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Broadcasts Of Games Will Look And Sound Different

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

If and when the NHL is able to return from COVID-19 and the current rioting, Commissioner Gary Bettman has promised hockey fans that you are going to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV like you have never watched them before.

“You have to see what you can do that will be a little different. I mean, one of the things our head of events and content Steve Mayer is focusing on when it comes to playing without fans is ‘What do we do so the experience conveys itself well on television?’” said Bettman.

“The number of things we have to check the boxes on other than simply playing is off the charts.”

The NHL is planning the TV presentation with the network people with the idea that, if nothing else, empty-seat games provide opportunity.

There’s unlimited choice, for example, where to place the TV cameras and the number of them that you’d be able to use would be virtually unlimited.

Then there’s sound.


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This has to be a case where the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) axiom should be applied. Nobody is going to want to see them try to compensate for lack of fans by having the announcers talk more, hear fake crowd noise, use wacky camera angles or do anything that draws attention away from the game itself.

Sure they can try some additional cameras and mics but make sure they actual add to the experience and aren’t there just because they can do it.

Posted by evileye on 06/02/20 at 11:13 AM ET


Posted by evileye on 06/02/20 at 11:13 AM ET

Second that.  Normal play-by-play with the sounds of puck-on-stick is fine by me.

Posted by EthrDemon on 06/13/20 at 04:42 AM ET

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