of people love that station. I was just speaking about the general perception people have about that station. I was speaking on the behalf of people who purchased that package for wings games. People who rarely have an interest in any other shows.

Im sure there are lots of people that watch bull fighting and the out door stuff. Not to mention MMA.

Just the perception is that its extra money to basically get a few wings games. Most people just want the hockey. Comcast screws us by linking it to that package. There was a huge debate on one of our local sports radio stations talking about this same issue.

Its simply alot of money for very little. If you simply just like the hockey. Remember, just the hockey.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/25/10 at 08:17 PM ET

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Just the perception is that its extra money to basically get a few wings games. Most people just want the hockey. Comcast screws us by linking it to that package. There was a huge debate on one of our local sports radio stations talking about this same issue.

Its simply alot of money for very little. If you simply just like the hockey. Remember, just the hockey.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/25/10 at 07:17 PM ET

Then don’t use Comcast.  Do what my parents had to do and ditch them and get either Dish or DirecTV.  It’s really that simple.  Comcast screws people in enough other ways anyhow, if they are your carrier, this is hardly the only instance.  People forget there ARE other options out there… 

I can safely say I’ve never felt bad about doing what I’ve needed to do to get Versus with either DirectTV or Charter.  If you want it, get it.  If you don’t, then you don’t really want it that badly.  Same thing with doing what I need to do to make sure I get NHL Network.  Either you’re willing, or you’re not.  There is no third option.  Honestly, we probably won’t get Center Ice this year simply because NHL Network gives me enough look-ins with On The Fly…

I’m sick of people bashing on Versus though because their favorite carrier makes it difficult to get.  That is hardly Versus’ fault, that’s the carrier’s fault.

Posted by Primis on 08/25/10 at 10:41 PM ET

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