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NEW YORK – NBC Sports and the National Hockey League today announced that they have extended their partnership through the 2008-09 season with NBC exercising its option on the NHL. The joint announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with the NHL,” said Ebersol. “There have been positive signs for the league, both on and off the ice. Ratings were up this year; the Winter Classic in Buffalo was a huge success; advertising sales were healthy; and the product on the ice has never been better, led by young, marketable stars such as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. We believe this is a sport that will continue to grow.”
Bettman said, “This is great news for the NHL and its fans. NBC has been a great partner and its innovations to the broadcasts have helped bring fans inside the game like never before.”
The casual sports fan is beginning to take notice of the NHL.
Read about it at my NHL.com blog.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
My beef isn’t how having our game directly against Habs-Bruins this affects our ratings. We’ll do fine. There are enough Phili and Ovechkin fans out there to pay the bills.
My problem is, you shouldn’t have to make a choice. The passionate hockey fans of this country deserve to see both games. Instead, they are forced to make a choice, then flick over and catch a few seconds of the other game during commercials.
more and James, passionate fans in any country deserved to see both games.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
As if there were any doubts where Cherry’s allegiances lay, a post-game chat with host Ron MacLean removed them. As the two looked at a replay of what might have been a Boston offside that led to a key goal, MacLean said it might have been offside but added, ``You see nothing wrong with it, of course.”
But showing bias is nothing new with Canada’s most-watched hockey show.
Yesterday, commentator P.J. Stock previewed the Calgary-San Jose game with this: ``Hopefully, the minus-9 temperatures (in Calgary) will cool the big boys, or should I say, the big Sharks of San Jose.”
The CBC won’t get any complaints about that one, but that kind of comment belongs on a hometown radio station, not on a publicly funded network.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Should the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final, a select number of members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn., including those of us who cover the team throughout the season, would be thrust into a conflict of interest, for the final step in triggering the automatic one-year extension at $8.36M (with a cap hit of $4.94M) is Jagr winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.
A select number of writers votes for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Thus, as it now stands, we have it in our power to determine whether Jagr remains under contract to the Rangers or becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. As it stands now, we will have more of a say than Glen Sather, Tom Renney, Jim Dolan and Aaron Ward.
From Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune,
Anyone who tuned into KSTC’s telecast of the Wild playoff game Monday night at Colorado likely came away believing Marc Joannette and Tim Peel are among the NHL’s most incompetent referees.
How could viewers have any other impression after listening to Wild play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay? The latter spent far too much time criticizing the officials and the former did nothing to rein him in during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory.
continued… with a look at coverage through the first 3 games of the series.
fromm the Mercury News,
They played him alongside Russ Hodges. That’s saying a lot.
OK, so it was hyperbole and some humor from KNBR’s Gary Radnich on Wednesday morning. But Randy Hahn’s TV call of Joe Thornton’s game-winning goal Tuesday night is destined to become part of the Sharks soundtrack, particularly if the goal leads to a playoff run that at last won’t disappoint fans.
“HE SCORES! HE SCORES! HE SCORES!” Simple. And, no, it’s no “The Giants win the pennant!” But it packed some deep-seated emotion.
“It’s raw, it’s primal,” Hahn told us Wednesday. “It just comes from inside you. And in that moment, you know what, it comes especially on the road for me.”
Watch and hear Hahn’s call…
Over at Maxim, Ryan Miller is blogging the playoffs in a weekly report. From today’s entry, he’s got a few thoughts to share on watching Avery the other night:
The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is a few days away from announcing a two-year contract extension with NBC that will keep hockey broadcasts on the network through 2009-10.
The second year of the extension would allow NBC to market its 2010 Olympic hockey coverage by airing NHL games in January leading up to the February tournament.
NBC’s ratings have been up and down. The high point was the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Buffalo, which earned a 2.2 national rating (percentage of U.S. households tuned in).
from Jason Reitman’s blog at NHL.com,
Current Jews still in the playoffs include Mathieu Schneider (Red Wings) and Jeff Helpern (Capitals). Synagogues across the world are praying for Detroit and Washington to meet in the ultimate Jew-on-Jew Cup Finals.
more and Jason, you need to study your rosters again!
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