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Billy Jaffe Out As Islanders TV Analyst

from Chris Botto of NYI Point Blank,

Bob Raissman reports in today’s print edition of the Daily News that color commentator Billy Jaffe will not have his contract renewed. Jaffe lasted four seasons and built a strong reputation around the NHL and with fans, adding work with VERSUS and appearing on the popular “NHL Live” on XM/Sirius that was simulcast on NHL Network.

The Islanders, by letter of their broadcast contract, give their blessing (or lack thereof) to all announcers. Although MSG Network hires and pays the broadcasters, the Islanders - like most teams - have the ultimate say. In recent seasons, the franchise has been notorious in insisting their broadcasts do not contain the slightest bit of criticism.

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Wow—even less reason to watch an Islanders game now.  Jaffe and Rose formed one of the best, under-the-radar, broadcast teams.  And any time I heard Jaffe on NHL Live he went out of his way to be complimentary toward the Islanders, not unnecessarily criticize them.

It’d be nice to see him get more work on Versus next year, and hopefully land an analyst gig soon with a team that can appreciate his work (and where he can actually announce a few victories now and then).

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 07/23/10 at 03:03 PM ET

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Seems like Jaffe was not re-newed for being too critical of the Islanders or more accurately not being enough of a cheerleader. Looks like an expansion organization where they think that if the commentator tells the fans the team is playing well or lost because they got tooled by the ref the fans will believe him.  This is a fan base that has followed hockey forever and isn’t so easily fooled.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/23/10 at 06:03 PM ET

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