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Thursday, July 14, 2005

nhl- Talking Game

from USA Today, To get back on its feet, the NHL will have to solve its TV problem. The league has lost most of its national TV presence, with networks now refusing to pay multimillion-dollar rights fees to carry its games.
ESPN dropped the league this year after 12 seasons. The network is only interested in a new deal "that would have us both equally sharing any risk," according to spokesman Mike Soltys. NBC, meanwhile, has a limited two-year deal that depends on revenue sharing rather than rights fees. Starting in January, NBC will air seven regular-season games, six Stanley Cup playoff games and Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
But executives at Spike TV told USA TODAY they've met with the NHL several times and are interested. "We are glad to hear the labor situation is resolved and we look forward to speaking with the NHL in the near future," says David Schwarz, spokesman for Viacom's cable network aimed at 18- to 34-year-old men....more...