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from Eric Fisher and Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
MLB Advanced Media and the NHL next week plan to begin co-selling an unprecedented online video package in which the out-of-market game subscriptions for both leagues will be marketed in a joint offering. In addition, MLBAM is set to cut a separate deal with ESPN in which MLB.TV will be sold with the media giant’s Insider content subscription in hopes of driving usage of both.
The NHL-MLBAM deal marks a rare level of cooperation between sports entities with limited common ownership. The leagues’ digital arms will sell the combined video package for $139.95, less than the cost of purchasing current packages for each sport individually….
The NHL says its research indicates that 80 percent of hockey fans are also fans of MLB. The league hopes that giving baseball fans who are also hockey fans the chance to experience the NHL’s digital product during the high point of its season will lead to new subscriptions for the 2009-10 season, said John Collins, NHL chief operating officer.
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Today, as the Globe & Mail‘s William Houston writes a thorough overview of the financial hardships being faced by all-sports radio stations across Canada, he finished his piece with these final words:
THE FINISH LINE
After more than 5,000 bylines in The Globe and Mail over 29 years, this is my last. I’m moving on to new pursuits. I leave with fond memories and good friendships. Thanks for reading.
Best wishes to Mr. Houston, with our thanks for his thoroughly informative coverage, particularly of the NHL media. His absence will surely leave a hole in the media landscape.
*thanks to Steve for pointing us to the story
from Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank,
How do you respond to a fraud?
Do you even try?...
Do you link to all the stories written by pros questioning his integrity and even his life story?...
Do I discuss how the Islanders once caught the fraud back-timing his reports to make it look like he had a trade scoop before anyone else?
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Age has not lessened his roar and turning 75 will not mellow Don Cherry.
The controversial and flamboyantly-dressed Hockey Night in Canada commentator hit the three-quarter century mark today and he is as animated as ever….
“If anything I have turned it up,” Cherry said. “I don’t feel any different now than I did 30, 40 years ago. I still get so excited on Saturday’s that I can hardly wait for Coach’s Corner to start. A lot of people tell me to ease off a little so I wouldn’t get in so much trouble. But trouble is my middle name and I say things the way I want to.
“When the day comes that CBC wants to go in a different direction, as they say, I will think to myself that I’ve had a good run and say toodle-oo.”
from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
Is it just me or does the Hockey Night In Canada theme song lost it’s luster now that is on TSN?
They have completely over used the jingle, playing it at every opportunity. And they gave it a terrible accompanying video montage.
Meanwhile CBC has come up with a catchy tune which I think I might actually like better.
Almost six minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.
NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.
from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association, in partnership with Bell Mobility, will take a significant step in the effort to put live games in the hands and pockets of sports fans this week when they introduce a new mobile offering in Canada.
The live game broadcasts are part of the NHL Bundle, a comprehensive 3G mobile package that includes live and delayed game broadcasts, original video programming and live radio play-by-play of NHL games. It costs subscribers $8 a month, a fee the NHL and Bell will share….
The NHL hopes to strike a similar agreement in the U.S. with mobile partner Verizon Wireless at the end of the season, when its deal with the wireless company ends.
more and thanks to the SBJ for releasing the paid subscription link to KK!
from Christie Blatchford of the Globe and Mail,
...Mr. Milbury now finds himself at the centre of a hullabaloo, confined almost exclusively to The Globe’s sports pages (where my colleague William Houston carefully has noted, in that uniquely Globe and Mail manner, that pansification is “a derivative of the word pansy”) and a gay advocacy group called Egale Canada, whose director is hopping mad about what she says is the “derogatory, stereotypical” term and who has complained to the CBC.
Even Don Cherry has got into the act, with Mr. Houston reporting Friday that Grapes has pledged not to use the dreaded term himself and has furthermore identified himself as a supporter of gay initiatives.
Well, as an old mare who was publicly called a filly, it is hardly a surprise that I am less than sensitive to the use of language, and find pretty much all such controversies silly.
NHL games start today at 12:30pm ET when the Wings take on the Capitals and ends about 1:00am Sunday with the Blackhawks/Sharks game.
See the full schedule below…
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