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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Indoor sport on outdoor network, um ok...

NEW YORK (AP) NHL games will air on Outdoor Life Network for at least the next two seasons.
The league finalized a two-year deal with Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. the owner of OLN late Wednesday night after ESPN declined to match the agreement that will pay the NHL $65 million this season and $70 million in 2006-07.
The agreement between Comcast and the NHL was approved by the league's board of governors last week. ESPN, which resumed regular broadcast of NHL games in 1992, had until Wednesday night to match the contract but decided to pass.
``Over the years, thousands of great NHL moments were presented to our fans through the lenses of ESPN cameras,'' NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. ``ESPN was a supportive partner, and both the National Hockey League and ESPN enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. We wish ESPN continued success.''
The new deal can be extended up to six years. For the 2007-08 season, Comcast would pay the NHL $72.5 million but that number could go higher based on contingencies.
OLN, best known for providing live coverage of the Tour de France, will show between 58 and 78 regular-season games, as well as conference quarterfinals and the entire conference finals with the exception of some weekend windows that could move games to NBC in both playoff rounds.
OLN will show Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals before NBC takes over for the remainder of the series.

Eddie Shore? Old time hockey?

Oh no, not Poodle!


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