Kukla's Korner Hockey
Ron & Don talk about the Darnell Nurse suspension, Nikita Soshnikov, Drew Doughty being in the Norris Trophy discussion and Reilly Smith’s great play with the Florida Panthers.
As Yahoo figures out the future of its company, it's making a big bet on live sports.
The struggling tech and media giant announced a deal Thursday morning with the National Hockey League that allows Yahoo to stream four live games per week for free, meaning viewers don't need to be a pay-TV subscriber to watch. The partnership begins Friday and will run through next season as well.
Yahoo, which is already the league's official fantasy sponsor, will also offer condensed versions of games, "Best of the Day" and "Best of the Week" top plays and postgame highlights. Yahoo already has a partnership with NBC Sports for its national Wednesday and Sunday broadcasts, but that doesn't include livestreaming the game. "This partnership brings us one step closer to providing fans a live professional sporting event every day, on Yahoo," said Phil Lynch, vp, media partnerships at Yahoo.
But the most important aspect of the deal might be the fact that Yahoo will be able to sell its own advertising for the games, like it did when it streamed an NFL game last October.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster, the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto’s bench communication.
Ron & Don talk about the Leafs trading James Reimer, Nick Paul playing for the Senators & Joe Thornton playing the best hockey of his career this season with the Sharks.
One big deadline, unlimited ways to follow the action. This Monday, Sportsnet keeps hockey fans at the pulse of all the trades and breaking news with non-stopHockey Central Trade Deadline coverage across television, digital and radio.
Sportsnet’s 11-hour Hockey Central Trade Deadline coverage kicks into high gear Monday, Feb. 29 at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT on Sportsnet and streamed through the Sportsnet mobile app and Sportsnet.ca/now. Additionally, Sportsnet’s broadcast will also be available to viewers in the United States through NHL Network from 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT – 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
Don Cherry can relate to Michel Therrien losing his temper at PK Subban for a turnover that lost the Canadiens the game. He also wonders at just how happy Steven Stamkos may or may not be in Tampa.
from John Ourand & Ian Thomas of SportsBusiness Journal,
The Buffalo Sabres are poised to knock the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the NHL’s local TV ratings lead for the first time in seven seasons.
Through early February, nearly two-thirds of the way through the season, Sabres games on MSG are averaging a 6.81 rating, up 55 percent from last year. That comes despite Buffalo having an on-ice record that’s one of the worst in the Eastern Conference.
But new to the team this year is Jack Eichel, the second overall pick in last year’s NHL draft. Eichel’s addition, paired with other aggressive player acquisitions in the last year, have Sabres fans tuning in again.
The team’s TV ratings fell last season along with the Sabres’ on-ice fortunes. As recently as two seasons ago, Buffalo ranked second leaguewide for local ratings, averaging a 5.56 mark for the 2013-14 season.
continued, more teams mentioned...
Ron & Don guarantee the Vancouver Canucks will make the playoffs, breakdown the Dion Phaneuf trade and Connor McDavid scoring goals.
Sir Charles Barkley joins Hockey Night in Canada to talk about his friendship with Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper and gets some shooting lessons from Nick Kypreos.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org