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Viewing The NHL Games In A Different Way

from John Steigerwald of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

I talked to a former NHL marketing director, whom I’ve known all my life, and he had some interesting thoughts on playing games without fans.

My brother, Paul, who was the Penguins’ marketing director before becoming part of their radio and TV broadcasts, said, “If there are going to be games played inside of empty arenas for the sake of television, then why not make them look and sound as realistic as possible for the viewing audience?

“They could look a lot like video games only they would be real games, with virtual crowds. You could use special effects using crowd shots from previous games. Sound could be created the same way.”

He also said this could be an opportunity for producers to put cameras in different places and “have access to camera angles they could never dream of having with fans in the stands.”

The technology already exists that allows fans to choose their camera angles from their living room in real time.

“Teams may soon have to realize that it’s a new paradigm, and, for the time being, their games are purely made for television events,” he said.


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I did a thing at a MLB ballpark where there were maybe 50 people in the place, and they played crowd noise thru the speaker system that made it sound like a stadium full of fans going crazy. I’m not saying they should do this, and I’m def not a fan of slicing in stock fan footage or anything. I appreciate the outside the box thinking, but there will be no Cup awarded for the 19-20 season, I’m afraid. Time to hang it up and let ppl go on with their lives—and make Jeremy Jacobs pay his f($@)ing employees.

Posted by Steeb on 04/06/20 at 06:01 PM ET


I seem to recall Al Strachan saying the Wings were going to move from Detroit during the big recession of 2008 if GM went under. Canadian writers always seem to hope the Panthers, Coyotes, Hurricanes and others are going to fold.

Posted by mc keeper on 04/06/20 at 10:21 PM ET


sorry, posted to wrong article

Posted by mc keeper on 04/06/20 at 10:22 PM ET

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