Canucks and Beyond
Entries with the tag: sportsnet
— Last night’s Philly/Van game. Listening to “Jagr has the puck…” calls was surreal enough, but much of the rest of the game was outright painful. Hopefully the pre-season ends soon for these guys? (On the other side of the equation, hearing the words “goalie controversy” five minutes into the season sort of makes some of us want to smack around the entire Canucks fanbase.)
— Today’s Canucks/Wings game. It appears that some Canucks fans (i.e. me) aren’t able to watch the Vancouver/Detroit game tonight. Apparently MLB (and its spry little scurrying squirrel... wth?) is dominating our regular Sportsnet SD and HD channels.
This has forced tonight’s hockey matchup between the Red Wings and Canucks up onto some stratospheric backup channel on the TV dial (well, they used to be called dials… back when I had 80’s hair), and one that apparently I can’t get. This is despite the fact I pay more for my cable each month than I do for health insurance. For my entire family.
Marty McSorley joins Sportsnet‘s Eric Gage to do some Lightning/Bruins pre-game talk. It doesn’t go very well.
Marty needs a new monkey.
*thanks to Sportsnet’s All Morning Breakfast
And what happened, exactly?
Sports reporting is news reporting, and if you doubt that, I would argue that you’re not paying enough attention. But while much is made of the roles of new media and their (or ‘our’) impact on the standards in journalistic coverage, very little is ever mentioned about the accepted standards within the mainstream media itself.
And there are some potential conflicts of interest that should be demanding more attention.
* Fiona Hughes’s article in the Vancouver Courier today is worth a mention. She was spurred to write about potential conflicts of interest in Canucks broadcasting coverage after witnessing the last Canucks/Habs matchup back on February 15th. She outlines the problem as she saw it, here:
The departure of Jim Hughson from Sportsnet Pacific to the hallowed halls of Hockey Night in Canada at CBC has left a large hole in the broadcast landscape for Vancouver Canucks fans. But that might be changing in a matter of hours.
Rumors out of Sportsnet have it that John Shorthouse has agreed to a deal with the network to call all their televised Canucks games this season, while still maintaining his gig at TEAM 1040 for those games being televised on other networks.
An announcement is possible in the next few hours, but I doubt too many Vancouver fans will be surprised at the news. Shorthouse is a solid choice.
Update 2:57pm PT: Announcement was made public about 10 minutes ago on the TEAM 1040—and they’ll be talking to Shorthouse about his new gig in about 45 minutes on the air.
CBC Sports announced Tuesday that it has re-signed Gemini Award-winning announcer Jim Hughson to a six-year contract.
The new deal goes into effect immediately and runs through to the end of the 2013-14 NHL season.
Hughson, from Fort St. John, B.C., will continue to work on two of CBC’s major sports properties, Hockey Night in Canada and Blue Jays baseball, during the course of the agreement.
Since Hughson has been fairly clear he will not be working both at Rogers Sportsnet and CBC in the future—it was to be one or the other—it seems Canucks fans are now awaiting word of a new play-by-play man for next season.
Any nominations? Hughson’s tenure will be a tough act to follow.
From the Canucks/Wild game last night, on Sportsnet Pacific:
JOHN GARRETT: Do you think Alexander Edler ever gets excited? I don’t think so.
JIM HUGHSON: No. Typical of the Swedish defensemen… I don’t think they get excited when they get a paycheque.
Speaking of Jim Hughson, I always had a feeling that CBC was a threat to Canucks fans. And so finally it comes to pass… bad things are on the horizon.