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NEW YORK — Jan. 13, 2013 — NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The schedule includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the network, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on NBC Sports Network.
Coverage begins the weekend of Jan. 19-20 with the NBC Sports Group presenting four games over two days, three on NBC and one on NBC Sports Network. Additional scheduling highlights include the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup championship banner raising, a Hockey Day in America tripleheader, and the start of rivalry nights on Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. According to the National Hockey League, which released the schedule today, all games will be intra-conference with an emphasis on divisional play.
NEW YORK (January 12, 2013) – NHL Network-U.S. will televise 78 live games this regular season, focusing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and featuring eight double-headers, seven triple-headers and one quadruple-header. Regular-season coverage on NHL Network-U.S. gets underway on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET. with the New York Rangers in Boston to take on the Bruins.
On Saturday evenings, NHL Network-U.S. again will broadcast CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada programming beginning with the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. ET, and Coaches Corner and Hotstove intermission programming during live game broadcasts.
from Steve Lepore of SB Nation,
NBC will open this season with an the 2013 NHL schedule with a first. I've gone back and looked through 40 or 50 years of NHL broadcast schedules (albeit, there are about 15 to 20 of those years where the league wasn't on broadcast television), and this will be the first time a major network (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) will air National Hockey League regular season games on consecutive days.
It's been long-rumored that NBC will open up with a Flyers vs. Penguins national game at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. It appears, however, that NBC will return to the old practice of regionalizing -- half the country will get one game, the other will get another.
The other game? NBC's listings page confirms that they'll be airing the home opener of the Los Angeles Kings, as they raise their banner against the Chicago Blackhawks. The likely result is that NBC will either split the country into east and west, or possibly add in a third game (New York Rangers vs. Boston perhaps?) and further split things up, ensuring a boffo rating.
On Sunday, the Flyers will pull double duty, taking on the Sabres in Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. ET. That game will likely (though it's not official) be nationally televised.
from Steve Lepore of SB Nation,
... I wrangled together a motley crew of seven people I'd call "sports media experts" to answer some of the tough questions, and maybe come up with solutions to the NHL's possible problems with their television coverage.
Neil Best, Newsday
Ken Fang, Fang's Bites
Bill Hanstock, SB Nation, Progressive Boink
Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing
Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated
Bruce Dowbiggin, The Globe & Mail
Chris Botta, Sports Business Journal
An easy question to start us off: How much damage has the NHL done to itself on television with this third lockout in 18 years?
Neil Best: I think it has done tremendous damage. Fans can understand and live with the occasional self-destructive labor dispute, but at some point they inevitably must ask the question: If you guys don't care about actually playing games, why are we supposed to care about them?!
from Patrick Kennedy at theToronto Sun,
"It used to be I'd go right home after Coach's Corner, have five fast beers and watch that second game," Grapes said. "Cold pops, a bowl of peanuts, some cheese and crackers and, hey, I'm right in heaven.
"Now they're making me stick around a little longer."
Holy senior abuse, Batman.
No word on whether Cherry is to be compensated for the extra toil, although at an estimated $800,000 per season, he'll get by.
"We're back on Jan. 19th, the Montreal-Toronto game in Montreal," the colourful commentator pointed out over the phone Tuesday. "But this year, they want me to hang around until the end of the first period of the second (televised) game. I'll comment on it, too, and give fans out west a chance to hear me talk about their teams."
from David Rogers of Awful Announcing,
The NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement. In summary, the agreement will pave the way for an abbreviated 48-game or 50-game season that will salvage the 2012-13 campaign. The news of the deal spread like wildfire online Sunday morning with news outlets, bloggers and fans on Twitter discussing and analyzing the deal and what lies ahead as soon as the story broke in the wee hours of the morning.
Except NHL Network.
If you flipped on NHL Network hoping to be filled in on the news of the tentative bargaining agreement or news on the shortened season, you were met with replays of the World Junior Championship.
Leave it to NHL Network to miss out on covering the biggest NHL story of the year.
“It’s been very challenging and very frustrating. We never had any indication that this situation with the NHL was going to last until January. It was always our understanding that this was going to be a tweak and a fix.”
-Jon Miller, president of programming at NBCSN on the NHL lockout. More about NBCSN from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe.
NEW YORK (December 17, 2012) – The NHL Network-U.S. and NHL.com once again will offer fans in the United States the opportunity to watch live competition from the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. The IIHF World Junior Championship features the top men's hockey players in the world under the age of 20 and is one of the top events on the world hockey calendar each year. Participating nations include Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
from Bob Van Voris of Bloomberg,
A group of baseball and hockey fans can go forward with claims that the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball violate U.S. antitrust law in their control over television and Internet broadcast rights.
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York today denied the leagues’ request to dismiss the suits, filed by subscribers to broadcasts of hockey and baseball games. The group sued the leagues; individual clubs; regional TV sports networks; Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable broadcaster; and DirecTV LLC (DTV), the largest U.S. satellite television provider.
The plaintiffs, seeking to represent other MLB and NHL viewers in a class-action suit, claim the practice of dividing live game broadcasts into exclusive territories, protected by local blackouts, is anti-competitive. They also targeted the sale of “out-of-market” packages only through the leagues.
My last post of the night comes from Elliotte Friedman and puts this sorry NHL lockout in perspective.
If you follow Elliotte Friedman in the twitter world, you probably read it but in case you missed it or don't follow him, take a few minutes and start reading.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
I remember the day that changed everything.
It was Sept. 27, 1989, my 19th birthday. Crisp fall day, three weeks after arriving at the University of Western Ontario. I'm not going to go deeply into it, but life hadn't been very fun for me.
Walking through campus, however, I decided things were going to be different. Three people are responsible for that. This is my thank you.
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