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ScubaSteve wrote:Sinclair doesn't even especially want to be in the sports game. They were more interested in the broadcast assets of the RSNs. My understanding is that they are just going to run out the clock on all the rights deals Troy mentioned, and then when those deals expire, they'll consolidate or shutter the Bally RSNs. They'd do deals with Hulu or Youtube if they'll make money on it in the near term, but if not, they don't really give a *poo poo*. Either way, in a few years, Stars games will be broadcast via twitch stream from Razor's iphone.
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Sinclair is in major debt.
According to the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s most recent balance sheet as reported on August 10, 2020, total debt is at $12.40 billion, with $12.33 billion in long-term debt and $71.00 million in current debt. Adjusting for $622.00 million in cash-equivalents, the company has a net debt of $11.78 billion
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ScubaSteve wrote:You've probably gotta let them have this one if you want the league to continue existing in any form you recognize. It's not like the league was on firm financial footing even before covid. There were 3-4 franchises in the before times that were barely hanging on. Now, I bet half the teams or more are barely staying above water.
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I’m Canadian so I’ll be watching hockey even after I die.
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Jason wrote:Sinclair is in major debt.
According to the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s most recent balance sheet as reported on August 10, 2020, total debt is at $12.40 billion, with $12.33 billion in long-term debt and $71.00 million in current debt. Adjusting for $622.00 million in cash-equivalents, the company has a net debt of $11.78 billion
https://www.google.com/amp/s/finance.ya ... 47860.html
And somehow the leagues can’t take advantage of this? I mean again, someone’s gonna lose this battle, but the winner doesn’t have to accept scraps.
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Getting paid every penny of their Sinclair contracts is the league getting the most out of this. Any re-negotiation is only lowering what teams get.
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In the short term, sure, I get that. Like I said, I understand the mechanics of this, it just seems like there’s a solution that includes remaining solvent and not totally alienating a good portion of your fan base.

The NFL would have unfucked this way more quickly. I know it’s not a fair comparison, but I just can’t think this is the best complete picture strategy for leagues whose fan base is being completely diluted by other entertainment/screen time options.

Maybe I’m wrong. Who knows.
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It reminds me of how the Blackhawks under Bill Wirtz blacked out all games on TV if they didn't sell out. So less people watched, less people showed up, and then for like ten or so years no one in Chicago got to watch a single Blackhawks game.

The one game I went to, in 1997 or so, there were roughly 3,000 people in the stands. Most of 'em were Flyers fans.
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I think the big difference is the NFL has networks bidding against each other to get those rights. For these local broadcast rights for non-NFL sports, networks will still want them but only at reduced prices because the streaming services aren’t willing to pay as much.

And in this climate of getting no real ticket revenue, teams aren’t about to touch their one known source of income. You’re right it is stupid long term for the health of the fan base to not have your games viewable to many fans, but these teams are only thinking about their cash flow today.
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Marinak did note that “there’s no blueprint for that right now,” when it comes to making RSNs direct to consumers.“ Since the RSNs are negotiated on a local level via a team by team, or market by market basis, Marinak added that “rights negotiations will be particularly tricky due to all the parties involved, as well as MLB’s interest in retaining overall control over where live game footage plays.”

The MLB and its partners will have to determine a price point that makes sense for all involved. For this to be a significant change, there would have to be a way for fans to truly purchase direct-to-consumer without having to have some type of traditional TV authentication. Since there are many different RSNs providers throughout the country, this will take time and even Marinak noted that “direct-to-customer streaming looks at best like a 2022 prospect.”
If that works out probably something similar will happen to NHL
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Yeah, it's probably a mess because the cable services still paying the big fees to Sinclair wouldn't like Sinclair offering an even easier path to cord cutting. Then you also have the league-wide deals like NHL center ice who may grumble about losing subscribers when people instead choose to sign up for the RSN of the one team they care about.
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NBC is completely out of the picture. It'll be ESPN and TNT going forward.

I wonder how many of the NBC hockey people will get picked up.

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“Dying sport cuts deal with dying boomer media conglomerate to air games on dying medium”
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This is good money for the NHL. NBC was paying $200 million a season to hold all of the rights.

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Nothing with CBS either, some games will be on whatever hbo max is
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Stop hiring guys like Mike Millbury and Keith Jones. All they do is *goddess* about how the game used to be better.

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I'm amused by a columnist using the term "great leap forward".

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The game DID used to be better
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ScubaSteve wrote:The game DID used to be better
Yes, but these old guys are pining for the trap era late 90s and not the fun early 90s.
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Added bonus: why should anyone, anywhere, listen to what Milbury has to say? He's arguably the worst GM in NHL history.
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ToddM wrote:Added bonus: why should anyone, anywhere, listen to what Milbury has to say? He's arguably the worst GM in NHL history.
This is an excellent point and the main reason I can’t stand him. Didn’t he trade away both Spezza and Chara for nothing?
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They need to coax someone with interesting opinions or who can talk well. Even from past Stars, people like Marc Methot or Ben Lovejoy gave good, insightful answers to lame questions from the media. I'd say Brett Hull but he doesn't give enough of *poo poo* to do that much work.
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ScubaSteve wrote:
ToddM wrote:Added bonus: why should anyone, anywhere, listen to what Milbury has to say? He's arguably the worst GM in NHL history.
This is an excellent point and the main reason I can’t stand him. Didn’t he trade away both Spezza and Chara for nothing?
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Not included in that image: Milbury traded Luongo so that he could draft DiPietro with the #1 overall pick.
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wonko80 wrote:They need to coax someone with interesting opinions or who can talk well. Even from past Stars, people like Marc Methot or Ben Lovejoy gave good, insightful answers to lame questions from the media. I'd say Brett Hull but he doesn't give enough of *poo poo* to do that much work.
Patrick Sharp is sharp, Kevin Weekes is real good. Marty Turco would be phenomenal. I bet Luongo would be tremendous. There are so many guys who are engaging and fun to watch. It's no wonder the NHL dumped NBC.

If you're going to get guys who are angry at the NHL, at least get funny ones like Ryan Lambert and let him say "*f-bomb*" a lot.
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slaps wrote:
wonko80 wrote:They need to coax someone with interesting opinions or who can talk well. Even from past Stars, people like Marc Methot or Ben Lovejoy gave good, insightful answers to lame questions from the media. I'd say Brett Hull but he doesn't give enough of *poo poo* to do that much work.
Patrick Sharp is sharp, Kevin Weekes is real good. Marty Turco would be phenomenal. I bet Luongo would be tremendous. There are so many guys who are engaging and fun to watch. It's no wonder the NHL dumped NBC.

If you're going to get guys who are angry at the NHL, at least get funny ones like Ryan Lambert and let him say "*f-bomb*" a lot.
I like Turco personally, but I'm not sure he's great broadcaster material. He was a fill-in studio analyst briefly for NBC or NHL Network if I'm not imagining things and I don't think he was very good.
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That’s my recollection as well. I think the Stars used him in the pregame show a few times and he would stumble over his words a lot.
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When it comes to former players going in front of the camera on a TV broadcast, either you have it or you don't, depending of your style. I really like guys like Kevin Bieksa or Jeff O'Neill who have their own style and are not really afraid to go inside the octagon. On the other side (on the french one too), Carbo, though being interesting, has a professorial tone and is really into the technical side of things, turning sometimes boring. My number one remains Mike Bossy: serious, funny, critical and honest at the same time.
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cdanew wrote:
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wonko80 wrote:They need to coax someone with interesting opinions or who can talk well. Even from past Stars, people like Marc Methot or Ben Lovejoy gave good, insightful answers to lame questions from the media. I'd say Brett Hull but he doesn't give enough of *poo poo* to do that much work.
Patrick Sharp is sharp, Kevin Weekes is real good. Marty Turco would be phenomenal. I bet Luongo would be tremendous. There are so many guys who are engaging and fun to watch. It's no wonder the NHL dumped NBC.

If you're going to get guys who are angry at the NHL, at least get funny ones like Ryan Lambert and let him say "*f-bomb*" a lot.
I like Turco personally, but I'm not sure he's great broadcaster material. He was a fill-in studio analyst briefly for NBC or NHL Network if I'm not imagining things and I don't think he was very good.
I thought I remembered him on TV and him being pretty good, but I could be wrong. But he seems like a naturally funny and smart dude, so I don't know why you wouldn't give him a test run. Maybe he sucks, but he can't possibly be worse than Milbury.
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How about no analysts? I think we’ve all been watching hockey long enough at this point that we don’t need thoughts from some spare former players who are trying to stay relevant.
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