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Watching The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing,

With playoff games also taking place in the middle of weekdays, there’s also going to be a natural drop in reach for those games. Despite all those caveats, it’s stunning to see the overall drop in NHL playoff viewership for the first three rounds.

Per Sports Media Watch, the NHL averaged just 844,000 viewers for its playoff games in rounds before the Stanley Cup Final. Not only is that a 28% drop from a year ago, it’s the lowest since NBC’s networks began airing all playoff games as part of the NHL’s TV deal with the network that started in 2012. Of the 11 conference final games, just one (Game 4 of Golden Knights-Stars) saw an increase from 2019 – and that was a game that aired on NBC as opposed to NBCSN (which the comparable game did a year ago). That matchup was the most-watched of the round, with a paltry 1.68 million viewers.

The trend was not reversed for the start of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. Game 1 of Stars-Lightning series drew a jarring 2.12 million viewers (on NBC!) Saturday night, per ShowBuzz Daily. That finished fourth among the six live sports contests airing in primetime on Saturday, ahead of just an MLB on Fox national window and a Louisiana Tech-Southern Miss college football game on ESPN2.

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Photographing Our Game In The Bubble

from Nick Faris of TheScore,

As Bruce Bennett sees it, the NHL playoffs are unfolding inside two kinds of bubbles. One is the stronghold that has housed Point and Varlamov's squads during their time in Toronto and, from the conference finals onward, Edmonton. The second is the scene Bennett observes from his perch in the uppermost deck at Rogers Place, where a camera he positioned high above the visitors' net captured Point's jubilance - and the Islanders' corresponding angst - 200 or so feet across the rink.

Bennett, 65, is the prolific Getty Images photographer whose work appears atop and throughout this story, like it has in most every publication that's covered hockey over his 45 seasons in the game. He's used to shooting from ice level, risking the odd cracked rib or head wound from an errant puck - more so in the old days, before protective plexiglass was omnipresent - to record history in real time from point-blank range.

But few precedents have persisted in 2020. Bennett isn't staying in the league's secure zone, and strict coronavirus protocols govern movement inside the arena. That's why Getty's Edmonton operation is based at center ice far above the fray, as if Bennett is watching and chronicling table hockey matchups from an impassable remove.

"Instead of playing bubble hockey with rods, and twisting those rods, I'm playing (with) cameras, twisting and contorting myself shooting from a photo position that's not conducive to the kind of photography that I like to produce," Bennett said in a recent phone interview.

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Evening Line- Scott Oake

"There's no question the NHL is making the best of a bad situation here, but it's antiseptic and that's the way it has to be."

"You have a lot of time to think, a lot of time for contemplation. I got out of my room sick of myself. We knew that we needed someone in the bubble to have better access to the players. If we didn't, we'd be stuck with the system the NHL has got going now for other media."

-Scott Oake of HNIC.  More from Scott Oake by Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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All Jim Hughson

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

How is this working out, that you're calling games in the arena but you're not inside the NHL bubble?

"I felt like I didn't need to be in the bubble and when it became obvious that the NHL would allow us to work without being in the bubble, I still knew that I could have Zoom contact and we could ask questions and get answers when we needed them so I just felt like I was better to be outside of the bubble because there are so many hours. Even though you're doing a game every day and we were for a long time and sometimes two a day, the day stretches out and is so long that I felt it would be important to be able to go out for a walk, to be able to go for a run and get some exercise, to be in the fresh air more and to have some freedom. You give up a little of the personal contact you might have with the players or coaches in the bubble but you don't end up having that much anyway. There are five categories of security with No. 1 being in the bubble and we are No. 5, so have no contact with the other four, but we get our temperature checked and a questionnaire every day, go into the rink with a mask on, sit down at our work place, do the game and get out."

What's the challenge to call games with no fans, no fan noise?

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Afternoon Line- Chris Cuthbert

“It’s been overwhelming at times, like drinking from a fire hose. For me, it was 33 games in the month of August. That’s caught up to me at times — a month’s worth of forced errors. But I actually found myself a little disappointed when we didn’t do Sunday’s Colorado-Dallas game.

“It’s really been extraordinary, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At least, we think it’s once in a lifetime.

“I doubt if we’ll do hub style for regular-season segments but if it was an option, I’d certainly sign up.”

-Chris Cuthbert of Sportsnet on the broadcasting grind.  Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun has more.

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Video-A Day In The Bubble With Kenny Albert

And Pierre McGuire.

 

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Canceling Mike Milbury

from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post,

Repent, sinners!

Well, not all of you. After all, TV judges not the sin but the sinner.

Why did NBC hire Mike Milbury if not for his lure as a player and coach given to brutish, caveman displays and wild words? NBC was eager to exploit him as a draw.

But now NBC has drawn a specious line on Milbury, removing him at least through the Stanley Cup playoffs, as a member of the He-Man Women Haters’ Club, Alfalfa presiding.

In this mad rush to demand unconditional tolerance attached to unconditional intolerance, Milbury was “caught” on the air speaking of teams’ COVID 19 “bubbling” as a means to devote full attention to hockey, “Not even any women to disrupt your attention,” he said.

Did he say that indelicately? No. As a wise guy? I don’t know. It didn’t sound that way, more like a statement of fact. Regardless, Milbury was canceled as a crude misogynist.

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Mike Milbury Statement

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Video- NHL Statement On Mike Milbury

 

What did he say?  Watch below.

added 2:42pm, Below NBC and Mike Milbury statement.

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Different Sounds And The TV View From The Bubble

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

New camera angles, giant screens, fluorescent lighting around the rink framing the main event – hockey’s got a new look this summer.

Fans at home have no doubt noticed it sounds a little different, too.

With the COVID-19 pandemic eliminating the possibility of proceeding with fans in attendance, the NHL decided to bring in some help in the form of synthetic audio in an effort to create a more normal atmosphere.

If it feels like the players are living in a real-life video game, you’re not far off. All that audio, aside from the organic stuff – skates on ice, pucks on sticks, chirps on opponents – is supplied by EA Sports’ NHL division, makers of NHL ’20 and the upcoming NHL ’21.

“What you’re hearing inside the real-life games right now are the exact same sounds that we use in our product,” said David Pritchett, presentation designer at EA Sports’ NHL franchise headquarters in Vancouver.

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Are the NBC cameras too far away?

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