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from Steve Lepore at The NHL Arena Program,
...other notes upon a brief overlook of Versus’ talent schedule:
-Gone are play-by-play man Rick Peckham and analyst John Vanbiesbrouck.
-There are no new additions to the talent list, though look for NY Islanders color man Billy Jaffe to take more of a color commentary role this season than the reporter slot he’s usually slated to serve.
-A lot less Mike Emrick this season. Doc will only call 8 regular season games.
read on and a new ice-level reporter too…
I have given KK readers a few hints about this, now it is official!
NEW YORK (October 3, 2008) –
With more live game coverage than ever before, NHL Network today unveiled its U.S. broadcast schedule for the 2008-09 regular season. It includes 75 regular-season games, all in HD.
Highlighting the schedule is the inclusion of CBC’s award-winning Hockey Night In Canada, now available to U.S. fans through NHL Network for the first time. Every Saturday night, NHL Network will not only broadcast the live Hockey Night In Canada double-header, but also the CBC pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight and post-game show After Hours.
More details and complete broadcast schedule below.
from Kevin Maney at Portfolio,
Put every game on line live, supported by ads and free. Store them on line so if I can’t get to a screen until 30 minutes after the game starts, I can start watching from the beginning—or I can watch hours later. Use a Hulu or Kyte type of strategy so fans can seed NHL games around the Web, on blogs and Facebook pages and so on. The No. 1 priority should be getting games in front of eyeballs and becoming the league that excites the digital generation.
That would be a truly daring, radical strategy. In fact, it’s what Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis told me he’d do if he were starting the NHL from scratch today.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
NHL tough guy Sean Avery reopened his feud with Don Cherry this week by stating the CBC commentator knows next to nothing about hockey.
“He’s a stable as far as Canadian hockey goes,” Avery said during interview on the CBC’s The Hour. “And I grew up watching Coach’s Corner, and he serves a purpose.
“But he really does not know shit about hockey.
“He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”
According to Experian Consumer Research, NHL fans tend to have higher mean household income compared to fans of the NBA, MLB, NFL, and MLS. Other characteristics that set NHL fans apart from other sports fans are their age, technology preferences, and online activity.
NHL’s fan base also tends to make more online purchases and is more focused on keeping up with the latest technology and gadgets compared to other professional league sports fans.
from Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,
ESPN will announce today that Matthew Barnaby will succeed Barry Melrose as its NHL studio analyst, a development The Buffalo News reported last month.
Barnaby will debut on SportsCenter Oct. 8 and usually appear on the show Wednesdays and Thursdays during the regular season.
from the CP,
Asked to pick a Stanley Cup winner, Cherry sees no reason why the Red Wings can’t repeat as champions.
“I don’t see anything tripping them up along the way,” he said. “I see no weaknesses in them at all. If you are betting, you have to bet on Detroit again this year.”
Cherry considers Luongo the best goaltender in the world, but still found the Canucks naming him as captain a head-scratching move.
“Making the goaltender a captain is silly,” he snorted. “If he is the leader, he doesn’t need the captain.”
Update 6pm ET: Conference call transcript posted at MLive.
You’re witnessing a watershed moment in hockey history.
The new NHL.com represents the culmination of a massive effort to merge the NHL’s strongest assets – video, audio, editorial, photography and fan voice – into one complete package.
What you have here is a more dynamic site that brings home imagery capturing the power and essence of what makes hockey the greatest sport in the world.
from Barry Janoff of BrandWeek,
“Is this the year?” will be anchored by spots on Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com, in addition to CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada. Support will include print and POP. Creative was handled in-house by the NHL. Y&R, New York and Toronto, served as creative consultants. Spend was not disclosed.
Four TV spots each feature a different NHL star: Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Patrick Kane and Henrik Lundqvist. In each of the spots, the players initially are seen in photograph, which then comes to live as the athletes share their personal feelings about the game.
added 11:21am, much more on this from Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com and video has been added below.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Economic woes combined with cutbacks in the newspaper business will reduce the level of print coverage given to the NHL in some U.S. markets.
In Florida, The Palm Beach Post decided last week to discontinue staff coverage of the Florida Panthers….
The Los Angeles Times has chosen to use just one beat reporter to cover both the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, with Helene Elliott continuing to write hockey columns….
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s long-time hockey writer, Tim Panaccio, accepted a buyout after he was taken off the Flyers beat and assigned to cover the Philadelphia Eagles….
The New York Times will continue to focus most of its attention on the Rangers. In terms of coverage on the road, sports editor Tom Jolly said by e-mail, that the Times will pick its spots….
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