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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
George Stroumboulopoulos won’t return as host of Hockey Night in Canada next season, sources tell the Star.
His replacement will be the man he replaced. Industry insiders say Ron MacLean is expected to return to the show’s No. 1 seat just two seasons after Stroumboulopoulos was hired with much fanfare in the wake of Rogers’ $5.2-billion acquisition of NHL broadcasting rights. Prior to that, MacLean occupied the job from 1986 until 2014. Since then, he has hosted Sunday night Hometown Hockey broadcasts and worked Saturdays alongside Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner. It’s expected he will continue those roles in addition to resuming the main HNIC hosting gig — the highest-profile position in Canadian sports broadcasting.
The ouster of Stroumboulopoulos marks a strategic about-face for Rogers, which sublicenses Hockey Night in Canada to CBC. In 2014, executives remade the iconic Saturday night show while speaking of the need to bring it to a younger demographic.
“We want to get a new breed of Canadian fans that get passionate about the games,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, told reporters after Stroumboulopoulos’s hiring was announced in 2014. “I think George does that.
TORONTO (June 25, 2015) Sportsnet today unveiled part 1 of its 2015-16 NHL national broadcast schedule with must-see matchups across three signature destination nights – Wednesdays with Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, Saturdays with Hockey Night in Canada and Sundays with Rogers Hometown Hockey.
Sportsnet’s national broadcast schedule will also feature a minimum of one game every Thursday night, more premium Canadian matchups on Saturday nights and US-US games throughout the year using flex scheduling to ensure the best matchups. In addition, all of the biggest events throughout the season will be showcased, including the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, Canada’s annual celebration Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
From beginning to end, it was hailed as the start of the NHL’s new era; the dawning of something bold, something never seen before. Like a high-resolution TV monitor that stands 3.3 metres high and goes 11.5 metres in length.
Call it the Zdeno Chara of TV monitors.
And cameras? Rogers Sportsnet’s first offering of its all-in, all-the-time hockey coverage came with 14 cameras to show all the action in its 11,000-square foot studio. That’s right – its 11,000-square foot studio....
Overall, Sportsnet got to show off its bells and whistles then settle into what was a solid night of broadcasting. It wasn’t all on the mark, but it will get there one day.
As new eras go, the NHL and its Canadian TV partner are one with a shared belief: less is bad; more is good and never go small.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
NEW YORK (October 8, 2014) – With today’s start of the 2014-15 NHL season, NHL Network™-U.S., Where the NHL Gets Hockey™, announced today the launch of its programming lineup for the new season.
New to the Network for U.S. fans this season is the addition of a suite of NHL programs from Rogers Communications. NHL Network-U.S. will simulcast the popular midday hockey panel HOCKEY CENTRAL at Noon featuring Daren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean. Each weekday from Noon-1 p.m. ET, the group discusses and dissects the latest news and information from around the League
A few of the features Sportsnet will present this season...
I am not sure how much of the studio we will see here in the US, but it does look fantastic.
Here's hoping the Center Ice package keeps the Sportsnet studio feed live during intermission instead of the "We will return shortly" message.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
It’s pricey, it’s flashy, and it’s about to see a ton of action.
With Rogers set to air a mellow 554 National Hockey League games this season — starting with full-slate puck drop on Oct. 8 — all that hockey television needed a new broadcast home.
On Monday, fresh Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos and the movers and shakers at Sportsnet unveiled a state-of-the-art studio at the CBC building in downtown Toronto.
“I’ve been on a bunch of sets in my life,” Stroumboulopoulos said of the space that will be used seven days a week throughout the hockey season, “and there’s nothing like this.”
Hockey Central’s 11,000 square foot, 360-degree studio allows cameras to shoot at any angle, as up to three live broadcasts can be shot for three or more networks simultaneously. In other words, everything is happening.
We highlight 10 things about hockey’s new headquarters you should know.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Who was your toughest interview?
Grant Fuhr was exceptionally humble. You sweat a little if players have short answers. Grant was the [Stanley] Cup winner, the Canada Cup winner; he was right there as the goaltender. He was like a cowboy. He refused to take any credit for his performance or explain his performance. You loved that about him, but because he was the No. 1 star, it was a challenge.
Mostly I remember the good interviews. [Wayne] Gretzky was at the forefront. Scotty Bowman has a fascinating stream of consciousness. Dino Ciccarelli was stunningly great. Tony McKegney. Steve Konroyd was a tremendous interview, a surprise.
Do hockey players get a bad rap for being too cliché or too safe in interviews?
It’s changed. I feel like Sidney Crosby is just like Gretzky—same love of the game. He has hockey card collections and an unbelievable reservoir of stories. But I think social media has scared him off. The new player is just terrified of making a misstep, and it’s in perpetuity. It’s there, and it’s distributed. It has shackled the player of today.
The way we do interviews has changed. We used to bring Wayne into the studio, drape a towel over him, and it was a controlled setting. You didn’t feel like you were being overheard. Most of the interviews are conducted in a public forum now—in a hallway, on the ice in front of other players. Guys are wary of being overheard. They don’t want to be laughed at. A sit-down interview is much the preferred forum, like what we’re having.
TORONTO (August 28, 2014) Canadian hockey fans will be receiving the all-star treatment this season, as the NHL on Sportsnet today unveiled its big-name broadcast team – including 39 hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters – who will bring fans the biggest plays, analysis, stories and highlights from both the rink and the studio throughout the 2014/15 NHL season.
Highlighted by both new additions and familiar faces, the robust roster will deliver more than 500 regular season games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.
“Canadian hockey fans deserve a broadcast team that is just as passionate about the game as they are,” said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It was important that we assemble a crew of experienced, knowledgeable, entertaining and accomplished broadcasters with diverse backgrounds and experience, to create a fresh, new viewing experience that will resonate with fans of all ages.”
Fifty-one days and counting until the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2014-15 season, and Sportsnet and Rogers are giving fans more games and access to their beloved team with 56 games on television and 41 games on radio on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The action gets underway onSportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 8 – opening night of the NHL regular season – with the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens. (See full broadcast schedule below).
On TV – Regional
Sportsnet’s regional television broadcast schedule kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings.
All 16 regional Maple Leafs television broadcasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario. Veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk makes his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen.
continued including some of the pre and post game shows...
added 3:53pm, from Bell Media,
TSN is set to deliver more Toronto Maple Leafs games than ever before, as the network broadcasts 26 Leafs games in 2014-15, up from 17 Leafs games last season. TSN’s package of 26 Leafs games will air on TSN4 – part of TSN’s new expanded lineup of five national feeds branded TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 that debut on Monday, August 25.
To access Leafs games on TSN4, fans must live in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region. TSN subscribers with participating television service providers in the Leafs’ broadcast region will receive TSN4.
Sportsnet just posted a promo video titled "Greatness".
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
“You know? The good Lord has been a friend of mine; he’s looked after me up to this point, and I still talk to Him fairly often — and I guess it’s up to Him,” he said. “It’s not up to me. It’s up to a lot of people, really.”
Cole was speaking with host Andi Petrillo in an interview aired on the CBC’s website, as the ground around the flagship hockey program continued to shift. Starting next season, a new organization will be in charge of Hockey Night, and new faces will appear.
“I’d like to keep going,” Cole told Petrillo. “I feel good. I love the game. I still get passionate. I still get butterflies. If any of that changed, I’d think about packing it in. But maybe they’ll get rid of me before I get rid of myself.”
added 1:53pm, Added the CBC Hockey Hangout with Bob Cole, watch/listen below...
Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet, introduces the new hockey team at a press conference today...
All the hockey experts from Sportsnet will be covering the trade deadline, coverage starts at 8:00am ET and you can watch the live stream below...
from a Sportsnet press release,
TORONTO (January 22, 2013) The fans have spoken! Sportsnet, Canada’s prime destination for all things hockey, kicked off the start of its NHL broadcast schedule with authority, recording its largest audience ever for an NHL regional game with an average of 1.1 million (2+) viewers tuning in to the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener vs. the Buffalo Sabres last night on Sportsnet Ontario at 7 p.m. ET. Sportsnet has produced five Canadian NHL regional broadcasts in the first three days of the NHL season, delivering double to triple digit audience growth across all of its broadcasts.
I'm not sure if this will bring a smile to your face or a frown.
No matter what, make sure to sign the petition.
Watch Sportsnet Hockey Free Agency Show below…
update 2:26pm, Show has ended.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
There are NHL playoff rating and then there are Canadian NHL playoff ratings. As expected, the upset of Vancouver in Round 1 almost halved the numbers CBC garnered in 2011’s Round 2, when the Canucks defeated Nashville. CBC’s coverage of the Washington/New York Rangers series averaged over 1.5 million viewers (all ratings +2) a game while the New Jersey/Philadelphia series averaged over 1.4 million viewers a game (for a 1.49 M. average in Round 2).
By comparison, the Canucks’ playoff games in 2011 averaged 2.8 million viewers a game, pushing CBC’s average rating per game to a healthy 2.16 million. The ratings would not have been as high had the Ottawa Senators made it past Round 1 this year, but they still would have trumped the all-American series just concluded. The last time no Canadian teams made it past Round 1 was 1996 when games averaged 1.36 M.
more plus some talk on CBC may be out bid on the next Canadian TV contract…
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Reporting has become a perilous business in the era of social media, shaved to seconds, not hours, in the pursuit of scoops and breaking news.
Using Twitter, Facebook and other Internet outlets, news is instantaneous. As we’ve seen in innumerable gaffes on these platforms lately, there is precious little time for reflection or fact-checking.
Nowhere was the breath-taking speed more conspicuous than last Monday’s NHL trade deadline day, where scoops – when they finally arrived in earnest five hours into the network TV shows – came quickly. By our count, Rogers Sportsnet nudged slightly ahead of TSN on the scoop category (the prized pelt of BlackBerry journalism) in relation to the 15 deals of the day.
But how do TSN and Sportsnet fact-check under the white-hot glare of instant deadlines? Do they use the same protocols? Is there time for a background call to verify trade details when your opponent can trump you in a heartbeat?
Sportsnet is streaming right now and I am going to assume right through the trade deadline and then some.
Watch it below…
I’ve been watching it for a few minutes and the stream seems to be stopping, starting, etc., hopefully they will get it figured out soon.
Rogers Sportsnet is pleased to announce Scott Morrison, one of hockey’s most respected and credible insiders, is returning to the network.
Morrison, a recipient of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 2006, is the new Executive Producer of Hockey, effective immediately. He will also appear as an insider on Hockeycentral and Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590 and FAN 960, as well as a feature writer for Sportsnet magazine and a contributor to sportsnet.ca.
“Scott Morrison’s leadership and proven track record in hockey helps raise the bar on all four of our platforms,” said Scott Woodgate, Vice-President of News and Information Programming, Rogers Sportsnet. “Adding him to our roster bolsters our ability to break news and to tell great stories.”
“I am pleased to be joining a great team. It feels like in many ways I am coming home again,” said Morrison. “I look forward to successfully growing the hockey brand on all four platforms.”
Maybe the Executive Producer Of Hockey can figure out a way for us, the US hockey fan, to watch videos at Sportsnet. Right now we are geo-locked from viewing.
Many of the hockey experts at Sportsnet discuss trades, both made and what can happen before the deadline of February 28th at 3:00pm ET.
Sportsnet put together a 3 minute video highlighting some of the great plays from the NHL games prior to the All-Star break.
The HockeyCentrral guys, especially Nick Kypreos, was not a fan of Malkin’s game last night.
Numerous topics discussed, including Crosby’s streak coming to an end, does Osgood belong in the HHOF and many more topics…