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Video- Gary Bettman Talks ESPN

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The TNT Analysts

from Chris Bumbaca of USA TODAY,

The conversation began on a serious note – prescription medication use in the NHL – and ended nearly six minutes later with Wayne Gretzky telling stories about playing exhibition games in San Antonio, Texas.

Nobody will accuse the Turner Sports NHL studio team of Gretzky, Anson Carter, Paul Bissonnette and Rick Tocchet, with host Liam McHugh, of being uninteresting.

What could have been a segment during an intermission on a Tuesday or Thursday night this NHL season provided an example of the breadth of their insights, and the potential for the team, which will draw natural comparisons to the network's iconic "Inside the NBA" studio show.

"There really aren't that many topics that are going to be off-topic for us," Carter said. "If it’s controversial, we’ll address it. We’re not looking for it, but we’re not running from it either."


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Will You Watch The Point On ESPN2?

from the ESPN Press Room,
I can't remember the last time I have watched ESPN except for a college football game.  I will tune in to check it out but if someone starts screaming at me, click!
  • Hosted by Veteran ESPN Anchor John Buccigross
  • NHL Opening Week: The Point will air Tuesday – Friday on ESPN
  • Regularly scheduled: The Point airs Thursday’s at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2
  • The Point will be simulcast live on ESPN+ and available for on-demand replay

Cementing The Walt Disney Company’s collection of television networks and direct-to-consumer streaming platforms as the new destination for all things hockey, The Point joins ESPN2’s weekly Thursday afternoon lineup from 3-4 p.m. ET.

All episodes of The Point will be simulcast live on ESPN+ and will be available for on-demand replay.

Viewers can also watch The Point on the ESPN App with their TV everywhere credentials.   

The Point premieres October 7 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 live from Studio F in Bristol, Connecticut. 


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The New Broadcasting Partners Need A Good Start To The Season

from Brian Steinberg of Variety,

Fans of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” might get something next week they won’t be expecting — a tribute to hockey.

The Disney-backed sports-media giant expects to spend part of its next halftime show treating viewers to a concert as well as a surprise visit from someone who is emblematic of the icy pastime, says Mark Gross, senior vice president of production and remote events, in an interview. He declined to name the person likely to appear. The weekly football showcase “exposes a large audience to the NFL and a larger audience” to a new NHL schedule slated to start the very next night, says the executive.

“We haven’t had hockey in close to 20 years,” he adds. “When you lose a property and then you get it back? That doesn’t happen every day.”

Disney and rival WarnerMedia will, next week, start to skate on new ice. After spending the last 16 years at NBC, the National Hockey League will split its rights package between the two media companies, placing the bulk of it with ESPN and a smaller chunk with Turner Sports. For both companies, however, the sport, and next week’s season open, are crucial. “It’s been quite a few years since we’ve had a rights package with this much significance for us to sink our teeth into,” says Tara August, senior vice president of talent relations and special projects for Turner Sports.

In an era when a migration to streaming is causing the audience for any specific piece of programming to get smaller, sports like hockey are one of the few things the big media companies believe can keep big crowds tuning in.


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Everything You Need To Know About ESPN NHL Broadcasts

via the ESPN Press Room,

As the National Hockey League returns to The Walt Disney Company and ESPN’s collection of television and direct-to-consumer streaming platforms, hockey fans will have more options than ever to watch the 2021-22 season. Here’s how to catch all the NHL action on The Walt Disney Company and ESPN television and streaming platforms:

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TNT Review

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

TNT’s maiden voyage as a home of hockey looked slick graphically and sounded familiar. It also had its technical issues, but hey, it’s the preseason.

The Bruins-Flyers game on Thursday featured five broadcasters who came over from NBC’s defunct hockey operation: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, and Keith Jones on the call at TD Garden, and McHugh and Carter in the studio. The latter pair was joined at intermission by Tocchet, the former power forward and coach, and like Carter an ex-Bruin.

The broadcast also debuted former official Don Koharski as TNT’s rules analyst. Koharski, who spent 32 years in stripes, is not a TV natural. He acknowledged he was more focused on the officials than the action on the ice. He did seem to relax by the end of the doubleheader, which saw the excellent tandem of Brendan Burke and Darren Pang call the Kings-Golden Knights late show....

Other notes about TNT’s initial effort: The scorebug is clean and tight, if a bit too small … A recurring graphic of “time on ice” for players is a bit clunky, since it shows how much time the player has accumulated in the game. I’d rather see the more conventional clock for a particular shift, which shows a player’s potential tiredness if attached to someone who’s out there for 70, 80, 90 seconds or more … The studio show was holding an open fourth seat, for Wayne Gretzky. The broadcast made several references to the Great One’s forthcoming debut. If Gretzky’s studio game is as good as the dramatic TNT promo video it ran, it might have something. When was the last time Gretzky had to prove himself at anything?

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Two NHL Games Debut On TNT Tonight

via the NHL PR department,

Hockey is coming to Turner Sports’ networks and platforms as TNT will present an NHL preseason doubleheader on Sept. 30, featuring the Boston Bruins led by Patrice Bergeron hosting the Philadelphia Flyers and Claude Giroux at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the Vegas Golden Knights with Mark Stone facing off against the Los Angeles Kings and Anze Kopitar at 10 p.m. from Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Watching The NHL On TNT

from Sean Shapiro of The Athletic,

At least 50 regular-season games will be nationally televised on TNT this season, the majority of those being Wednesday evenings with some Saturday and Sunday showings as well.

Each of those games will also be available to stream on the WatchTNT application, for users that authenticate and login with the username and password for their pay TV service provider.

As part of the deal, Turner Sports was also able to secure streaming rights for HBO Max, but that’s a long-term project and something that will likely develop more in 2022. Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports, said in a conference call in April that HBO Max’s usage as an NHL platform “it’s not imminent and it’s not going to happen this year, in this calendar year. Our emphasis in the year ahead will certainly be on TNT and TBS. In the years to come, I think you’ll see HBO Max and those digital platforms be a different part.”

According to those familiar with the situation at Turner, this continues to be the case, as the network is putting more of an emphasis right now on launching the television-based product before focussing on the best way to utilize HBO Max.

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Attention Hockey Fans Outside Of The US & Canada

via a PR release from the NHL,

● As part of the recent groundbreaking rights deal, NHL will appear around the world on Disney and ESPN Networks and streaming platforms, including Star+, ESPN Player & ESPN App

● Comprehensive coverage in most markets includes Stanley Cup Final, Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL All-Star, Regular Season and more

As the National Hockey League (NHL) prepares to drop the puck on the 2021-22 season, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN will bring the energy and excitement of the NHL to fans in 109 countries around the world as part of the groundbreaking long-term agreement announced in March.

 Across Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Caribbean, parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa ESPN’s coverage will make the speed, power and skill of the world’s best hockey available to millions of fans.

 Coverage will appear across Disney’s ESPN networks and streaming platforms (including Star+, ESPN Player and the ESPN App), depending on the region.

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It’s That Time Of Year, NHL.TV Is Now ESPN+

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