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NHL Overtime On Versus

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 15, 2010)—VERSUS, the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), will debut the network’s new live hockey show titled NHL Overtime tonight at 11 p.m. ET, following post-game coverage on Hockey Central.  The hour-long program, airing Monday through Thursday nights, will provide hockey fans with a one-stop destination for news and information about the NHL and beyond. 

“This season we have more NHL coverage than ever before and adding a nightly show provides an additional platform for the network to super-serve hockey fans the way only VERSUS can,” said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS.  “This is also a natural evolution in our relationship with the NHL, which has continued to reach new milestones each season.”

NHL Overtime, will feature game highlights, re-caps, expert analysis and all the hottest news and topics from the NHL, college, minor leagues and international hockey. The show will include in-studio guests as well as live post-game player interviews from around the league. Additionally, special longer-form features on coaches, players and influential names in hockey will also be a regular part of the show.

Each week, several new announcers and analysts will be showcased on the program, allowing for fresh perspectives and unbiased opinions.  Tonight’s inaugural telecast, for example, will feature Billy Jaffe and perennial NHL All-Star Bill Guerin along with host Bill Patrick, while hockey fans can expect to see many names come through the studio in the coming weeks, such as Aaron Ward, Ken Daneyko, Mike Millbury, Dave Maloney and Darren McCarty, among others.

The announcement of the nightly show comes on the heels of a hugely successful start to the 2010/11 regular season.  VERSUS opened its sixth year of NHL coverage with the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers contest on October 7, which was the most-watched regular season telecast on cable since 2004 and the network’s most-watched regular season game in network history.  Additionally, viewership for VERSUS’ seven exclusive regular season games in October are up 12 percent as compared to the same number of games last season, leading to the best opening month of the NHL season in network history. 

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redxblack's avatar

I wonder how it will compare with NHL On The Fly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/15/10 at 02:19 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Sounds good and all, but the time doesn’t work with my schedule.

Posted by TheFreak on 11/15/10 at 03:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I wonder how it will compare with NHL On The Fly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/15/10 at 11:19 AM ET

Not well.

They waited too long.  For those of us who care, On The Fly is too deeply ingrained now.  I’m not going to switch to Versus’ “Just Because”.  They needed to do this a year or so after the then-OLN launched its hockey coverage.

Heck, I didn’t renew my Center Ice this year because I realized that on nights the Wings weren’t playing I could watch enough Live Look-In’s with On the Fly to keep up with what’s going on around the league.

Posted by Primis on 11/15/10 at 03:17 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I live out of market, so I get center ice just for wings games (and sabres for my wife).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/15/10 at 03:40 PM ET


They waited too long.

Couldn’t agree more.  Versus sure talks a lot about their unbelievable commitment to hockey, but they couldn’t be bothered to have a nightly highlights show until now?  Just when the NHL TV contract is coming up for bid, it’s like they’ve belatedly realized, gee, guess we should do this.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 11/15/10 at 04:38 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Billy Jaffe talks waaaay toooo much.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 11/15/10 at 05:32 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Go easy on Billy Bettman Jaffe.  Look at his wealth of experience in the sport he’s an expert on.  Zero NHL games.  He did manage to score 3 goals in his college career though… heard he made a great linesman in the college ranks.

Posted by wolverine on 11/15/10 at 05:56 PM ET

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