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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
In this, the second installment of our three-part series, we take at look at the seven living men who, each in his own way, have left a unique and indelible mark on the game.
Scotty Bowman, retired coach
Here’s the thing you need to know about Scotty Bowman. Few of his players over the years liked him. In fact, many actively despised him. But as Ken Dryden wrote in his seminal book, The Game, that didn’t matter.
“What [made] Bowman work is an understanding, the understanding that must exist between a coach and his team,” Dryden wrote. “He knows the most important thing to a team is to win; we know he does what he does to make us win.”
In fact, few men ever did that one thing better. Bowman holds the NHL record for career wins in both the regular season (1,244) and the playoffs (223). No coach has won more Stanley Cups than Bowman's nine: five with the Canadiens; one with the Penguins and three with the Red Wings. He's also earned five more as a front office executive, including one this past season as a special advisor to his son, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.
It all adds up to a legacy unmatched in the history of the game and one that's made him the professor emeritus of the hockey community. If there’s a question asked, there's no one who can answer it with more authority than Bowman.
Don Cherry, broadcaster
via Katie Strang tweets,
Quick life/work update: I have been reassigned to cover baseball for ESPN. Starting today, I will be covering the Detroit Tigers
To my hockey followers/friends: Promise to keep one eye on pucks and chime in when I still can, so don't leave me just yet
Will always be a hockey girl at heart. A sincere thank you to everyone in this sport/community that made it feel like home. Love you all
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
FOX’s Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, today announced Brian Engblom has joined its roster of Lightning on-air talent for the 2015-16 season. In his new role, Engblom will serve as color analyst for all Lightning television broadcasts.
Alongside play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham, Engblom will provide a seasoned voice to Lightning’ television broadcasts. Prior to joining Sun Sports, Engblom served as “Inside the Glass” analyst on both NBC and NBC Sports Network broadcasts, as well as the network’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. During his time at NBC, Engblom has also served as an analyst on NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre and post-game NHL studio show. During that time he also served as color analyst for Winnipeg Jets games on TSN in Canada.
“I am thrilled to be going to such a terrific organization on and off the ice,” Engblom said. “I’ve missed working for a team and that affiliation is something that I really haven’t had in my 20 years broadcasting at the national level. Lightning fans are fortunate to have a young, terrific team. The next step is the most fun, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Think of how you consume baseball. Just like hockey, you have your national television packages and your regional networks. And many of us have the Extra Innings package on cable or satellite (Memo to Rob Manfred: You still need to fix the absurd and archaic blackout rules).
I would like to see the NHL include mobile streaming as part of its Center Ice package, just like MLB does with Extra Innings. You no longer pay extra to get games on mobile devices in baseball; the NHL has not included its often-clunky GameCenter Live when you subscribe to the TV package.
But go mobile now: MLB.TV is just flat-out super on your laptop or iPad. Full HD. Both teams’ broadcasts. Integration of box scores. Highlights from earlier innings. Same for the MLB At Bat app on your iPhone. You can see all the key plays of any game shortly after they happen.
In hockey, the NHL app is lifeless at times. Highlights on team websites too often lag during games. And a 15-second clip often runs after a 30-second ad. It’s frustrating beyond belief. You can’t follow a game on GameCenter Live and social media at the same time because the video lags well behind real-time.
The deal will have MLB taking over NHL.com and all the teams’ individual websites. It will have MLB running the NHL Network and the possibilities there are endless. “Quick Pitch” and “MLB Tonight” are must-see shows every day on MLB Network. On the hockey side, “NHL Live,” “NHL on the Fly” and “NHL Tonight” are shows you have to see but the production levels are outright amateurish and not close to the level of the solid on-air talent the NHL Network has.
from Brad Kelly at DurhamRegion.com,
Q. It’s often been said hockey players are the best professional athletes to deal with, is that what you have found? What separates them from other sports?
I’ve covered baseball, football, I haven’t done much in the way of basketball other than hosting some NBA stuff for CTV in the early days. I guess it comes back to being Canadian. I know it’s a very biased way of looking at things. It changes year by year. This year at the draft we saw so many American kids drafted. You’ll see a lot more next year too. As I grew up in the business, I rode the bus with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the late 80s and early 90s. On the bus were guys like Kevin Cheveldayoff, who’s now the general manager of the Winnipeg Jets. Wade Redden who had a very good NHL career. Chris Dingman who won a couple of Stanley Cups and is still in Tampa Bay. And on and on it goes. You forge relationships with those guys because you are like-minded. Not because you are associated with the sport of hockey. They’re good people and as long as you approach your business fairly and accurately, I think you are going to connect. I always found that to be the case in hockey in grassroots level all the way up to the NHL.
Q. How has social media changed the way you do your job?
In a couple of ways. From a positive perspective, obviously you can break information now through social media immediately. I look at Bob McKenzie as the pioneer of hockey insiders. He is and was somebody I always looked up to. He kind of blazed the trail for guys like me to come up through the ranks. We would break our stories on radio or various websites and that was how we did our business. That’s how we built our brand. And then Twitter was introduced. I was one of the first ones on Twitter at TSN. It was shocking to me how quickly the followers grew. Literally in one day I had 4,000 followers....
NEW YORK (August 4, 2015) – The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, today announced a groundbreaking digital media rights partnership. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred jointly announced the six-year agreement at NHL headquarters.
via Ian Thomas and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Daily,
The NHL has signed a six-year partnership with MLBAM in which MLBAM and MLB’s overall media division will now operate the NHL’s digital operations, streaming services and NHL Network, according to multiple sources. The deal, valued at more than $1.2B over the course of the contract, will also give the NHL a 7-10% equity stake in MLB’s digital arm. MLBAM will take over operations of the websites of the league and its 30 clubs, all mobile applications, and its GameCenter Live streaming video service. The NHL had previously used NeuLion as its digital vendor for the past seven years.
MLBAM will also oversee NHL Network, moving the channel's HQ to MLB Network’s existing location in Secaucus, N.J. With the new deal, MLBAM will work with the NHL on programming and production, and pay the league approximately $100M a year in rights fees. The partnership will be formally announced during a conference call this afternoon hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL COO John Collins, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB President of Business & Media Bob Bowman.
WHAT: Media availability via conference call to coincide with announcement of a groundbreaking new partnership between the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3:00 p.m. ET
WHO: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman
Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred
NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins
MLB President, Business & Media Bob Bowman
via DJ Bean tweets,
Per a source, MLB's Baseball Advanced Media will take over NHL's web ops, apps, streaming video, etc. in 2016. Announcement tomorrow.
Baseball Advanced Media is a giant of sorts. Also does HBO Go, among other things. This is viewed as very good news for NHL.
Only real question is what working with a competing league will mean for NHL.
If you missed the release from NBC, read it here.
STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 27, 2015 – Coming off the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final on record, and the third-most watched NHL postseason in the last 18 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN. The 105 regular-season games are the most ever scheduled across NBC Sports Group heading into a season. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.
Schedule highlights include:
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