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The Broadcasts From The Stanley Cup Final

from Brandon Costa of SportsVideo.org,

With more resources centralized in a single location, the league has deployed new tools and services in support of its broadcast partners (NBC in the U.S., Rogers in Canada): additional onsite production facilities, more camera angles, and added graphic enhancements (including roll-out of the league’s highly anticipated puck- and player-tracking system).

“It has been a long, collaborative process with our television partners and all of our end units,” says Dan O’Neill, VP, arena and event operations, NHL. “The collaborative nature of working with the volume of entities and giving them the platform to do their business has been great.”

Condensed Compound, Limited Crews

The hybrid production model in Edmonton has led to a minor increase in the size of the production compound since the league left Toronto to finish out the playoffs in the single venue.  The side-by-side lineup of three trucks comprises NEP Broadcasting’s ND5 (NBC Sports’ top hockey truck) and Dome Productions’ Silver (handling the major part of the game broadcast for Rogers and the world feed) and Unite (serving as a production B unit).

According to O’Neill, NBC Sports and Rogers are still producing the vast majority of their productions (graphics, audio mix, even on-air talent in some cases) from their respective home broadcast centers: Stamford, CT, and Toronto, respectively). However, NBC has nine or 10 crew members onsite working socially distant in ND5; Rogers has 12 or 13 crew members in its units.

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Down River Dan's avatar

Hmmm I’ve been watching primarily via CBC broadcast, and I’ve not really noticed any major difference?? Perhaps the primary camera angle is a bit lower/closer to the ice, but that’s about it.

I seem to remember several years ago a camera was placed at center ice under the scoreboard and this provided a interesting view. Im not sure that’s done anymore.

I have noticed the electronic tracking stuff with player identifiers above the player prior to faceoffs. It was incredibly distracting and I can’t believe it could be used during play….or at least I hope it’s not.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/25/20 at 02:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I have noticed the electronic tracking stuff with player identifiers above the player prior to faceoffs. It was incredibly distracting and I can’t believe it could be used during play….or at least I hope it’s not.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/25/20 at 02:37 PM ET

Those identifiers have other info like faceoff wins (which is important in my opinion) and time on ice.  The faceoff wins graphics at one point in the third period of the last game when DAL had pulled their goalie, it was Pavelski, with a faceoff win percentage of over 90%, taking all of the draws in TBL’s zone and why he was on the ice so long for the extra skater advantage.  They were a threat to score because he wins faceoffs decisively.  During the Bowman years, the Wings had the luxury and luck of having THREE faceoff kings in Yzerman, Fedorov, and Draper and either one of them could be depended upon to win a crucial faceoff.  DAL?  For that game?  Really, they only had Pavelski.

When the puck drops, the graphics disappear so they’re not intrusive on the screen.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/25/20 at 02:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Maybe it’s just me, but after having gotten used to watching so much IMSA/WeatherTech Endurance Racing (go Corvette Racing!) coverage on NBCSN as well as a little bit of NASCAR Road Course Racing that it doesn’t bother me as they’re extremely informative to me.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/25/20 at 03:00 PM ET

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