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Ken Schanzer, NBC Sports President, explained it as follows: "Let me start by saying that no sport televises better in HD than hockey. The access to HD needs to expand first, but it's the spectacle of the game that just shows better. It's not just about (seeing) the puck. It's the vividness of the whole sport." Then tell me Mr. Schanzer, why are you only televising one of three games a week in HD? HDTV owners are a funny sort, once we see a game in HD, we want all games in HD. All we hear is how the NHL is enhanced with HD, but we are getting minimal games and we want more! While on the topic of NBC, do you think you could spare a five minute wrap-up show after the games instead of joining a show which is already in progress? The almost fiasco at the end of the Wings/Stars shootout needs to avoided, and it would be if you had a post-game show. While on the topic of NHL broadcasts, the HD version of the OLN Flyers/Rangers game on Comcast will once again be delayed and can be viewed at 1:00am tomorrow and again at 8:00am. Why not use INHD2 to show the game live? To the local Fox Sports Net Detroit affiliate, get with it quickly. Don't you think we have waited long enough for Wings games in HD? The ratings are fantastic, best in the U.S., yet Detroit fans have no HD. Your production truck is capable of high definition, what is the delay?
One year ago today, to the minute, I started what I thought would be a blog (scroll to the bottom) that would last maybe two weeks. Little did I know what it would turn into. It sure seems like ages ago, but then again, those days of going to bed at 2am and waking at 6am to start gathering news of the lockout sure kept me in touch with all of the CBA talk. At times I had three different radio streams going on at the same time, trying to keep up with all of the latest lockout news. I don't know about you, but I sure am glad those days are behind us. Super Bowl week has finally arrived in Detroit. I will be attending a few of the events leading up to the game on Sunday and therefore posting frequency this week may be limited at times.
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
The NHL believes it will have a larger turnout from corporate sponsors and business partners by moving its All-Star Game to midweek (Jan. 24, 2007). “We believe that for business partners, it’s a much better proposition [to hold events during the week],” said Ken Yaffe, the league’s senior vice president of business affairs. “There’s such demand between trade shows, Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game that time of year.” “We thought it would showcase the game better,” said Mark Fein, OLN senior vice president of programming, who noted that the league came to OLN with the idea, but that OLN’s internal ratings analysis determined that a weeknight was probably the best time slot. “This isn’t going to hurt us in any way and maybe it will help bring focus and attention on the game itself.” Sponsorship experts are not quite sure if the move will have the desired effect. “We represent over 90 brands, and I’ve never heard weekend versus weekday being an issue,” said Ray Clark, CEO of The Marketing Arm, which is based in Dallas. “I would cater to the fans first, the corporate audience second, because fan interest is what drives the corporate interest.”
from the Buffalo News,
U.S. Olympic hockey coach Peter Laviolette is playing dump-and-chase on the issue of his No. 1 goaltender, asserting such a determination is unnecessary, maybe even counterproductive. "I'm not a real big believer in a No. 1 guy, a No. 1 line, a No. 1 power-play unit, a No. 1 set of defense," Laviolette, the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, said via an NHL conference call Friday.read on
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks could be a much different team when they play their next home game March 1. General manager Dale Tallon expects to get plenty of offers before the March 9 deadline, and some deals figure to be made before the NHL breaks for the Turin Olympics in February. "If there are moves that make sense and are beneficial to our future, we'll make them,'' Tallon said. "We're not in a state of panic. We're going to do the right thing to get better." "The message is we're not winning, we're not in the playoff picture -- and we've got to change that around,'' he said.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Former Canadian goaltender Denis Brodeur knows exactly what price he paid to become an Olympic hockey medalist 50 years ago. It was $3,000. That was the amount written on a signing-bonus check he received from the Cleveland Barons after he made that American Hockey League team at the 1955-56 training camp.more
Babcock said many teams are adjusting to the new rules, especially eliminating the two-line passes, by moving defenders back to the blue line and making it difficult for teams to enter the zone. "I'm a little fearful this is what the NHL is going to get to," Babcock said. "At the start, we were all excited you could make those two-line passes, but now what happens is, teams are stacking up at the blue line and there's not much room off the rush." via the Detroit News When asked if Colorado would be making any trades, the Denver Post's Adrian Dater wrote, "I expect them to get a veteran such as a Gary Roberts or Mark Recchi for the second line. I don't think you'll see any blockbusters involving a goalie, but you learn never to say never with this team." via USA TODAY,
For Comcast, cable TV rights for Major League Baseball, soccer's World Cup, NASCAR and PGA Tour have come and gone to other networks — although the Comcast-owned Golf Channel picked up future golf action — since OLN's deal for the NHL. And the NHL's national TV ratings are setting all-time lows. Yo Adrian, Comcast coulda been a contender.from the Star-Ledger,
Scott Stevens, who will become the first Devils player to have his number retired Friday, is not a big fan of the "new" NHL since the rule changes that followed the labor dispute. "I think if I was to do it all over again, I'd come back as a football player, maybe a middle linebacker," said Stevens, who captained the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships. "I don't know if it would be much fun to be a defenseman nowadays. There is not much physical play. One-on-one battles are non-existent. I like some of the rules, but I think they went a little too far."
from North Jersey,
Throughout his 20 games as interim coach, Lamoriello has dismissed suggestions that he is enjoying the experience, almost insisting that he's too busy to have fun. But his actions and evident emotions have told a different story. "It's definitely been a pleasant experience for everybody," goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "The success we've had with him has been awesome. He just motivates a lot. He pays attention to details day in and day out so we don't slip. Right now we just know him as a coach. We don't know him as a GM."more
from the CP via TSN,
The Nashville Predators acquired journeyman centre Mike Sillinger from the St. Louis Blues for forward Timofei Shishkanov on Sunday. "Mike Sillinger is a battle-tested veteran who will help us both offensively and defensively," said Executive Vice President and General Manager David Poile in a statement.
from Crains Detroit,
What follows are the signature moments in Detroit sports history since 1900, arranged chronologically. They were selected by a team of sports writers, broadcasters and historians commissioned by the Super Bowl XL Host Committee and are being recognized at "A Detroit Salute" January 30th at the Fox Theatre.continued I have included this in the hockey section of KK since many hockey moments are highlighted.
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