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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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  Tags: mike+milbury

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

Inside Hockey Talks Hockey & Social Media

Elliotte Friedman of CBC/HNIC will be doing a feature on social media and hockey during Inside Hockey (HNIC pre-game, 6:30pm ET on CBC & NHL Network US) tonight.

It will also be available on the HNIC website sometime after it airs.

added 7:53pm, You can watch the social media piece here.

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UFL Outdraws NHL On Versus

via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk,

The ratings are in for Thursday night’s debut of the UFL on VERSUS.

The good news is that the clash between the California Redwoods (whose uniforms are neither red nor made of wood) and the Las Vegas Locomotives reportedly generated better ratings than NHL coverage on VERSUS.

The bad news is that the numbers would raise eyebrows only if they were someone’s blood alcohol content.

According to UFLaccess.com, the game generated a 0.25 rating, with a 0.29 in the key demographic of men 18-40 years of age.

The numbers might have been much higher if VERSUS were still available on DirecTV.

added 5:22pm, The site has updated the story-

John Ourand of SBJ reports that the UFL debut was seen in 220,000 homes, and that the Tuesday night NHL game on VERSUS was seen in 405,000 homes.  So maybe UFLaccess.com is getting its information from the same folks responsible for letting people know that, you know, a UFL game is actually going to be on television.

thanks to a KK reader for leaving a comment to advise.

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We Want Improved Broadcasts

from Jim Boone at The Hockey News,

The 30,000 members of the NHL Fans’ Association recently identified their primary concerns related to the game and the issues that surfaced were unique, based on a fan’s nationality (approximately 60 percent involved are US-based fans and 40 percent are Canadian fans).

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. A tear comes to my eye when I hear American fans talk about the game on Canadian television stations such as CBC, TSN, Sportsnet or the French-language RDS. Americans who have witnessed the game on one of these networks speak like they have had an out-of-body experience. They marvel at how the same product can be packaged so differently in Canada. They have tasted the good stuff and long for an opportunity to taste it again.

The NHL is alienating fans with its limited, often low-quality TV exposure in the U.S. and fans are frustrated. Many are walking away from the game entirely. This issue is the primary concern of American fans.


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Bill Daly With Many Topics

from Fan590,

The number two man at the National Hockey League joins Hockeycentral @ Noon to discuss a variety of topics including: Updating the status regarding the running of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes franchise; the league’s relationship with three-time failed NHL owner candidate Jim Balsillie; the potential of bringing the NHL to Hamilton; and Wayne Gretzky’s future with the league.

listen here and Bill also said the NHL has tried to help both Directv and Versus settle the dispute and the NHL hopes it gets settled soon.

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