Draftnik wrote: Admin wrote:
ExPatriatePen wrote:The OLN contract goes how many years again?
Three with a three year option.
I think it was a 2 year deal with options on both sides for 4 more seasons:http://cbs.sportsline.com/nhl/story/8745707
The NHL recently hired John Shannon from Leafs TV (also former producer of HNIC) as the NHL Senior VP of Broadcasting. According to some scuttlebutt he will be tasked with helping OLN improve their product as well as helping Comcast create the US NHL Network.
Funny funny quote from that article.
" ESPN contended that the value of NHL games had dropped substantially following the lockout that wiped out all of last season.
"We worked very hard to build and sustain our relationship with the league and would have liked to continue," George Bodenheimer, the president of ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports said in a statement late Wednesday night. "However, given the prolonged work stoppage and the league's TV ratings history, no financial model even remotely supports the contract terms offered. We wish the NHL all the best."
Guess George was wrong eh? Bet he'd like a mulligan on that decision.
There's no doubt in my mind that next year, the NHL wil draw an even wider audiance when young stars like Crosby, AO and Malkin make the playoffs (God willing)