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 NBC made it official this past week and said it would not bring back Mike Milbury for commentary and analysis around this year’s NHL action. Milbury made a glib on-air comment about player behavior during the playoffs last summer that some, particularly in the NHL front office, interpreted as sexist. The bar of tolerance for such thing is set very low these days, so Milbury was as good as gone halfway through uttering his comment. He opted not to comment when contacted this past week by the Globe. The read here: After 40-plus years of witnessing young male professional athletes on the road, I found Milbury’s comments on target and not objectionable. Meanwhile, the broadcast is a cold cup of decaf without Milbury, particularly now with the great Doc Emrick no longer handling play-by-play.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more hockey topics.

If you need your memory refreshed on what Milbury said...

via LA Times,

Responding to fellow commentator Brian Boucher’s observation Thursday night praising the focus players have been able to maintain in the twin COVID-free bubbles the league has set up to stage the Stanley Cup playoffs, Milbury replied, “It’s the perfect place. Not even any woman here to distract you.”

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Any company has dead weight and are in their rights to move on. Hockey should rethink intermission coverage full stop, and Milbury is a great example of the old way to attempt to handle this break in the action.

With all the social media, we can live stream inappropriate comments any time we do anything, if we so choose. There isn’t any need to wait for the intermission, and sit through advertising breaks, just to get a rare chuckle out of Milbury, Don Cherry, or anyone else.

This is not really a referendum on Millbury. He was simply doing his job. Now the network has re-evaluated what they want to present on-air. I don’t think his comment resulted in his termination - we saw with Roenick what type of comment and conduct leads directly to termination.

If we think the comment led to the end of his time on air, we’re hiding from the fact he hasn’t added value for the last 5-7 years at least.

Posted by mtta on 01/16/21 at 04:38 PM ET


Agree that this was probably more like:
Ok, this guy is a throwback and one who isn’t adding
anything that special - here’s as good an inflection point as any to
move on.

But overall, while I’m no fan of a side of gratuitous boorishness with sports
(let alone Boorishness with a Bruins Bias) I don’t care for this new increasingly
unlimited rationale (pretense) for canning employees. It’s a total moving target
and more and more could be based on any utterance that someone wants to pretend is offensive. I’d like employees to have a bit more leverage (see also 73 year old Sam Rosen who does not plausibly have another career in him or employer to jump to) being forced to read gross Draft Kings ads in excruciating puffed up detail “download their top-rated app”). And in a world where sometimes silence = violence and sometimes actual violence is supposed to be harmless speech, how soon before media types are canned for or intimidated into having to outdo each other to go out of their way to mouth ever more political pandering in order not to come under suspicion from online bullies?

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/16/21 at 05:16 PM ET

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