Thread: Panini done?
02-27-2014, 02:07 PM #111
02-27-2014, 02:10 PM #112
02-27-2014, 04:58 PM #113
02-27-2014, 10:47 PM #114
Yep Panini is toast !!!My Photobucket .... Hidden Content
02-28-2014, 08:27 AM #115
For Panini, it's a small loss in the grand scheme of things. Hockey accounts for less than a fifth of the cards they release.
This is a make or break deal for Upper Deck, and it wouldn't surprise me if it proves to be a massive white elephant. The company has been on the brink of disaster for quite some time and with hockey's razor-thin profit margin, if they don't find a way to make it quickly profitable (in other words, we the collectors will be bent over a rail for a subpar product), they'll be headed down the tubes quickly.
The NHL is the same league who signed a TV deal with the Outdoor Life Network over ESPN. They changed the way they measure attendence just so they could claim record numbers of fans were attending games post-lockout. It's a league that doesn't know what the hell it's doing in anything related to marketing. This deal is further proof of that.
02-28-2014, 10:04 AM #116
Which has now become a very viable Channel in the NBC Sportsnetwork. I'd say that has worked out nicely. They also signed the deal with Versus, who had already transcended the old OLN and was under new ownership.
The NBCSN gig is the smartest thing the NHL has ever done in terms of television. Certainly that was not the pie in the sky that all Americans think that ESPNBA is, but it is now paying off. Disney needs to learn a lesson, and the NHL gave them some stick back for assuming that Hockey was dead.
News flash Americans, I like my Sports Channels to cover Sport, not spelling bees, cheerleading competitions, and chess.
02-28-2014, 10:24 AM #117
02-28-2014, 03:40 PM #118
Guess the OP was right afterallCollecting 13-14 Upper Deck Series 1 Shining Stars RAINBOWS: 21/50 (42% complete)
02-28-2014, 04:47 PM #119
Terrible news.....Not a UD hater at all but I just like the design Panini did way better... sad day!Looking for Emerson Etem Dominion ARP #/299 and Collecting Social Signatures (w/ Twiiter Handles), Canucks and Datsyuk.
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03-03-2014, 04:41 AM #120
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