Discussion in 'The Business of Hockey' started by cecilnyr, Aug 26, 2005.
SI eyes TV partnership w/ OLN
From this mornings NY Post's Business section
Excellent news for OLN and by extension the NHL
The NY Post has a business section???
Hopefuly this is run better than CNN/SI, but keeping the NHL in the national sports spotlight is always welcome.
SI does a decent job with hockey though, I'd like more than the article an issue and Inside the NHL every other week in season, but at least there's a regular presence and hockey isn't shunted off to the background like on ESPN.
I think this is just another sign that there are plenty of people upset with ESPN - whether it be the cost to carry the network, their ego or the size of which they have grown.
OLN/Comcast has already caught SI's eye as a viable alternative - I'm sure there will be more partners looking to break or at least challenge ESPN's firm grip on the sporting industry as we move foward.
This thing could snowball fairly quickly for OLN/Comcast - especially if they nab one more big league such as the MLB/NFL/NASCAR.
Maybe they can stop refering to the NHL as Other Sports on their website first?
The NHL has had its own tab for a while now.
Off topic but....It was reported on Buffalo radio this morning that Comcast is also working on a deal with the National Lacrosse League to televise the games on OLN.
Not surprising, as I've seen a number of NLL games on Comcast Sports Southeast.
Stan Kroenke owns the Colorado Mamoth in addition to the Avs. Both are on his cable network.
This maybe good news as LAX could have some crossover appeal with hockey.
My god. If they get lacrosse, they will hit critical mass. God save ESPN.
This is great news indeed. This only makes OLN's challenge to ESPN stronger and more legitimate.
I remember when Sport's Illustrated teamed up with CNN to air a sport's show against sportscenter. Perhaps a rival show may emerge on the OLN.
I agree with the crossover appeal - I know several Sharks fans who have become Stealth (NLL) fans and visa versa.
There was another short thread here on NLL and OLN, pointing to a Mediaweek article:
You mean, this contract with OLN might work? ESPN might be fudged?
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Hey, I like CNNSI just fine. This is good news as far as I'm concerned--with the exception of Rick Riley Sports Illustrated has some really smart people working for them.
If baseball goes to Comcast then ESPN should start worrying.
Could you imagine, the NHL of all things starts the snowball effect that leads to the demise of ESPN.
It reads like a cheesy comedy.
Wouldn't mind seeing Michael Farber of CNN/SI have a studio role on the OLN coverage as the hockey reporter/rumor guy/Bob McKenzie/Peter Gammons of OLN
Can someone copy/paste for those of us who don't want the Post to have our info.
they need to pick up Aussie Rules Football, then they have the trifecta!!!!!
Aussie Rules Football, might just be one of the toughest sports around along with Hockey ... the speed and hits that are delivered in that league are nice to see
And poetic justice if there is ever any.
That would be bitter sweet.
Interesting, was just discussing this on a different forum.
I'd wish they'd pick up MLL instead of NLL. I consider any style of box lacrosse to be tainted and unholy.
But from a logistical point of view, NLL makes much more sense.
Six of the 11 NLL teams play in the same arenas as NHL teams, frequently on the same days as NHL games - OLN Cameras and support crews would already be in place.
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