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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Versus, in its second season as the often-derided U.S. national cable outlet for the NHL, is doing a good job.
If you find it and turn it on at the beginning of an evening and leave it on, you’re delivered a solid package, including supplemental coverage from Canadian television and terrific work in the studio from analysts Brian Engblom, a former NHL defenseman who lives in Denver, and one-time Avalanche winger Keith Jones.
They strike the balance between information and entertainment, and they don’t shy away from saying what they think and criticizing. Yet you’re never left feeling - as you do sometimes with NBA coverage, for example - that they’re compromising their credibility for the sake of being “controversial” and perhaps getting their names in a USA Today television column.
more NHL bits from Terry…
SteveNJ, a KK member who kept us updated during the year on the NBC broadcasts, emailed me today to let me know the Versus schedule now indicates what channel the HD game can be viewed. It designates an “M” for games on Mojo via INHD.
Detroit and New Jersey don’t won’t to go on the road down 0-2.
Both need a win badly today.
from the Buffalo News,
The rating for the Buffalo Sabres’ second- round opener with the New York Rangers on Versus Wednesday was more shocking than any comment made by the Rangers’ Sean Avery.
The game had a 25.2 rating, which is about 2 1/2 times what the Sabres’ first-round series with the New York Islanders averaged on MSG even though it was competing with a two-hour edition of “American Idol” (15.9).
more ratings news…
via Sports Business Daily,
NBC earned a 0.7/2 final Nielsen rating for its national coverage of Devils-Lightning Game Six last Sunday, down 41.7% from a 1.2/3 for regional coverage during the comparable Sunday during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sunday’s NHL coverage on NBC was sandwiched between the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which earned a 0.9 and a 0.8, respectively.
The net’s national coverage of Flames-Red Wings Saturday earned a 0.8/2, down 20.0% from a 1.0/3 for comparable regional coverage last year
Both road teams would like to steal a win and gain home ice advantage.
fromm the Winnipeg Sun,
A five-pack on the NHL playoffs on TV:
5 It’s a long running joke that hockey players interviewed between periods offer us very little, if anything, in terms of interesting quotes or insight into the game. We know all we’re going to hear are the same old cliches. But here’s the thing. Ask better questions. The responsibility of a good interview relies on the interviewer. If you ask a good ole boy from northern Alberta to “describe the pace of the first period”, you’re just not working hard enough.
continued... some good points made here…
from Neil Best at Newsday,
So no one should be surprised about the current predicament of hockey fans, in which nearly 40 million U.S. households - about 35 percent of the total - can’t watch the many playoff games on Versus.
That includes a couple of million homes in our area, 600,000 of which are Cablevision customers, who won’t see the Rangers play the Sabres Tuesday and will miss any game in the conference or Stanley Cup Finals not televised by NBC.
This is old news in other parts of the nation, where many fans freaked out last spring in the first season of the Versus (then called OLN) deal with the NHL.
At the time Versus was available in only 49 percent of cable homes in the Los Angeles area, angering Ducks fans, to cite one example. That figure is up to 59 percent now.
Versus is in only 61 percent of homes in metro Detroit, the nation’s foremost hockey hotbed.
The HD broadcast is nowhere to be found. on VSGLF, the VS dedicated HD channnel, we have golf. On INHD, which is normally the backup channel, we have an NBA game scheduled for 8pm.
So no HD for Wings fans with Comcast in the Detroit area.
If someone finds it, please pass it on.
added 8:16pm, Versus, you have to do a better job of informing your viewers about your HD broadcasts.
A little late, but just in case you are not sure what stations will be broadcasting the games tonight.
In case you ask, the Wings/Sharks game is exclusive with Versus tonight.
‘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…
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