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Versus may be interested in college hockey TV package

There could be a national college hockey package coming to Versus this season.

Numerous sources have indicated that Versus is discussing the possibility of televising regular-season college hockey games, beginning in January. What conferences would be involved, or what night the games would be shown (either Friday or Saturday) is unclear right now. Versus, part of the NBC Sports Group, is the cable home of the NHL. A few months ago, the NBC Sports Group signed a 10-year deal to keep the NHL on NBC and Versus.

A Versus spokesman declined comment.

If this happens, it would be great news for college hockey. Regular-season national games have aired on CBS Sports Network (formerly CBS College Sports) and ESPNU. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU have televised NCAA tournament games.

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