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A Look At P.J. Stock

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

Stock – and his beard – add a little much-needed zest to the show, and that’s clearly why the CBC Sports executives hired him two years ago. But not everyone shares the Hockey Night in Canada bosses’ enthusiasm for Stock, who also hosts a daily sports talk show on Team 990 and contributes regularly to CBC-TV’s local supper-hour newscast.

You don’t have to look far – just nose around a few sports blogs – to find folks who don’t like Stock’s revved-up, sometimes not-so-grammatical approach to broadcasting. His rocking style has also elicited a few barbs from media critics, with one Globe and Mail columnist penning a particularly bitter anti-Stock diatribe during last year’s playoffs.

Part of it might be envy. Stock, who was most famous for his abilities as a pugilist over the course of his NHL career, only made his broadcast debut three years ago on Team 990, Montreal’s English-

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Some People Watched, Some Did Not

Versus promised people in the Detroit and Anaheim markets that they would be switching to the Wings/Ducks game as soon as the puck dropped since their early game, Chicago/Vancouver was going into OT.

I guess they did switch, but only on their SD channel.  People who were watching the HD channel on Versus, in this case, channel 603 via Directv, did not get the switch.

Versus needs to let people know exactly what they are doing, spell it out beforehand instead of forcing people to start searching for the game they promised to show.

added 10:37am, from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Watching the Stanley Cup playoffs on Versus is like watching a community theater production of “Les Miserables.” The source material’s emotional potency and the magnetic qualities of its aesthetics make it, at a minimum, eminently enjoyable.

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When In Doubt, Shoot The Darn Puck

So says Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

With all the off-ice news going on today, I thought maybe you would like to think hockey again and pick the top five Rick Jeanneret calls from the 2008-09 season.

If so, head to BuffaloSabres.com and make your choice, video is included…

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Versus Talk In Chicago

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

“A lot of people don’t even realize that Versus exists,” Hawks’ owner Rocky Wirtz said Tuesday before Game 3 at the United Center. “You just have to grin and bear it. It’s a league-mandated decision.”...

“Hopefully the league will realize that access can only help the game instead of trying to funnel it through a very small eye of the needle,” Wirtz said. “We didn’t make a lot of money on our WGN deal, but the idea was that eventually we would.”...

“Hopefully, the league will look at this,” Wirtz said. “What we’re competing with is everybody’s free time. There are a thousand things they could be doing besides watching the Hawks.”

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CBC vs. TSN

from Tim Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

So far, the best NHL playoff match-up this year has been the slugfest between the broadcasters themselves.

CBC is still the favourite. After all, they brought hockey to the airwaves and have defined our national game, both on and off the ice.

But things can change fast in the playoffs, where momentum is sometimes more important than skill.

TSN started the year with some fancy stick-handing, snatching the Hockey Night in Canada theme song from the clutches of the CBC.

Then, the scrappy sports broadcaster secured the rights to more NHL games than ever before.

Finally, just as the playoffs rolled around, TSN managed to finesse a deal with the NHL leaving CBC broadcast rights to only one Canadian team per conference.

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Greater TV Exposure Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned that NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly and director of business affairs Glenn Healy met with ESPN executives earlier this year, with Bettman’s knowledge and authorization. We’re told ESPN, which did in fact treat the NHL like an unwanted stepchild while it was the league’s cable rights-holder, showed substantial interest in bringing the sport back to the network.

But that interest, which included an offer of a rights fee that was reported to the commissioner, has not been seriously returned from the league, at least not yet. Versus would have to relinquish its national cable exclusivity in order to strike a deal with ESPN. From what we’re told, NBC opposes a deal with ESPN because of ABC’s parentage of the cable network.

From what we’re told, Bettman places a fair amount of stock into what NBC thinks, though we cannot imagine why.

According to sources, the NHL made approximately $3 million last year out of its profit-sharing arrangement with NBC. That’s $3 million, total, or $100,000 per team. Not even Phoenix needs that, not when the NHL’s signature series is all but shut out by the NBC, not when there’s no ESPN to showcase it.

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Don Cherry Talks Even When He Isn’t On HNIC

I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1.  Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.

HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.

Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.

The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!!  So Pat, what game were you watching?

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Make The Call Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Those calls are still in my ear as the Blue Jackets contemplate a housecleaning in their broadcast booths. The contracts of television play-by-play man Jeff Rimer and analyst Danny Gare, and of radio play-by-play man George Matthews and analyst Bill Davidge, will expire July 1. As of this writing, these men do not know whether they will be retained. They are in limbo, and they oughtn’t to be….

It is a slap in the face, in their industry, to be left hanging. And it has to change. So does the front-office meddling. No broadcaster should have his or her thoughts policed to the degree that Jackets broadcasters have been shackled.

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Versus Got It Wrong

from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Versus appeared to realize its embarrassing predicament. The studio show ran late, into other programming, just so the network could at least provide viewers with the final score. And when the ’Canes scored twice in the final two minutes, winning, 4-3, I just had to shake my head at the ineptitude of the NHL operation.

The league’s television ratings have never been great, which is why the NHL finds itself on an outpost such as Versus (although, to be honest, the network has come a long way.) What could be better for cultivating or maintaining interest than to shift viewers from one Game Seven to another, stirring appetites for the next series? What other sport diverts fans from its product when its product’s in full bloom? Imagine settling in for the second game of an NFL playoff doubleheader only to find out the game won’t be shown because the league’s granted exclusivity to a regional sports network in, say, Indianapolis.

Someone who answered the phone at Versus on Wednesday said the network has received numerous calls on the issue. He then gave me a phone number for the programming department. A recording informed me the number was not in service. I left a message at another Versus number. Still waiting.

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Is Versus Providing You With Enough Hockey Coverage?

from Bruce Ciskie of the Fanhouse,

The word “fail” sure seems to be commonly associated with Versus, doesn’t it? Fair or not, the network gets a lot of flak from hockey fans for its coverage of the sport.

Last week, the NHL’s cable television partner bailed from the epic ending of the Carolina-New Jersey game so we could listen to their people drone on about a game that hadn’t started yet. To make matters worse, they were back at it again Tuesday, as two epic Game 7s were contested in the Eastern Conference.

Surely, no one had a problem with Versus deciding to air the Rangers-Capitals game. We’re not stupid out here. We know that this stuff is driven by ratings, and we get that the Rangers and Capitals will likely draw the network a bigger number than the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils would.

That said, we do expect Versus to keep their word.

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My opinion- What do you expect from a network that has Dwayne (Eklund) making hockey predictions!

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