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from Kevin of BfloBlog,
Via press release, the Sabres confirmed what their schedule has shown for some time - that the next four Sabres games will not be televised.
“Out of our 82-game schedule, the MSG Network has broadcast rights to 70, and the Versus Network has rights to a maximum of eight,” said Larry Quinn, Buffalo’s minority owner/managing partner. “As such, we needed to select four games to be radio only. We chose these west coast games due to their late starts.”
Very clever, LQ. It’s MSG’s fault! But you were the one who negotiated the deal with MSG in the first place. You negotiated away the four road games. No city in America draws higher ratings for hockey than Buffalo, but we surely wouldn’t stay up past 10:00 to watch our team, right?
(I’m sure it has nothing to do with cost though…)
But not to fear, we at least get them on the radio, right?
NEW YORK, NY - Beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 25, NHL Network will be on location at the 2009 NHL All-Star Celebration in Montreal to provide viewers with 15 hours of live HD* coverage from the star-studded event. NHL Network’s Brian Duff and Gary Green and contributors Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti will bring viewers inside the festivities with interviews featuring NHL players and coaches, live broadcasts from the All-Star practices and expert analysis.
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Given the coverage the issue has received, it seemed fitting that NBC’s first Sunday of the NHL regular season would feature a fight.
The battle in this case, however, wasn’t on the ice.
It was in the studio where commentators Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury traded verbal blows over the pros and cons of fisticuffs, with Milbury ending it by giving McGuire a sharp slap to the chest.
“Keep your head up,” he said.
“I always keep my head up,” replied McGuire.
It was heated, but for the Canadian audience, there wasn’t much new presented in the debate,...
continued and not just for the Canadian audience Mr. Houston, hockey fans world wide have been following the fighting debate…
The Goalie Guru takes issue with the announcer (who happens to be ex-NHL goaltender Chico Resch) and tries to prove his point.
But I would take the word of a guy who played the game on the NHL level before that of a ‘guru’.
I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Milbury this morning to discuss the NHL on NBC game this Sunday at 12:30pm ET.
We talked about the upcoming game and a few other hockey topics. Also note, I got my Pierre’s messed up, referring to McGuire as LeBrun in the interview. Hey, it is Friday morning and -16 right now. That is my excuse!
If you wish, you can download the interview in mp3 format here.
from Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
It is time to elect Don Cherry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
There is not a man on the planet who has kept more fans or made more fans for the sport of hockey than Grapes. For nearly 30 years he has kept the attention of Canadian hockey fans (and now fans worldwide) on the sport that he and they love far more than any other.
And I’m not talking about the media wing … I am talking about full fledged induction in the builders’ category.
In my own informal poll of interested fans, administrators and media types, there is overwhelming support for Don’s election. And why not?
A list of the Top 50 sportscasters, as voted by the American Sportscasters Association. Since it is U.S. based I did not expect to see many hockey names.
Maybe I am missing some other hockey guys, but Foster Hewitt is listed at #40, right behind Bill Walton (huh)!
I wonder if any of the voters ever heard of Danny Gallivan or Dan Kelly. How about some of the current hockey broadcasters, Jim Hughson comes to mind and even Bob Cole.
Again, it is U.S. based, so the majority of voters may not even know what a puck is.
from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,
At first, the effect is dizzying: a sensory overload of images, facts and figures orbiting what amounts to picture-in-picture-in-picture-in-picture television. That it’s occurring on a computer monitor, rather than the flat-screen hanging on the living room wall, doesn’t decrease the feeling of digital claustrophobia.
Gradually, the charms of NHL GameCenter Live—the League’s Web- and subscription-based service that provides coverage of out-of-market games on a nightly basis—blow away any clouds of confusion.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.
The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.
“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.
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