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from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Newsday is firing 5% of its staff during a downturn in the newspaper industry one expert called “the worst since the Depression….
According to Newsday, the travel budget is expected to be cut.
I understand there are far greater issues here, but I recommend that Newsday and the Islanders broker an appropriate travel arrangement that’s beneficial for the newspaper and maintains the coverage of the team. Just as the Islanders travel with their radio and TV broadcasters on the private team charter, beat writer Greg Logan and any other assigned Newsday writers should fly with the team to and from games. (Needless to say, the Post and Daily News should be welcomed, too).
Heidi Androl visits the Easton Hockey Factory to help build Ryan Getzlaf’s next hockey stick.
“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN, where I have had so many great years. I look forward to analyzing people being fired, rather than being the guy fired.”
—Barry Melrose via The Daily Gazette
In his return to the network, Melrose will be joining Matthew Barnaby.
from Ben H. Rome at WeLoveDC,
You’ve had a few chances to interview Caps players and coaches - any favorites? Best quotes?
Carrie: My favorite two Caps interviews were Bruce Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin. I asked Bruce what it was like to coach what could be the greatest player right now and he said, “It’s great for me, bad for everyone else.”
Hockey is still dominated with male fans. With your experience, do you see more women becoming fans of hockey, and what can the NHL do to increase that fan base?
Carrie: I’ve seen hockey fans in all shapes and sizes, male and female, young and old, you name it. That’s a good start at least but what we do on The Hockey Show is give fans an all-access pass to everything NHL. We take fans behind the scenes and bring to life the “entertainment” side, all while paying respect to the sport itself….
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.
At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It’s averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.
The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.
Game 2’s 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.
TSN’s NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.
NHL Local Ratings Box Score
• The Washington Capitals‘ ratings are up 140% compared to a year ago, thanks in part to reigning NHL MVP, Alex Olvechkin, continuing his great play and leading the Caps to first place in the Southeast division.
• The Chicago Blackhawks are televising all of their regular season home games for the first time, and viewers are responding to their exciting young team with a 71% boost in average ratings from last season.
• Not only are the San Jose Sharks on top of their division, they also have an impressive 50% increase over last season’s ratings in the SF-SJ-OAK Market..
more team ratings…
Thanks to Capitals Insider for the pointer.
Toronto, ON – The Hockey News, North America’s leading hockey publication announced today the launch of a brand new radio show on XM Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio service. The Hockey News Radio Show will air on XM Canada’s NHL HOME ICE (XM Channel 204) every Friday afternoon from 3pm – 4pm EST with a repeat on Sunday afternoon’s from 6pm-7pm EST.
The show, hosted by THN’s Adam Proteau and XM Canada’s Mike Ross, will be a one-hour hockey magazine style show focusing on current events, controversies and hot topics with weekly high profile guests.
from MultiChannel News,
NESN Thursday will debut The Instigators, a weekly show featuring Boston Bruins’ studio analyst Mike Milbury, color analyst Andy Brickley and play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards debating and discussing the most controversial national hockey topics of the day.
The series drops the puck Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. ET on the regional sports network and will air at both 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each week….
NESN is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.
Note: Video at NESN.
Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,
From Bob Harwood of Versus at the top of the postgame show:
In fact, there are so many goals we can’t show them all.
And this quote is why I am sick of the NHL on Versus. The worst hockey highlights this side of ESPN Sportcenter.
No, instead of showing you goals, we are going to have an interview with Ryan Smyth. And we won’t even ask mhim anything interesting like what he said to the ref that got him sent back in the box for the second Wild power play goal.
6-5 Avs. Over the Wild. That’s like a Nashville - Islanders score. The new NHL lives on.
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.
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