Adrian Dater Rips the You-Know-What Out of VERSUS/DirecTV Situation

As we’ve said many times before, Denver Post/VERSUS.com columnist Adrian Dater is our kinda guy.  Opinionated, out-spoken, hard-working, passion, and maybe just a little nuts.  The piece he put together on the VERSUS/DirecTV split is many of those things.  It includes the key piece of info that should give every hockey fan hope:

A DirecTV spokesman said the possible effects of incurring the wrath of NHL fans might be enough for the satellite provider to put Versus back on its listings, even if a new agreement isn’t reached by Thursday.

“If we don’t have a deal with Versus by the time hockey season starts, DirecTV would certainly be open to putting these games up for our customers while we continue to negotiate,” DirecTV vice president of public relations Darris Gringeri said. “Obviously, Versus has to allow us to do that, but we’d certainly be open to doing that. At the end of the day, it would be their decision.”

A Versus spokesman who did not want to be named said: “Why would it be our decision when DirecTV is the one who took us down in the first place?”

That last paragraph aside, this is definitely good news.  We may have to remind you that VERSUS got added to about 9 million DISH Network homes in hopes of people dropping DirecTV during the dispute.  If VERSUS gets back on DirecTV, the NHL On VERSUS will be in 84 Million Homes at least on October 1st.  We’ll see where it goes from him, but for now, it appears there is light at the end of the tunnel.

2 Responses to Adrian Dater Rips the You-Know-What Out of VERSUS/DirecTV Situation

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    >>A Versus spokesman who did not want to be named said: “Why would it be our decision when DirecTV is the one who took us down in the first place?”

    DirecTV all along has said that Comcast forced them to take the channel down. Someone is not telling the truth here…. Given the way Comcast does business I know who I believe….

  2. leafsfan1967 says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Bettman-on-Olympics-long-term-deals-and-Phoenix?urn=nhl,192269

    So Mr. Bettmann is backing Comcast and Versus!!!! Hands up if you are shocked by this!!!!!!

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