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NBC Handling Broadcasts From Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Hockey Night In Canada — brought to you, for the very first time, by Americans.

NBC will fly upwards of 50 broadcast people to Toronto — producers, directors, camera people, technicians and more — to serve as the world feed for all National Hockey League games played in this hub city, while many Canadian broadcast freelancers, out of work since March, are not at all happy about the snub.

“It’s a travesty,” said one longtime Canadian broadcast worker, who asked not to be identified for obvious reasons. “The NHL sold us out. Our own government sold us out. All we want to do is work and this is our job.

“I could understand (NBC) bringing people in if we couldn’t do the job, but it’s proven we can.”

Canadian hockey broadcasters have long been considered the best in the world. Virtually every Winter Olympics world feed in recent memory has been produced and directed by a Canadian. The majority, it not all, of the world feed staff at every Olympic hockey tournament of the past 25 years has been Canadian.


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Red Winger's avatar

Canadians get both hub cities, and split broadcasting the games with NBC.

And yet they still find a way to craft a story of self-pity out of it.

Bravo…I guess.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 07/14/20 at 09:36 AM ET


The fact that they got both hub cities means more Canadians will have jobs easily offsetting the few camera/production people that will be working the games.

Posted by evileye on 07/14/20 at 11:37 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

Given the choice (which I’ve had for decades) of which feed to watch, I’ll pick the Canadian one every time. It’s no lie that they’re orders of magnitude better at every aspect of broadcasting hockey than the Americans (cf. NBC putting playoff games on the freaking Golf Channel). And now everyone on both sides of the border will have to listen to Emerick, Olczyk, and McGuirre for two months. I guess we’ll get a proper Canadian feed for the West, tho.

And for me, a union member in the entertainment industry who does exactly that sort of thing, yea, I’d be (and have been) pretty pissed off if they flew in production crews from another country to work in my town, esp right now.

RW, talk to me when your company flies in some Canadians to do your job, while you sit home waiting for the phone to ring. It’s happened to me, and it sucks.

Posted by Steeb on 07/14/20 at 12:06 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I’d have to guess it’s the simplest way they could satisfy their contractual obligations to both broadcasters.  At least we can unplug the center channel in our stereos and eliminate the voice track completely…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/14/20 at 12:49 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

well seeing as Gary Thorne isnt broadcasting gheyseball right now….......Can we please have him doing the games?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/14/20 at 07:49 PM ET

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