OLN TV deal won't mean
more hockey for Canadians
Eric McErlain at Offwing has some musings on the NHL's new TV deal with the Outdoor Life Network, but I thought I'd let it be known the deal will only affect American hockey fans.
As per the Toronto Sun a few days ago, Canadians who get the OLN won't benefit from the league's new deal:
If the NHL does indeed sign on with Comcast for its new cable deal south of the border -- reportedly worth at least $100 million US over two years — don't count on it meaning more hockey for Canadian viewers. Comcast would put two games a week on its Outdoor Life Network, but that's not the same OLN we see up here. The Canadian OLN, primarily owned by CTV, isn't licensed to carry any NHL hockey its U.S.-based namesake might wind up showing as part of a new contract.It's a shame, as I'm always for more hockey on Canadian cable TV (especially weekday games between rarely seen, obscure American teams). Looks like I'm going to have to get back on the NHL Expressvu bandwagon lest I miss my coveted Monday night Carolina vs. Anaheim matches.