To me the skills competitions are worth watching. It's pretty fun to see Super Kane, but the game is pretty terrible.
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i get you point about not putting it on the main network, but I think there is also the possibility of NBCSP being an infant network and wanting a product to kick start it. Almost all their ads have been NHL related, most of their live sport are hockey. yes it would have been seen by more on NBC, but NBCSP wants to be in more homes ASAP and putting more event on that network will usually get TV providers to add it to their packages. Also I've been watching the twitter feed of @SportsbyBrooks, he has some interesting points about ESPN and how much they charge for their package to be on TV plans. All of the major TV providers are kinda pissed at ESPN for charging $4.69 per subscriber, which is about $3 more than any other network package. My point is this, NBCSP wants to replace ESPN and right now there is a door opening. ESPN continues to pay MASSIVE, MASSIVE amounts for the right to broadcast sporting event and their per subscriber fee will only continue to go up. With that, they will continue to anger TV providers. These TV providers will begin to look for alternatives and thats when NBCSP wants to come in. Its obviously a long, long shot, but by putting more and more "premium" sporting events on the new NBCSP as opposed to NBC, it becomes more attractive to viewers and the new network will continue to grow. At the same time, i do agree with you about having it put on NBC, which would have gained more viewers. As hockey fans we just want our sport to grow. All im saying is that there could have been an alternate to just Bettman being money hungry.