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The Plans For The NHL To Communicate With Their Fans

from Dave McCarthy at NHL.com,

Heidi Browning, the NHL's Chief Marketing Officer, believes the future of sports consumption is all about personalization so she is focused on making sure the NHL is ready to communicate in the ways fans will want to communicate.

"It's all through social, it's all about messaging, that's our future, and if we can't communicate in those channels we're going to have a big problem ahead of us," said Browning, speaking at the PrimeTime Sport Management Conference. "Now is the time to harness these insights so that when that shift happens in scale, we're ready for it."

As the League continues its digital transformation of its 100-year-old brand, from a business operations standpoint, it is developing a system called Blade, which will work across the fan engagement group, the analytics group and the technology group. Together, the three groups will bring a host of capabilities to the League and its teams to help personalize the fan experience.

"First is aggregate. Second is analyze. And third is activate," Browning said. "We have up to 30 different data sources coming into the League alone and they're all disparate data sources. They come from real-world experiences, digital experiences and social experiences. Our job is to bring in these sources and unify them into a single fan ID, first at the League level and then to bring in the 31 clubs to understand what's the true scale and engagement of our fans."


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Look For NHL Games On The New Streaming Service By ESPN In 2018

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It appears the NHL is headed back to ESPN starting in 2018 as part of an on-line streaming service and app, which is great news for the NHL, as well as hockey fans who get to renew their love-hate relationship with the American cable sports provider.

First the deal. It's complicated. As reported by Forbes.com, it began with ESPN's parent company, Disney, having already purchased BAMTech, LLC....

Now, this is not an over-the-air television or cable deal -- those rights still belong to NBC through the 2020-21 season.

This is also for Americans. The move is not likely to impact any Canadian viewing or streaming services.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 5, Dallas 1
CALGARY 7, St. Louis 4

The Hockey Hall of Fame officially inducted Teemu SelannePaul KariyaDave AndreychukMark Recchiand Danielle Goyette in the players category and Jeremy Jacobs and Clare Drake as builders at the annual induction ceremony in Toronto on Monday. The Hockey Hall of Fame also honored media members Dave Strader and Cam Cole as part of its class of 2017.

Click here for highlights from the Hockey Hall of Fame speeches.

Click here for tales from the red carpet.

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Afternoon Line- Scott Stinson

Bettman says the NHL would like to continue the World Cup that was relaunched last year in Toronto, although 2020 is something of a problem: the collective bargaining agreement could be annulled by either side that fall, and the league wants no part of a World Cup that leads straight into a work stoppage. (As happened in 2004.) So, the thing that was supposed to replace the Olympics on the international hockey calendar has gone straight from “glorious return” to “we’re still in the concept stage.”

If you are a hockey fan looking forward to seeing a McDavid-Matthews showdown at the international level, or even a Kucherov-Karlsson one, I’m not sure which horse I would bet, the Olympics or the World Cup.

Maybe some of those stars will see their teams knocked out of the NHL playoffs early, and they can face each other, representing their countries, at the IIHF World Championships.

-Scott Stinson of the National Post where you can read more on this topic.

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Gary Bettman Today

Nick Cotsonika has been tweeting up a storm from the 10th Annual PrimeTime Sport Management Conference in Toronto today.

Gary Bettman, Bill Daley, Brian Burke and others are speaking today.

This from Bettman via Nick's tweets,

Bettman said if you're going to have an international business strategy, you have to have events. NHL has to work with NHLPA. NHL hopes to have a regular presence internationally.

Bettman said ultimately the clubs believe the Olympics are too disruptive to the season and IOC doesn't allow the NHL to promote that it is there.

Bettman points out the Olympics have different effects on different teams, depending on how many players they send.

Bettman said if a Winter Olympics comes back to North America, he's not saying the NHL would go, but it would change the equation. 

Two keys for NHL on Olympics: disruption to season, lack of control and promotion of someone else's tournament.

Bettman said the NHL, at least at 10,000 feet, is committed to doing World Cups on a regular basis.

There is more, so check out Nick's twitter feed.

added 11:14am, Emily Kaplan has been tweeting too...


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The New Arena Talk In Canada

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

This pouting sense of entitlement is a recurring theme across the world of professional sports, where billionaire owners have their hands out looking for taxpayer help in growing their businesses.

The whining in Ottawa is particularly distasteful because the billionaire owner in question, Eugene Melnyk, doesn’t know or care about the burden on the ordinary taxpayer because he had the wherewithal to avoid paying taxes by establishing his residence in Barbados. He rediscovered his Canadian roots two years ago when he needed life-saving liver transplant surgery.

If Melnyk needs a new arena, let him pay for it with all the money he saved by not paying taxes.

If the owners in Ottawa and Calgary aren’t happy with their arenas, there’s a new one in Quebec City crying out for an NHL team.

Bettman, who will be in Montreal this week to help celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary, could serve the game better if he stopped worrying about how Canadians spend their tax dollars and more about important issues like the rise in concussions and the anemic state of the game in places like Carolina, Arizona and South Florida.

more and a few other topics too...

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Why Is Jeremy Jacobs Being Inducted Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The election and induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday of Bruins’ owner Jeremy Jacobs calls into question the independence of the 19-member selection committee that does its business in sworn secrecy.

Why Jacobs? The committee members can’t say, not even the four members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who participate on the panel under the pledge of confidentiality. That seems a little bit too inside for my liking — creating news but self-censored from analyzing it — but then, that’s the view from the outside, isn’t it?

Jacobs is the man who has been the voice behind the voice of Gary Bettman for each of the three owners’ lockouts. Clawing back oodles of money for the owners is his claim to fame. This is also the man whose penurious ways forced Raymond Bourque to flee Boston in search of a Stanley Cup, never mind the irony of No. 77 himself having parroted management’s stance for years when his Bruins teammates sought higher pay.

The fingerprints of the commissioner and his lieutenants on the committee are all over this one.

continued plus more topics....

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Who Said It?

“I hate the cycle, though; moving the puck along the boards, and the refs aren’t blowing the whistle. The game is not as entertaining, not as much flow.”

And this on the Habs...

“They’re not as good a team as their general manager thinks they are.”

Who said it? Hint, former NHL ref.

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Down To The Top Eight NHL Moments

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Nov. 8, 2017) – Following three rounds of fan voting, the National Hockey League today unveiled the top eight moments remaining in the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar. Round 4 voting is now open at NHL.com/GreatestMoments, with the top eight moments going head-to-head in this bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program that started with 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements -- spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day.

The remaining 8 Greatest NHL Moments going head-to-head in Round 4 voting include:

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Marijuana Talk And The NHL

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

As of July 1, marijuana use will be legal in Canada.

Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing substance and therefore it’s not on the National Hockey League’s banned substances list. So, theoretically, there could be an argument made to allow for its use for medicinal purposes in the league.

Chat amongst yourselves.

To be clear, at the moment, marijuana is among the variety of drugs the NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association test for under the umbrella of the joint Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program, so legalizing its use in Canada doesn't mean it will automatically be dropped from that list.

a bit more and other topics...

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