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Hawkvision
Type Pay television network (sports)
Availability United States
Owner Bill Wirtz
Launch date 1992

Hawkvision was a short-lived subscription TV service founded by Chicago Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz.[1] The service broadcast Chicago Blackhawks games. It operated in conjunction with Chicago's local SportsChannel outfit and access cost $29.95 per month.

Overview

In 1992, Wirtz, who had a reputation for stubbornness and frugality,[2] ended all Blackhawks broadcast agreements with network and cable television outlets. While vilified for this decision by many Blackhawks fans, he felt that broadcasting regular home games was unfair to the team's season-ticket holders.[3] Only Blackhawks games picked up by national broadcasters (which only happened when the Blackhawks made the playoffs) were shown on regular TV.

Hawkvision only broadcast for a short time, ending after the 1993 season. However, regular Blackhawk home games would not resume airing on TV until the 2007–08 season (after Wirtz died).

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