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In Topic: NHL Loses Key Decision in TV Rights Lawsuit

12 August 2014 - 01:10 PM

I'm curious how Anaheim/LA/San Jose are set up too, and especially Detroit/Chicago/Minnesota.

If you are referring to tv deals, I would think LA/Anaheim is the same as we have here where the providers carry all the teams.  Is there anyone here in NJ who can't get Isles games?  When I lived on LI, we got Devils games, as far as I know you get Devils games all the way out to Montauk.  

In Topic: NHL Loses Key Decision in TV Rights Lawsuit

12 August 2014 - 12:44 PM

I imagine if this happened that the cable companies would put these channels on special tiers that they charge extra for and they would make them regional tiers.  So let's say you want to see Boston sports, well you have to pay for New York and Philadelphia too.  And if you want Chicago, you have to pay for Detroit and Minnesota also.

Probably.  Other thing to consider is teams who share a station and the extra station.  For example, If South Jersey bought the MSG package, would they also get MSG 2 and MSG 2 plus, for when one of the teams gets bumped.  Would they want to dedicate a channel slot for something that is seldom used?  


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In Topic: NHL Loses Key Decision in TV Rights Lawsuit

12 August 2014 - 10:57 AM

I believe a lot of our local stations are available on the special sports tiers across the country on cable.  YES definitely is, and I believe you can get MSG in different parts of the country.  Would all come down to negotiations.  If live games become part of the deal, the station is going to want more $.  The question becomes how much more and how much more will the cable/satellite company be willing to pay.  Logic says the cable company in South Jersey would be willing to pay more for Devils/Rangers games through MSG than the cable company in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Likewise, the company in Southern Connecticut would pay more for Bruins than a company in Raleigh, NC.  (of course, I am assuming that not all of a Connecticut can get Bruins games, but I have no idea if that is true, or if it is true where is the cut-off). 

If Devils games were to be broadcast down in South Jersey, it would help for sure.  However, it would be minimal and I doubt you will be converting and/or cultivating those who live within an hour of Philly but a solid 2+ hours from the Rock.


The Devils just are in a crowded space and it is what it is.

I agree.  

In Topic: Stadium Series

12 August 2014 - 10:24 AM

It's not just about the fans of the teams that are playing though. These games are aired on national tv. If you have too many of them, the ratings will drop due to viewers that aren't fans of either team that's playing and are only watching because of that novelty factor.

For the most part, it is about the fans of those teams.  At least for the Stadium Series.  Just look at the prices being charged.  If they stick to one game in the US per year, you can pretty much count on it being a rotation of the following teams:  Rangers, Flyers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Wings, Leafs and Habs (against one of the big market US teams), plus one or two others based on who is the current flavor of the month.  Pittsburgh and Washington are currently flavors of the month because of Crosby and Ovechkin.  Those two aren't going to play forever and when they are done, those teams will not be part of the national radar.  Look at what happened to the Pens during the time between Lemieux retiring and Crosby being drafted.  They went bankrupt, were in the middle of every relocation rumor.  Same will happen again.


Rangers-Devs was on NBC on a sunday afternoon.  Rest were primetime on NBCS.  

In Topic: NHL Loses Key Decision in TV Rights Lawsuit

09 August 2014 - 10:39 AM

Which would be a pretty significant first step in eradicating the Flyers hold on the area.

Depends on which parts of South Jersey you are referring.  For the towns that are closer to Philly, it won't.  For the towns that are basically equidistant, it could.

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