by Patrick Hoffman on 09/01/11 at 02:58 PM ET
Before getting to the point of this blog, I wanted to start out by saying that I love the NHL Network.
I am a big fan of “NHL on the Fly”, “Classic Games”, “NHL Live”, “Classic Series,” and the network’s other programs. The network has probably been a revelation for hockey fans throughout the United States.
With that said, I believe that there needs to be a few improvements to make the network even better than it is now:
- Original Programming: If you look at the MLB Network, you will see that the channel has a ton of original programming on throughout the day. Throughout the season, the NHL Network continues to replay “NHL on the Fly” while having just one original program on in “NHL Live”. The Network needs to come up with some more shows to put on during the day to keep fans tuned into the channel and I believe that they have the talent to do just that.
- Continue to Add Talent: There is no doubt that the Network has a solid staff of hosts/analysts. With that said, the Network should get a correspondent from each team to report in on game days to talk about what is going on with a particular team. The Network could use NHL.com or even various beat writers throughout the NHL.
- Develop the web site: The Network’s web site is pretty simple and contains host biographies and programming information. The Network’s web site should expand a bit to include bloggers. This would be a great way for the Network to get more fans involved and more importantly, make the Network more fan-friendly.
These are just a few things that I came up with. What else do you think the Network should do to improve as a whole?
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