With The NHL On NBC Returning, We Imagine Four Alternate Scenarios For the NHL On National TV

We’re at peace with where the National Hockey League is going on TV.  We’re fairly certain that by the year 2011, the Stanley Cup Finals will no longer air on network television.  We all know that the NHL has made it’s bed after spurning FOX back in 1998 when they offered to air the entire Stanley Cup Finals.

But, at the same time, we wonder: why does it have to be this way?  Can the NHL follow another path to network TV exposure?  Is there a legitimate way to avoid cable-only for another few years, while making it financially viable for the league (and the network, we suppose, but were thinking more toward hockey’s health here)?  And just for poops and giggles, can we make up extravagant TV deals that will plays the NHL on the level of football and baseball?

The answer to all of those questions is a resounding yes.  That’s why, this week, we’ll be running a four-part series: The NHL TV Set, in which we reimagine goofy, experimental, but ultimately doable situations in which we believe the NHL can – and will – thrive on broadcast.  It’ll all count down to The NHL On NBC’s return this Sunday.

Join us, starting at 9AM tomorrow, for the fun.  Until then, you’ll get all the usual goof-ballery from us.

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