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James Mirtle takes a look at a few of the front pages of some of the newspapers in North America. Hockey gets some exposure!
...one other is not happy…
This week Major League Baseball lobbed its second brushback pitch at Slingbox, reiterating its stance that the young company is misusing its content. It’s not the first time a content owner has expressed concerns over the legality of the trapezoid-shaped set-top box, yet no one has actually filed suit.
To refresh your memory, this is what Keith Ritter, President, NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises said about their relationship.
“Having the most tech-savvy fans of all major professional sports, who also tend to be early adopters of new technology, makes offering NHL content through Clip+Sling a natural fit, This partnership expands the visibility of our NHL games online and we are excited and proud to be the first sports league to offer this service to our fans.”
NEW YORK (June 6, 2007) – In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the National Hockey League (NHL) is partnering with Sling Media, Inc. around the company’s upcoming Clip+Sling technology. The NHL and Sling Media have signed an agreement whereby Sling Media’s Clip+Sling technology will enable all current and future Slingbox™ customers to clip and share live or recorded segments of NHL programming online with friends, family and others.
“Having the most tech-savvy fans of all major professional sports, who also tend to be early adopters of new technology, makes offering NHL content through Clip+Sling a natural fit,” said Keith Ritter, President, NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. “This partnership expands the visibility of our NHL games online and we are excited and proud to be the first sports league to offer this service to our fans.”
Yesterday, Paul Kukla had the opportunity to speak with Matt Gannon of Stickmen Pictures, and producer of the film “In the Crease” that co-stars over a dozen NHL stars including the Ducks’ Scott Niedermayer and Senators’ Mike Comrie. It was been a #1 selling sports DVD in both Canada and the United States since its release last year.
Our thanks to Matt for taking the time to share more about his movie with KK readers.
You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.
In Don Cherry’s NBC debut Monday night (mentioned earlier on KK) there was a spirited discussion about fighting in hockey. Don argued his opinion that fans generally don’t mind a fight in the game. NBC Sports decided to put up a poll to ask viewers their opinion and here are the results online as of about 2am EDT.
Incidentally, Cherry also appears to have won the support of fans for his fashion sense Monday night. Poor Brett Hull didn’t know what hit him…
Update June 5, 2007:
The video of Cherry and Hull’s NBC report can be found here.
Keep an eye on the NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007 Headquarters tonight. Evan Grossman just added some video and I will let him describe it…
Here in Canada, one of the money shots to get for the game broadcast is of the players arriving in their street clothes. Here are some shots of the TV cameras recording the entrances of some players like Wade Redden.
I learned something this morning while glancing at page 4 of the LA Times Sports section: not only is hockey still played professionally but the team from Anaheim is actually in the Stanley Cup Finals. Who knew? And the game is on NBC tonight.
I don’t know a single guy who plays for the Ducks (apparently they dropped the “Mighty” from their official name) but I’m going to watch. Hopefully a lot of other people will too, because hockey really deserves more respect than it’s currently getting….
Why the Times can’t give a (sort of) local team that is 2 wins away from the championship better coverage than page 4 is also a mystery (but just one of many mysteries at the Times). [Note: below the fold on page 1 of the sports page thee is a column about a guy named Pronger who plays for the Ducks, but the actual series coverage is buried on Page 4.]
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
After my rant about getting the runaround from a van driver the other night, it occured to me that I am risking my reputation with the NHL as one of the few rays of sunshine among a sullen media mob that is only too quick to explode into self-righteous anger over such trifles as the chablis not being exactly the right temperature or the wireless Internet connection cutting in and out all night.
So I come here today not to bury anyone but to praise Frank Brown, Gary Meagher, Julie Young, Jamie Horan and the rest of the NHL communications staff. They all did a tremendous job on Sunday, turning what could have been another long, frustrating day for the media into a piece of cake.
Yes, they are doing a great job along with everyone involved with the NHL. I have been able to provide KK readers with numerous updates because of their efforts. It is also a shame some of the MSM is not using the same resources made available, but hey, you do know where to find it if you are reading this!
from the LA Times,
North of the border, he’s been called bigger than Oprah and sexier than The Rolling Stones. He’s also been described as racially insensitive and a xenophobic clown.
“He’s the most recognized face in Canada,” says his boss, Joel Darling, executive producer of CBC’s venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast.
In Southern California last week for the CBC broadcast of the Stanley Cup finals between the Ducks and the Ottawa Senators, Cherry now comes to NBC, if only for tonight’s Game 4, appearing with ex-NHL star Brett Hull as a between-periods analyst. An NBC spokeswoman cautiously calls Cherry’s segment “an experiment.”
“A lot of bars across Canada go silent when he comes on TV,” says Hull. “It’s going to be an honor to be on with Don.”
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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Kudos to the NHL for finding and hiring the most legendary van drivers in sporting history - those befuddled souls at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta who stranded hundreds of journalists or kept them from their assignments at various venues.
I say this because the fellow driving our media van after the Sens-Ducks game on Saturday night was so awful he could only have come from the ranks of the Atlanta imbeciles. He managed to turn an eight-minute drive from Scotiabank Place to the journey from hell, committing the most unpardonable sin in the eyes of the sporting media - clipping almost an hour from our time in the hospitality suite. I had not eaten since gulping down a sandwich a couple of hours before the game and I was also longing for the usual post-game restorative ale, so you can understand how my thoughts turned murderous.
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