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Talk On The Next NHL TV Contract

via Brad Adgate at Forbes,

In the upcoming months television networks will begin negotiations with several sports leagues for new TV contracts. The NHL and MLS are expected to open up negotiations as their current agreements expire. MLB which has already extended agreements with Fox and Turner Sports has ESPN up next. However, no contract renewal will be more important (or expensive) than the NFL.

The NHL’s ten-year agreement with NBC Sports at $200 million per annum expires at the end of the 2020-21 season. The NHL is looking for a significant increase in TV rights fee. Comcast and NBC have been the U.S. television home since the 2005-06 season and has introduced such popular marketing events as The Winter Classic on New Year’s Day and The Stadium Series. NBC would prefer to keep exclusive rights to the NHL but other networks are interested which will drive up the price. It has been reported NBC has the right of first refusal.

Both ESPN and Fox have indicated interest in televising hockey games. The two networks have a history in televising the NHL. ESPN televised games in 1980-82, 1985-88, and, more recently, 1992-2004. Also, ESPN has expanded their studio coverage of NHL games. The NHL on Fox aired for five seasons from 1994-1999. Fox since selling assets to Disney has been relying more on sports. Also, since the last negotiations, Fox has launched FS1, which could televise a bulk of the games. It’s also been reported that CBS may be interested in televising NHL games. CBS was the first U.S. network to televise NHL games and also has a cable sports network seeking live content.

There is also the possibility that a streaming video service may be a part of the negotiations, Facebook, Amazon, and YouTube have all been looking at live sports. A dark horse in the negotiations could be DAZN, a subscription sports streaming service launched in 2016 run by former ESPN head John Skipper.

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Video- Howie Meeker Was 97 When He Passed Away This Morning

I imagine many of you did not see Mr. Meeker in action, so...

 

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All About Sports Ratings On The Networks

from Kevin Draper of the New York Times,

It feels as if television networks should be panicking about their ratings for sporting events, pondering existential questions about how viewing habits have changed amid the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. election.

But they’re not — despite some eye-popping numbers and a lot of armchair criticism.

Ratings for the N.B.A. finals were down 49 percent, and the N.H.L.’s Stanley Cup finals were down a whopping 61 percent. Baseball, golf, tennis, horse racing and other sports have all seen huge declines. Even the usually untouchable N.F.L. was down 13 percent through Week 5.

So what is going on here? A lot. Too much, actually, to pinpoint simple answers. Should everyday fans care? Not particularly — and there are good reasons not to overreact.

To decipher all that the ratings are and are not telling us, we need a sharper understanding of the practical functions they serve.

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Video- Top Mike Emrick Goal Calls

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Sportsnet counts down the top 10 calls of Mike 'Doc' Emrick's legendary broadcasting career.

 

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Candidates To Replace Mike Emrick

fromAndrew Marchand of the New York Post,

While Kenny Albert is a strong candidate to replace Mike (Doc) Emrick on NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals, a name that cannot be ruled out is Mike Tirico.

Albert, 52, could very well be the next man up, as he is NBC’s No. 2 NHL play-by-play man, having done conference finals and the Olympics for years. But Tirico, the face of NBC Sports, figures to be in the discussion when its network executives decide what to do next.

Tirico is a hockey guy and has called a few games for the network over the past few years.

Tirico, 53, is the host of the Olympics, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” studio show, the Triple Crown and the network’s golf events. He also calls Notre Dame football. He is scheduled to replace Al Michaels full-time on “Sunday Night Football” broadcasts after the 2022 Super Bowl....

Along with Albert, NBC also may look at John Forslund and young, up-and-comer Brendan Burke to succeed the legendary Emrick.

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Mike “Doc” Emrick Is Retiring

from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post,

Mike “Doc” Emrick, the incomparable Voice of the NHL, Monday morning will retire, as per a shared announcement with NBC Sports.

Emrick, 74, rose from calling college and minor league hockey radio broadcasts to develop an enthralling style that emphasized superior, often mesmerizing play-by-play: Original on-the-fly, bull’s-eye descriptions; a great knowledge of the game; current and past anecdotal info, timed to perfection; strong, warm relationships with his color analysts; and a modest charm that radiated as real. He forced nothing. He just knew how to know.

“I hope I can handle retirement OK,” he said Sunday night from his home in Michigan, “especially since I’ve never done it before. But I’ve just been extremely lucky for 50 years. And NBC has been so good to me, especially since the pandemic, when I was allowed to work from home in a studio NBC created.

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NHL Network Coverage Of The NHL Draft

October 1, 2020 – As the New York Rangers prepare to make the #1 overall selection in the NHL Draft™ presented by EA SPORTS NHL®21, NHL Network™ is set to produce wall-to-wall Draft coverage, including Round 1 preview and recap shows, and the exclusive U.S. telecast of Rounds 2-7 live from the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, NJ.

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Watching Game 6 SCF

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The Broadcasts From The Stanley Cup Final

from Brandon Costa of SportsVideo.org,

With more resources centralized in a single location, the league has deployed new tools and services in support of its broadcast partners (NBC in the U.S., Rogers in Canada): additional onsite production facilities, more camera angles, and added graphic enhancements (including roll-out of the league’s highly anticipated puck- and player-tracking system).

“It has been a long, collaborative process with our television partners and all of our end units,” says Dan O’Neill, VP, arena and event operations, NHL. “The collaborative nature of working with the volume of entities and giving them the platform to do their business has been great.”

Condensed Compound, Limited Crews

The hybrid production model in Edmonton has led to a minor increase in the size of the production compound since the league left Toronto to finish out the playoffs in the single venue.  The side-by-side lineup of three trucks comprises NEP Broadcasting’s ND5 (NBC Sports’ top hockey truck) and Dome Productions’ Silver (handling the major part of the game broadcast for Rogers and the world feed) and Unite (serving as a production B unit).

According to O’Neill, NBC Sports and Rogers are still producing the vast majority of their productions (graphics, audio mix, even on-air talent in some cases) from their respective home broadcast centers: Stamford, CT, and Toronto, respectively). However, NBC has nine or 10 crew members onsite working socially distant in ND5; Rogers has 12 or 13 crew members in its units.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing,

With playoff games also taking place in the middle of weekdays, there’s also going to be a natural drop in reach for those games. Despite all those caveats, it’s stunning to see the overall drop in NHL playoff viewership for the first three rounds.

Per Sports Media Watch, the NHL averaged just 844,000 viewers for its playoff games in rounds before the Stanley Cup Final. Not only is that a 28% drop from a year ago, it’s the lowest since NBC’s networks began airing all playoff games as part of the NHL’s TV deal with the network that started in 2012. Of the 11 conference final games, just one (Game 4 of Golden Knights-Stars) saw an increase from 2019 – and that was a game that aired on NBC as opposed to NBCSN (which the comparable game did a year ago). That matchup was the most-watched of the round, with a paltry 1.68 million viewers.

The trend was not reversed for the start of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. Game 1 of Stars-Lightning series drew a jarring 2.12 million viewers (on NBC!) Saturday night, per ShowBuzz Daily. That finished fourth among the six live sports contests airing in primetime on Saturday, ahead of just an MLB on Fox national window and a Louisiana Tech-Southern Miss college football game on ESPN2.

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