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From Spector at his FoxSports blog today:
Thirty-five years ago this September, the greatest international series in hockey history took place when a group of Canadian NHL stars faced off against the elite players from the then-Soviet Union.
This year, starting August 27th and running until September 9th the best under-20 junior players from Canada and Russia will face off in their own eight game series.
The 1972 Summit Series was a seminal event in Canadian hockey history. Its reinvention in the form of the Super Series promises excellent entertainment, despite having little chance of carrying the same historical importance. As Future Considerations noted recently, “this is not your Daddy’s summit series.” Quite true, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some resources to check out for the upcoming games.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
There could be other compelling reasons for the league choosing ESPN and ESPN2 over NBC.
Although the NHL would lose carriage on a main broadcasting network by opting for ESPN over NBC, it would renew its relationship with the most powerful sports channel in North America.
Exposure on ESPN’s SportsCenter, which dropped 28 per cent after 2005, would increase. And the constant scrutiny of the NHL’s paltry U.S. ratings would largely disappear. Cable audience figures do not receive as much attention in the U.S. media as those of broadcasters.
Everything is speculative that this point.
ESPN may have interest. NBC isn’t planning an exit strategy quite yet.
from Ted Leonsis via the NHL Fanhouse,
My bet is that the blogosphere built around the Washington Capitals is now much, much bigger in terms of aggregate circulation than the two sports radio stations combined here in the DC area. I will do some research and then we should all convene a meeting to discuss how we form a more formal keiretsu. There will be power in numbers. Out with the old, in with the new!
more on a developing story about D.C. sports radio and… well, read on...
I would hope other NHL teams would take what Ted said to heart and begin to develop relationships with hockey bloggers in their town!
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
His work on TV includes studio commentary and game analysis. For the coming NHL season, he will double as NBC’s game analyst and also intermission-show host with recently hired commentator Mike Milbury.
“Between periods, I’ll be scrambling to get to the right location to work with Mike,” he said.
McGuire sees the intermission spot more as dialogue between two commentators than a conventional host-analyst relationship.
“I think what we’ll be doing is breaking down the other games that are being played, providing highlights but also talking about the important issues surrounding the game,” he said. “I think we can create a situation that can be insightful and entertaining.”
a litle more on Pierre…
from Farther Off the Wall at the Daily News,
As far as the networks are concerned, West Coast hockey may just as well be contained to the Aleutian Islands.
In releasing their NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season Wednesday, both Versus and NBC don’t see any mystery in the fact that the Stanley Cup champion Ducks and everyone else in this time zone isn’t on anyone’s radar. In fact, they seem to be saying the Western Conference can take pucks and sticks and just hope the New York Rangers someday return to Mystery, Alaska.
You will find a breakdown of all the schedules in this area of the KK Forums.
Always a good resource during the season to find out what team is on what network.
The 2007-08 television schedules have been announced, by both TSN and CBC. Check here including links for more details.
NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the television schedules of NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN, RDS, HDNet and NHL Network for the 2007-08 season.
In the U.S., VERSUS and NBC return for a third year as the NHL’s national television partners. In Canada, CBC begins its 55th consecutive year of NHL broadcast coverage while TSN – which began covering the NHL in 1985 – is once again the national cable partner. RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, enters its fifth year televising regular-season Montreal Canadiens and other select games. HDNet, a national High Definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its sixth year of NHL coverage, while NHL Network heads into its fourth year of televising live NHL regular season games.
from Battle of New York,
STAMFORD, Conn. (August 15, 2007)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the television schedule for the 2007-08 regular season and the addition of Bill Patrick as the new studio host of “Hockey Central.” The network opens its coverage with a southern California showdown between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings in London on September 30 at 12 p.m. ET. Then, on October 3, VERSUS’ coverage returns to the U.S. with a double-header featuring a match-up between Anaheim and Detroit at 7 p.m. ET and Dallas and Colorado at 9:30 p.m. ET. Bill Patrick will be making his “Hockey Central” debut on October 3. All of the network’s regular-season games are exclusive and VERSUS’ regular-season schedule features an exclusive Game of the Week wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to watch the NHL game in the U.S. at that time. Every NHL game on VERSUS will be produced and shown in hi def where available.
from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,
To that end, Bettman has reached over to the NBA and hired Jody Shapiro to see if he can get the league more eyeballs in front of television sets for NBC and Versus games. Shapiro is the former vice president of business development at NBA TV and once headed Home Team Sports in the mid-Atlantic area…
Shapiro has been around the cable TV block and knows all the players. He also has dealt with cable TV multiple systems operators in getting the NBA network on both basic expanded and digital cable throughout the country. One of Shapiro’s charges is to get an NBA or NFL-type hockey network on MSOs throughout the country. The NHL already has a network up in Canada.
more NHL broadcast talk…
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