One day after I rant about the debacle involving the NHL rights in Europe, the league has finally made NHL Gamecenter Live available to fans across to pond. Coincidence? Probably but that’s not the point. Waiting this long to officially announce it was bad PR. You can sign up for it here but there still isn’t much information when it comes to blackouts and such.
While this is good news, it is still unknown where the Euro TV rights are headed. Without any deals signed for that, the entire AMI/Medge partnership is off to a very rough start for the league. At this point it doesn’t appear that AMI/Medge has made many gains for the league as GCL is an in house product. Unless ESPN was demanding continued use of ESPN Player, it is hard to say how AMI/Medge has brought anything new to the table at this point. Hopefully that will change over time.