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Viewing The NHL Games In A Different Way

from John Steigerwald of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

I talked to a former NHL marketing director, whom I’ve known all my life, and he had some interesting thoughts on playing games without fans.

My brother, Paul, who was the Penguins’ marketing director before becoming part of their radio and TV broadcasts, said, “If there are going to be games played inside of empty arenas for the sake of television, then why not make them look and sound as realistic as possible for the viewing audience?

“They could look a lot like video games only they would be real games, with virtual crowds. You could use special effects using crowd shots from previous games. Sound could be created the same way.”

He also said this could be an opportunity for producers to put cameras in different places and “have access to camera angles they could never dream of having with fans in the stands.”

The technology already exists that allows fans to choose their camera angles from their living room in real time.

“Teams may soon have to realize that it’s a new paradigm, and, for the time being, their games are purely made for television events,” he said.


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TV Ad Revenue Lost For Major Sports Leagues

from Steven Impey of Sports Pro Media,

The broadcast partners for three of the four US major leagues are set lose out on more than US$1 billion in combined TV advertising revenue due to the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, according to new research.

That figure, which forms part of a study carried out by ad sales specialists MediaRadar, is based on the net spend of 900 companies who advertised during National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Baseball (MLB) broadcasts between March and May last year. That is the same timeframe MediaRadar anticipates the leagues will be forced to close during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Specifically, the data shows that NBA broadcasts generated US$839 million in advertising revenue during the three-month period last season, while NHL games brought in more than US$120 million and the MLB accrued more than US$60 million.


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Stay Well John Kelly

The St. Louis Blues have issued the following statement regarding FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer John Kelly, who tested positive for COVID-19:

The St. Louis Blues are confirming that play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

John has been in self-quarantine since March 13. We are thrilled to report that John is feeling strong and symptom free.

The health and safety of the entire Blues family remains our core focus during these unprecedented times. We wish John well as he continues his recovery at home.

added 6:59pm, Chris Kerber talked with John Kelly, watch below, via Blue Note Productions.

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Afternoon Line- Bob Wojnowski

If a longer pause is needed before the applause resumes, so be it. The games don’t get to rush to the front of the line. Nobody knows where this is headed, but people have forecast the decline of sports before, whether from the rise of video games, the reduction of youth participation or the unavoidable risk of injury, especially concussions.

Sports will be back, and although that’s not the prevailing concern right now, they will be needed in essential and non-essential ways. Some day it will be safe to gather again, and when it is, people will want to cheer as loudly as ever.

-Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News where you can read more on this topic.

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John Forslund On Being In Self-Quarantine

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

At 8 p.m. Sunday, John Forslund was to leave the basement of his Apex home, rejoining his family, symptom-free for the coronavirus, his self-quarantine at an end.

“It’s been an ordeal,” Forslund said Saturday, thankful that a 10-day period filled with uncertainty and mind games would be coming to a close.

Forslund, the Carolina Hurricanes’ longtime broadcaster, also quickly qualified that comment. Others, he said, face grave health challenges from COVID-19 during a global pandemic that has made life as we know it far from the life we once knew. And there are other life-threatening diseases.

“This is something totally different, where you have to sacrifice for the good of yourself and everyone around you, so that’s basically what I did,” Forslund said. “I do have to be honest. It has been harder than I thought it would be.”



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The Coronavirus Is Starting To Affect The Hockey World

added 11:32am,


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Afternoon Line- Alex Faust

Living in the bubble of professional hockey, I had assumed we could persevere through this. This is the toughest sport on earth, right? Sports serve as a diversion, a source of unification, a positive tonic even in the darkest times of trouble. The show had to go on, right?

And selfishly, as a healthy 31-year-old working amongst healthy, high-performance athletes, my thought process was: why should I worry?

-Alex Faust, play by play voice for the LA Kings.  Read more from Faust at LAKings.com.

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Videos- There In No HNIC Tonight But Thankfully We Have Related Material

I was raised on Hockey Night in Canada, adored the stars of the period and to this day, I tune in whenever I am able to.

Living on a border town has its advantages!

So let's take a look at three videos I have picked out for tonight.

HNIC intros from 1977-2015.



Three more videos below.

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Video- Sunday The NHL Celebrated International Women’s Day

via the NHL's YouTube page,

The National Hockey League celebrates International Women's Day by going with an all-female broadcast.


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The Women In Hockey In the Spotlight Tonight

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