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from Avi Goldberg of The Huffington Post Canada,
Whether it's the undeniable growth in women's participation in the game, the argument that women hockey players and media want and deserve more exposure, or questions about the readiness of NHL players to welcome an openly gay teammate, there's stuff to talk about. There's exciting journalism confronting the complex ways gender awareness is changing sports and society. If its host denies connections between sports and the serious, can the new HNIC step up when these challenges surface in hockey?
Finally, in today's hockey media, bloggers, and some mainstream journalists, are ramping up their analyses of the game by using a battery of non-traditional analytic statistics. Though different from the social issues described above, this trend represents innovation that's not quickly being welcomed by all in the hockey world. Bringing advanced stats to HNIC would carry risk, but it would also offer new tools for analysts who've long been critiqued for providing precious little in the way of informative explanation of what happens on the ice. Which kind of host is more open to trying? A fan-host who's thinking about viewers' habits and comforts or a journalist-host who's attracted to the challenge of exploring the possibilities of the new?
I admit, maybe most fans just want the good old hockey game on Saturday nights, and don't really want to be challenged. And, I actually do have faith that Strombo will be open to trying new things. But, there will be much more potential for the new HNIC to turn the page on its recent languid past if Strombo were to embrace reporting on the seriousness of the game of hockey to society, rather than suggesting that, because it's just sports, there really isn't that much of a need.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
Who was the big winner in Rogers' shakeup earlier this week of "Hockey Night in Canada"?
Some might conclude it was George Stroumboulopoulos. Indeed, the 41-year-old CBC talk show host and former MuchMusic VJ has been handed what is arguably the best on-air TV job in Canada—host of "Hockey Night in Canada." The iconic TV franchise is so ingrained in Canadian culture it is right up there with the Mounties and the Maple Leaf.
Those feeling sorry for departing host Ron MacLean, however, can put off the pity party. By this time next year, MacLean may be seen as the big winner.
MacLean has been offered about as sweet an after-deal as just about anybody departing a top job could hope for—the chance to be a key part of a whole new night of a famous sports franchise. It's a bit like being asked to go from "Monday Night Football" to "Sunday Night Football," a U.S. transition where the new night now routinely outdraws the original Monday showcase.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
“You know? The good Lord has been a friend of mine; he’s looked after me up to this point, and I still talk to Him fairly often — and I guess it’s up to Him,” he said. “It’s not up to me. It’s up to a lot of people, really.”
Cole was speaking with host Andi Petrillo in an interview aired on the CBC’s website, as the ground around the flagship hockey program continued to shift. Starting next season, a new organization will be in charge of Hockey Night, and new faces will appear.
“I’d like to keep going,” Cole told Petrillo. “I feel good. I love the game. I still get passionate. I still get butterflies. If any of that changed, I’d think about packing it in. But maybe they’ll get rid of me before I get rid of myself.”
added 1:53pm, Added the CBC Hockey Hangout with Bob Cole, watch/listen below...
Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet, introduces the new hockey team at a press conference today...
TORONTO, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers today announced a dream team of broadcasters who will anchor NHL national coverage across all Rogers properties, as well as Hockey Night in Canada. Together, George Stroumboulopoulos, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Daren Millard and Jeff Marek will be cornerstones of Rogers's NHL coverage this coming fall.
The team will deliver more than 500 regular season games across 13 networks and 7 platforms, including up to 7 games every Saturday night, plus "Hometown Hockey" every Sunday hosted from communities across Canada, and every game of the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final.
The announcement was made today by Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers.
"We know how passionate fans are about hockey, and so we've brought together the best anchors to deliver the best hockey experience to Canadians," said Moore. "George is one of the smartest and most versatile broadcasters in the business, and Ron and Don are icons in the hockey world. Along with Daren and Jeff, our new broadcast team brings a tremendous amount of talent, expertise and personality - and most importantly, they all possess a supreme passion for hockey."
Talk begining to swirl of George Stroumboulopoulos being named the new face/host of HNIC while Ron MacLean will remain with the show.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed a few topics and in my opinion, the top two were Cherry talking about the Luongo trade to Florida and the Callahan/St. Louis deal.
from Dan Tencer at The Huffington Post/Canada,
From "The Daily Show" to "Hockey Night in Canada," popular shows are disappearing from the online sphere, or going behind subscription walls that only customers of traditional cable and satellite TV will be able to access.
“Cord-cutters who’ve gotten used to watching Hockey Night in Canada streaming on the CBC site for free will be out of luck next season,” writes Terry Dawes at tech news site Cantech Letter. That’s thanks to the $5.2-billion deal between Rogers and the NHL, which gives CBC the right to broadcast HNIC for a few more years, but all the rights and revenues from that and other NHL broadcasts will belong to Rogers.
With the exception of that one Hockey Night per week on CBC, "your only option for watching the games will be to pay Rogers” by paying for its channels on cable, Dawes explains.
more Canadian broadcasting talk...
NEW YORK (March 4, 2014) – The NHL’s media platforms will offer fans the most comprehensive coverage of the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline. From now through the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Wednesday, March 5, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews, insider information and official player transactions during one of the most anticipated dates on the NHL calendar.
I have not seen anything official about NHL Network US coverage of Wednesday's trade deadline day, but looking at their website the schedule for 8:00am - 6:00pm ET is this...
Trade Deadline Day Coverage: Tradecentre
Full day of coverage surrounding the NHL Trade Deadline.
Seeing the word Tradecentre could also tell us it is going to be the TSN coverage.
If I see anything official I will post it as soon as possible.
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