Sunday, December 28, 2008

The NHL got something right

Leagues all over the world are doing their best to make their television networks the best that they can be. One sport might have already started a network that is going to succeed, NHL Network.

The network, which started a year ago, continues to grow. Last year the networks showed the Memorial Cup. This year the network is fully covering the World Junior Championship. The championship, which is being held in Canada this year, is something that hockey fans have only read about in The Hockey News and on the Internet.

In addition to the world juniors and the Memorial Cup the network has covered college hockey and minor league hockey. The network also offers shows like NHL on the Fly and a broadcast of the XM Radio's Hockey Show. In the future the network could look at working with European Leagues and creating a game of the week type event.

While hockey might be lagging behind other sports in popularity, their network might top of other leagues.

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