Woohoo, won the HT Challenge, drinks all around!
I don't know about the rest of you but now that NHL is done, my summer won't be that boring. There's EURO2012 football, after that it's summer Olympics and before I know it, it will be late August and major football leagues will kick off. Let's all hope there won't be another lock-out.
BTW, why is there almost no hockey on ESPN?
Yup! Lots of good sports stuff this summer.
ESPN used to have hockey. Quite a bit of it, actually. I used to love watching NHL Tonight. Before the lockout, ESPN was still showing lots of content, but when the season was lost, ESPN, due to worries about the league's recovery from the lost season, decided to not aggressively pursue a further broadcast deal with the NHL (their deal expired either right before or during the lockout season), instead offering the league a lowball offer. The NHL decided to then give broadcast rights to NBC. A couple of years ago, that initial NBC contract expired so there was a new bidding war. ESPN attempted to get hockey back but the NHL again chose NBC over ESPN. ESPN (which is owned by Disney) went into a big hissy fit over it and now they pretend that hockey doesn't even exist.
Don't get me started on how terrible ESPN has gotten since Disney took over. It's not about the sports anymore with them.
I like the NBC broadcasts, but I don't like that NBC showed most of the playoff games on NBC Sports Network. That channel is unavailable for many people and definitely helped lead to very low ratings for the Final. Of course, the poor hockey markets of the two teams involved didn't help much either.