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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, .
..your question was passed along to an NHL executive, he offered these insights on league-related media plans for the 2008-09 season:
“For NHLCI-TV (carried on all major U.S. distributors)—The plan is for the distributors to distribute as many games as possible in HD and as many dual feeds (home and away feed of same game) as possible. Bandwidth limitations and other programming commitments will limit a full rollout. We are always looking to add new content, such as pre- and post- game shows, to NHLCI-TV, but nothing is imminent at this time.
“For NHL.com, we are rolling out two products—GameCenter and GameCenter Live. The latter is the new branded version of NHLCI on-line from last season. Some planned highlights are as follows:
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Reporter Christine Simpson, who had been with Rogers Sportsnet since its start in 1998, rejected the network’s contract offer and is close to signing with the NHL Network.
Sportsnet has signed Mark Spector, formerly with the National Post, to write for its website.
from the Buffalo News,
Sabres.com, which will be linked to the NHL Web site, NHL.com, also will have a feature that enables fans to call up every goal scored in every Sabres game and eventually every player shift or hit.
The online expansion could be bad news for local TV sports departments, which generally show the goals in each game. Viewers with a high speed internet connection won’t have to wait for the sports reports to see the goals.
In addition, the Sabres plan to put morning skates and interviews with coach Lindy Ruff online on game days. It also will introduce the team’s new jersey Sept. 20 online when it carries the Puck Drop festivities surrounding the first day of training camp.
Prospects Tournament at Traverse City, Michigan coverage on NHL Network
(All games on next-day tape delay)
Sunday, September 14
8:00 PM ET – Thrashers vs. Lightning
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blues
Monday, September 15
8:00 PM ET – Wild vs. Blues
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blue Jackets
From Mike Vogel at the Washington Capitals,
Virtually every kid in America has played catch with a baseball and a glove, and tried to hit pitched balls. Almost all have shot a few hoops in their day, and almost all have thrown a football around. But not nearly as many have laced up a pair of hockey skates, taken to the ice shot a few pucks around. That may be why ice hockey is among the least understood of the major sports; some of the people writing about it have never played the sport.
With that in mind, the Washington Capitals hosted the team’s first media fantasy camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday. A large contingent of print and electronic media from both local and national media outlets took to the ice for some instruction in the finer points of the game from several Caps players and coaches.
from Canes Country,
As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.
Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?
...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside
Yes, I received your emails, pointing out the Eklund (Dwayne) situation.
Yes, I read what Eklund said about it…
I was obviously largely offline from around 5pm on, as a very serious family situation kept me from even seeing the error until a few minutes ago.
Hmmm, but it must have not been too serious, since he was at HF Boards at 6:30pm last night (catch the link early, the time/date will change on his next visit).
People, he has done this stuff in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Either chose to live in his world or demand some real answers from him.
added 6:33am, More on this from Kevin Schutlz at AOL Fanhouse and Pension Plan Puppets has it too.
added 1:54pm More at Puck Daddy.
Sirius XM said it will begin offering a la carte programming on Oct. 6, allowing consumers to pick and choose which stations they would like to hear.
The a la carte programming will let users choose from 50 stations at a fee of $6.99/month but will require new radios.
Sirius XM will also offer its full slate of new program plans on Oct. 6 including “Best of Both” programs where XM listeners can receive Howard Stern and NFL football and Sirius listeners can receive Oprah, NBA and NHL programming, in each case for an extra $4/month (or $16.99) without requiring new radios.
I have heard through the grapevine that NHL Live will start again on September 22nd. Not official, but that is the word as of today.
Also, I am scheduled to appear on the Power Play Show today right around the 5pm ET. Power Play is hosted by Mike Ross and Mick Kern on NHL Home Ice XM204.
Update 6:13pm ET (alanah): Paul’s interview on NHL Home Ice can be downloaded here or heard on the player below.
from Adamk415’s Blog at NHL Connect,
Wednesday night, I got to attend my first red-carpet premier, for the fifth season of Entourage. I wanted to go because I knew Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven, who star on the show, are hockey fans…
So I get to the red carpet – actually, it was gray, with a white star in a black circle, part of the show’s logo, on it. There were little signs taped to the carpet to tell each media person where they should stand. NHL.com was at the end of the line, right next to Canadian E! I guess somebody figured let’s put the hockey folks and the Canadians right next to each other.
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
If you haven’t heard, Broph (Mike Brophy) is leaving us at the end of next week to join Rogers full-time. He’ll be doing more TV work for Sportsnet, hosting a radio program two days a week and, ahem, writing for a competitor’s website….
At the same time, our brand name gives us the ability, and credibility, to attract established writers and hockey personalities to lend their voices to our mix.
And that’s where you come in. We’d like to know whose work you’d like to read in the pages of The Hockey News and web pages of thn.com.
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