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From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:
By moving the game to the NHL Network, in an attempt to give it more exposure, the league shut out a large number of Center Ice subscribers. Up until last week, I had DirecTV, which includes the NHL Network as part of its digital package. I learned, apparently along with a lot of fans, that Comcast doesn’t include the NHL Network in its basic digital package - even if you ponied up the bucks for Center Ice. Now, I need to get the NHL Network anyways, so I didn’t mind calling Comcast and bumping up a package for another $8 a month. But by the time we got it ironed out, it was 2-0 New Jersey.
Like a lot of hockey fans, I was part angry, part confused. So this morning, I called the league for an explanation.
It was explained to me that putting the game on NHL Network made the game like any other nationally televised hockey game, which means it wasn’t available on Center Ice. Usually that’s not an issue, because you can just turn on NBC or Versus and watch it. But for those of us who didn’t get NHL Network, it became an issue. But the league assured me that it wasn’t some underhanded tactic to get people to pay more money for extra cable coverage. In fact, it’s the opposite.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There already seems to be growing controversy about the GMs’ recommendation this past week regarding a 10-minute misconduct for “staged fights.” The NHL Players’ Association considers this a “new rule” recommendation and thus needs approval from the competition committee when it meets again in June. However, we were told Saturday the league believes the “staged fights” proposal is “an existing rule” that simply needs new interpretation and enforcement, and therefore doesn’t need competition committee approval or, for that matter, the board of governors’ approval.
That is not how the NHLPA views this, and from the e-mails that were flying our way Saturday from both sides, this could get ugly.
continued (basically a recap of the Hot Stove during HNIC) plus a few more hockey notes…
If you missed Coach’s Corner last night, watch it below…
from Neil Best of Newsday,
...Beyond that, he is a bundle of energy and a born schmoozer.
The former is important for a guy who is away from his Montreal home 240 nights a year for various gigs, including ones with TSN in Canada and NBC here.
The latter was evident whether he was strolling out for the second period with John Tortorella, bumping forearms with the Bruins’ Mark Recchi before the third, or chatting up members of the support staff, some in position to make his job easier or more difficult in the Garden’s cramped quarters.
“He’s the Mayor,” Flood said of McGuire’s natural political skills.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Don Cherry isn’t mad as hell and he is going to take it—all the shots, the criticism, the calls for his head, no matter how much the controversies swirl around him.
He claims he is not pulling a Peter Finch every Saturday night, that he isn’t going crazy on the public broadcaster, isn’t losing it in any way. “I’m saying the same things I was before,” Cherry said in a lengthy interview. “But the criticism is worse now. It has really picked up. I don’t know why.
“I admit, I’ve been taken aback by all of it, the calls for me to get fired. Last week was the topper. I got ripped everywhere. I got ripped in four Toronto papers. The owner of the Washington Capitals wrote about me online. A couple of my friends in Florida saw it in the papers there. I’m front and centre. I guess I’m an easy target.”
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Issue No. 1: You see the game only from the perspective of your team. As a result, you know your team better than anyone else does. You watch your guy fore check, and not the opposition’s defenseman quarterbacking the breakout. You are watching from the perspective of how your guy angles on the forecheck, how often he anticipates correctly, how hard he is on the puck and a host of other details that national broadcasters and media don’t know because they don’t watch your team the way you watch your team….
Issue No. 2: You have a hard time formulating an argument for opposing players because you don’t watch them much, and when you do watch them against your favorite team, you still watch them from your team’s perspective. One of my old “NHL 2Night” lines was that after Barry Melrose would accuse me of having a favorite NHL team, I would say, “Barry, I love all 30 teams equally.”
read on to get the whole picture…
from Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,
But a newer occurrence — piracy of live video streams using peer-to-peer technologies — represents an even greater threat given the perishable nature and premium placed on real-time sports content, and the heightened importance of subscription-based revenue to online business models. The rising tide of piracy has prompted MLB Advanced Media, among others, to mount a coordinated defense strategy.
Several major U.S. sports properties, including the NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA, and major media outlets including Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and NBC Universal, have organized under the leadership of MLBAM to form The Sports Coalition, a group that is pressing government trade and intellectual property officials for more stringent trade policy with regard to piracy.
read on and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid subscription link…
via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
I am proud of my last name given to me by my father.
My ancestors are from Sparta. My last name is kind of a derivative of Leonidas, the King of Sparta and of 300 film fame.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is pronounced “Lee - On - Sis”, Leonsis.
Most intelligent, non-xenophobic and educated people have no issue with its pronunciation.
In case the hockey weekend slipped by you, start here to find out who Ted may be talking to.
from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,
Cherry had already warmed up the viewing audience earlier in the segment when he jokingly referred to Calgary Flames center Oli Jokinen, a Finn, as a Russian—because after all, it’s impossible to tell those European players apart these days!
Next, in a move that will only reinforce Cherry’s reputation as a xenophobe, he mangled the Caps owner’s last name (“Legonsis”), before questioning his hockey judgment in light of the team’s decision to sign Jaromir Jagr to a long-term contract…
from Puck the Media,
NBC released it’s PR for the Bruins-Rangers game yesterday, which is what they usually do for the NBC Game of the Week. We took a quick look at it to see if there was anything interesting, and moved on. We went back to it, quite by accident, by clicking on the wrong link. So we decided to read it again, and in this PR, it listed something we hadn’t seen before:
NBC will also broadcast weekend games throughout the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and up to five Stanley Cup Final games (Games 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7).
That certainly captured my attention. We immediately E-Mailed Brian Walker of NBC Universal’s crack PR team, who confirmed the situation.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star via the National Post,
Lidstrom said he’s never really had a conversation with Cherry during his visits to Detroit.
“I think I’ve said hi to him when I’ve seen him here,” Lidstrom said.
“Maybe (I’ll) check him (the next time I see him). He’s a character. He brings a lot of entertainment when he speaks.
“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s wrong. I think just seeing him in his suits brings laughter from people.”
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