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from Financial News USA,
XFMedia, a leading media group in China, announced that it has invested US$ 2 million for a 15.5% stake in All Sports Network (“ASN”). ASN is scheduled to be launched by Hong Kong based Yes TV in September 2008. XFMedia has exclusive distribution rights via mobile, television, internet and radio, to ASN’s content in China. ASN will offer exclusive coverage of North America’s biggest sports leagues in HDTV (high definition television), including the NHL (National Hockey League), the NFL (National Football League), NCAA basketball and football, March Madness and the Final Four.
I know we have a loyal bunch of readers who live in China, hopefully this is good news for you.
from John Dellapina of the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,
The Rangers will win the Cup this season.
I know this because I won’t be there. At least, not to chronicle it.
I’m leaving the Daily News after 15 ½ years. The last 14 of them have been spent as the Rangers beat writer….
As Frank Brown handed the beat to me in 1994, I now pass the torch to Michael Obernauer. He undoubtedly will bring a fresh approach and renewed vigor that occasionally is needed and you fans deserve.
I hope to bring the same to my new job, following Frank’s lead once again as I join the NHL as Director of Media Relations.
As I mentioned last week…
NHL Live, the spirited, interactive talk show from NHL Radio dedicated to all things related to the National Hockey League, will return from its summer break on Monday, Sept. 22 at Noon ET, it was announced today. The two-hour program can be heard live on NHL Home Ice XM 204. Beginning Oct. 6, SIRIUS subscribers in the U.S. will be able to access NHL Live by purchasing NHL Home Ice and the NHL play-by-play channels as part of SIRIUS XM’s new “Best of Both” programming option, which features the top content available on satellite radio. NHL.com will continue to offer audio and video simulcasts of NHL Live via NHL Network Online.
“He is a Canadian broadcast legend. I used to tell Bob that if the players took the game as seriously as he did, the games would be much better.
“He taught me to take the job seriously. My duties were to try and get him to laugh by the time the night was over.”
-Harry Neale on Bob Cole. More from Neale at the Toronto Sun.
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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
When the Hockey Night in Canada crew meets this week to plan for the coming NHL season, two decisions will have already been made.
Jim Hughson will replace Bob Cole as the play-by-play voice for the 7 p.m. Eastern game. And Mark Lee’s workload will be increased….
Hughson, who lives in Vancouver, will travel east, usually to Toronto, to call the early game of the weekly NHL doubleheader along with analyst Craig Simpson, who lives in Edmonton.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
The Lakers have 35 games broadcast on FSN this coming season. Guess how many are in high definition? That’s right, all of them. As opposed to 10 each for the Kings and Ducks.
In trying to get to the bottom of this, I’ve yet to find a satisfactory answer. It’s not a Kings issue. They’re not the ones who make the call on this.
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,
One of my daughter’s treasures is a toy Montreal Canadiens goalie stick.
Two years ago, several days after Hana was born, she got one of her first birthday presents. My friend Jack Falla had mailed the stick, on which he inscribed, in his unique and horrendous handwriting, the following message: “Retaliate first. H. Shinzawa #1.”
The stick captures everything about the man. His passion for hockey. His affinity for goaltending. His admiration for Montreal, the city more so than its hockey franchise, and his exploration of French-Canadian culture. His mastery of language. Most of all, his love for children and friends and connecting in a human way in which he had no equal.
Jack had a heart attack and died early Sunday morning.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, .
..your question was passed along to an NHL executive, he offered these insights on league-related media plans for the 2008-09 season:
“For NHLCI-TV (carried on all major U.S. distributors)—The plan is for the distributors to distribute as many games as possible in HD and as many dual feeds (home and away feed of same game) as possible. Bandwidth limitations and other programming commitments will limit a full rollout. We are always looking to add new content, such as pre- and post- game shows, to NHLCI-TV, but nothing is imminent at this time.
“For NHL.com, we are rolling out two products—GameCenter and GameCenter Live. The latter is the new branded version of NHLCI on-line from last season. Some planned highlights are as follows:
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Reporter Christine Simpson, who had been with Rogers Sportsnet since its start in 1998, rejected the network’s contract offer and is close to signing with the NHL Network.
Sportsnet has signed Mark Spector, formerly with the National Post, to write for its website.
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