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NHL Contract 2011 TV

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by la24philly, Feb 15, 2011.

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    after reading the article, i see ED snider is basically wants to keep NHL on VS/ NBC the guy who basically created VS.

    Now they make the guy who ran the CSN regional sports network president of VS.

    brian enblom now doing games and among many changes nbc can do with VS.

    will see i see games on usa network or maybe nbc creates its on sports network
     
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    ed snider is also behind all of this
     
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    Maybe they'll get Mike Emrick and Bill Clement back together.
     
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    i hope the coverage improves
     
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    Fox, Turner show interest in NHL
    By Sports Business Daily - February 28th, 2011

    Fox and Turner are taking an early look at the NHL’s cable TV package, raising the likelihood that the league will have a competitive bidding process — with as many as four networks — as it negotiates new TV deals this year.

    Versus’ exclusive negotiating window ended in late January, leading the league to send out feelers to several networks to gauge interest in the NHL’s TV rights. The league reached out to ESPN, which held the NHL’s TV rights from 1992 to 2004, and is still engaged in talks with Versus, its current rights holder.

    For the past several months, ESPN has been open about its interest in kicking the tires on the NHL’s cable package and was considered Versus’ main competition for the rights. Many NHL executives have favored a move back to ESPN. And with the NBA facing the possibility of canceling games next season, ESPN could be in the market for more winter sports on its schedule. Plus, ESPN has a history with the NHL, having launched ESPN2 in 1993 with a heavy schedule of NHL games.

    Versus is expected to make a strong bid to retain the NHL, which is the Comcast-owned channel’s highest-rated programming. This will be the first major TV sports negotiation by the combined Comcast-NBC since federal regulators approved their merger last month. The league is hoping that Comcast will want to send a message that it’s serious about picking up sports rights by stepping up and keeping the NHL.

    But the league’s outreach to Fox and Turner shows that it wants to build an auction process that will push the TV rights package well above the $77.5 million annual payout it gets from Versus.

    Sources at those two programming groups said that while things still are in the exploratory stage, they are interested in examining the rights package further.

    Fox has been looking to add sports to its FX cable channel, and many of its regional sports networks have deals with NHL teams. Turner could be interested in bringing more sports to its TruTV cable channel. In March, TruTV will begin telecasting some NCAA Tournament games.

    While they’ve been happy with the production quality, some NHL executives have been frustrated with the overall visibility of Versus, which still is not available in many bars and restaurants. It also has the lowest distribution of the potential networks. ESPN2 is in 99 million homes, FX is in 96 million homes, TruTV is in 92 million homes and Versus is in 76 million homes.

    As the next big national rights deal to be negotiated, the NHL is hoping that these channels will view hockey as a way to build their on-air sports portfolio. Any deal also could include the NHL’s international TV rights, which also are up.

    “Looking at the next bunch of rights deals that are up, it’s the NHL, the Pac-10, the Olympics and the NFL,” said a source involved with the talks. “That’s kind of it for a while.”

    The NHL is going into this bidding process with a fair bit of momentum. The league’s viewership numbers on Versus are up 13 percent this year. Through Feb. 20, Versus’ NHL games have averaged 319,000 viewers, compared to last year’s 283,000 through Feb. 9.

    The NHL’s negotiating position was helped last week when it signed a $375 million deal with MillerCoors in the U.S. and Molson Coors in Canada that includes at least $100 million in committed media buys.

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/J...urner-NHL.aspx
     
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    With the NFL rights coming and before the NFT ST deal ends.

    Will any moves kill or make big changes to the NFT ST deal like how the new NCCA deal killed Mega March Madness.
     
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    I still think Comcast t will keep the contract. The ratings for both VS and NBC are not high enough for Fox,Turner or ESPN to want to out bid Comcast for the tv rights.

    Plus with the very real possibility of the NHL losing two American tv markets because of relocation ( PHX and ATL ), why would Fox,Turner or ESPN want a new long term tv deal with the NHL?
     
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    ATL goes before NSH or FLA?
     
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    NSH is in decent shape now.They got another investor this season.


    FL has very few tv viewers ( 3,000 hh ) and alot of empty seats for it's games but are not leaving yet.
     
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    wilpon of the mets wants to buy islanders n build an arena in queens near citi field.

    fla just got a new home i dont know how many years are left in their lease
     
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  13. S.C. Am

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    There will be no major US tv contract as long as Bettman is commissioner. The sooner, the NHL owners get their heads out of the sand and can Bettman; the closer they are to a contract.

    Major US nets know that Bettman's "Roller Derby on Ice" is a no sale.
     
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    Bettman just got a 5 yr extension.
     

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