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‘Leafs Lunch’ on AM640 (starting at noon ET) has an interesting lineup scheduled to talk about playoff hockey today including ex-players/analysts Darren Pang, Mark Messier and possibly Marty McSorley. Amusing me this morning though, was this poll on top of today’s show notes: “Will the Leafs Make the Playoffs?”
It’s still very early here on the west coast… I appreciate the comic relief wherever I can get it…
From PR Newswires,
“Adding rich social media capabilities, like user-generated video submissions, is an ideal way for the NHL and its sponsors to develop and extend their relationship with fans,” said Randy Selman, president and chief executive officer of Onstream Media. “Needless to say, we’re excited to be working with the NHL and look forward to extending our relationship and providing even greater new media capabilities, such as video search, indexing, encoding and ad insertion capabilities to more effectively monetize their content and increase viewer stickiness over time.”
more… *plus details on the contest for Canada’s “SuperFan”
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Versus has used the NHL to increase its exposure by almost 20 percent, from 64 million homes to 72 million. It reportedly has pursued the NFL and Major League Baseball and could be a suitor for the NBA next spring.
If Versus continues to grow at the same rate, it would be in about 80 million homes when the current contract expires at the end of the 2007-08 season, which would make it a significant competitor to ESPN2, if not ESPN.
An NHL spokesman said Versus has an option for another three years beyond that.
“A lot of people now know where Versus is compared to two years ago,” said sports-television consultant Neal Pilson, the former head of CBS Sports.
The first game of any series is a good time for the road team to “steal” a game. Will it happen tonight?
from the Mercury News,
Versus snagged Games1 and 4 of the Sharks-Red Wings series as exclusive telecasts. For a healthy portion of Bay Area viewers - tens of thousands, based on first-round ratings - it’s a tune-out, turn-off moment.
A Versus representative said 71 percent of the Bay Area gets the network. Yes, at the only time of year the NHL truly sells itself, its TV contract eliminates much of the potential audience.
Who knows how many of those people would actually watch a game, but here’s one stark example: Game3 of the first-round series, on Fox Sports Net Bay Area, drew a 2.5 local rating (60,000 households). Game5, a 2.5 rating. Game4, on Versus, a 1.3, or 31,000 households.
Versus has the entire conference finals and first two games of the Stanley Cup finals. So if the Sharks advance, tens of thousands of interested viewers could miss the very best of the product.
RWBill, a KK member posted the audio of the Johan Franzen series clinching goal in a Wings forum today,
The audio call was from Calgary broadcaster Pete Maher, who was inducted into the HHOF Broadcast Wing last year.
You can tell why- listen to the call, a true professional all the way.
Some play-by-play guys would have barely told you the puck was in the net, or be screaming about a penalty that should have been called or maybe and offsides.
Pete did it right and I came away even more impressed!
NBC is televising up to 10 dates through the Conference Finals and will then broadcast Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.
Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. ET, San Jose at Detroit, Game 2
Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. ET, Buffalo at New York, Game 3
Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m. ET, San Jose at Detroit, Game 5*
Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET, Buffalo at New York, Game 6*
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 24, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the network’s schedule for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins on Wednesday, April 25 with VERSUS’ pre-game studio show “Hockey Central” at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a double-header at 7 p.m. ET when the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Rangers and at 10 p.m. with Vancouver at Anaheim. Each week night VERSUS will feature one to two playoff games, as well the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”.
VERSUS anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.
The complete schedule for the NHL Playoffs Semifinal round follows (subject to change):
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night In Canada has been given back its traditional Saturday night time slot for the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
The CBC complained at the start of the post-season when it was denied a Saturday prime time game on the first weekend.
The network will air the second game of the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators series Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.
NEW YORK—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Wednesday, April 25 when the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks host either the San Jose Sharks or Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks and Dallas Stars contest the seventh and deciding game of their Conference Quarterfinal series tonight in Vancouver.
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