Not so quick.
Even if Phoenix is not moving to Winnipeg, it's probably still moving. The other possible destination is Quebec City, which is also in the East. If that happens then you don't need to move Detroit to the East. Almost sounds like a rationalization -- to avoid having to re-align the conferences (and possibly doing it again when Phoenix *does* move) just do both moves at the same time.
But how would NBC -- having signed that $2B deal -- feel about losing two US markets before the deal kicks in?
By the way, unrelated to this move, but here is an article spelling out the deal that ESPN had on the table:
Some interesting ideas there. They would televise all SC games nationally, and would stream games to authenticated broadband and mobile devices. NBC picks and chooses which games they show (will they even show all games of the final round?) and (not that it affects me) they could not match the streaming component. I would imagine streaming every game could be something they could sell to Europe and emerging Asian markets.
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