>In today's USA Today, there is a small paragraph on the new TV deal.
>ESPN will pay ~$3 million/year for the next TV deal. They used to pay
>the same amount 3 years ago and lost money!
fairly extensive coverage; the small sum of ~$3 million/year ($10
Million/3 years?) may actually be generous if they're going to a one
game/week format as discussed a while ago.
>there will be a substantial cut.
talks with Prime fell through (again), the league would be lucky to
get the same amount for a combined SportsChannel/Prime deal! Look
for the lump sum from SportsChannel, Prime and ESPN to be less than
the last SC contract, probably not much more than the old ESPN one.
The Islanders are the only team that brag about their local contract,
with SC New York at $10 Million/year on pay TV -- but in their home
area, I'm told that you have to buy it to get any *any* sports! The
Rangers and the Kings have local basic cable contracts, but I've never
heard them attribute any portion of their financial success to them.
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