It's too bad the Ducks got roped into this same bad deal as the Blazers. I'm sure they were sold a bill of goods, but were never promised anything in writing. I just hope they didn't sign a 10-year deal like the Blazers did. At least KOIN is finally in HD, so there’s always hope…
Although I'm not a Duck fan (GO BEAVS), I am a Blazer fan, and I'm not sure anyone "got roped into the same bad deal".
I would assume that CSN-NW said "Here's a bunch of money so we can put your games on our channel." They didn't say anything about number of viewers.
The Ducks and the Blazers went to FSN-NW and said "look at all this money, can you beat it?"
FSN-NW said "No."
And the rest is history, the fans are getting screwed and the teams are getting paid. Yes, it was probably a little short sighted on the Ducks and Blazers to assume that by getting all this money from CSN-NW that they would also get a large audience.
CSN-NW is probably bleeding money, thats why they have such crappy shows on now, they are trying to stay afloat until the Blazer and Duck seasons where they might make some Advertising dollars back.