Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/20/11 at 12:47 AM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
The resignation of NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol raises serious questions about the network’s commitment to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia – and, by extension, the attendance of NHL players in those Games. Industry rumours said Ebersol was having trouble convincing the new owners of NBC and Comcast to shell out the significant money needed for Sochi after losing a considerable amount on the Vancouver Games in 2010. Matters reportedly came to a head Thursday morning, with Ebersol telling staffers he was gone.
It’s hard to see the NHL doing business on ABC or ESPN after signing its recent 10-year deal with the NBC and Comcast. The negotiations for the U.S. Olympic TV rights will be determined in June.
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