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I was just wondering everyone's thoughts on the NHL tv deal with OLN. Will you watch on Mondays and Tuesdays? Will it help the league? etc..

Personally, I feel it will help, because some national airtime is better than none. Although there is a stigma with OLN and it is not as well known as ESPN, Comcast has the resources to put behind it to make it work since they could advertise this heavily on its other networks, including E!. Also, OLN has started to get noticed with Survivor and the Tour de France. More importantly, I know when to find hockey on TV instead of it randomly being thrown on between poker tourneys and eating contests on ESPN2. NHL 2night was on at like 2 am which was also a joke. With NHL being the star of OLN it will be featured which will make it easier for new viewers to flip to OLN, find hockey on and be able to learn about the game. I think this is a win-win for both groups.

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I was just wondering everyone's thoughts on the NHL tv deal with OLN. Will you watch on Mondays and Tuesdays? Will it help the league? etc..

Personally, I feel it will help, because some national airtime is better than none. Although there is a stigma with OLN and it is not as well known as ESPN, Comcast has the resources to put behind it to make it work since they could advertise this heavily on its other networks, including E!. Also, OLN has started to get noticed with Survivor and the Tour de France. More importantly, I know when to find hockey on TV instead of it randomly being thrown on between poker tourneys and eating contests on ESPN2. NHL 2night was on at like 2 am which was also a joke. With NHL being the star of OLN it will be featured which will make it easier for new viewers to flip to OLN, find hockey on and be able to learn about the game. I think this is a win-win for both groups.

Not to mention that Comcast and OLN are trying to aquire the rights for Thursday and Saturday NFL games for 2006. Comcast is going to rebrand OLN as a competitor to ESPN. So this is great for the league.

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From what I understand games shown on OLN will not be shown on local TV if the outlet is owned by Comcast. For example, I live in the Philly market, but the 10/5 PHI-NYR game will only be on OLN, not CSN Philadelphia. I am not sure if that applies to local media outlets that are not owned by comcast.

BTW, saw a similer thread was graveyarded, so feel free to merge this with the original or graveyard. i tried to do a search first, but my browser wasn't working properly.

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If you have Comcast Digital cable, there's a lot to this deal:

* Carriage of the NHL Network

* Daily highlights and full games On Demand

And if you live in an area where CSN has a regional channel (Philly, DC/Balt, Chicago, San Jose), those channels might be carrying extra games in addition to the OLN schedule and the local team.

If there's anything OLN has to give to this deal, it's time. ESPN seemed to not want to be bothered with the hockey after it got the NBA -- fewer games, fewer NHL 2Nights before cancelling it altogether, etc.

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If you have Comcast Digital cable, there's a lot to this deal:

* Carriage of the NHL Network

* Daily highlights and full games On Demand

And if you live in an area where CSN has a regional channel (Philly, DC/Balt, Chicago, San Jose), those channels might be carrying extra games in addition to the OLN schedule and the local team.

If there's anything OLN has to give to this deal, it's time. ESPN seemed to not want to be bothered with the hockey after it got the NBA -- fewer games, fewer NHL 2Nights before cancelling it altogether, etc.

Also, they will be games available online like mlb.tv.

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CSN isn't in San Jose, but it is in Sacramento. The Mondays are a very interesting idea. From October-January, you're going to go up against Monday Night Football? Not good. The NHL Network is HUGE! I'm gonna love it!

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One question you realy have to ask, is, how much coverage will ESPN give the NHL on Sportscenter and or on a NHL 2night type show... Considering that it willl be the only "major" sports league they don't have a broadcast contract with, I can see them not giving it the full due (i.e. just a few highlites of key games, and that's all. Sorry folks, not enough time for all the games, but here is the Clipper/Grizzlies package). I mean, why promote something being televised by your competition?

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One question you realy have to ask, is, how much coverage will ESPN give the NHL on Sportscenter and or on a NHL 2night type show... Considering that it willl be the only "major" sports league they don't have a broadcast contract with, I can see them not giving it the full due (i.e. just a few highlites of key games, and that's all. Sorry folks, not enough time for all the games, but here is the Clipper/Grizzlies package). I mean, why promote something being televised by your competition?

Moose

Well, considering that's how much coverage they gave the NHL when they had it, I don't know. I'm sure they will show highlights on sportscenter but I doubt it will be more than that. Maybe more coverage for the finals and the olympics/All-Star game. When they didn't have the NBA they still gave it pretty good coverage however like I said they didn't give hockey good coverage when they had the games. As far aas NHL2night that was cancelled before the lockout, they weren't keeping that back when they had the right.

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"Sorry folks, not enough time for all the games, but here is the Clipper/Grizzlies package"

More like, "Now up on SportsCenter... another story about some random person born without a limb who is playing a sport."

I think OLN should change its name, and now before they make their big push to rival ESPN. Outdoor Life Network sounds tacky.

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I think OLN should change its name, and now before they make their big push to rival ESPN. Outdoor Life Network sounds tacky.

I agree, although I believe it now longer officially stands for Outdoor Life Network, rather it is just simply OLN.

Still, they should change the name.

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So does this mean no more Gary Throne hockey play-by-play?? :(

Unless NBC picks him up, it looks that way...

It's already come out that NBC's top team will be Mike Emrick and John Davidson.

I'd wager that any type of studio presence will be anchored -- at least in the first season -- by Al Trautwig since he's already in the fold. The rest is up in the air.

Most of the "usual suspects" from ESPN are either still under contract with ESPN (Thorne, Clement, Melrose) or have already jumped to local coverage (Pang=PHX, Ferraro=EDM).

Maybe some of the 'seasonal' employees (Dave Strader, Engblom, etc.) could be had.

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So does this mean no more Gary Throne hockey play-by-play?? :(

Unless NBC picks him up, it looks that way...

It's already come out that NBC's top team will be Mike Emrick and John Davidson.

Mike Emrick, is he the one that does Arena League games?? I havn't really watched NBC Sports since the XFL, so i'm kinda lost when it comes to their announcers.

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So does this mean no more Gary Throne hockey play-by-play?? :(

Unless NBC picks him up, it looks that way...

It's already come out that NBC's top team will be Mike Emrick and John Davidson.

Mike Emrick, is he the one that does Arena League games?? I havn't really watched NBC Sports since the XFL, so i'm kinda lost when it comes to their announcers.

No, he does the Devils games for FSNY. He used to do the the National Game when the NHL was on Fox and he did a few games for ABC the past couple of years.

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I have mixed feelings on this, but they're generally more positive than negative.

On the down side, OLN is clearly a step backward from ESPN, but it's not like the NHL had much of a choice. And in any event, as I mentioned with regard to the new NHL logo, the league needs to totally revamp its image and make a clean break from the past. Moving from ESPN to a relative upstart like OLN is certainly a big step in that direction.

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