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via Sports Media Watch,
ESPN has edited a column by SportsCenter anchor and hockey writer John Buccigross to no longer include a reference to a potential reunion between the network and the National Hockey League.
Buccigross, writing the season debut of his weekly hockey column, speculated that ESPN would gain the rights to air National Hockey League games for the first time since 2004.
“NHL players want it, the NHL wants it and ESPN wants it,” Buccigross wrote, “NBC and Versus somewhat holds the cards however, so we will have to wait and see; but my guess is yes. ESPN will have a piece of the pie.”
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
added 10:13am, via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
If something is close between the NHL and ESPN (with consent from Versus), it’s perhaps understandable that ESPN would keep a lid on speculation from within.
It’s not good journalism, but it might be good for business.
Get your Center Ice package!!!
NEW YORK (September 27, 2007) – NHL stars Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks and Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators are featured in a new national TV spot promoting NHL Center Ice®, the NHL’s out-of-market subscription package, and the HD games available in the package. The ad will run on cable systems’ digital information channels and during the NHL Center Ice free previews from Sept. 29 – Oct. 9 in the United States and from Oct. 3 – Oct. 9 in Canada.
In the 30-second ad, NHL players are seen grooming and obsessing over their appearance in anticipation of the clarity and high-resolution picture of HD game broadcasts available on NHL Center Ice. In the promo, Heatley enjoys a mud mask facial, St. Louis climbs into a tanning bed, Thornton scrutinizes his figure in the mirror, a hair stylist tends to Luongo’s hair and Iginla plucks his eyebrows. The spot also details the features, benefits and ordering instructions for NHL Center Ice.
Since early September, KK readers knew the NHL Network was coming to the USA.
Now people are beginning to receive notice on their cable boxes that indeed, it holds true…
I do know there have been some issues with the streaming of Center Ice Online. Things seem to be improving but would like to get your take on it.
An ongoing discussion on it in the KK Forum too…
Game scheduled for streaming tonight.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET
from the CBC,
The southern Manitoba city of Winkler has been selected as the host of the 2008 edition of CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada, it was announced on Wednesday.
CBC Sports personalities Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, Cassie Campbell and Dick Irvin, along with several former NHL players, will be in Winkler for the daylong festivities, to be broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. CT.
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said he wasn’t the only one surprised when TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz decided to retire Tuesday.
“It sounds like he was, too,” Quinn said Tuesday night from New York City. “It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season. You look in the mirror and say, ‘I can’t go anymore.’ It happened to Jim. I don’t think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo.”
Quinn said he believed Lorentz remains at his summer home in Newfoundland, where he enjoys fishing after the season ends. Quinn added that Lorentz telephoned before the preseason games began to say he wouldn’t be there at the start. He called again Monday to say he was retiring because he had enough of the traveling after 43 years as a player and broadcaster.
Just some FYI’s from the networks. First, from TSN,
TSN today unveiled its comprehensive 2007/08 NHL on TSN national broadcast package, which features 70 regular season games highlighted by increased coverage of the Canadian clubs, three all-Canadian match-ups, 38 games in High Definition, the weekly staple Wednesday Night Hockey, the addition of analyst Mike Milbury, the return of Molson That’s Hockey, extensive preview shows, five Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcasts, and the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And at Sportsnet:
Bill Clement, one of the most recognizable and respected voices in hockey, joins Rogers Sportsnet beginning Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/MT/PT) on Hockeycentral Season Preview.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The NHL’s move to start its regular season in London, England is renewing debate about the viability of the league expanding to Europe.
Jim Kelley, a semi-regular host at the Fan590 in Toronto, correctly noted that “finding some schlep” in Europe to buy out owners of the sad-sack franchises in the American south – Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, to name a few – would save the NHL the enormous cost of contraction.
Problem is, there’s no evidence the league has plans to give up on the U.S. television market by contracting.
InDemand has Center Ice information up. Today is the first day it appeared online.
Free preview is September 29th - October 9th.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Broadcast booths throughout the NHL are chock-a-block full of former players working as colour commentators, but Randy Moller is taking one giant leap for microphone mankind by actually calling the games for the Florida Panthers this season.
Moller, who grew up in Red Deer, was the 11th overall player picked in the ‘81 draft, going to the Quebec Nordiques. The defenceman played more than 800 NHL games, winding up his career in Florida in the mid 90s.
He’s worked as a host and colour guy on the radio games as the Panthers’ VP of broadcasting and will now be the first former player to call games full-time.
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