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Columbus Announces Their Broadcasting Team

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today a restructuring of the National Hockey League club’s broadcast teams.  Jeff Rimer, Bill Davidge and George Matthews will each return to the broadcast booth in 2009-10, while television analyst Danny Gare will not.

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Greater TV Exposure Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned that NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly and director of business affairs Glenn Healy met with ESPN executives earlier this year, with Bettman’s knowledge and authorization. We’re told ESPN, which did in fact treat the NHL like an unwanted stepchild while it was the league’s cable rights-holder, showed substantial interest in bringing the sport back to the network.

But that interest, which included an offer of a rights fee that was reported to the commissioner, has not been seriously returned from the league, at least not yet. Versus would have to relinquish its national cable exclusivity in order to strike a deal with ESPN. From what we’re told, NBC opposes a deal with ESPN because of ABC’s parentage of the cable network.

From what we’re told, Bettman places a fair amount of stock into what NBC thinks, though we cannot imagine why.

According to sources, the NHL made approximately $3 million last year out of its profit-sharing arrangement with NBC. That’s $3 million, total, or $100,000 per team. Not even Phoenix needs that, not when the NHL’s signature series is all but shut out by the NBC, not when there’s no ESPN to showcase it.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

From James Murphy at Inside Hockey radio:

We’ve got a great show in store for you this week. Todd Carroll will be in the studio with me, and we’ve got an excellent guest list including Conor McKenna (Team 990), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), Matt Recchi (Kamloops Blazers), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), and some surprise guests as well!

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.

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Don Cherry Talks Even When He Isn’t On HNIC

I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1.  Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.

HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.

Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.

The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!!  So Pat, what game were you watching?

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ESPN- Mike Brown Hit On Francois Beauchemin?  Oops

ESPN starts off on the wrong foot in this video hightlight of game 1 between the Wings and Ducks…

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Returned Just In Time To See This

Around 11:00am yesterday, I had a bit of a medical emergency and spent about 10 hours at the hospital.  I returned home last night just in time to see Lidstrom score the game winning goal.

I suddenly felt much better! 

I also want to thank Alanah for her work on KK Hockey yesterday, it was much appreciated.

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Make The Call Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Those calls are still in my ear as the Blue Jackets contemplate a housecleaning in their broadcast booths. The contracts of television play-by-play man Jeff Rimer and analyst Danny Gare, and of radio play-by-play man George Matthews and analyst Bill Davidge, will expire July 1. As of this writing, these men do not know whether they will be retained. They are in limbo, and they oughtn’t to be….

It is a slap in the face, in their industry, to be left hanging. And it has to change. So does the front-office meddling. No broadcaster should have his or her thoughts policed to the degree that Jackets broadcasters have been shackled.

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Versus Got It Wrong

from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Versus appeared to realize its embarrassing predicament. The studio show ran late, into other programming, just so the network could at least provide viewers with the final score. And when the ’Canes scored twice in the final two minutes, winning, 4-3, I just had to shake my head at the ineptitude of the NHL operation.

The league’s television ratings have never been great, which is why the NHL finds itself on an outpost such as Versus (although, to be honest, the network has come a long way.) What could be better for cultivating or maintaining interest than to shift viewers from one Game Seven to another, stirring appetites for the next series? What other sport diverts fans from its product when its product’s in full bloom? Imagine settling in for the second game of an NFL playoff doubleheader only to find out the game won’t be shown because the league’s granted exclusivity to a regional sports network in, say, Indianapolis.

Someone who answered the phone at Versus on Wednesday said the network has received numerous calls on the issue. He then gave me a phone number for the programming department. A recording informed me the number was not in service. I left a message at another Versus number. Still waiting.

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What If Saturday’s Game Goes Deep Into OT

via Neil Best of Watchdog at Newsday,

What if Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game on NBC runs late, what with the Kentucky Derby scheduled for early evening on the network?

If the game goes to one overtime, it will remain on NBC.

If it goes beyond one OT, it will switch to Versus, except in Pittsburgh and Washington.

Two years ago, NBC famously sent a game in the Eastern Conference finals over to Versus to switch to Preakness pre-race coverage.

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Is Versus Providing You With Enough Hockey Coverage?

from Bruce Ciskie of the Fanhouse,

The word “fail” sure seems to be commonly associated with Versus, doesn’t it? Fair or not, the network gets a lot of flak from hockey fans for its coverage of the sport.

Last week, the NHL’s cable television partner bailed from the epic ending of the Carolina-New Jersey game so we could listen to their people drone on about a game that hadn’t started yet. To make matters worse, they were back at it again Tuesday, as two epic Game 7s were contested in the Eastern Conference.

Surely, no one had a problem with Versus deciding to air the Rangers-Capitals game. We’re not stupid out here. We know that this stuff is driven by ratings, and we get that the Rangers and Capitals will likely draw the network a bigger number than the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils would.

That said, we do expect Versus to keep their word.

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My opinion- What do you expect from a network that has Dwayne (Eklund) making hockey predictions!

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