Re: 12 years, $5.2Billion
posted at 11/28/2013 10:41 AM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to Don-Bruino's comment:
The NHL made a big mistake.
Unlike the NFL, who involve all four American Networks, and sell the Tv and Internet packages themselves, hockey has decided to put all their eggs in one basket.
They have given up control. That is not good. That is never good even when you give up control to family.
Let's see where this leads.
That's not really the case, Wheats. This deal has nothing to do with the NHL on NBC, or of the regional broadcasts of 24 teams.
From an article:
All the games will be carried live, from coast to coast, with no regional blackouts – utilizing the media giant’s stable of broadcasting assets, which includes up to nine cable TV channels, plus digital and radio on any given night.
Those games that begin around the same time will go head-to-head for national viewership. That means, for example, on a Saturday when a Toronto Maple Leafs home game would often be the only option for viewers in Southern Ontario, a Habs fan would be able to switch channels and watch the Montreal Canadiens play.
“If there are four or five games on, on Saturday night at the same time, no matter where you are in Canada you can flip between games. You can stay on the game that you’re most interested in,” Bettman said. “If one game gets out of hand and another game is going into overtime, you can watch that.
“That’s why we’ve been saying this is so pro fan, because we’re going to give the fan more options than they’ve ever had to consume NHL hockey.”
So, it's like all of Canada just got Canadian NHL Center Ice for free. Seems pretty positive.
Far from it NAS.
I'm a Bruin fan. I subscribe to CameCentre Live through the NHL. I want to watch Bruin games and the odd other game. At present, I pay a reasonable amount. Next year, Rogers controls GameCentre Live in Canada. Guess what's going to happen?
And here is what will happen: Many years ago (80's) the building in which I live controlled its own cable connection that they distributed to all the tenants. We were paying $75 per year for Cable.
In the late 80's, Rogers bribed our building owner and others all over Toronto to let them control the cable to the building and to the tenants. They didn't have to do a thing, everything would be taken care of by Rogers and they would receive a percentage of all fees. Included in the deal, Rogers had to take down the antenna on the roof - so no more OTA was available. The antenna connections in the building no longer worked. It was now cable with Rogers or get your own rabbit ears.
Well, the following year - 25% increase. Then 15%. Then 10%. Five years after they had taken over my cable bill was nearly $200 per year. Over 100% more. Today, I am paying $540 per year for basic cable.
Yes, NAS, I know Rogers. I know them very well.