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from the CBC,
The Nova Scotia legislature has unanimously endorsed a resolution chastising the NHL for its decision to schedule the Pittsburgh Penguins’-Ottawa Senators playoff game for Saturday afternoon rather than the evening Hockey Night in Canada slot.
Conservative backbencher Pat Dunn drafted the resolution. Nova Scotians are keen to see Dartmouth native Sidney Crosby in his first playoff season and a 4 p.m. faceoff makes no sense, Dunn said.
“Most Nova Scotians are very busy with their lives — out, some working, some shopping, running errands and so on,” Dunn said. “Just not a good time to be sitting down watching a hockey game prior to parents getting meals ready for their children and so on.”
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 11, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, gives fans the opportunity to relive the greatest Stanley Cup moments of the modern expansion era and vote for the ultimate moment as part of a Stanley Cup playoff feature which launched, today, April 11 on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs.
As the NHL playoffs commence today, 16 teams will begin the Quest for the Cup, with each game a Do or Die battle to the championship. Along the way many heroes will emerge to become forever linked with the greatest memories of the Stanley Cup. Was it Mark Messier’s 1994 playoff guarantee? Ray Bourque’s crowning glory or Bobby Orr flying through the air after his Cup winning goal? These are just three of the defining moments chosen by VERSUS that fans can relive on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs.
By posting this, maybe it will open some eyes. This is a DirecTV issue, not an NHL issue. Maybe we can persuade DirecTV a bit…
from a KK reader,
Could you do anything to help persuade DirecTV to put Versus HD games on their channel 95 special events channel instead of meaningless April MLB regular season games.
DirecTV has no HD hockey scheduled for the next two days at least and it is quite frustrating to know that Versus is producing games in HD and that viewers can’t watch them.
I have heard the NHL say many times that HD is the future of televised hockey, but it’s not so good when even people with HDTV sets can’t watch it.
More information can be found at this AVS Forum thread...
Just in case you don’t know what teams play tonight.
from the CBC,
According to initial reports from Nielsen Media Research, a record-breaking 2.81 million viewers tuned to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday to catch the highly anticipated game between the Leafs and Habs.
The broadcast represents the No. 1 regular-season audience in the show’s history since viewer recording began in 1989.
from the CP via the Hockey News,
Cherry has been at this TV game for decades, while Hull is just starting out. The two networks are planning to put them together for shared segments during the championship series.
“We’re ready, we’re ready,” said Cherry.
He wouldn’t like to be permanently separated from Coach’s Corner foil Ron MacLean, however.
“I’ll stick with him,” said Cherry. “He keeps me on the right track.”
via the Buffalo News,
After all, the Sabres’ meaningless loss to the Philadelphia Flyers’ Sunday afternoon averaged a 16.4 rating and 36 share on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. To put that in perspective, the Easter Sunday game had higher local ratings than every network series in prime time Sunday night and almost every program all week.
ABC’s declining “Desperate Housewives,” which may have suffered because it was competing with the final season premiere of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” was in second place Sunday with 14.5 rating on Channel 7. “Without a Trace,” the popular CBS series was third, with a 12.5.
The Sabres’ rating was almost as high as the 16.9 rating for last Tuesday’s edition of “American Idol” on WUTV. “Idol” may be losing audience now because it is so obvious that anything but a Melinda Doolittle victory would be a travesty.
from the Toronto Star,
In fact, thanks to the NHL first-round schedule hammered out Sunday night, the CBC will get only one Saturday night game involving a Canadian team, and only if the series between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars goes six games.
Hockey Night In Canada becomes Hockey Not In Canada.
Needless to say, the CBC is not amused.
“We asked in the strongest possible way for Ottawa to be showcased on a Saturday night,” said CBC Sports executive director Scott Moore. “We were disappointed that the league decided not to give it to us.
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
With the Stanley Cup playoffs starting in less than a week, Versus is finding the ad sales market to be sluggish, though it expects sales to pick up as the playoffs begin.
“We are living in an environment where clients and agencies continue to spend money closer and closer to the air date,” said Steve Margosian, Versus’ vice president of marketing solutions. “That, more than anything, contributes to the perception that the markets are sluggish.”...
Meanwhile, Versus has embarked on a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign on print, radio and TV to drive tune-in. The campaign, called “Defining Moment,” was created by Versus’ agency, TAXI.
The campaign will carry the tag line “Do or Die,” and will highlight great moments in Stanley Cup history. One TV spot shows five defining Stanley Cup moments, such as one from a New York Rangers win in 1994.
Versus, one more time, do some advertising on hockey blogs. You would be surprised by the amount of attention you will draw!
added 2:59pm, To clear up the blackout rule regarding Versus- The first round local carriers are not blacked out. The 2nd round, Versus can choose two games from each series and it televised, Versus will have the exclusive rights to those games.
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 9, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the network’s schedule for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal round, which begins on Wednesday, April 11 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 Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins and at 10 p.m. with the Dallas Stars at the Vancouver Canucks. 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 Quarterfinal round follows (subject to change):
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