Kukla's Korner Hockey
Hockey.com is new to the scene this year, but has gained a lot of exposure and very quickly. Marty himself has worked in media relations as well as stints in broadcasting and print journalism. And most recently he has graduated from covering the pro-golf scene for seven years to be full-time immersed in everything hockey.
Rather than analyze the Pens/Wings series (I think we’ve all read enough “expert” predictions to last us a lifetime) I thought I’d ask more about the world of hockey journalism online, and Marty’s own endeavors—everything from covering pro-golf to writing his own hockey book, and the future plans of Hockey.com.
We are getting closer folks! Soon a new picture will be added.
Watch the Cup Raise video below…
Some of the stuff going on at these blogs is way over my head (maybe below my head too) but the pasion is genuine, from both sides.
I will be an innocent bystander over the next two weeks, watching as one blog goes down on the canvas, only to get back up and deliver a round-house right punch.
I just hope they fight fair, remember, no low punches allowed.
I was 9 years old and I remember watching the 1996 playoffs. The Wings were playing well, which is why the Bud Ice Penguin commercials are forever ingrained in my head. From an early age, I started to associate hockey playoffs with beer, Bud Ice beer.
- Christy of Behind the Jersey
from Darren Rovell of CNBC,
The big question is not how well with the Finals rate. We’re pretty sure this is going to be a winner, with the first two games on Versus and the rest on NBC. The real question is, can a good series bring in any additional hockey fans? (Go to the poll to answer that for us!)
Ratings are up again we know and the NHL is doing a million times better than I thought it would do when they became the first sport to sit out the entire year due to a work stoppage. But when you stack a network game on NBC versus other network sports, the NHL is still far behind.
read on plus a video interview with Gary Bettman…
Welcome to the 2008 Stanley Cup Picks Contest. Make your predictions about the finals series, and you could win an official autographed Zach Parise jersey from Versus!
more at BallHype…
via the AzCentral,
Despite the Versus extension there remains the possibility of a shared cable agreement with the NHL, but any ESPN deal likely would come with a rights fee and more compensation for Versus.
ESPN Senior Vice President of Communications Chris LaPlaca said via e-mail that he did not think ESPN was “engaged in negotiations at this point, in light of NBC extension and current Versus deal. We would be very happy to talk with the league in the future should the opportunity arise. In the meantime, we do have a digital rights agreement with the league and our recent hiring of Don Cherry to join Barry Melrose on SportsCenter gives you an idea of our commitment to the sport on that platform.”
more on the NHL broadcasts…
from James Mirtle,
In any event, in mid-April, Greg went from being “Greg, the only hockey writer I know from Jersey,” to Puck Daddy, Yahoo!‘s resident NHL blogger and the first-ever full-time hockey blogger hired by a media organization.
At least that’s what I called him when I gave him a ring….
[JM] One of the things I asked him was how Puck Daddy would fit into the hockey blogosphere, and what his strategy was with the site. He is, after all, in uncharted territory.
“I think in hockey, there’s an incredible amount of amazing blogs out there, but at the same time, how many of them are updated 10 times a day? Or even five or six times a day like you have?
“There’s a niche to be filled in that instance. As talented and deep as the hockey blogosphere is, there is room for Yahoo! to do this thing in a real rapid-delivery sort of way and really stand out doing it.”
[JM] As far as the full-time part of the gig, I pointed out that Paul Kukla, a popular hockey blogger who has gone full time on his own and brought writers into the fold, has provided a bit of a model.
“I’m a little bit more in awe of him than I was a month ago,” Wyshynski said. “I feel like I’m going to have a heart-attack trying to keep this thing running. And that’s just from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Paul updates at, you know, two in the morning and shit like that. It’s a little amazing that he can keep the thing humming like he does.
much more on PD…
Thanks for the kind word Greg and as I have always said when people ask me about doing something like this on a full-time basis- The more you work the more you have to work! Get sleep whenever you can and think hockey 24/7, no breaks, no life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
from the Dallas Morning News,
The D-FW market has averaged a 1.8 rating for the Red Wings series in the wake of the Stars’ march through Anaheim and San Jose. That translates to 43,841 homes. That’s worse than awful….
Now let’s compare. In Detroit, where some homes have access to the Canadian broadcasts, the series has averaged a relatively healthy 9.6 rating (184,848 homes) on Versus.
And in the Eastern Conference home markets, Philadelphia is averaging an 8.3 (244,020 homes). In Pittsburgh, which should be known as Hockeytown USA, the Penguins-Flyers series is averaging a 20.2 rating (233,956 homes) on Versus.
read on and some additional information regarding the OT plans of NBC for the Stars/Wings game on Saturday. Do remember the times listed are CT.
from Doubt About It,
So no, my problem isn’t with the Flyers. Not their players, and not even their fans. The fights at the end of the game? Whatever. It happens. My problem is with Versus tonight. It is bad enough to watch your team lose in the playoffs, but it is even worse when you have to basically listen to the opposing team’s broadcast.
Think I am being overzealous? Consider that when the Flyers played in Pittsburgh, Versus showed footage of Flyers fans in bars at Philly. Was similar footage shown of Penguins fans Tuesday night or tonight? Unless I missed it on the way to the fridge or the John, I dont think so. Nothing. Nada. Instead they showed all the Flyers fans signs and continually remarked how “funny Flyers fans are”.
thanks to the Pensblog for the pointer…
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org