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from Larry Felser of the Buffalo News,
It’s hard to believe NBC didn’t have the sense to hire a competent broadcast team for the Stanley Cup playoffs. What we got from their plumbers who were allegedly describing the Sabres- Rangers game last Sunday was a revelation about a linesman’s nickname, the state of the playoffs in the Eastern League, several excursions into the NHL’s past, the state of the playoffs in the Ontario junior league and the state of the American Hockey League. You would think the network’s sports honchos would tune into “Hockey Night in Canada” to discover how the sport is intelligently broadcast.
Do the Sens move on tonight?
Sharks/Wings- I think today the key is PP and PK, whoever is better will win.
Regarding the NBC game, as I stated yesterday, the Detroit NBC affiliate will go to split screen if the game runs into Kentucky Derby time. I have read other cities will go to the Derby. Aslo have read NBC may move the game to VERSUS if it runs over the allotted time slot.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
After all, it’s television that has the most to gain from a change in format and it’s television that has the most to lose under the current format.
The way the NHL does overtime in the playoffs today, there are no commercials, a huge loss to TV in that it doesn’t make a lot of money on hockey to begin with and when games go to lengthy overtime, TV not only has to absorb the costs of paying a great many union-rate techies and production people, but it also sees the games cutting - sometimes cutting deeply - into regularly scheduled programming.
That’s a triple double hit for television in that not only does it not earn any additional revenue from the extra sessions and has to pay extra production costs, but it loses revenue already committed because it has to dump regularly scheduled programming and it’s already sold advertising.
The local NBC affiliate in Detroit just mentioned if the Wings/Sharks game goes into Kentucky Derby time, they will run both events on a split screen.
Not sure if this is a national decision or a local one, but that is the plan for the Detroit area.
VERSUS, the U.S. national cable television home of the NHL, garnered top ratings for Game 4 of the Buffalo Sabres-New York Rangers series on Tuesday, May 1 according to Nielson Media Research and VERSUS.
Among the highlights:
Thoughts? I go with the odds, Sabres play two at home.
from the Toronto Star,
With video review figuring prominently game after game, and adding 10 minutes to the games on some nights, the netcam and overhead cameras are playing a prominent role.
And that brings a swell of pride to Doug Beeforth, the man who invented the netcam and was involved in the arrival of the one in the rafters.
“Every time I see it, I think I don’t get a lot of good ideas but that one sure worked out,” says Beeforth, now president of Rogers Sportsnet.
Jim Hughson has been doing play-by-play duty for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in these playoffs, to great acclaim by hockey fans everywhere. He’s currently covering the Anaheim Ducks / Vancouver Canucks series and was good enough to speak to Paul and myself immediately after the pre-game skate today, from sunny Anaheim.
You can download the audio file here, or play it on the video player below.
We need some help here. Alanah at Canucks and Beyond is very depressed. Her Canucks are near elimination and she needs a quick pick-me-up.
I told her the Canucks steal one at The Pond tonight, then come home for game 6 with momentum.
It could happen, but will it?
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