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    ESPN and Hockey East Reach Multi-Year Agreement

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    Re: ESPN and Hockey East Reach Multi-Year Agreement

    Very disappointing- NCHC has TV contract
    Big Ten has own network
    Streaming deal is like no deal
    Many Hockey East teams have been streaming here all year-BC-UNH

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    Re: ESPN and Hockey East Reach Multi-Year Agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by DLG View Post
    ...Streaming deal is like no deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLG View Post
    Very disappointing- NCHC has TV contract
    Big Ten has own network
    Streaming deal is like no deal
    Many Hockey East teams have been streaming here all year-BC-UNH
    The Big Ten also has COLLEGE FOOTBALL and COLLEGE BASKETBALL to subsidize the production, infrastructure, and marketing needed to support a dedicated TV network. Apples to... well whatever the biggest kind of orange is possible.

    NCHC I would imagine has a much bigger slice of the sports "pie" in their biggest markets compared to Boston/New England, which has 4 pro teams that HEA has to compete with for attention.

    This is a win, in that those of us with ESPN3 access will get to stream more games than we wouldn't have otherwise essentially for FREE. It's an at least somewhat progressive move towards the cord-cut future.

    I do think that working with NESN is the best route to grow the league/sport, since a lot of bars, etc are apt to leave NESN on for HEA games when the B's/C's aren't playing.

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    Unfortunately NESN had no interest in Hockey East except for the tournament games
    Some teams have funded NESN to have games televised
    The league needs to think what new team would help that situation
    Quinnipiac which has some games on SNY would expand the leagues geographic area
    Some have complained that you need an ESPN subscription (cable) to view games on ESPN3
    At the same time many schools are free streaming their games--
    Watched BU-UNH Friday and 500 were free streaming on you tube channel-good or bad number-not sure

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    Its funny the link says tickets start at $17 as I checked on ticketmaster and for the two cheapest tickets the total was $75. On top of that they offered a parking pass for the low, low price of $50. I think in the offseason the powers that be need to have a re-think on the tournament and everything else Hockey East does. For the tournament maybe Verizon would be better. The tournament just doesn't draw the way it used to and Verizon might be more convenient and cheaper for a lot of people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLG View Post
    Unfortunately NESN had no interest in Hockey East except for the tournament games
    Some teams have funded NESN to have games televised
    The league needs to think what new team would help that situation
    Quinnipiac which has some games on SNY would expand the leagues geographic area
    Some have complained that you need an ESPN subscription (cable) to view games on ESPN3
    At the same time many schools are free streaming their games--
    Watched BU-UNH Friday and 500 were free streaming on you tube channel-good or bad number-not sure
    I'd much rather see the league get back to 10 teams and have the teams play each other three times. Playing each other twice hurt the league a lot in my opinion.
    Originally posted by BobbyBrady
    Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLG View Post
    Unfortunately NESN had no interest in Hockey East except for the tournament games
    Some teams have funded NESN to have games televised
    The league needs to think what new team would help that situation
    Quinnipiac which has some games on SNY would expand the leagues geographic area
    Some have complained that you need an ESPN subscription (cable) to view games on ESPN3
    At the same time many schools are free streaming their games--
    Watched BU-UNH Friday and 500 were free streaming on you tube channel-good or bad number-not sure
    Expansion isn't the answer. Notre Dame expanded the league's geographic area and look how that turned out.

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    Quinnipiac's games this year are on ESPN3... coincidence? Perhaps Quinnipiac trying to get into Hockey East and bring ESPN with them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Quinnipiac's games this year are on ESPN3... coincidence? Perhaps Quinnipiac trying to get into Hockey East and bring ESPN with them?
    I’m thinking coincidence.

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    Re: ESPN and Hockey East Reach Multi-Year Agreement

    While we’re on the topic of ESPN -

    Why why WHY do they NEVER show NHL highlights during SportsCenter? They’ll show countless NBA highlights but not NHL! It’s SO annoying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    While we’re on the topic of ESPN -

    Why why WHY do they NEVER show NHL highlights during SportsCenter? They’ll show countless NBA highlights but not NHL! It’s SO annoying!
    ESPN knows what hockey is?

    Drag out the Barry Melrose automaton...
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    Let's plan the parade for Joe Bertagna. What an accomplishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Quinnipiac's games this year are on ESPN3... coincidence? Perhaps Quinnipiac trying to get into Hockey East and bring ESPN with them?
    Well, BCs home games are also all on ESPN3 this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew S. View Post
    I'd much rather see the league get back to 10 teams and have the teams play each other three times. Playing each other twice hurt the league a lot in my opinion.
    No thanks. I enjoy the balance of conference to non conference as it is now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yuppie Scum View Post
    I do think that working with NESN is the best route to grow the league/sport, since a lot of bars, etc are apt to leave NESN on for HEA games when the B's/C's aren't playing.
    C's are on NBC Sports Boston (Comcast Sports). Back in the day there was a stretch where the Hockey East games were on what was then Fox Sports New England (now NBC Sports Boston). Doesn't seem like that is a possibility, who knows.

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    Re: ESPN and Hockey East Reach Multi-Year Agreement

    What has the ESPN3 experience been like? Is it like the BU Agganis feed, a high quality HD feed of the game with minimal production value, or is it closer to a full-fledged TV production?

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    ESPN appears to be confusing college hockey with basketball. I mean showing 4 UConn games?!?! And non-conference Quinnipiac gets one more game than both UVM and Maine? Granted, we suck, but c'mon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    Why why WHY do they NEVER show NHL highlights during SportsCenter?
    Q: Is ESPN generating any revenue from the NHL by showing their games?
    A: No. So as a result they don't care about the NHL. ESPN would rather show you a spelling bee, HS cheer competitions or any other crap programming that pays their way onto their channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UVM Cat in Texas View Post
    ESPN appears to be confusing college hockey with basketball. I mean showing 4 UConn games?!?! And non-conference Quinnipiac gets one more game than both UVM and Maine? Granted, we suck, but c'mon!
    Aren't all UVM and Maine home games already streamed for free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater View Post
    What has the ESPN3 experience been like? Is it like the BU Agganis feed, a high quality HD feed of the game with minimal production value, or is it closer to a full-fledged TV production?
    When I watched a Quinnipiac women's game, it was pretty similar to what Quinnipiac was putting out previously. So that tells me ESPN3 is merely acting as a distributor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    When I watched a Quinnipiac women's game, it was pretty similar to what Quinnipiac was putting out previously. So that tells me ESPN3 is merely acting as a distributor.
    That's exactly what's going on. All production being done in-house on Q equipment. ESPN3 is merely a carrier.
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