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from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
Bell and Rogers, the twin conglomerates of the sports-media landscape in this country, have decided to remove their main sports channels from the bundled packages available to businesses that have a liquor licence. They will then offer TSN and Sportsnet — and their various regional feeds — as standalone packages at significantly increased fees.
So, where they previously had those channels available at a cost not unlike a typical residential subscription, now bars and restaurants will have to pay specifically for the right to have TSN and Sportsnet in their lineups.
Smaller bars — less than 100 seats — will be charged about $120 monthly for both channels on top of existing fees, and the cost increases according to seating capacity. The new prices — not that anyone was keen to put them on the record — will also apply to customers who subscribe to those channels through a third party like Shaw or Telus. Shaw confirmed Tuesday that the new prices are set by the channel owners, regardless of service provider.
It cannot be a coincidence that Bell and Rogers, generally fierce competitors, are making this change at the same time. You might call it collusion, but at the very least there are cahoots involved.
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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
One thing I have learned during the rapid rise of advanced statistics, which have impacted the game and how many people judge it, is that the analytics community, generally, attacks and defends with ruthless fervour. It is easy to understand why.
What has an analytics blogger at his disposal? Some are trained journalists or, at least, writers. Many are not. Many – and this is not their fault – have no access to players, coaches and managers to ask questions and seek input from people whose lives and livelihoods are devoted to the game.
To be brutally honest, however, for some bloggers the idea of seeking input from their subjects is not just unfathomable but inconvenient. Questions? Accountability?
A hobbyist-blogger may or may not be able to craft a shopping list, but he can probably churn out a 2,000-word dissertation loaded with impregnable figures arguing how a young fourth-liner who doesn’t know shit from Shinola at the NHL level isn’t being properly optimized and a coach the blogger will never face is an idiot for using a veteran who makes $6 million US this season and scored 30 goals last season ahead of the prospect on the second-unit power play.
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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings and Hockey Hall of Fame Television Play-by-Play Broadcaster Bob Miller will return to the Kings TV broadcast booth in April and then retire upon the conclusion of the regular season, Miller and the Kings announced today at a news conference at STAPLES Center.
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features that explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.
Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBC’s HDIA presentation continues at 3:30 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings.
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TORONTO (February 13, 2017) Sportsnet is heading to the shores of the Lake of the Woods this Saturday to celebrate the 17th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration. Hosted live from Kenora, ON, the 13.5-hour marathon broadcast features four must-see matchups with all seven of Canada’s NHL teams in action, beginning at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT on Sportsnet, CBC, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.
Celebrating the spirit of tradition and history, Ron MacLean will be on the ground in Kenora to host the day’s festivities alongside several guests, including Don Cherry and NHL alumni Wendel Clark, Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier, Mike Richards, Rick St. Croix, Bryan Trottier and Darcy Tucker. Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman, two-time Olympic gold medallist Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Sportsnet Central’s Ken Reid will also make appearances throughout the day.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
Virtual reality is about to have a faceoff with hockey fans. Canadian viewers will get the chance to try 360 VR, the immersive video technology that allows viewers 360-degree viewing, over the next six Saturday broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada. There will be one 360 VR-compatible game each week, starting with the Calgary-Vancouver broadcast next Saturday.
The technology, available through the Sportsnet app, will require viewers to have a capable smart phone and a headset similar to Google Cardboard. You can also watch online and use your mouse to explore the views at Sportsnet.ca.
Molson Canadian, which is partnering with the sports network, will be packing 350,000 headsets into cases of beer. The sets will come with a PIN code to access additional content.
“We thought it was an interesting technology that we think has some legs, but is still in it infancy,” said Rob Corte, Sportsnet’s vice president of production. “We looked at this as an opportunity to present the game in a different way, to give a new experience to the viewers that we could expand relatively easily, so that a lot of people got a chance to experience it.”
“I think it remains to be seen what type of players still go. There's still the international leagues, which have a lot of former NHL players. There’s certainly quality players from around the world. I believe whatever happens it will be a quality hockey tournament.
“We would like the NHL to be there. We’ve made that clear to them. Hockey for the most part won’t be on NBC (but rather on cable channels), and hockey for the most part, given the time difference, will be late at night and early morning. So it’s not going to affect the peak periods.
“But we think it’s better for the Olympics and we think it’s important for the growth of hockey around the world for the best in the world to be playing.”
-Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports chairman. Neil Best of Newsday has more.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Television ratings for this season’s National Hockey League games in 21 U.S. regional markets were published by Sports Business Journal Monday, and the numbers reveal some interesting swings in key hockey markets.
Across the board, seasonal NHL ratings on regional networks dropped seven per cent from puck drop through All-Star weekend, a dip SBJ attributes to the nation’s tuning in to the presidential election race. Ratings have rebounded from their slow start and should reach last year’s levels.
Nine U.S. clubs have received increased viewership, led by the blue-collar Columbus Blue Jackets, whose 16-game win streak propelled them to a 110 per cent rating increase. The New Jersey Devils (now with 100 per cent more Taylor Hall) have benefited from a 58 per cent ratings hike, and the Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers all made significant gains. This despite underwhelming on-ice performances from New Jersey (22-21-10) and Florida (23-19-10).
Twelve teams saw a ratings decline. None more so than the last-place Colorado Avalanche, whose local rating plummeted 58 per cent. Declining interest in Detroit Red Wings (-28%), New York Islanders (-31%) and Dallas Stars (-33%) games can be attributed to poor performance.
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