When Comcast Corp. named former Fox cable guru Jeff Shell as president of programming in February, the idea was to expand the company’s national portfolio in a big way.
He might just do that with the NHL.
According to sources inside and outside the company, Comcast is preparing an offer to televise NHL games for the 2005-06 season.
The NHL board of governors will meet Friday to rubber-stamp their approval of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association, hold the Sidney Crosby sweepstakes, and discuss rule changes they hope will liven up the game.
There has been a lot of carping recently that the National Hockey League is missing an opportunity to give something back to its fans by not allowing the drama of this week’s draft lottery to unfold live on television.
“With the benefit of hindsight, it wasn’t a good trade,” said Russ Farwell, the Flyers general manager at the time and now the president and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds. “But at the time it was. [Lindros] had such an upside and set of skills. But he never did step into and become part of and fully join a team. He never got away from the sideshow, never got away from the family thing and fully joined a team. We would never know what kind of career he could have had.