Buffalo may take over

The National Hockey League is already very interested in Terry Pegulas (Buffalo Sabres owner) US$ 172 million downtown Buffalo entertainment/hockey complex though the facility is not finished till now.
On Thursday, Gary Bettman, the Commissioner Gary Bettman, told that the league is thinking about the Sabres pitch to relocate the National Hockey Leagues yearly pre draft scouting combine from Toronto to Buffalo.

According to reports, referring to Sabres president, Bettman told that this is something that is being discussed, and he know it is something that Ted Black is vigorously pursuing. It is a work in progress. They have not made any decisions, but they were taking the expression of interest very seriously.

Mr Bettman revealed it in an interview regarding Terry Pegula and the facility he is building. It is called HarborCenter, and it is presently under construction around the street from Sabres arena.

Black told that discussions with the National Hockey League about Buffalo arranging the combine have been already taking place for the last few months. As per reports, Black wrote that the National Hockey Leagues interest in Buffalo is flattering and it is yet another example of the ways that they were attempting to promote Buffalo as well as HarborCenter as an international hockey venue.

The facility would start its operation in October and it would feature 2 ice rinks, eleven locker rooms, classroom space as well as a high performance training place.

CBC close to seal a expensive deal with NHL

National Hockey League is quite close to a contract that would save Hockey Night on CBC in Canada for the next 10 years, but the exclusive rights would not come inexpensively for the cash flogged public telecaster.

The contract would be part of a broad ranging deal that makes sure that Saturday evening and the Stanley Cup Finals telecasts remain important components of the programming of CBC; but would see telecasting rivals Rogers Media and Bell Media bulk up their programs with more playoff matches. One of the challengers (which is probably Rogers Media) would also get the rights to an exclusive Canadian match on Sunday evenings.

It is expected that CBC would pay up to US$ 200 million in a year, which is almost double its present fee, to save Hockey Night in Canada. Hubert Lacroix, the president, hinted that at the end of the telecaster’s public meeting previous month that a contract was at hand. An insider stated that it would be finalized within that next 2 weeks.

CBC had managing rights through the summer, but it saw itself at a fussy negotiating table through fall as National Hockey League attempted to take vantage of the other telecasters’ interest. Hitting a contract would soon eliminate a huge distraction, and let it to concentrate on coverage of Winter Olympic Games that would start in seventy three days.

Charlton Strategic Research president Gord Hendren told that the NHL is the premiere television property in the country. And that’s mainly because of the audience it could attract on Saturday night. Something like the Grey Cup might attract more individually but, night-in and night-out, the NHL delivers that audience.