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Get The Facts Jack

from Chales P. Pierce of the Boston Globe,

Someone needs to keep a bucket of cold water handy when Smilin’ Jack Edwards gets to the end of a successful Bruins playoff series because, otherwise, wow…

A couple of years ago, we had that “ragtag band of farmers” business when a Boston victory coincided with Patriots Day. Then, last night, as the Bruins dispatched the Sabres, we had the Buffalo chances sinking “like the Edmund Fitzgerald” into “Gitchee-Gumee.”

Two things:

1) The Fitz sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Buffalo is located along the eastern shores of Lake Erie. So what you said is approximately as accurate geographically as saying that the “ragtag band of farmers” stood firm along a bridge in Maine.

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You can watch and hear Jack in action in the video below.  Scroll to the 9 minute mark for his Edmund Fitzgerald piece…

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Broadcast Questions

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star, T

he calibre of play and the excitement level have all justified the tremendous amount of air time the playoffs have gobbled up. For the most part, so has the television coverage.

But despite all those elements, there are still far too many mysteries presented every night.

Behold the playoff puzzlers:

• Who decided that the best way to open a hockey broadcast was to show players either getting off a bus or walking into an arena? Maybe there’s a product placement deal with the bus lines.

• Why does CBC’s P.J. Stock continue to invent new words every night? On Saturday, it was “Cammalleriwouldgivethemthelead.” Slow down, please.

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What’s On Don’s Mind Tonight?

Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.  Don talks defensive coverage down low, shot blocking and additional hockey topics.

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Talking S-l-o-w M-o-t-i-o-n

from Ian Brown of the Globe and Mail,

Nearly a quarter of every NHL hockey game gets replayed. Slow motion isn’t new, but it is pervasive. “Super-slow-mo replays have become such a regular part of the vocabulary of television sports and events,” says Sherali Najak, Hockey Night’s executiveproducer, “that it’s impossible to imagine life without them.”

But slow motion is more than just a technique. It’s another way to look, to deepen the increasingly artificial reality of professional sport. Pro sports are about money and celebrity, first and foremost. Slow motion is about the physical, and what is and isn’t time-worthy; it restores the aesthetic grandeur the money men threw away.

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Watching The NHL Conference Quarterfinals

note: make sure to read the whole release for Canadian broadcast figures and other interesting tidbits.

NEW YORK (April 20, 2010) –  The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a record-breaking start on VERSUS, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched on cable since the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs on ESPN/ESPN2.  Growth on national telecasts across North America and on regional sports networks in the U.S., along with triple-digit increases to video starts on NHL.com and page views on NHL Mobile, highlight the NHL’s business momentum, further validating of the NHL’s strategy of engaging its fans through the creation of an ever-expanding hockey marketplace with multiple touch points.

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NHL Playoffs- Still A Niche Sport On TV

from Mark Kreidler at ESPN,

When the Canadians were playing for the gold medal in their own country, with the U.S. as the designated black hat, it made for grand theater and killer ratings. More than 27 million people in the United States watched the game, and roughly the same number did so in Canada; astonishing, considering that it accounted for nearly 80 percent of the population of that country. Surely great things loomed.

But the reality is this: The NHL playoffs, which began Wednesday, remain one of television’s ultimate niches. The Versus and NBC numbers, at their tip-top, rarely make a serious run beyond about a 1.0 rating, which equates to roughly 1.2 million viewers. Not precisely Olympian. (On Versus, its 52 regular-season games averaged 297,000 viewers.)

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Bob Cole In the Spotlight

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

It’s great to see the CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada giving Bob Cole an important NHL playoff assignment. Bob has been more than a little sour about his forced semi-retirement, so he should be bucked up by getting the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins series, arguably Hockey Night’s lead match-up in the first round.

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Watching Versus

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 16, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, earned a .5 National HH rating and averaged 478,000 viewers for its triple-header night of action to open the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 14, making it the most-watched opening night of the postseason on cable since 2004.  The HH rating and average viewership was up 25 percent and 22 percent, respectively, compared to VERSUS’ first night of last year’s Quarterfinals coverage (.4 HH rating and 392,000 viewers).  Wednesday’s opening night telecasts were also the most-watched among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54 on cable since 2002.  This record-breaking night was garnered without the advantage of the team markets as VERSUS’ Quarterfinals coverage is non-exclusive and blacked out locally. 

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Broadcast For The American Hockey Fans

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

On a recent trip to Florida, Usual Suspects was watching the NHL Network and the MLB Network in a fashionable establishment (okay, it was Dune Dog). There is no comparison between the slick, well-financed MLB product and the NHL‘s more frugal competitor. But, surprisingly, there were people watching the NHL Channel on several TVs around the joint.

Few in Canada understand what a lifeline it is to hockey fans served intermittently (or not at all) in the U.S. by Versus and NBC. It might do better, however, to concentrate on the American fans who are starved for something/ anything in markets that place hockey below bass fishing. Currently, the content seems too Toronto/ Canadian biased to us. That market is already super-saturated by Canadian coverage on the three sports networks and CBC. Concentrate more on the guy in Alabama or Arkansas who must persevere with his hockey passion. And more cowbell.

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Hockey Related Viewing Tonight

Of course no NHL games tonight, but we do have hockey related shows.

The 201 NHL Entry Draft Drawing can be watched on Versus and TSN beginning at 8:00pm ET.

The NHL Network has their Western Conference Playoff Preview show beginning at 8:00pm ET and repeated at the top of the hour.

CBC has their Stanley Countdown Show at 8 :00pm.local, 8:30 NT or CBCSports.ca (Canadian IPs only), 7:00pm ET.

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