Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The NHL Coming Back to ESPN?

The Los Angeles Times (via Bloomberg News) is reporting that ESPN is now interested in broadcasting the NHL.

ESPN, which in April declined its $60-million option to telecast the NHL this season, is now interested in matching any deal the league makes for broadcast rights, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.

ESPN released a statement that said: "We have a matching right and remain interested in continuing our relationship with the NHL, as long as the deal is commensurate with the value of the rights being offered."

I'm not happy about this. ESPN doesn't want the NHL, but they might actually match the offer because they don't want a Comcast sports network getting off the ground. So if ESPN does match and the NHL eventually goes back to ESPN, the question is, will they do a better job of broadcasting the games? Probably not.