Robert has covered this in the past, but the first real programming milestone in the squabble between Versus and DirecTV is tomorrow’s first Versus NHL telecast of the new season.

I don’t view either side as being “right” or “wrong”, this is a business negotiation, but the brinkmanship continues.

Versus plans to televise an NHL doubleheader Thursday. First up is Washington, with reigning player of the year Alexander Ovechkin, against Boston at 4 p.m. PDT. Next is San Jose and Colorado at 7, featuring a retirement ceremony for Colorado’s Joe Sakic.

But an estimated 18 million DirecTV subscribers won’t be able to watch unless the contract dispute that caused the satellite provider to pull Versus off its menu Sept. 1 is resolved.

via LA Times

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