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from the Palm Beach Post,
If hockey fans needed a reminder of how insignificant their sport is on the American landscape, they got it courtesy of NBC Saturday.
One minute, viewers were watching the end of regulation play with the scored tied at 2. Coming back from the commercial break, NBC switched to its coverage of the Preakness Stakes. It was almost as if the hockey game had never happened.
Word is if game goes in OT, NBC will throw the game to Versus.
added 4:51pm, Game now on Versus, but no HD available here in Detroit area with Comcast. If you are getting the HD feed, please pass it on.
Also, NBC is sticking with the game in the Buffalo area.
added 5:12pm, more on this at AVSForum...
via the Toronto Star,
The Stanley Cup playoffs are producing good results for TSN. The network’s 831,000 average for this round is up 22 per cent over last season. CBC isn’t releasing year-over-year figures yet, but Wednesday’s Ottawa-Buffalo game drew 1.7 million viewers. The CBC has to be thrilled by Ottawa’s chances of making the final.
No games tonight, we all need the time off!
from Randy Sportak at the Calgary Sun,
Thank you NHL for ruining Saturday night.
Sabbath’s eve is meant for hockey, that much we agree upon.
Just not morning hockey as will be the case tomorrow when the Ottawa Senators look to finish off the Buffalo Sabres.
Playoff games on a Saturday are perfect for dinnertime—at least for those of us in Western Canada. And preferably while enjoying a hamburger and milkshake while taking in the action in front of a high-def TV.
Just a reminder for the HD folks, the high def broadcast of the game from Versuis will be on Mojo.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The term embedded could apply to Pierre McGuire, who provided analysis for the third game of the Detroit Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks Western Conference final on TSN Tuesday night.
McGuire set up, not at his usual spot between the benches, but right on the players’ benches. During the first and third periods, he stood with the Ducks. In the second, he joined the Red Wings.
In a normal situation, this would raise questions, such as: When is close too close? Yes, it’s a great idea to report and comment from the front row. But, on the other hand, an independent commentator doesn’t want to appear to be joining the team.
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
Weeks after the cable and satellite industries completed a deal for baseball’s out-of-market package and planned MLB Channel, another sports league is involved in similar negotiations with the same companies.
In this case, however, talks between the NHL and In Demand, DirecTV and EchoStar are not nearly as acrimonious as the ones Major League Baseball had with cable for the first three months of this year. In fact, multiple cable sources said they expect to launch the NHL Network, which is currently available in Canada, on a digital sports tier before the 2007-08 season.
With its Center Ice package up for renewal, the league is leveraging negotiations around that out-of-market package to get carriage for an NHL channel. Subscriptions to “Center Ice” have been strong since the lockout, increasing by 38 percent from pre-lockout levels, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
Unlike MLB, though, the NHL is not expected to give cable or satellite operators a stake in its planned channel. It’s not known how much the NHL is seeking to charge cable operators for carriage, but it’s expected to be less than the 20 cents to 30 cents that the MLB Channel will get.
from the Seattle Post Intelligencer,
I watched some hockey the other night—I love moving the Nielsen needle—and by the end of a fabulous Stanley Cup playoff game, I realized the NHL on TV can only be saved by two radical measures:
• The game needs to be televised north-south, not east-west.
• The game needs to eliminate one intermission.
(I understand that I’ve just lost contact with all hyper-serious NHL fans, so I’ll just speak directly to the other 99 percent of the U.S. population for the remainder of this column.)
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