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Multiple award-winning Canadian sports journalist Pierre LeBrun joins the Hockeycentral panel and sportsnet.ca for the 2007-08 NHL season.
LeBrun, well known in Canadian sports circles for breaking big stories, will be part of the 2007-08 Hockeycentral team which features numerous hockey experts including host Daren Millard and regular analysts Nick Kypreos and Bill Watters.
“I’m thrilled to be on board with Rogers Sportsnet and look forward to breaking down what will be an interesting 2007-08 NHL season,” said LeBrun. “There’s a cool vibe at Sportsnet and I want to be part of that.”
note: thanks to PuckHound for noting this in the KK forums
from William Houston at the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night in Canada is in the midst of a major shakeup.
Joel Darling, the show’s executive producer, is out after seven years on the job. He has been promoted to a new position at CBC Sports as the No. 2 executive to Scott Moore, the head of the department.
Sources say play-by-play veteran Bob Cole has agreed to a two-year “transitional contract” in which his workload in 2007-08 will be slightly reduced, with 2008-09 likely marking his final season.
Cole’s broadcast partner, Harry Neale, has been given a one-year deal also with a reduced workload.
In terms of content, the pregame show will be upgraded and the Hot Stove intermission segment revamped.
NEW YORK, N.Y. / PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (July 19, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and NeuLion Inc., today announced their partnership to bring a unique online experience to fans worldwide using NeuLion technology at the start of the 2007-08 season.
A new NHL Integrated Video Portal will be available via NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites to deliver high-quality video and other content. Fans will be able to navigate easily between live game content, video features, behind-the-scenes footage and game highlights that are viewable in multiple video windows or full screen.
NeuLion will power this NHL online video offering, which will include the following (pricing has yet to be determined):
I don’t have all the details yet but the WSJ is reporting that the NHL has a deal with IPTV provider NeuLion Inc. to sell its out-of-market package for live online viewing. Center Ice, until now sold only through cable and satellite, will run $169 for the season, about 45 games a week. It looks like a single-night option may be available for $15. According to WSJ, the games will not be interrupted by advertising—that would be a major change from the current local ads included in the various market broadcasts.
I am working on getting more information and will post when available…
added 10:13am, 7/19/07, from Cable 360 Net,
The ratings-challenged National Hockey League will expand its Center Ice live games package to the Web starting next season in an aggressive online push that potentially freezes out subscribers to its cable TV-based Center Ice package with In Demand. “We need to be nimble in this space,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tells the Wall Street Journal.
...the Center Ice Web package will run commercial-free and include HD video, highlights, pre- and post-game shows, stats and social networking.
note: original post was 7/18/07 at 9:50pm… Moved to top of page since additional information was added…
added 1:33pm, see this post for added information…
from the Toronto Star,
Bob Cole and Harry Neale will be back for another season of Hockey Night In Canada.
CBC Sports executive director Scott Moore confirmed yesterday that the veteran announcers have agreed on new one-year deals for the upcoming season.
“We’re happy to have them both back,” Moore said. “Bob’s a legend and I want to make sure he’s a part of Hockey Night In Canada as long as he wants to be in some way, shape or form.”
added 8:07pm, from the CBC,
Hall of Fame play-by-play commentator Bob Cole and analyst Harry Neale will be back on Hockey Night in Canada next season.
CBC Sports confirmed Thursday that both agreed to two-year contracts, extending a partnership which began in 1985.
continued... note according to the CBC, both signed two year contracts…
from the CBC,
Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot said he’s received a legal notice from the CBC telling him to stop promoting a hockey game screening event as Hockey Night in Vansterdam.
The CBC alleged Marc Emery has violated its trademarks….
Emery had purchased a 50-inch (125-cm) plasma-screen TV and decided to start showing playoff hockey games at the B.C. Marijuana party’s Vapour Lounge earlier this year.
The reason for the move, said Emery, was that there are plenty of places in Vancouver to have a beer and watch a game but nowhere to smoke pot and enjoy some sports viewing.
from Devin Gordon at Newsweek,
Throughout July, ESPN’s award-winning flagship news hour “SportsCenter” is devoting a chunk of every broadcast to a segment called “Who’s Now.” It’s an elimination tournament, purely theoretical, to determine which current athlete is the most “now”—although two weeks into the competition, it’s still anyone’s guess what exactly “now” means. A panel of experts, including ex-NFL diva Keyshawn Johnson, debate whether, say, the NBA’s Dwyane Wade or snowboarder Shaun White is more “now.” Viewers vote online, and the winner moves on to face Tiger Woods in the next round. And so on. Everything about the segment is so artificial, from concept to execution, that watching it is like chewing Styrofoam.
What does this have to do with hockey, not much, except to point out hockey fans in general don’t fit the mold of the average ESPN viewer. We don’t need to be spoon fed little bits and pieces about our game. We just want reporting, fair and square, but if you read the whole article, that doesn’t happen very often at ESPN.
This year NBC will have a flex schedule available and will only be televising one game per day.
Listed are the dates of their coverage and the games they can choose from…
Thanks to KK member SteveNJ for the information.
added 4:15pm, In case you need some questions answered regarding how NBC is going to deal with the flex schedule, let’s travel back to March 27, 2007 in KK history.
All of you questions will be answered by following the available links.
from USA TODAY,
NBC wants to put a cameraman in skates on the ice during NHL shootouts.
read on for some “behind the glass” talk but the article covers TV networks looking for more access when covering sporting events…
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
Yesterday I pointed KK readers to Off Wing Opinion, who had discovered a story regarding the influence ESPN has on the NHL.
If you missed it or passed it over, you owe it to yourself to read it.
from The Situationist,
The reduced exposure on ESPN can only be harmful to the NHL. By minimizing coverage and highlights, the network is effectively reducing the imprint of the game on Americans’ collective sports consciousness. Worse still, several ESPN writers and commentators have gone out of their way to emphasize the demise of hockey. Le Ann Schreiber recently noted that during the NHL’s regular season, hockey was only mentioned on-air if there happened to be “some egregious brawl” or if it was being “dissed” for its invisibility and irrelevance.
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