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NHL, NBC, Versus reach 10-year deal


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#1 OFFLINE   digidan

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:03 PM

Here's some news we all dreaded, get used to seeing NHL on Versus for a long time to come :mad::mad::mad:

http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=560238

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:42 PM

Glad to see it. Versus/NBC/Comcast will do a much better Job with the game than ESPN.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:45 PM

i would rather be 1st priority than 5th on espn2

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:46 PM

Yeah, I really don't get the Versus hate. I get the channel, I get it in HD and they care about hockey. Coverage has been improving. So I punch in 603 rather than 206. Honestly I'd rather watch in on Versus and not be bothered by the ESPN ticker all game.

I do hope they take advantage of some of the other NBC stations though for overflow, to show other games, etc.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:53 PM

http://www.thestar.c...with-nbc-versus

In a joint announcement Tuesday, the NHL and the NBC Sports Group said the new deal will run through the 2020-21 season. The package is reportedly worth a total of $2 billion.

NBC will remain the exclusive network home for the NHL, and Versus is retaining the major cable rights. The NHL had drawn interest from ESPN, Turner and FOX, but decided to stay where it has been for the past six years since the end of the season-long lockout.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:01 PM

Makes sense. Versus needs content. No hate here for them either. I actually rarely watch ESPN anymore - I'm more apt to go right to Channels 212,213,215. Not a fan of basketball or the ESPN brand anymore.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:04 PM

Here's some news we all dreaded...


Who's we? The hockey fans I know are happy with this deal (including myself.)

P.S. Why is this in the D* forum?
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:05 PM

Yeah, I really don't get the Versus hate. I get the channel, I get it in HD and they care about hockey. Coverage has been improving. So I punch in 603 rather than 206. Honestly I'd rather watch in on Versus and not be bothered by the ESPN ticker all game.

I do hope they take advantage of some of the other NBC stations though for overflow, to show other games, etc.


but what channels?

Will they pull round 1 and 2 RSN games?

Will VS over flow become temp full time channel for playoff time?

Will cable systems have a VS feed and a VS alt feed?

No way for VS to fit in all the round 2 games.

With they put NHL playoff games on G4? E!? Universal Sports? NHL network ? Syfy? A&E? lifetime? lifetime movie? Chiller? Sleuth? The Weather Channel? USA? CNBC? MSNBC? Bravo? nhl exata on CSN? (but not all areas have a CSN and even them some CSN's don't have the room with the NBA and MLB in the way)

Will ESPN, Turner and FOX now get the olympics as NBC had to pay out big to get the new NHL deal.

the only good thing about pulling round 2 from the RSN is to free up room on indemand for more NBA and MLB games / HD games.

Edited by JoeTheDragon, 19 April 2011 - 02:56 PM.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:18 PM

Who's we? The hockey fans I know are happy with this deal (including myself.)

P.S. Why is this in the D* forum?


Good question, it has been moved to the Sports Programming Forum.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:32 PM

did you read they are renaming versus within 90 days?
http://www.chicagotr...0,7969462.story

Any guesses to the new channel name?

Xfinity Sports?
Comcast Sports USA?
NBC Sportschannel?
Cagefighting and Hockey Channel?
ESPN without the dogshows, poker, and X-games?
Future Contract Dispute with DirecTV Sports?

Edited by aa9vi, 19 April 2011 - 02:38 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:38 PM

did you read they are renaming versus within 90 days?
http://www.chicagotr...0,7969462.story

Any guesses to the new channel name?

Xfinity Sports?
Comcast Sports USA?
NBC Sportschannel?
Cagefighting and Hockey Channel?
Future Contract Dispute with DirecTV Sports?


Comcast Sports Net One
merge Universal Sports (dead as a OTA SUB channel)
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:43 PM

but what channels?

Will they pull round 1 and 2 RSN games?

Will VS over flow become temp full time channel for playoff time?

Will cable systems have a VS feed and a VS alt feed?

No way for VS to fit in all the round 2 games.

With they put NHL playoff games on G4? E!? Universal Sports? NHL network ? Syfy? A&E? lifetime? lifetime movie? Chiller? Sleuth? The Weather Channel? USA? CNBC? MSNBC? Bravo? nhl exata on CSN? (but not all areas have a CSN and even them some CSN's don't have the room with the NBA and MLB in the way)

Will ESPN, Turner and FOX now get the olympics as NBC had to pay out big to get the new NHL deal.


Enquiring minds want to know and they want to know now damnit! :P

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:02 PM

I don't care so long as the audio for games on Versus will actually be DD 5.1 in the near future.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 04:30 PM

I have no hate for Versus either other than the fact that Comcrap owns Versus. If the NHL moved back to ESPN, I am sure they'd be a very low priority since they carry the NFL, MLB, and NBA. As long as Versus continues to do at least 2 NHL games per week, I am happy. I get most of my hockey from NHL CI, however.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 04:33 PM

Glad to see it. Versus/NBC/Comcast will do a much better Job with the game than ESPN. Hockey is nothing more than an afterthought for the Mothership.


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Posted 19 April 2011 - 05:30 PM

Plus twice as many games (100 I think) between both. Hopefully more doubleheaders on Versus. Also hope that the NHL doesn't schedule alot of games on night's Versus has exclusive rights. Lots of games in the previous years have had no tv during that window. Should be better for the playoffs since NHL CI will have telecasts reduced for those who don't wanna pay for it. Glad ESPN didn't get it back they can take the ticker and shove it. Versus has done a cool job adding extra games during the week from regional sports networks and we also have the NHL Network for even more games!

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 06:40 PM

but what channels?

Will they pull round 1 and 2 RSN games?

Will VS over flow become temp full time channel for playoff time?

Will cable systems have a VS feed and a VS alt feed?

No way for VS to fit in all the round 2 games.

With they put NHL playoff games on G4? E!? Universal Sports? NHL network ? Syfy? A&E? lifetime? lifetime movie? Chiller? Sleuth? The Weather Channel? USA? CNBC? MSNBC? Bravo? nhl exata on CSN? (but not all areas have a CSN and even them some CSN's don't have the room with the NBA and MLB in the way)

Will ESPN, Turner and FOX now get the olympics as NBC had to pay out big to get the new NHL deal.

the only good thing about pulling round 2 from the RSN is to free up room on indemand for more NBA and MLB games / HD games.


You get the award for the most questions asked in one post.

We'll just have to wait and see but this looks like a positive deal for the hockey fan.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 07:57 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he "couldn't be happier" to renew the relationship and "the promise of what NBC Universal/Comcast is going to be is exciting." He noted the sport of hockey will now be discussed, promoted and celebrated on 20 NBC Universal networks and another 40-plus digital platforms.




the aboe post from the report on nhl.com they state 20 nbc networks doest that mean CSN will be renamed NBC / regional city or something like that

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:05 PM

when you see the dick ebersol interview, he states 90 days he will rename VS and i think that will include comcast sports net.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:28 PM

You should completely forget what Versus was before the Comcast/NBCU merger. Comcast put in their own guy as the CEO of NBCU, but NBC Sports is still run by Dick Ebersol, and Comcast merged Versus into the existing NBC Sports group, meaning old Versus is dead and you're basically getting a brand new sports channel managed by old school NBC Sports people. They just happen to get all of Versus' old contracts (IndyCar, NHL, etc).

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:19 PM

when you see the dick ebersol interview, he states 90 days he will rename VS and i think that will include comcast sports net.


it's not that easy fox owns 25% of Bay Area Comcast 45%

SportsNet New York has it's own name part owned by Time Warner Cable comcast has 11%

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Mountain West Conference (30%)
Comcast (30%)
CBS Corporation (40%)

Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast part Charter

Comcast Sports Southwest (CSS) likely to be CSN or NBC sports Houston.

CSN Chicago comcast 20% and with the High number of WGN / WCIU games useing the NBC name may hit some road blocks. Also the teams hear pulled out of fox to get control so any thing can happen hear.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 11:24 PM

You should completely forget what Versus was before the Comcast/NBCU merger. Comcast put in their own guy as the CEO of NBCU, but NBC Sports is still run by Dick Ebersol, and Comcast merged Versus into the existing NBC Sports group, meaning old Versus is dead and you're basically getting a brand new sports channel managed by old school NBC Sports people. They just happen to get all of Versus' old contracts (IndyCar, NHL, etc).


Thank god. Maybe the Emmy award winning NBC audio mixer will be an influence and they will upgrade the audio on Versus to true DD 5.1.
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Posted 20 April 2011 - 08:50 AM

I'm happy they are going to improve the NHL Network. After reading numerous press releases and articles about this deal,it sounds like Comcast is going to try to make VS more like a ESPN Sports channel.( the goal is probably ESPN like rate charges per sub also )


But for the NHL it could be good for Comcast to promote the sport on all it's channels with ads. Building hype can get casual viewers to watch hockey,the Winter Classic is a great example of building the hype for the telecast.

I hope that the new deal doesn't allow VS another night of exclusive rights-that would suck for all us NHLCI subs

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:18 AM

it's not that easy fox owns 25% of Bay Area Comcast 45%

SportsNet New York has it's own name part owned by Time Warner Cable comcast has 11%

The Mtn.
Mountain West Conference (30%)
Comcast (30%)
CBS Corporation (40%)

Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast part Charter

Comcast Sports Southwest (CSS) likely to be CSN or NBC sports Houston.

CSN Chicago comcast 20% and with the High number of WGN / WCIU games useing the NBC name may hit some road blocks. Also the teams hear pulled out of fox to get control so any thing can happen hear.
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All of that may be true, but as far as naming is concerned, those channels will not have a perpetual right to the Comcast name. They use the Comcast brand under license. When that license is up, if NBCU/Comcast wants to change the names of the RSNs, they can. That wouldn't be the sticking point, though. It all depends on which RSNs Comcast has management control over. Either way, it looks like the NHL deal pushes the RSNs mostly out of it, or, at least they are still free to independently negotiate deals for the games that aren't on Vs. or NBC nationally.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:52 AM

The only think I hope Dick does is get rid of those annoying 1/4 screen size advertisements in the middle of play. Do it between plays or between periods... or just make it MUCH MUCH smaller.

I'd also like to see them use VS ALTERNATE more often when exclusive games are going on at the same time. Ebersol could turn around the poor production VS currently has. It's become better over the years, but it still needs work. Maybe I'm biased but Pat Foley does a much better job than the high pitched Emrick calling a game.(Not that I'd want to lose Pat for even 1 Hawks game) I honestly believe he's the best around mixing great play by play and jokes. Too many announcers are as boring as Elmer's paste. Then get rid of Milbury since he's a putz and replace him with Barry Melrose Place. I've actually warmed up to Pierre whatever his name is... that guy knows his stuff and is a pretty good color guy. Get rid of Engblob and throw in some crazy ass ex-defenseman, Bret Hull, or give Roenick a bigger role on the network. Now, that's entertaining.

I just want to see the crew have more spirit and not just be overly cerebral.... Think of how TNT's crew got better with barkley... he's nuts, but funny and entertaining as hell.

Edited by aa9vi, 20 April 2011 - 10:02 AM.





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