Back from some time off with some thoughts as the CBA talks continue this week in Toronto:
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that how television and radio rightsholders, with NBC and the Canadian networks at the top of the list, cannot be pleased with the loss of programming and business and ads with a lockout possibly running into December.
Here’s Part II of that:
To be sure, the NHL has been making inroads in corporate sponsorships, landing blue-clip partners such as CISCO, Geico, Pepsi, Miller/Coors/Molson, Discover, Enterprise, Bridgestone, Hersheys and a dozen others who have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to the league.
If there’s a long lockout, you have to wonder about the future relationships with these companies---and the NHL’s ability to attract new commitments at the other end of the tunnel. A certain number of fans will come back, but if I’m a sponsor, why not take my bucks elsewhere?
For those who asked, yes, the AHL will be playing. Plenty of seats will be available in Hartford and Bridgeport for local fans.
Have written this before, just want to re-emphasize: RW Christian Thomas will have a very good shot to make the Rangers---at some point during the season, whenever it begins. Have a feeling J.T. Miller may start in Hartford, too.
Some recommended summer reading, across the spectrum, no particular order: Ban Aaronovitch’s “Moon Over Soho”; Jason Heller’s “Taft 2012”; Kevin Barry’s “City of Bohane” and Arturo Perez-Reverte’s “The Nautical Chart.”
You may have seen some of my endorsements of the Newport Folk Festival on Twitter. Just made it to the Sunday sets this year.
Gary Clark Jr., New Multitudes = Outstanding. Jackson Browne, Dawes, Jonathan Wilson, Sara Watkins playing together=Very impressive. Trampled by Turtles, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Of Monsters and Men = Fun, better than anticipated. Disappointed that we missed: First Aid Kit and Blind Pilot.