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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

League Few People Care About To Be On Cable Network No One's Ever Heard Of

Gotta Gotta Sinking Feeling tiny, eh

PHILADELPHIA (CP) Aug. 9, 2005 - The NHL is on the verge of signing off with a new U.S. cable TV partner, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Comcast has formally submitted a two-year bid in excess of $100 million US to televise NHL games beginning this fall, sources directly involved in the discussions told the Inquirer in Tuesday's edition. The deal calls for Comcast to televise two games a week nationally. The cable giant plans to put the games on its Outdoor Life Network, which is also available in Canada.

If the NHL approves the deal, the contract will be forwarded to ESPN. In April, ESPN opted not to renew its $70-million option to televise the NHL for 2005-06 and 2006-07, but ESPN retains the right to match the new offer, a source told the Inquirer. ESPN has carried NHL games in the United States since 1985. The NHL also has a national broadcast deal with NBC but needed a new cable partner after ESPN withdrew in April.

The cable supplier in my area is Comcast, and the Outdoor Life Network was added to our selection of channels literally only last week. I hadn't even really heard of the Outdoor Life Network until their coverage of last month's Tour de France, when Lance Armstrong highlights with the little "OLN" in the corner were on every nightly sports recap.

Well, maybe a deal with the NHL will lead to OLN being added by hundreds of cable providers nationwide in the very near future. Think of what all that extra exposure could mean to the popularity of Tennessee Clay Target Shooting, not to mention the Red Green Show!

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