I don't think I did a very good job with my initial post about the agreement the NHL has come to with Comcast. There were some important details that I left out.
First, the owner of OLN, Ed Snider, is a hockey guy. He's also part owner of the Flyers. What this means is that although OLN isn't as high profile as ESPN, the TV deal will be in better hands. As a hockey guy, Snider wants this to succeed and he wants the NHL to succeed. That's in contrast to ESPN, who may has well change their name to THEC ("Texas Hold 'Em Channel"). Some folks around here are humorously suggesting that ESPN, who is based in Connecticut, is still angry that the Whalers relocated to Raleigh, and stopped caring about hockey then.
The other key piece of information that I neglected to include is that there's some buzz about the OLN folks having a long-term plan to establish an NHL Network. If this is true, then this might be the best thing in the world.
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