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NEW YORK (October 8, 2014) – With today’s start of the 2014-15 NHL season, NHL Network™-U.S., Where the NHL Gets Hockey™, announced today the launch of its programming lineup for the new season.
New to the Network for U.S. fans this season is the addition of a suite of NHL programs from Rogers Communications. NHL Network-U.S. will simulcast the popular midday hockey panel HOCKEY CENTRAL at Noon featuring Daren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean. Each weekday from Noon-1 p.m. ET, the group discusses and dissects the latest news and information from around the League
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
On Wednesday, a new NHL season will begin and the largest and most powerful voices in hockey are mostly those of former backup goaltenders, third-liners, failed coaches and fired general managers.
Not a former star — player or championship coach — to be found among the largest or most prominent broadcasters in the game.
The voices of hockey in America — those who make a difference — are Mike Milbury, Barry Melrose and Pierre McGuire, none of whom reached star status as players, coaches or general managers.
In Canada, with the new landscape of hockey on Rogers Sportsnet, and TSN maintaining its historical place in the landmark, the hockey voices — not the reporters, necessarily — are the same as they have been in the past.
Aaron Ward and Glenn Healy, Jeff O’Neill and P.J. Stock. The Rogers docket will include Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, Mike Johnson, Darren Pang.
Not a former star among them.
Which begs the question: Why is it baseball, basketball and football draw their largest stars to the broadcast booth, but hockey does not?
NEW YORK / TORONTO (October 6, 2014) – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL’s live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.
The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.
A few of the features Sportsnet will present this season...
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
GameCenter Live, the NHL’s cross-platform streaming service, has been tweaked to better incorporate stats, news, social media and video clips. The latter category is perhaps the biggest leap forward: Now you can watch highlights in a picture-in-picture format inside a live game feed.
Another innovation: Additional camera angles. GameCenter Live will feature two cameras placed above each goal net that fans can watch throughout the game, getting the same feed they receive in the NHL War Room. You can watch the action on the ice, and then watch everyone crash the net.
There may also be feeds available from games on Rogers in Canada that include a “POV” camera placed on the players’ benches.
“Fights, injuries, boarding and other rough tactics are the easiest to catch on television. On the other hand, the fast end-to-end rushes, the skillful, attractive features of the game are most difficult to portray because of TV’s limited field of view.”
-Former NHL President Clarence Campbell to the Hockey News in 1949.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star looks at some of the breakthrough technology the NHL may be using in the near future.
from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,
“It’s been a long grind, that’s for sure,” Jeanneret added. “And I am still grinding.”
The last of his 33 radiation treatments was Sept. 9.
“You don’t feel the radiation,” he said. “It’s the results of the radiation that you feel. They target the specific area where the cancer is.”
He said the doctors must wait eight weeks after radiation ends before seeing whether the treatments succeeded. He previously had been told that he has a 75 percent chance of recovery.
Jeanneret remains optimistic that he will return to call games this season, but there is no timetable as the team prepares to start the regular National Hockey League season on Thursday without him at the microphone.
“I still have throat issues, it is very sore,” he said. “A lot of people have said my voice sounds stronger than they expected it to. It doesn’t sound so strong from my mind though.”
He estimates his voice is at only about 50 percent, which seemed accurate from the telephone conversation.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Ron MacLean has been frozen out of the new version of Hockey Night In Canada. Literally.
While George Stroumboulopoulos will sit in the studio chair and take the starring role that once was his – ringmaster of the most popular show on Canadian television – MacLean will be looking in from the outside on Sunday nights. And even he admits his fractious relationship with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, which saw Bettman boycott Hockey Night after one particularly contentious interview in 2010, might have something to do with it....
But as the conversation continued – and the topic turned to the belief among his broadcasting colleagues that MacLean’s on-air clashes with Bettman played no small role in his reduced role – there were hints MacLean may not be quite as sanguine about the change as it seems. MacLean and Bettman usually butted heads over labour-management issues in the NHL. MacLean consistently took the players’ side during interviews because, he said, he firmly believed the league was better off with a strong NHL Players’ Association.
“Maybe that hurt me but I would gladly fall on my sword for that principle,” MacLean said. “But I don’t know that it had anything to do with [a reduced role]. It could have.”
It's still about distribution rights and I don't think we will see any blackouts lifted in the near future.
from the FCC,
The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that was blacked out on a local broadcast station. This action removes Commission protection of the private blackout policies of sports leagues, which require local broadcast stations to black out a game if a team does not sell a certain percentage of tickets by a certain time prior to the game. Elimination of this rule, however, may not end all sports blackouts: sports leagues may choose to continue their private blackout policies through contractual arrangements with programming distributors. For more information read the news release....
In other sports, blackouts generally occur as a result of the way in which the sports league has defined a particular team’s “home territory.” For example, if you live within a particular team’s “home territory” but your cable or satellite system does not carry the local television station or regional sports network that holds exclusive distribution rights to that team’s games, you will be unable to view the team’s games, even if you subscribe to an “out-of-market” sports package, such as MLB Extra Innings or NHL Center Ice.
If a sports event is blacked out on a particular broadcast or non-broadcast channel, you may want to contact the broadcast channel or non-broadcast system to determine why the decision to black out the event was made, as well as register your viewing preferences with the channel or system which they can consider when renewing any future distribution agreements with sports leagues. You also can contact the relevant sports team.
a bit more...
from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
This is the curious thing about “the new home of hockey,” as Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties, described it: It’s a lot like the old home. The CBC’s influence is everywhere, including a production staff of about 20 that will work on Rogers-produced hockey broadcasts. There are even red armchairs for Strombo. All of this familiarity is by design. And it speaks to a broadcaster in Rogers that spent an extraordinary amount of money on NHL rights — the $4.5-million invested in the new studio is 0.086% of what it paid to lock up Canadian broadcasts for a dozen years — and is very aware that its audience might not care for a great deal of change.
“We’re not going to do a glowing puck,” as Moore told me in an interview, standing on a studio floor that can light up like a video wall, allowing analysts to demonstrate tactics on the virtual ice. Some degree of continuity for Hockey Night viewers, he says, was always part of the plan.
“I’d like to think we’ve kept that in the back of our heads from day one,” Moore says. “From the first discussions with the NHL, we talked about how could we keep the Saturday night tradition? How could we keep the CBC involved?”
“I think you’ll see us advance storytelling, advance the technology, but not wipe the board clean of what’s been done in the past.”
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