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via a release from the NHL PR department,
ESPN’s 12-game World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament schedule will begin Thursday, September 8 with Team Sweden and Team Finland at 12 p.m. ET and the Czech Republic taking on Russia in St. Petersburg at 12:30 p.m. (both on ESPN3). Team Europe and Team North America – comprised of top players age 23 and under from both the United States and Canada – will meet in Quebec City at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 to conclude day one.
from Frank Seravalli of the PHWA,
The Professional Hockey Writers Association is proud to announce Paula Duhatschek as inaugural recipient of the Jim Kelley Memorial Scholarship.
Duhatschek is the daughter of PHWA member and Globe and Mail columnist Eric Duhatschek. This particular award means a great deal to the Duhatschek family since Kelley was chosen to introduce Eric Duhatschek as the 2001 winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Paula Duhatschek met Kelley that day when she attended the luncheon in Toronto as an 8-year-old - but she was awarded this scholarship on blind merit. Duhatschek’s scholarship essay was voted the winner by a panel of six PHWA members; all names and identifiable references were redacted from submissions.
The field was extremely competitive: nine of the 13 entries received at least one vote. Duhatschek garnered the most first place votes.
“I am so excited, it is such an honor,” Duhatschek said. “It’s been an awesome shot of confidence to have won this scholarship, especially since the selection committee are all sportswriters themselves.”
NEW YORK (July 25, 2016) – FOX Sports Regional Networks will begin live streaming local NHL® telecasts beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 season, the National Hockey League (NHL) and FOX Sports announced today.
As part of a new multi-year agreement, NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks (RSNs) will be available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers.
The agreement also allows distributors, including new streaming services, to deliver NHL games via their digital platforms as part of their carriage of the Fox RSNs.
from Andrew Liptak of The Verge,
Twitter is going to start live-steaming games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, in addition to a new nightly show called The Rally in conjunction with 120 Sports.
The games will be available once a week to viewers in the United States and to some select international markets. There’s no schedule or announced timeline for the rollout of this new feature.
The Rally will be available live each night, and will be produced by 120 Sports in a "distinct format designed to integrate with Twitter’s platform." Unlike the baseball or hockey games, this program appears to only be available to registered users in the United States.
added 9:35am, Full press release is below...
from Chris Peters of CBSSports,
Here are the five big things you need to know about the NBC NHL schedule for 2016-17, including how many times each team will be on:
1. Blackhawks will appear a league-high 21 times nationally, Flyers get 20 games
The league's most popular brand in terms of TV viewership, ticket sales and merchandise is unsurprisingly going to get a lot of run on NBC's platforms. On top of playing in their third Winter Classic next season - Jan. 2 against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium - the Blackhawks will have 25 percent of their regular-season schedule visible to a national audience. They are the biggest ratings driver the league has and NBC is going to milk that for all it's worth. This is the same amount of Blackhawks games they ordered for last season....
The Philadelphia Flyers, however, also have an extremely robust national TV schedule. They'll be on 20 times next season.
It should be noted that both Philadelphia and Chicago have all of their non-nationally broadcast games broadcast on regional Comcast Sports Networks, which are under the same umbrella as NBC Sports. That allows NBC to pull their feeds without having to send a full broadcast crew to those games.
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 21, 2016 – Coming off of the most-watched full NHL regular season on cable in 22 years, NBC Sports Group is scheduled to present 106 NHL regular-season games during the 2016-17 season – the most ever across NBC Sports Group heading into a season – featuring 14 games on NBC and 92 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Almost one year into a landmark digital media rights partnership, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday they believe the deal has benefited both sides.
The six-year contract, which was signed Aug. 4, 2015, allows Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the technical arm of Major League Baseball, to serve as the host of all of the NHL's digital properties, among them NHL.com, NHL.TV and NHL Network.
"[MLBAM] has been extraordinary," Commissioner Bettman said during an appearance with Manfred at Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. "Bob Bowman (MLBAM president and chief executive officer), who not only created but presided over it since its inception … has made it the leading enterprise for streaming live sports. They're cutting edge, extraordinarily professional. They're great at what they do."
Commissioner Bettman said a review of the NHL's digital-media presentation led him to MLBAM. There also was a comfort level professionally and personally with Bowman, whom Commissioner Bettman said he's known for almost 25 years.
"We were reviewing all of our options both on the strictly vendor side and also what other more integrated solutions or possibilities were there for us," Commissioner Bettman said. "Based on our knowledge and understanding and respect for what [MLBAM] had accomplished, we thought that this would be the best opportunity for us to provide the best experience for our fans to connect to the game using technology both today and into the foreseeable future.
from the Montreal Canadiens website,
When hockey players decide to hang up their skates, their desire to stay connected to the sport they played and were so very passionate about since childhood, is still as strong as ever before. Some end up working directly with their respective teams, while some decide to work on the other side of the microphone as TV or radio analysts. Many Habs alums now cover the Canadiens in one way or another, and we caught up with a few of them to learn more about their transition to the media. This week, we have Jose Theodore, who is an analyst for TVA Sports...
What was your perception of hockey journalists when you played? Has it changed now that you’re on the other side?
JT: As a player, it was definitely difficult to accept being criticized by those who had never played in the NHL, those who never had to make the same sacrifices it takes to get there. As a player it was an aspect of the relationship that I had a hard time accepting. It has not really changed nowadays because people will also always criticize the fact that I didn’t have to go through specific training or schooling in order to do my job. But when it comes to analyzing a game or situation, we former players know what we are talking about. I think that's why the television networks want us. We are not here to steal anyone’s job but at the same time our opinions are well respected.
more questions and answers...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
We sat down at length with the new late-night host of Hockey Night in Canada to talk about his path, his ideas, and the dream job he'd never dreamed of.
Here is Part 1 of our conversation.
SPORTSNET.CA: So, you get the host gig. Do you call Ron or George?
DAVID AMBER: I have not spoken with George. I called Ron after I found out the situation to touch base with him. I’ve known Ron having worked on Hockey Night for five years, and he’s always been a great mentor, not just to me but a lot of us in the business. He’s very thoughtful and kind and always has interesting perspective that can help you with your job. A supportive person professionally for me. So I reached out to him and we had a great conversation. It’s funny. People say, “Oh, are you excited to be working alongside Ron?” But we won’t be beside each other. He’ll hand the baton off, and I’ll run with it at night.
Will longer sit-down interviews be incorporated into your hosting duties?
I really hope to. One of the first conversations I had with Rob Corte [VP of Sportsnet and NHL production], I said, “As excited as I am to be a studio host, I’d like to do more and go out in the field and do sit-down interviews when appropriate." Longer-form interviews—that’s something I really enjoy doing, and there’s always stories to be told. The essence of what we do is storytelling. Bringing fans in and giving them a behind-the-velvet-rope look at athletes and their situations, what makes them tick.
TORONTO (July 4, 2016) – With plenty of free agency fireworks to talk about, Canadians made this year’s FREE AGENT FRENZY on TSN a record-breaker. Overnight data from Numeris confirms TSN’s seven-hour FREE AGENT FRENZY broadcast on Canada Day (July 1) attracted an average audience of317,000 viewers – making it the most-watched FREE AGENT FRENZY ever.
FREE AGENT FRENZY marked a 7% increase in average audience compared to last year’s edition. In total, 2.3 million unique Canadian viewers tuned in to watch TSN’s FREE AGENT FRENZY, with audience levels peaking at 531,000 viewers just after 12:30 p.m. ET.
Throughout FREE AGENT FRENZY, TSN Digital platforms attracted more than 500,000 video views and nearly 1.3 million unique visitors. All summer long, fans can head to TSN.ca for news on free agent signings and trades as they break during the off-season.
On Twitter, #FREEAGENTFRENZY was a top trend in Canada throughout the day.
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