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The NBC/VERSUS Broadcasting Team

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The critically-acclaimed team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will return to the NBC Sports Group as its featured broadcast team for the 2011-12 NHL season. Emrick, who won the Sports Emmy Award earlier this year in the play-by-play category, Olczyk and McGuire will again cover the ‘NHL Game of the Week’ broadcasts on NBC and will add VERSUS’ new exclusive Wednesday night telecast to their schedule.

Veteran NHL announcer Dave Strader (play-by-play) and former NHL player Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) also return and will primarily handle Tuesday and Sunday night telecasts as a team. Emrick, McGuire and Strader will call games exclusively for the NBC Sports Group this season.

In the studio, host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones begin their second season together on VERSUS’ pre- and post-game show, NHL Live. Also on VERSUS, the NHL Overtime team of host Bill Patrick and analyst Jeremy Roenick will often be joined by additional former NHL players or coaches. McHugh and Milbury will also work NBC’s pre- and post-game coverage as well as its intermission segments.


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redxblack's avatar

What a drag! I can’t stand Olczyk.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/19/11 at 03:01 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

More Strader.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 09/19/11 at 03:55 PM ET

DocF's avatar

Strader is fine.  Engblom is OK.  The rest are horrid.  The Que ball (McGuire) is such a putz, he should never be allowed in a rink when a game is being broadcast.  Emerick has gotten worse the longer does play by play.  He phones in most games just like Vin Scully used to do for the Dodgers.  He does not give a damn and wastes most of his mike time making inane comments.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 09/19/11 at 05:54 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

All I have to say is:  Hello Mute Button.

tongue laugh

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 09/19/11 at 06:43 PM ET


Ah, just who is the Matt Millen character,  Milbury or Roenick?

Posted by bobbo from romeo, Michigan on 09/19/11 at 06:47 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Big Driiiiiivvvveeee.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 09/19/11 at 06:51 PM ET


Good news to folks with Dolby Digital 5.1 (surround sound) setups.  If your NBC station passes the DD5.1 that gets sent by the nice guy Wendel in the truck (most do: Baltimore is a notable exception, but DC does it right) then you may have options for muting just the commentary (and keeping the rest of the audio!).  If you actually have a proper 5.1 setup (and not just think you do), and if your receiver is not clever enough to notice when you unplug a speaker (my Yamaha isn’t), then unplug the center speaker.  You are left with ice audio coming from front-left and front-right, crowd audio coming from back-left and back-right, and the thumps of skaters hitting the boards through your subwoofer.

It sounds crazy, but it really does work.  Wendel (I’m really sorry if I’m spelling it wrong, Wendel… I’m bad with names…) does a great job of delivering each bit of sound through only the correct speakers.  The four main speakers carry “real” sound (what you’d hear inside the arena) and the center speaker contains piped-in sound (like the commentary).  Disconnect the center channel and voila, it’s like you’re sitting in the stands.  If you have a red and a black lead, you only need to disconnect one, and I recommend it being the red one, though it shouldn’t matter.  But that’s what I do and it works.

Please note that this will only work if you have a proper DD5.1 setup *AND* the signal is making it to your properly configured receiver *AND* the station is sending DD5.1 in the first place.  Whether it’s working or not, you will probably need to turn down volume on commercials/advertisements.

I occasionally watch Sunday Night Football this way, and it’s a totally different feel to the telecast without the commentary.  It leaves one to come to their own opinions about what they’re witnessing, instead of taking the commentary’s ideas.

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 09/19/11 at 08:01 PM ET

snafu's avatar

Critically acclaimed by whom?  Hearing Olczyk’s voice makes me want to punch the TV.

Posted by snafu from North America on 09/20/11 at 12:05 AM ET


This crew is awful and over used.

If Olcyk plugs the USHL or anyplace else his kids play I will puke.

Emrick is a Nerd.

Kelly, Strader, Rosen, Albert etc etc what’s wrong with them???!

Time to renew the Center Ice Package.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/20/11 at 07:19 PM ET


To be fair I really think it’s a case of over exposure.  They should have at least 2 crews or maybe 3.  When you seem the same guy over and over again, what were once novel takes become annoying cliches.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/21/11 at 01:43 AM ET

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