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Taking Sides In The Versus/Directv Dispute

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We don’t care if the chairman of DirecTV has kidnapped a busload of children of Comcast executives and is threatening to dunk them in a vat of sulfuric acid. We’ll always be on the side of DirecTV in this dispute.

...Could you ever imagine Comcast doing anything like that to make up for a shortcoming? All Comcast is interested in is taking your money and eating the souls of kittens.

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HNIC May Shift Their Focus Away From Toronto

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

They are still the engine that drives the ratings for Hockey Night In Canada, no matter how ugly it gets on the ice.

But for how much longer will the Maple Leafs be foisted on the majority of the nation each Saturday night?

The deeper the struggling team’s slump gets and the greater the level of anger rises in Leafs Nation, the closer CBC executives will look at how many homes the team reaches on Canada’s most-watched weekly sports program.

Much like the team itself, the broadcaster realizes it’s too early to panic just three Saturday nights into the NHL season. It doesn’t hurt that the Leafs continue to draw big ratings and will continue to do so in the immediate future with all-Canadian matchups coming up.

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Evening Line

Both BYU and Utah have games on Versus this weekend and of course, Directv subscribers will not be able to watch the games. 

via Rick Aaron of Fox 13 (Utah),

BYU head coach, Bronco Mendenhall noted the irony of conference partner Versus playing hardball with DirecTV, while ESPN, who doesn’t even have the game rights, is broadcasting its College GameDay program from Provo Saturday.

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  Tags: direvtv

Will You Miss Al Strachan?

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Looks like Al Strachan is out of the Hot Stove and into the fire.

On Tuesday, Usual Suspects received the following e-mail from Jeff Keay of CBC: “Hot Stove has a number of guest contributors who we rotate through the lineup. At this time, we’ve made the decision to take Al out of the regular rotation and to use some of the other personalities we’ve added to the broadcast over the summer.”

Translation: Strachan has been dropped from the Hockey Night In Canada segment a second time, having first been let go in 2005.

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added 1:04pm, from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The inside story of how Al Strachan lost his job at Hockey Night In Canada shines a bright, not so pretty light into the world of sports television and how decisions are made.

  Strachan refused to comment on his sudden ouster as a regular on Hockey Night’s Hotstove intermission segment, but publishing sources confirmed today that his departure is tied to a book he wrote with the no-so-subtle title of Why The Leafs Suck.

  The book, released a few weeks ago by Harper Collins, apparently incensed the CBC, because Strachan was identified on the cover as being “from Hockey Night In Canada,”  despite the fact permission had not been given by the network for the show’s name to be used on the cover of the book.

  “Scott Moore (the head of CBC Sports and also head of marketing and advertising for the network) went ballistic,” said one insider.

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Versus/Directv Update - Nothing New

David Pollak and some members of the Sharks organization had a chance to talk with Bill Daly today…

Tonight’s Sharks game is a Versus-only telecast, which means, of course, that fans who subscribe to DirecTV won’t be able to watch from the comfort of their living rooms. Bettman has been on record before, urging fans to write both the network and the carrier to reach a new contractual agreement. Essentially, the league is a business partner with each, but doesn’t have the legal wherewithal to force a settlement and can only lobby from the outside, not sit at the table.

“Unfortunately, we’re still at status quo,” Daly said when asked about where things stand. “The league office has made significant efforts both with Versus and DirecTV to try to break the logjam and try to move towards sensible ground. The good news is, the parties continue to talk, they’re exchanging drafts, but in terms of forecasting a resolution, at this point there’s no good news to report.”

more and other topics discussed with Daly…

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  Tags: directv

Milbury Keeps Talking

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The problem is, outside of Cherry and also Al Strachan, you are unlikely to hear a Hockey Night commentator criticize anyone in a position of NHL power.

  The worst for this is Mike Milbury who is outspoken only in the sense that he passionately defends the establishment. If ever in his TV career Milbury has made a comment that ran counter to the official thinking of the NHL or club officials, we missed it.

  He likes fighting and thinks opponents of fighting are girls. He thinks the NHL Players’ Association inflicted the worse atrocity known to mankind by firing executive director Paul Kelly, whom, the guess here, was viewed by the NHL’s hierarchy as the perfect guy to be ensconced as the players’ leader.

  Milbury’s toeing the company line, of course, would have absolutely nothing to do with his hope and aspiration of getting back into the NHL as a coach or general manager.

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Could MSG-HD Be Close To Returning To Center Ice?

from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,

Question: I am a relocated Sabres fan who watches the games via NHL Center Ice from Direct TV. So all my games are in SD (standard definition). Why is that?

Answer: According to a satellite source, MSG will not allow its HD feed to be on NHL Center Ice for any provider. However, a source also said that MSG and the NHL are in discussions about HD and guessed a deal may get done later this season.

more Q & A, TV/hockey related questions and answers…

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Isn’t Always About The Money?

from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,

We’re deep into a “he said-he said” situation here with our friendly satellite carriers—Dish Network and DirecTV.

Dish and Fox Sports Southwest can’t agree on 20 Stars games _ about one quarter of the season _ that have been taken from Channel 27 and added to the FSSW schedule this season. For now, those games will be carried by all the cable systems and DirecTV but not Dish. So why won’t Dish carry them? Dish subscribers missed out on last night’s Stars romp over Nashville. You can be sure the grievance between Dish and FSSW is all about $$$$.

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  Tags: directv, dish

HD Alert- Is This Something New?

I noticed the Leafs/Rangers game on CI, with the Sportsnet feed is in HD on Directv.

I can’t recall this happing before with a Canadian feed. 

Is my memory going bad?

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Don Cherry Tonight

On Coach’s Corner, Don talked about the first period Pens/Leafs, touched on the Pat Quinn fine, Flames defensive system, had a few words for Kris Letang and a few other topics.

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  Tags: don+cherry

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