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Do Or Die

The National Hockey League’s theme for this year’s Stanley Cup playoff is “Do or Die.” To promote this theme and the event’s upcoming Conference Quarterfinals, the NHL has created a promo piece featuring some of the league’s greatest players.
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Televising Hockey for the Playoffs

Steve Lepore at SportsFan Magazine,

Super-zoomed in cameras are not the answer to the NHL’s television problem. Just because we’re getting closer to the ice with the angle does not give you a better view of the game, it worsens it. Watching New Jersey-Florida from Sunrise on Saturday, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Grinding along the boards was a mystery, a few goals were out of sight.

Also some very flattering words about Kuklas Korner,

If you’re still hungry for hockey, go to KuklasKorner.com’s “Everything Hockey” section. It will take you to NHL websites, blogs for every team, podcasts, historical sites, and anything else you could ever need to know. Paul Kukla and his merry gang of bloggers again show why, in comparison to the rest of the web, it’s the hockey fan’s only true online must-see.

more… (Thanks!)

 

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NBC & The Flex Schedule

via NHL.com,

NBC Sports and the National Hockey League today announced an extension of their revenue sharing partnership through the 2007-08 season highlighted by a new, innovative “Game of the Week” flexible scheduling component. The deal includes an NBC option for 2008-09. The joint announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
“Flexible scheduling will always allow us to have the best possible games,” said Ebersol. “Nothing could be better for hockey fans, who now will be able to see the best teams and marquee players on national broadcast television each week.”

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added 11:24am, NBC release...

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Center Ice Online Deal

As the race for Stanley Cup Playoff spots approaches its dramatic conclusion, the National Hockey League (NHL) has given fans the opportunity to catch all the excitement by offering special pricing on the Center Ice Online package.

For the remainder of the regular season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds (all games subject to local blackout), subscribers in the U.S. and Canada are able to watch up to 40 games per week through Center Ice Online on NHL.com. The one-time fee in the U.S. is now $49 and in Canada it is $43.

To purchase the League’s online subscription package, log on to NHL.com or CenterIce.NHL.tv. NHL Center Ice Online is a portable service; once registered from a home location, the service can be accessed remotely through a broadband connection on any computer throughout the U.S. and Canada.

NHL Center Ice is currently available in the U.S. and Canada on the following League cable and satellite distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network, iNDEMAND, Bell Express Vu, Rogers, Cogeco, Access, Eastlink and others.

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NBC Ratings For March 25th

via Sports Business Journal, 1.1 Rating and a 3 share- regional coverage.

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Versus Plans For The Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. (March 26, 2007)- VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, will televise wall-to-wall Stanley Cup playoff action beginning April 11 with the Conference Quarterfinals and all the series leading up to and including the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Each night VERSUS will televise one or two playoff games as well as the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”. VERSUS will announce its playoff schedule on April 9.

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CBC & NHL To Make A Major Sports Announcement

The CBC has called a news conference today at noon EDT. concerning a significant development related to the CBC and the NHL.
Sounds like an agreement is in place.

update 10:30am, from the Globe and Mail,

The CBC and National Hockey League will announce a new television agreement today that will keep Hockey Night In Canada on the air well past the 2007-08 season.
The Globe and Mail has learned that the new rights is worth about $100-million a year, an increase from the $65-million that the CBC is now paying the NHL.

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update 12:16pm, from the CBC,

The CBC and NHL announced a new television deal Monday that will keep Hockey Night in Canada on the air until 2014.

The six-year broadcast deal, which includes national English-language broadcast and multimedia rights to NHL games in Canada, will begin when the current agreement between the CBC and the league expires after the 2007-08 season.
The CBC will maintain exclusive Canadian coverage of NHL games on Saturday nights including traditional double-headers and more regional telecasts.

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added 3:45pm, added the press conference transcript…

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NHL On NBC- Sunday March 25th

hanks to KK member SteveNJ

Two important Eastern matchups will air this Sunday on NBC.

12:00 Noon EDT
NBCSports.com
The NHL On NBC Countdown to Faceoff
Host: Bill Clement
Analysts: Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull

12:30 PM EDT
The NHL On NBC
Game of the Week
Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
AVAILABLE IN HD
Also Airing on NHL Center Ice
Play By Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire
Will air in the following U.S. NHL markets, and in a total of 89.8% of the United States:  Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Carolina, Atlanta, Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida, Detroit, Nashville, Columbus, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Dallas, Phoenix, Minnesota, Colorado.

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Versus Watched

from Versus via Sports Business Daily,

Versus earned a 0.4 cable Nielsen rating for Monday night’s Rangers-Penguins game, making it the most-watched NHL regular-season telecast ever for the net and the biggest Monday 7:00-9:45pm ET slot ever outside of the NHL playoffs and Tour de France. Versus earned a 0.9 in N.Y., its highest ever for that market, and a 6.1 in Pittsburgh.

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Our Viewing Future

from BRANDWEEK,

For all their promises, however, these tech-enabled gambits have also raised some 21st-century problems. Greater access to fans is indeed great, but how can a league guard against high-tech cannibalization of its core business? If fans can watch highlights, entire games and even customized telecasts online, how can owners make sure enough fans are still forking over cash for the wooden seats? What effect will Web-enabled access have on a team’s media partners? Are there tech opportunities now in play for sponsors, too? And as tech advances and allows fans to choose where, when and how they’ll view their favorite teams and events, how much control are the teams and leagues themselves willing to relinquish?

read on… not NHL specific, but a good read on where this is headed…

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