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Old 07-31-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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The NHL and ESPN are in discussions about bringing the league’s games back to ESPN2 as soon as the 2008-09 season.

Multiple sources described the conversations as preliminary. The two started talking the week of July 16 when the NHL approached ESPN about NBC’s nine-game regular-season schedule, plus the playoffs. NBC holds the rights to air the coming season as part of a revenue-sharing agreement, and the network holds a one-year option for the 2008-09 season.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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Please no! I would rather watch darts, or a hotdog eating competition...
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That would be sweet! Bout time they brought it back.
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Why? is what I ask. For as much as I love hockey, it's a ratings nightmare. Personally I'd like to see it remain on OLN and NBC where it's the #1 major sport they cover (besides ND football on NBC I guess) rather than see ESPN half-ass it.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:52 PM   #6
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I cross my fingers, too.
Me too. Why leave hockey on Versus or local sports channels to languish into oblivion, when it can get the full entertainment value that ESPN provides? With the right marketing strategy, the NHL can return to prominence again, simple as that.
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