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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is close to reaching a contract extension with NBC that will keep hockey broadcasts on the network through the 2008-09 season, sources say.
“We are in conversations with the league about an extension,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker confirmed yesterday. “I can’t comment further than that.”
The likelihood of NBC picking up the NHL option has been the subject of speculation, because of spotty ratings and starting times of the Stanley Cup final.
NBC and TSN analyst Pierre McGuire will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
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from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
The majority of my time during the NHL season is spent talking hockey. So I thought to myself, why not talk hockey with you? Yes, I do mean talk.
I have always been interested in hearing the views of anyone who loves the game of hockey. It intrigues me what people in Seattle, Washington, or Orillia think of the game. Are they different than a fan in Stockholm? Do the European fans see the game differently than someone in Australia?
Do the players themselves want to talk about the game when they are not playing? How about team and League executives, do they talk hockey 24/7?
On Wednesday, April 2, everyone can let me know how you feel. You can call me crazy, but you can also call me. I am giving out my phone number to talk hockey with you.
Plans call for the fans to get a little closer to the NHL action on the ice.
Check out my NHL.com blog for the scoop.
As hockey fans, all we ask for are consistent calls from the refs.
Read my blog at Hockey.com for more on this topic.
via SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
In one of its boldest moves yet to build corporate support around its television broadcasts, the NHL will test virtual advertising for the first time during the Stanley Cup playoff broadcasts on its national TV partners.
In another first, the league also will put postseason logos on the ice during the playoffs.
The virtual advertising plan, which still has to be approved by Commissioner Gary Bettman and team owners, is patterned after the same type of advertising behind home plate during televised baseball games.
Hockey’s version will superimpose ads on the glass above dasherboards that protect spectators. The ads, which will not be visible in the arena, will not affect camera angles or live TV shots.
Neither the league nor the networks have pitched the new inventory to ad buyers yet, but they plan to test the concept during this year’s postseason, which begins next week. If everything goes well, NBC, Versus and regional sports networks will use virtual ads for their telecasts next season.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
When the first TV producer decided to place a hockey analyst between the benches a few years back, the idea looked like it might end up high on the pointless ideas list, just behind the infamous glowing puck….
But this idea, used to great advantage by TSN and NBC, is proving to be one of the best broadcasting innovations since the advent of the second camera.
It was on display during yesterday’s Pittsburgh-New York Rangers game on NBC, with Pierre McGuire stationed between the benches and providing viewers with the kind of insights that only someone in that position could get.
Throughout the game, McGuire told viewers how the coaches were rotating their lines and even what players were saying to each other. When New York coach Tom Renney chastised his players for passing too much and not shooting enough, McGuire passed that on, too.
And Dobber Hockey has setup a playoff hockey pool with some great prizes, including an autographed NHL jersey, another RBK jersey, and more. Check it out. (Speaking of Dobber, be sure to check out his weekly mailbag in The Hockey News, each Wednesday).
P.S. If anyone else is hosting or has suggestions for other NHL Playoff pools to join, please feel free to drop a note in the comments.
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