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Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated gathered a group of "media voices" for a Q & A.
John Shannon of Sportsnet when asked this question...
What is a story in the NHL that is being under-covered and why is it being under-covered?
To me it’s the amount of influence the equipment manufacturers have in trying to streamline goaltenders’ equipment. For years, the manufacturers have changed the quality and size of equipment to the detriment goal scoring, and as far as skaters’ equipment, they have increased the price of equipment, not just in the NHL but throughout every level of the game. The league has tried in the last decade or so to monitor and take control of the process, to little success. The manufacturers have far too much power.
many questions and answers from the media types....
Those participating are:
• David Amber, studio host, “Hockey Night in Canada,” Sportsnet (Canada)
• John Buccigross, “SportsCenter” anchor, college hockey gamecaller and NHL analyst
• Isabelle Khurshudyan, Capitals reporter, Washington Post
• Mike Harrington, Sabres reporter, Buffalo News
• Sean McIndoe, hockey writer, Vice Sports, Sportsnet, and Hockey News
• Tracey Myers, Blackhawks reporter, CSN Chicago
• Aaron Portzline, Blue Jackets reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
• John Shannon, studio analyst, HockeyCentral, Sportsnet (Canada)
• Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo Sports, editor of Puck Daddy blog
via David Shoalts tweets,
Sportsnet VP Rob Corte says won't see as much of the high-tech doo-dads like using pucks to call up stats or guys with sticks on glass rink.
The emphasis will be on "our panel, our stars and stories of the game," Corte said. "More story-telling."
Top of mind for all Sportsnet hockey producers, VP Corte says, "Is how best to present the story." Expect more features on players.
Hockey news gets more attention. @FriedgeHNIC becomes regular on Wednesday panel and will do Headlines on Saturday with @RealKyper.
Also, expect to see more of @reporterchris @JSportsnet plus @FriedgeHNIC on broadcasts as well as Hockey Central.
Wednesday panelists will be @darenmillard @DougMaclean and @FriedgeHNIC.
Big winner with departure of @mike_p_johnson as analyst on No. 2 team is @LouDeBrusk. He steps up to be the analyst for 2nd Saturday game.
Back to Saturday nights. More emphasis on the west in 2nd game. @ScottOake becomes permanent host at 2nd game venue. @DavidAmber in studio.
@ScottOake will do some interviews for 1st Sat game but will focus on 2nd game. Also will host revived After Hours following 2nd game.
Also, expect to see more @SNChrisSimpson on the early Saturday games.
there could be more so check out the recent tweets from David Shoalts...
from HJ Mai of SportsBusiness Daily,
The NHL will receive increased global exposure this season after successfully adding new partners to its portfolio of media rights holders. The NHL added more than 20 new media partners and grew its global media rights revenue -- excluding the U.S. and Canada -- by approximately 40% on a year-on-year basis, the league revealed.
"It has been a good year of renewals," NHL Exec VP of Media & Int'l Sales David Proper told SBD Global. "The World Cup of Hockey has helped generate a lot of international interest. We’ve managed to renew in pretty much every market we were in before, as well as add a number of new markets or [receive] greater exposure in certain markets."
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2016 – Following an NHL record four-goal performance by 19-year-old American and 2016 Toronto Maple Leafs first overall draft pick Auston Matthews in his NHL debut last night, NBCSN announced today it will televise live coverage of Matthews’ first NHL home game this Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET, when the Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins in an Original Six showdown.
Matthews, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., became the first player in modern history to score four goals in his NHL debut on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators.
Sportsnet did their annual opening night montage last night which you can watch here.
Just to make it clear, Sporstnet has removed the embed code to post videos and has also removed the ability to automatically tweet any video from the NHL video section.
A week ago I did contact Sportsnet about this change and their response was, "forwarded your note to our Digital Team and they are looking into this."
Nothing has changed at this point but hopefully it will.
LOS ANGELES – Four veteran play-by-play announcers will work Kings telecasts this season on FOX Sports West as Bob Miller, the club’s Hall of Fame broadcaster, takes a reduced on-air role with the club for the first time.
As announced last month, Miller returns to the FOX Sports West booth for his 44th season and the Kings’ 50th Anniversary as he calls 58 games. For the 17 games Miller is not slated to work, Gary Thorne (eight games), Chris Cuthbert (four games), Ralph Strangis (four games) and Jiggs McDonald (one game) will call the action alongside TV Analyst Jim Fox. McDonald, who served as the club’s very first broadcaster in 1967, will now have called an LA Kings game in their first year and again during the club’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The game-by-game schedule is listed below.
NEW YORK (OCT. 12, 2016) – With a new NHL regular season upon us, hockey fans will have more digital access points – and team-centric customizable opportunities – than ever with a new suite of product updates and launches as part of the NHL’s long-term digital partnership with BAMTech. This season will see fans’ consumption experiences expand to a wide array of devices and platforms – including live streaming, mobile app, in-venue, social media, original team content, and more.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
“Some people say you don’t watch shows for the host, well, if that was true, we wouldn’t pay them what we pay them,” says Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers.
“I think Ron will have a major impact on ratings. We already saw it in World Cup of Hockey, because people want to hear what Ron has to say. His ability to talk hockey is different than most hosts . . . he’s just got an ease of being able to talk hockey because of his encyclopedic knowledge.”
That said, people didn’t follow MacLean to Sundays the past two years, with ratings averaging less than a half million for that night, which is considered disappointing, although it might help now that he links both weekend broadcasts.
When asked what all this says about hockey fans, and whether they need their coverage to be like comfort food, MacLean doesn’t fight that I’ve just basically called him mashed potatoes.
“Well, I think we want everything to be like that. I think we want everything to be like Norman Rockwell in the end. We flip back and forth between hero worship and witch hunts in all that we do. If you catch us on a good day we’re generous and loving, and if you catch us on a bad day, we’re critical to the point of cynical,” he says. “Obviously, I am just the beneficiary of that epic lesson. It is one of those tested and true formulas that I happen to get caught up in, but it’s because I’ve been here for 28 years. It’s as simple as that.”
TORONTO (October 7, 2016) Saturday. It’s going to be a good day. Canada’s love affair with the game of hockey continues Saturday, Oct. 15 as Hockey Night in Canada hits the ice for its 64th season. Headlined by a combination of both new and familiar faces, captivating storytelling, analysis and interviews, and the biggest star of the night - the games themselves - hockey’s show of record is set to deliver all of the memorable moments and greatest stories from the 2016-17 NHL season.
from Robin Short of The Telegram,
Bob Cole has been calling National Hockey League games since 1969, but long before he reached the NHL, Cole was honing his craft while broadcasting games in Newfoundland. Robin Short writes that Cole, whose memoir is being launched today, is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen....
The Hockey Night in Canada Hall of Fame broadcaster speaks of painting a picture for the listeners and viewers, reminding the audience the Canadiens are in the red jerseys skating from left to right, the Leafs dressed in white.
It’s the stuff he learned from the great Foster Hewitt.
“Flow, that’s the word,” Cole writes. “Foster said, ‘Feel and flow.’ I use that now when I talk to guys about broadcasting.
“You’ve got to smell it. You’ve got to feel the game.”
Perhaps it’s entirely coincidental, but the brilliant Vin Scully called it a career last weekend after 67 years talking Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. Four days later, Cole — who will enter his 48th winter behind the mike doing NHL games — has the book release.
Using that parameter to draw a comparison between the two is perhaps a stretch, so instead we’ll get down to brass tacks: like Scully, who called the summer pastime like no one else, Cole is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen.
Better than Hewitt. Better than Danny Gallivan.
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