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NHL GameCenter Live is free tonight so give it a test run and see if it fits your viewing needs.
from Puck The Media,
This news coming via an NBC Press Release:
CHICAGO — Dec. 31, 2008 — Hall of Fame broadcaster “Doc” Emrick will be unable to call tomorrow’s NHL Winter Classic due to laryngitis. Dave Strader, who is the play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Coyotes and has also worked for NBC Sports, will fill in for Emrick.
“Last year’s game was a lifetime memory and I couldn’t wait to call this year’s game at Wrigely,” said Emrick. “I’m extremely disappointed but I know Dave will do a wonderful job.”
CTV Inc. confirmed today that the Barenaked Ladies rendition of the iconic “The Hockey Theme” will debut on NHL ON TSN on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31. A special high definition video of the band performing the Delores Claman classic will air during the first intermission of the “Battle of Alberta” with the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Calgary Flames at 10pm ET on TSN.
The Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Barenaked Ladies recorded their own bluegrass version of “The Hockey Theme” last month giving the song lyrics for the first time.
From Impact Wrestling
SmackDown Diva Maria is scheduled to appear on today’s “NHL Live” show at 12:30 p.m. EST promoting Saturday’s Tribute to the Troops special on NBC. “NHL Live” is broadcast live on XM Radio Channel 204, and can be seen on the NHL Network.
Fans interested in seeing Maria are invited to show up at the NHL Store on the corner of 47th St. and 6th Ave in Manhattan, New York for her appearance. They are also encouraged to bring signs.
Ah, yes. Nothing says “Tribute to the Troops” quite like half-naked girls throwing body slams on the streets of Manhattan the week before Christmas…
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
And then there were no replays in the press box - because Nassau Coliseum doesn’t get Versus. Go figure.
more on the Caps OT win against the Islanders.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
From Stephen Johns at The Torontoist:
Tomorrow, for the first time since March 16, 1996, the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be playing on a non-holiday, regular season Saturday. They play tonight in Buffalo; they won’t be in action again until next Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs’ non-appearance on Hockey Night in Canada is mildly intriguing. The Leafs are a cash cow for the CBC; everyone knows this, even sports reporters who regularly lament the Leafs’ constant presence on CBC Sports’ flagship program irrespective of their on-ice performance (we salute you, William Houston of The Globe and Mail!).
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is expected to extend its TV deal with NBC through the 2009-10 season. The profit-sharing arrangement has made money for both sides, but not a great deal. The NHL and NBC each earned a profit of less than $5-million (U.S.) from the 2007-08 season, according to sources.
The extension makes sense for the NHL, which would have games airing on NBC, the U.S. Olympic network, in January of 2010 before the hockey tournament in February.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.
At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It’s averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.
The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.
Game 2’s 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.
TSN’s NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.
NHL Local Ratings Box Score
• The Washington Capitals‘ ratings are up 140% compared to a year ago, thanks in part to reigning NHL MVP, Alex Olvechkin, continuing his great play and leading the Caps to first place in the Southeast division.
• The Chicago Blackhawks are televising all of their regular season home games for the first time, and viewers are responding to their exciting young team with a 71% boost in average ratings from last season.
• Not only are the San Jose Sharks on top of their division, they also have an impressive 50% increase over last season’s ratings in the SF-SJ-OAK Market..
more team ratings…
Thanks to Capitals Insider for the pointer.
Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,
From Bob Harwood of Versus at the top of the postgame show:
In fact, there are so many goals we can’t show them all.
And this quote is why I am sick of the NHL on Versus. The worst hockey highlights this side of ESPN Sportcenter.
No, instead of showing you goals, we are going to have an interview with Ryan Smyth. And we won’t even ask mhim anything interesting like what he said to the ref that got him sent back in the box for the second Wild power play goal.
6-5 Avs. Over the Wild. That’s like a Nashville - Islanders score. The new NHL lives on.
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