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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Of all the contracts signed this summer, the 10-year, $2 billion deal the NHL gave to Comcast/NBC is the most curious.

Unless, that is, you’re Comcast/NBC/Ed Snider/the Flyers….

There may be every good reason for the league to be on NBC and NBC/Versus, which is giving the sport major league status, rather than on ESPN, which never did and likely never would.

But for the NHL to have essentially made an inside deal that lasts for a decade in which there are no triggers, no escalators, no options, no out-clauses, regardless of the ratings or other potential opportunities, is as short-sighted as it gets.

Unless, of course, the deal has something to do with the fact the NHL has full lockout protection for next season and will receive its $150 million or $155 million (the rights fee increases somewhere around 4-percent a year over the course of the deal) even if there isn’t a single game played.

There’s something slightly questionable, isn’t there, when the league strikes a deal favorable to Comcast/NBC when Comcast/NBC also controls the Flyers?

What a coincidence that the Flyers happen to be in the Winter Classic for the second time in the last three years.

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Brooks Newsflash:  There is insider deal making in American business. I am aghast and shocked! Why do you think our economy is in the sewer, cronyism and deal making to benefit a few while the rest get screwed! That being said, I think in this case the cash is flowing back towards the NHL not the other way around. So as long as hockey is on the right side of sleazy business deals, I can live with it. What choice do you have?

Posted by timbits on 12/04/11 at 03:48 PM ET

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There’s something slightly questionable, isn’t there, when the league strikes a deal favorable to Comcast/NBC when Comcast/NBC also controls the Flyers?

What a coincidence that the Flyers happen to be in the Winter Classic for the second time in the last three years.

“The Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people, under the supervision of the reverse vampires, are forcing our parents to go to bed early in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner!”

The Pens played in the Winter Classic in 2008 and 2011; where’s the corporate conspiracy there, Brooks? I still don’t like the Comcast/NBC merger, for more than one reason, but none of those reasons include which teams are picked for the Winter Classic or showcased on NBC. Don’t worry, Brooks, NBC will continue to favor the Eastern Conference in their choice of games because they play in the eastern time zone, which, obviously, includes NY teams.

Posted by Aphaea on 12/04/11 at 06:35 PM ET

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Philly is included because they move the ratings meter.

I do wish they’d force an ownership change in Philly though, because while I don’t THINK there’s any shenanigans there, the potential for them is ripe and it’s easy to accuse them of it.

Brooks just hates it though because the Rangers aren’t the top billing and story every single week, and in his (very narrow and warped) mind the NYR are the NHL’s flagship team.

Posted by Primis on 12/04/11 at 07:41 PM ET

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