Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hey, ESPN, Enjoy Poker: NHL Re-Ups With Versus, NBC

By Artistry

Mixed emotions this morning concerning the NHL's new TV deal with Versus and NBC.  $200 million a year for 10 years is just an enormous coup for the league, which get about $77 million per from Versus under the current contract.  Looks like we may be able to squeeze Max Talbot under the cap after all.  I had been holding out hope that ESPN might make an overwhelming offer and Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and NHL 2Night would ride in on a white stallion and rescue me from Pierre MacGuire, Mike Milbury, and hotel rooms that don't carry Versus.  That's not going to happen.  And that's OK.  ESPN treats the NHL like garbage, and now they have John Buccigross doing "vlogumns" in ridiculously tight sweaters.  Maybe bump the Stanley Cup playoffs up from last segment on Sportscenter and we'll talk in 2020.  Until then, good riddance. 

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GTOPG analyis coming shortly.

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