ESPN Gets Back in the Hockey Game With the World Cup

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NHL is, for a limited time, and it is now back on ESPN.

After the league and the top US sports of the network of more than division ten years, they are reunited for the World Cup of Hockey Jersey. Start with Thursday’s exhibition game, the tournament is when you start in Toronto, the first time live game with players of the NHL since 2004, will be more than the airwaves of all of ESPN 9 May 17, continued.

ESPN is, NBC, it won the exclusive rights to the current US broadcast partner over two weeks of the tournament of the NHL. World Cup on ESPN, the hockey has rekindled the debate over whether to require a network in order to popularity is growing in the United States

“I think it’s a good thing for ice hockey in many ways,” San Jose Sharks and Canadian defense Brent Burns said. “Obviously, if they reach a huge amount of household, you are hockey a lot of people if you do not have the fans see it. it may bring in more people, they are the game is how the great display, they are let’s crazy about hockey as follows I the rest of us. ”

Secretary Gary betting man, through the main on the air channel and the NBC Sports Network, has become a steadfast in his support of NBC, which showed off the NHL coverage of cable. This is the Hall of Fame winner Mike · Emrick, playoff of the top has a domestic TV rights for the play-by-play through the 2021 equipped with the likes of the announcer of the Hockey Hall NHL game, now comparable to the Canadian outdoor games and country volume inch that has been promoting the sport in merrily through the coverage of

However, it is a deep connection with the American fans of all sports, there is no ESPN.

“When you walk into a bar, you have to walk to the restaurant, you are walking on the ESPN in any location or basically the world in the United States,” former NHL coach and current ESPN analyst, Barry Melrose says. “we still have to have over of any other sports network the world: we are just about everywhere, the fact that all the time.”

It is part of the goal of the World Cup: drop the high level of hockey in 150 of the best players in the fall sports calendar crowded in order to attract the audience is not a hard-core hockey fan. Bettman is, NHL is as an opportunity to rekindle the interest of said “” Sports Center last year that you are looking at the World Cup. ”

As pointed out anchor pointed out puckhead Steve Levy of the “Sports Center”, Melrose football, baseball, is the only hockey analyst of ESPN compared to the myriad of expert for basketball. Hockey, on ESPN have the right to their sports NFL, NBA, Major League Soccer, has been shuffled to the back.

This month, however, NHL is Levi and Bristol, to a lot of the joy of his colleagues of Connecticut, to get the ESPN top billing.

“We are, without a game, tried to do the best we can, Levi said that was his reaction is tears of joy of the World Cup in” ESPN has said. “I us, something common among, it is when a great hockey game or a specific play is not afraid to lead the “sports center” it. … Hockey will dominate the theater regularly top 10. ”

The NHL when Gary Thorne and Bill Clement is it was a top broadcast team Bill Pidto and John Buccigross are hosted, of course, “the NHL 2Night.” Was once jig on the network Baltimore now for the Orioles play-by-play announcer Thorn, people call the sport and tell him who loved ESPN hockey coverage, I said to approach him every day to miss him.

“It you had a sports audience of the country that was in there, I because it was on ESPN, but was not a hockey fan, I think that person was a sports fan has been brought into the game,” World Cup of game call. However, Thorn does not have to be ISN told, ‘t will close the door on doing again hockey at some point. “they, it came to them. Hockey did not go out looking for. and, many of them, they really found liked it. ”

Popular music of the “National Hockey Night” is coming back? – “Masterpiece Why mess,” Levy says. Levi, Melrose, goalkeeper Kevin Weeks of Buccigross and the original NHL will call the game.

Last year, NBC, the other programming promise to say making challenge is the World Cup, executive director Don failure of the NHL Players Association is will have a successful nationwide broadcast to go to ESPN, said the network “vote of confidence” It was.

Burke Magnus programming and scheduling ESPN executive vice president of that did not want to speculate about getting a full-time return to the NHL in a few years.

“We aired the World Cup of Hockey, are excited to be a back pro hockey business,” Magnus said. There is a fan of a lot of NHL of “Bristol. As long as rights are concerned as, however, the next round, is the road down year. ”

Levy, World Cup, we believe it is an audition for these rights, but, ESPN is not to say that there is a value to be good for the NHL.

I think big and is a time of sports and it is difficult part of or can not be in ESPN? I have it a lot of people to understand the “what kind of state,” Levy says. “They League you can not see the action from around the, I in their hotels, are on the road. itself to be able to tell the frustrating your players, they will not be able to watch their game. have (NBC Sports network) channel, the part of the people they do not know what number it is. it is ESPN is very different to just know exactly where you are doing at all times. ”

Although recent contract of SportsNet and the NHL in Canada has continued the trend of exclusive television broadcasting rights, Melrose and Levy is ESPN and NBC the possibility at some point share coverage, such as other sports It was suggested.

“It is not the reason must not be (on ESPN),” Burns said. “This is, because it is the best sport in the world, you would think they want to have it.”


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