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NHL Broadcasting Predictions For 2019

from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,

Fox will buy back the RSNs.

It seems obvious that Fox will wind up buying back its regional sports networks from Disney at a discount. Bidders have shied away, based in part on uncertainty in the RSN market from distribution (the Fox RSN carriage deals with three large distributors expire over the next two years) to digital (some deep-pocketed digital companies are scared by the fact that streaming rights are separate from linear TV rights). Plus, logistics are a problem:...

The NHL will split up its rights package.

The NHL’s media rights deal with NBC doesn’t expire until 2021 but look for the league to begin setting the table for the coming negotiations by pushing for new packages split among two or more networks. It’s too early to handicap who will get the package — that’s a prediction for next year’s column. But I expect NBC to have the biggest rights package that includes the Stanley Cup Final. Fox will be at the table, looking for prime-time content on its broadcast channel. ESPN has made it known that it wants to cut a deal. And Turner will be pitching a combined linear TV-streaming option with its cable channels and B/R Live. If I have to guess, I’d say that ESPN winds up with a second package of games for both linear TV and ESPN+.

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Video- “The NHL Was Getting Much Too Much Like Flag Football”

That's Brian Burke on the uptick of physical play in the NHL.

Burke along with David Amber discuss..

via Sportsnet,

 

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Morning Line- Allan Walsh

 

Make sure to check out his recent Twitter timeline for more opinions from Walsh.

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Hey Alexa

NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2018) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that it has launched an NHL® skill for Amazon Alexa. The new skill will be available on Alexa-enabled devices in the U.S. and Canada, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Spot, among others, to deliver news, schedules, scores, stats, standings, tune-in information, player profiles and puck drop reminders for each of the NHL’s 31 clubs.

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As We Get Close To The End Of 2018

from Carol Schram at Forbes,

With the calendar about to flip to 2019, the players and owners from the National Hockey League can congratulate themselves on a pretty successful year.

The league is healthy and just agreed to collect a record-setting $650 million from the ownership group in Seattle in exchange for the rights to a new expansion franchise. Scoring is up. Nightly highlight packages are filled with spectacular goals and jaw-dropping saves, while issues like illegal hits and goaltender interference rulings have faded into the background.

Here's what to watch in NHL in the new year.

Goals Goals Goals

Scoring is up significantly this season, with teams averaging more than three goals a game for the first time since the post-lockout season in 2005-06. A closer look at the numbers from Hockey Reference suggests that the reasons for this trend go beyond this season’s smaller goalie equipment.

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Paul Dupont

The concussions will never stop, not in a game played at this pace, on a rock-hard surface ringed by an immovable wall. But they can be reduced, by players refusing to prey on those in vulnerable positions, and telling the PA it’s time to quit supporting the guilty. Until they get to that point, they’re beating themselves over the head with their own CBA.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on this topic plus other hockey notes.

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Congratulations To All Inductees Into The United States Hockey Hall Of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Five American hockey legends including Gordon "Red" BerensonNatalie Darwitz, the late Leland "Hago" HarringtonDavid Poile and Paul Stewart were formally enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out induction ceremony at the JW Marriott Nashville.

In addition to the induction of the Class of 2018, the late Jim Johannson was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy, presented for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

"Our sport is flourishing thanks to the extraordinary contributions of those we honored tonight," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "Their impact on the game is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come."

For full background on the storied careers of each inductee, please click here.

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Another Hall Of Fame Induction For Gary Bettman

from NHL.com,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday to celebrate his more than a quarter-century of raising the game's profile on television and for the pioneering work the League has done under his leadership.

"This (honor) is a testament to progress and innovations our game has made and on my 26-year journey with and through the broadcast industry -- it is really about the people I've met along the way," Commissioner Bettman said in his induction speech.

Commissioner Bettman pointed to the 10-year broadcasting and media rights deal the NHL signed with NBC on April 19, 2011 as a big step for the League. 

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Escrow Withholding Increases

via Larry Brooks tweets,

Second quarter escrow withholding rate increases from 11.5 to 13.5% in response to NHL’s downward adjustment of second quarter HRR, Post has learned.

According to PA, current NHL HRR projection reflects lowest growth rate "by far" under current CBA. Yet franchise values continue to soar.

Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Certainly noteworthy. Not only because of lower HRR projections but also because of exchange rate and increased player compensation.Pierre LeBrun added,

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‘Smart’ Puck

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 10, 2018) – PPG (NYSE: PPG) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that official game pucks featuring thermochromic coatings supplied by PPG will be in play in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the much-anticipated matchup between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year’s Day.

The advanced coatings change from purple to clear when a puck’s temperature is above freezing, providing a visual indication to officials that the puck should be replaced. The coated pucks will be tested at NHL tentpole events during the 2018-19 season and will be further evaluated for broader use in the future.

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