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ESPN, why?

For all those clamoring to get the NHL back on ESPN, consider the following in light of the deal announced this week that adds college football’s Bowl Championship Series to the ESPN/ABC lineup from 2011 to 2014:

With this deal ESPN/ABC will now televise 29 of the 34 match-ups. Check it out for yourself at this year’s bowl television schedule. Go ahead and plug in ESPN for every Fox telecast except the Cotton Bowl. Bowl season monopoly—thy name is ESPN.

That from Deadspin writer Clay Travis.

With all that college football programming in December and early January, when exactly would they find time to feature the NHL, beyond late-night slots on ESPN2?  And once pitchers and catchers report for spring training, baseball will rule the airwaves at the self-proclaimed World Wide Leader.

I’ve long thought that a better way for the NHL to creep back into relevance is to get the Blackhawks on WGN, a channel that’s already included in most basic cable packages.  The fact that they’re an exciting young team doesn’t hurt, either.

As I understand it the Hawks are on local WGN in the Chicago area, so what would it take to get them on nationally, like the Chicago Bulls?


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