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Networks ratchet up challenges to ESPN

It was on Jan. 2 of this year that the formal christening of the NBC Sports Network took place, the setting being the NHL’s Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers on NBC.

While it may be difficult to fathom at the moment that both the drab Versus channel (rebranded and upgraded as NBCSN less than six years after a previous name change from Outdoor Life Network) and live NHL games actually existed in this calendar year, it’s apparent now that the unveiling a year ago no longer stands as the symbol of what NBCSN can be and how far it still has to go.

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