A lot of people have wondered and speculated and guessed on the price of NHL GameCenter Live and Center Ice, the league's online and television pay-per-view services. Some speculated that they would be free, and then I rained on everyone's parade and explained why that can't be.
Based on some sleuthing done by both myself and our SB Nation pals at Pension Plan Puppets, we've all found out that NHL Center Ice will be $50 on cable, $60 on satellite, and GameCenter Live will also be $50. Based on this being, essentially, a little more than half of a season (Center Ice was $172 last year, GameCenter about $160), this is about a discount of 40 percent.
I know a lot of hockey fans will be upset. There were reports that they might get a free crack at these services, and even though that was likely impossible, they still had dreams of access to every game played by Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz without having to pay. This, however, is a remarkably fair price in my opinion. While 163 of the league's 720 games are nationally televised, this is still most of the 2013 season for about the price of buying a copy of NHL 13. I think that's a decent give back from the league.