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Thursday, August 18, 2005

OLN Nets NHL

In yet another short-sighted deal by a major sports league, the NHL cut ties with ESPN and sold its rights to Outdoor Life Network.

OLN, which recently made the bold acquisition of Surivor repeats, is in 20 million fewer homes than ESPN, which is considered (for better or worse) as the premier cable sports destination.

OLN will carry games on Mondays and Tuesdays and will pay $65 million this season and $70 million in 2006-07, with options for four more seasons after that. ESPN declined to match the offer.

George Bodenheimer, the president of ESPN and ABC Sports, said "given the prolonged work stoppage and the league's TV ratings history, no financial model even remotely supports the contract terms offered."

1 other geekspeak:

  • Now if only they can only televise Hockey Night in Canada in the US. I know you can get it through the NHL Center Ice package, but I don't want to pay $100 or so for every game. I just want a few non-NY games each week.

    Now for Cablevision to get OLN. I doubt that will happen until the Mets Network situation is settled...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:54 PM  

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