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So You Want 3-on-3 Hockey All The Time?

from Etan Viessing of The Hollywood Reporter,

3ICE, to begin play in June 2021, is the latest TV sport to take on a faster, cut-down format to stay relevant in the digital age.
CBS Sports has picked up the U.S. TV rights to 3ICE, a three-on-three professional ice hockey league in North America set to launch in June 2021.

The new league, created by E.J. Johnston, son of former pro hockey goalie and coach Ed Johnston and NHL veteran Craig Patrick, will also air on Canada's TSN sports channel and its Quebec counterpart RDS. And the 3ICE championship game will air on the CBS TV network.

3ICE is the latest TV sport after football, cricket and Formula One to adopt a faster, cut-down format to remain relevant amid changing demographics in the digital age. Fewer players playing hockey tends to produce more open ice and goal scoring.

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CBS Sports has picked up the U.S. TV rights to 3ICE

The fact that NBC, who has gone all-in on hockey over the last decade and a half, didn’t pick this up tells us everything we need to know.

I’d guess this will be like Arena Football - fun to watch for a bit, but ultimately kind of gimmicky.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/13/20 at 02:45 PM ET

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The fact that NBC, who has gone all-in on hockey over the last decade and a half, didn’t pick this up tells us everything we need to know.

Besides that they’re supporting one league and not supporting a potential competitor?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/13/20 at 02:54 PM ET

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I hope that it succeeds.  Anything that puts Gary under pressure and creates more opportunities for the players is good.

When does the current CBA expire?  Seems like good timing.

Posted by Ventr on 01/13/20 at 04:10 PM ET

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So obviously this seems like a gimmick and not the basis of an ongoing, sustainable league.

But I do hope that, if 3ICE proves to be exciting and high scoring enough, it will convince the NHL to do something I’ve wanted them to do for a while, which is get rid of the shootout and extend 3-on-3 OT up to 20 minutes.

Mathematically speaking, goal scoring rates are so high at 3-on-3 that we’d expect only about 1 out of every 120-150 games played would end in tie under 20-minute 3-on-3 rules. (For reference, the rate in the NFL is about 1 in 250 games.) Plus, you’d eliminate the stupid shootout and the stupid OT loss point.

On the downside, our chances of seeing Marchand whiff on another penalty shot will decrease substantially. But I’m willing to pay that price.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 01/14/20 at 07:52 AM ET

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But I do hope that, if 3ICE proves to be exciting and high scoring enough, it will convince the NHL to do something I’ve wanted them to do for a while, which is get rid of the shootout and extend 3-on-3 OT up to 20 minutes.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 01/14/20 at 07:52 AM ET

Do you mind, Sven?  You’re taking up real estate in my head.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/15/20 at 03:19 PM ET

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