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Earlier today, Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins participated in a teleconference for the NHL. Since the start of the ‘05, ‘06 season Marc has recorded 179 assists placing him in third in the NHL over that timeframe behind San Jose Joe Thornton with 228 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 190.
Here is the transcript of today’s Q&A session.
Q. Two questions actually. The first one is about the game on NBC Sunday. Just curious. Do you guys—I think it’s hard to say that you could get up more for one game than the other, but do you notice that the game’s on national TV and does it strike your awareness before the game, you know, the hype surrounding a national televised game or anything like that?
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.
The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.
If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.
from Empty Netters,
During the intermission, Alexander Ovechkin’s contract is discussed and we wonder who has a worse haircut; Ovechkin or Brian Engblom?
make sure to read their minute by minute breakdown of the Pens game last night!
ESPN style, the plays of the week.
ESPN is also conducting a Sports Franchise Ratin Survey if you are interested…
I thought I would do something different today with my blog at NHL.com today. I linked to hockey stuff across the web. Geez, maybe I should do more of that!
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
Shannon is the NHL’s television repair man. His official title is senior vice president of broadcasting. His job, among other things, is to deal with all of the NHL’s broadcast partners and maximize how the product is presented by local and national outlets.
Q: How happy are you in the way NHL games are being broadcasted by the 30 local networks?
A: I think we are better than we were two years ago. I think camera position and awareness of camera positions is an important thing. I think we are making inroads there and helping them with their commentators to make them more complete broadcasters.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Last Saturday, with the Leafs on the West Coast playing the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. EST, Hockey Night aired the Detroit Red Wings-Senators game, the battle of the NHL’s top two teams, nationwide at 7 p.m. The telecast did pretty well, 909,000 viewers, not far off the 1.181 million average for the Leafs’ telecasts.
The Wings-Senators were up against two NFL playoff games on CTV, which were watched by 1.05 million (Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers) and 924,000 (Jacksonville Jaguars-New England Patriots).
Without the competition from football, Wings-Senators would have pulled in an audience probably larger than the Leafs’ average on Hockey Night.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have been among the most innovative teams in the NHL with their broadcasts, being among the first to allow a camera to be placed in the locker room to tape strategy sessions and even permitting microphones to be worn by players.
And they’ve tinkered for several years with having radio analyst Kelly Chase work from the Blues’ bench area, where he is able to give a firsthand account of what’s going on….
Chase thus can obtain interviews quickly and provide insight he gains from being near the action, and it’s not just a gimmick — he has mined some quality nuggets.
That brings me to the next step. You need to sell your rumor. For the sake of time, let’s pretend your already have a medium to disseminate your rumor from. Print, internet, radio… Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same in the end. What you need to do now to make this thing serious, is that you need to be a salesman (or woman) about it. You have to know what you’re talking about (or at least sound like it) and convince your viewers that this is, in fact, inside information. Tell them how hard you’re working to find out the truth about the rumor. Tell your viewers that you have similar reports from multiple sources. And, most importantly, you have to leave them wanting more. Leave saying, “check back later for more updates” or better yet, use a classic “hook” like the pros—hint that there is more to the deal than is being revealed. “[Player]‘s name has been kicked around as part of the package, but I can’t confirm anything yet.”
Sources are the best invention ever. It’s simple and yet so amazing! You can’t be held accountable for what you say (“My source gave me bad info!”).
read on at Barry Melrose Rocks…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey audiences won’t challenge the numbers produced by football, baseball and basketball any time soon, but the bleeding caused by the cancelled 2004-05 season has stopped.
At the midway point of this season, national audiences on Versus are up 32 per cent from this time last year.
Versus is drawing numbers comparable with ESPN2’s viewership in 2003-04, which was the last year of its deal with the NHL.
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