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TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
via the NHL PR department,
SHOWTIME Sports has released the first-look video highlight for the real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup. Enter the Pittsburgh Penguins® dressing room for an intimate look before and after an intense Game 4 of the Second Round series versus the Washington Capitals® in Pittsburgh.
The docu-series is the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolds. Premiering Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, weekly episodes chronicle the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the trophy that many call the hardest to win in all of sports, the Stanley Cup®.
ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup is produced by 53-time Sports Emmy® Award winning producer Ross Greenburg, who pioneered the sports documentary series genre.
Watch a clip of the documentary below...
Ron and Don talk about the issue with pretend shot-blocking, Nashville’s huge triple-overtime win, and the people of Fort McMurray.
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
Indeed, to spend a day with McGuire is to get swept into his world of unbridled enthusiasm for the sport. Old stories are told with widened eyes and preceded by a tap on the knee, as though signaling that it’s time to listen up. On the production truck, his NBC Sports colleagues will often hear his voice piped through the speakers, offering rah-rah words of encouragement in the middle of broadcasts. Get after it! That was a great package! That’s why NBC is the best! Even his steady drumbeat of players' hometowns and junior teams serves a purpose in McGuire’s mind. “I think it’s the journey, the journey for all these guys,” he says. “That’s what matters to me the most.”...
A Sports Emmy winner who at last check has worked 21 postseason games in 22 days, pausing only because no NHL teams played on April 26, McGuire, 54, is a former college and NHL coach, scout and assistant GM (and, in the interest of full disclosure, occasional contributor to Sports Illustrated magazine). He wears his love of hockey on his sleeve, his wedding band on one hand and, on the other, one of the two Stanley Cup rings he won as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and '92.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about the hottest topics from around the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Certainly someone should have seen this coming: An NHL playoffs dominated by non-tradtional markets.
And as much as commissioner Gary Bettman might want to pat himself on the back for making hockey viable in such places, there has to be concern when hockey's biggest markets tune out.
-All of the Canadian teams are out.
-All of the Original Six teams are out.
-Buffalo, which cares about the NHL as much as any city, is out.
-All of the big markets are out. Unless you count the New York Islanders as a big market. Don't think New Yorkers do, but, okay.
So who's watching? We'll give the Islanders a share of the biggest TV market in the United States.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
Yes, yes, yes, Chris King had part of his call for the biggest Islanders goal in nearly a quarter century “tucked away” in advance.
No, no, no, it will not be recycled, no matter how far they advance.
“There will be one ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ and that one I want to leave where it is and never use it again,” he said Monday, a day after authoring a memorable soundtrack to a memorable moment: John Tavares’ double-overtime goal to defeat the Panthers, 2-1, and send the Islanders to the second round.
“That’s the way I’ll leave it and be happy with it.”
Most fans should be happy with it, too, and it could not have been uttered by a better media representative of the long struggle for playoff prosperity....
So King is enjoying this ride as much as anyone, an “unbelievable” experience, never more so than Monday, when his voice was all over the media map.
ESPN’s “SportsCenter” played his calls of all three Islanders overtime goals against Florida. That was only the start.
Don Cherry talks about how Brent Burns doesn’t get enough credit because of the way he looks, and that he should be the MVP.
Plus more topics.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet.
Through the first five nights of hockey in the playoffs – from last Wednesday (April 13) through Sunday (April 17) – an average of just 513,000 viewers tuned into the 20 NHL playoff games. Compare that to last spring when there were five Canadian teams playing in the first round and an average of 1.306 million viewers tuned into the first 21 first-round games. That’s a drop of 61 percent from last season.
“Even with no Canadian teams, those are shockingly low numbers,” said one industry expert. “There were regular season games on TSN two years ago that did better than that.”
Attempts by thn.com to reach Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties for Rogers, were not successful.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Of all the headaches the NHL broadcast contract has given Rogers Media, one stands out: the constant stream of complaints from viewers.
On Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, along with the comments following online stories, the majority of gripes fall into two broad categories. The first can be summed up as get rid of Hockey Night In Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos and bring back his predecessor, Ron MacLean. The second is hate for the new look and new faces Rogers brought to the broadcasts, with the bulk of the complaints about Hockey Night, which was a CBC institution for 62 years.
The belly-aching makes some Hockey Night staffers, who go back to the days when the CBC produced the show, shake their heads. They find the non-stop complaining ironic, considering that in the final CBC years, which ended in 2014, viewers complained a lot about that version of Hockey Night on the same forums.
“We were under siege,” is the way one veteran Hockey Night staffer describes the complaints about the show that hit the CBC. Another long-time employee says the criticism was not as intense as that being fired at Rogers: “There was complaining, sure, but not like this.”
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