Coyotes, Suns Discussed Sharing New Arena Cowherd's Tenure At ESPN Ends Early ESPN To Air Cowboys Training Camp Special Bettman Talks NHL Expansion Bids Bryant Helping Relaunch Of The Undefeated ESPN's Champion: "First Take" Needs To Evolve Pac-12 Net Headed To DirecTV After AT&T Deal? Media Notes Maple Leafs Hire Devils' Lou Lamoriello As GM Cowherd In Hot Water Over Latest Comments
SBD/September 17, 2012/Media
NHL Lockout, Day 2: Network Partners Start To Look Toward Alternative Programming
Published September 17, 2012
IMPACT ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK: USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand noted NBC Sports Network “could end up taking an untimely hit" if the NHL season is "severely delayed or canceled.” NBC Sports & Olympics VP/Communications Chris McCloskey yesterday said, "We are preparing a selection of replacement programming that includes soccer, boxing, original programming, and college football, basketball and hockey." NBC and its cable channel last year started a 10-year deal with the NHL “for games that will ... create plenty of TV tonnage.” Given NBCSN's “long-term plan to get at least close to top-of-mind among sports viewers, this is a bad time to be throwing together a big dinner with leftovers” (USATODAY.com, 9/16).