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NEW YORK – NBC Sports and the National Hockey League today announced that they have extended their partnership through the 2008-09 season with NBC exercising its option on the NHL. The joint announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with the NHL,” said Ebersol. “There have been positive signs for the league, both on and off the ice. Ratings were up this year; the Winter Classic in Buffalo was a huge success; advertising sales were healthy; and the product on the ice has never been better, led by young, marketable stars such as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. We believe this is a sport that will continue to grow.”
Bettman said, “This is great news for the NHL and its fans. NBC has been a great partner and its innovations to the broadcasts have helped bring fans inside the game like never before.”
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
My beef isn’t how having our game directly against Habs-Bruins this affects our ratings. We’ll do fine. There are enough Phili and Ovechkin fans out there to pay the bills.
My problem is, you shouldn’t have to make a choice. The passionate hockey fans of this country deserve to see both games. Instead, they are forced to make a choice, then flick over and catch a few seconds of the other game during commercials.
more and James, passionate fans in any country deserved to see both games.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
As if there were any doubts where Cherry’s allegiances lay, a post-game chat with host Ron MacLean removed them. As the two looked at a replay of what might have been a Boston offside that led to a key goal, MacLean said it might have been offside but added, ``You see nothing wrong with it, of course.”
But showing bias is nothing new with Canada’s most-watched hockey show.
Yesterday, commentator P.J. Stock previewed the Calgary-San Jose game with this: ``Hopefully, the minus-9 temperatures (in Calgary) will cool the big boys, or should I say, the big Sharks of San Jose.”
The CBC won’t get any complaints about that one, but that kind of comment belongs on a hometown radio station, not on a publicly funded network.
fromm the Mercury News,
They played him alongside Russ Hodges. That’s saying a lot.
OK, so it was hyperbole and some humor from KNBR’s Gary Radnich on Wednesday morning. But Randy Hahn’s TV call of Joe Thornton’s game-winning goal Tuesday night is destined to become part of the Sharks soundtrack, particularly if the goal leads to a playoff run that at last won’t disappoint fans.
“HE SCORES! HE SCORES! HE SCORES!” Simple. And, no, it’s no “The Giants win the pennant!” But it packed some deep-seated emotion.
“It’s raw, it’s primal,” Hahn told us Wednesday. “It just comes from inside you. And in that moment, you know what, it comes especially on the road for me.”
Watch and hear Hahn’s call…
NBC commentator Mike Milbury was asked to make believe he was the team’s coach and gave his analysis of what the team needed to do to win: “so, I’m in the Washington cra-capaitals dre—ahh. I said Crapitals. That’s what it is today. Washington Capitals dressing room…”
Milbury halfway apologized for using the same dumb insult for the Caps that immature fans of teams in cities like Boston and New York have been using for decades. It’s understandable. He’s worked most of his career for teams in those towns, and at least Milbury doesn’t call the play by play. At least he’s only on screen between periods. At least the play by play comes from experienced professionals, led by respected veteran announcer Mike Emerick.
Wait, did we say respected?
from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
If anyone alive is more steeped in hockey tradition or hockey culture than Dick Irvin, that person is purely fictional. Dick Irvin, however, is real. His father, James Dickinson “Dick” Irvin, was a Hockey Hall of Fame player, an original Chicago Black Hawk in 1926 (their first captain, in fact) who became a Stanley Cup winning coach for Toronto and then Montreal during the glory days of Rocket Richard. Young Dick, Jr. absorbed his father’s love for the game, became a sports broadcaster in Montreal and made his own mark as an announcer for Hockey Night in Canada as well as the Canadiens. He was a Hockey Hall of Fame Media Honoree in 1988.
In the ’60s, Irvin was paired with Danny Gallivan, probably the greatest hockey play-by-play announcer of all time, and became the sport’s first color commentator.
Voice of the Avalanche Mike Haynes to Undergo Major Surgery
DENVER – Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network announced today that Avalanche play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes will undergo surgery on a Basilar Artery Aneurysm. He will miss the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We truly support Mike and his family during this very difficult time and we ask all Avalanche fans to keep Mike in their thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks,” said C.E.O of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Jim Martin.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Breeze the Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.
In the interim, John Kelly who was the play-by-play voice of the Avalanche for their first nine seasons in Colorado on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain will return to the booth to call the games alongside Peter McNab. “We would like to very much thank the St. Louis Blues organization and Fox Sports for allowing us to reach out to John” said Matt Hutchings, C.O.O. for Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Mike and his family greatly appreciate the support they’ve received and at this time they ask that their privacy be respected.
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, will take place tonight at the NHL’s New York office. NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will televise the results of the Draft Drawing live at 8 p.m., ET. The 30-minute show, produced by TSN and hosted by TSN’s James Duthie, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury, also will be available on VERSUS, NHL.com and on XM Radio (Ch. 204).
Also, the NHL Network has a night of hockey for us, minus the games. All times listed are ET.
Earlier today, Don Cherry of CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada”, Mike Emrick from VERSUS and NBC, Pierre McGuire from TSN and NBC and Mike Milbury from NBC and TSN were on a tele-conference discussing the 2008 NHL Playoffs.
You can download the audio [mp3 link] if you like, or listen on the player below. (Be aware that it may take a few minutes to load.)
Update 4:41pm ET: Complete written transcript now available below.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is close to reaching a contract extension with NBC that will keep hockey broadcasts on the network through the 2008-09 season, sources say.
“We are in conversations with the league about an extension,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker confirmed yesterday. “I can’t comment further than that.”
The likelihood of NBC picking up the NHL option has been the subject of speculation, because of spotty ratings and starting times of the Stanley Cup final.
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