Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/31/11 at 07:32 PM ET
from Chris Kerber (radio voice for the Blues) at CBS St. Louis,
Now that the game is a big time success, it’s time for the broadcasters and producers of the event to make sure they do right by the game. I have two suggestions. One may seem small but it’s a pet peeve watching the first few winter classics. The other is a much larger issue that goes well beyond just the Winter Classic broadcast.
First the minor issue. We know the game is being played outdoors. We know there are challenges presented by weather and other factors that affect the playing surface. Please quit spending the entire game describing how the ice surface is not as good as it would be indoors. Quit describing how its slowing players down or making it more difficult to handle the puck. They players don’t seem to care and neither do fans watching. It’s supposed to take you back to the days of pond hockey, right? Isn’t that what everyone says? Let the imperfections be the charm and not a detractor. Despite spectacular efforts by the NHL crew, the elements will create issues and that’s expected. If need be, mention it one time then move on.
Now the bigger issue, and this predominantly deals with pre-game, intermissions, and post-game content. Only the NHL seems to take every chance it gets on a regular basis to highlight problems with the sport. Way too many intermissions or pre-game shows focus on suspensions or telling fans why the league poorly run or having former players criticize the way the game is played today. This needs to change. This must change.
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