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from Stuar Miller of Multichannel News,
Programming a network run by a pro sports league is, on one level, extremely simple: Dedicate time and resources to live coverage of games and surround them with news coverage, previews, updates, live cut-ins and post-game analysis.
Then fill in the gaps with countdown list series, which can be produced cheaply, repurposing footage from the archives. All four major sports league networks — NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV and NHL Networks — follow this same basic formula. But even that’s not enough to fill the screen 24/7 in or out of season. So the networks continue exploring new ways to fill out the fringes of their schedules….
In the fall, the NHL created NHL Original Productions, partnering with former HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg; its first effort is NHL 36, which follows a current star for 36 hours.
However, to make the finances work, NHL 36 runs first on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), prior to live games featuring the profiled player, before repeating on NHL Network. Similarly, the reality series Oil Change is produced for Canadian television before reaching the NHL Network.
“It’s a good economic model for us,” Coplin said.
NEW YORK (December 22, 2011) – NHL Network will get a jump on the New Year with a number of new enhancements including a new network logo, re-branded highlight show and new ad campaign. The Net will also begin broadcasting from Citizens Bank Park™ in anticipation of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Dec. 29, providing fans more with more hours of original programming around the annual event than ever before.
First for the Western Conference teams and then Santa Weekes drops of the Eastern Conference gifts below.
From Tom Van Riper at Forbes:
Forbes estimates that league wide revenue grew 29% from 2006 to 2010, to a total of $2.93 billion. That trend would put the league on course to meet Commissioner Gary Bettman’s post-lockout goal to surpass $3 billion. Lacking NBA or MLB-type cable money, NHL clubs fuel a big chunk of their growth both at the gate and through a digital strategy that has yielded increasingly popular content on NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Mobile.
“We felt we needed a halo on top of the local markets,” says John Collins, the NHL’s Chief Operating Officer. Charging $169 for the season to give fans access to any game on any night, the league’s subscription fees and ad sales from its digital business now account for 60% of national revenue (that money secured by the league over and above individual franchise revenue derived locally). “Over the past five years we’ve transformed ourselves from a licensing company into a media company,” says Collins of the NHL’s decision to build out its own media platforms itself instead of simply licensing the rights.
DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/—AT&T issued the following statement to update its customers that NHL Network could be removed from the AT&T U-verse TV lineup tonight:
We have tried to reach a fair, long-term deal with NHL Network in order to continue delivering this channel to U-verse TV U450 and Sports Tier customers. Unfortunately, it appears that as of midnight EST, Oct. 1, NHL Network will no longer be available on U-verse TV because we will no longer have an acceptable agreement to carry the channel. We are always open to considering a fair and detailed proposal from NHL Network.
U-verse TV customers can continue to watch their home team and other teams play on NBC, Versus or on their area’s local regional sports network. These networks are delivering over 100 games this season, which is more televised live NHL hockey games than ever before.
U-verse TV customers can get more information at att.com/fighting4you.
Today’s hockey coverage on the NHL Network US.
3:00 PM Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins
6:00 PM Mike Modano: American Icon
7:00 PM Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres
10:00 PM Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks
NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League returns to the ice as the NHL Network-U.S. begins its live preseason game coverage tonight with provincial rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, facing off at 7 p.m. ET. The contest is the first of 19 preseason games the NHL Network will telecast live leading into the NHL regular season, which begins on October 6.
The NHL Network-U.S. preseason schedule is highlighted by rivalry games featuring Chicago at Detroit and Edmonton at Calgary. There will be four doubleheader dates—including Tuesday night’s presentation of Philadelphia-Toronto and Calgary-Vancouver—and a tripleheader on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
E.J. Hradek takes us on a tour of the new studio.
The NHL Network-U.S. will be broadcasting TSN’s popular “That’s Hockey” program from the Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Etobicoke, Ont., on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
Hosted by Gino Reda, “That’s Hockey” features a panel of hockey experts bringing fans up to date on the latest NHL news through analysis and one-on-one interviews.
The NHL reintroduced the RDO Camp last summer after first holding it in 2005. Many of the rule changes that were tested last season, including some faceoff variations, switching ends after regulation, hybrid icing and no-touch icing, will again be on display this year for further analysis.
There are several new additions to the agenda this time, including the elimination of the trapezoid that limits where goalies can play the puck behind the net to a confined area.
via Chad Finn of the Boston Globe,
Bruins studio anchor Kathryn Tappen is expected to depart for the NHL Network in the next couple of weeks; according to an industry source, former Bruins play-by-play voice Dale Arnold is a candidate to replace her.
picture via NESN.com
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