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by Paul on 12/13/11 at 01:17 PM ET
from Christopher Botta at the New York Times,
As production crews for the HBO documentary series “24/7: Road to the N.H.L. Winter Classic” record every move of the players and coaches on the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers, their lives are open books. The sanctity of the locker room is gone.
When Coach John Tortorella entered the Rangers’ locker room at Madison Square Garden on Sunday for his pregame meeting, he knew that not everyone in the room was on his team. As Tortorella prepared the Rangers for the Florida Panthers, the presence of three camera operators and three sound engineers was a horror.
“There’s no question,” Tortorella said. “I can’t stand it.”
Peter Laviolette, the Flyers’ coach, calls the reality-show scene “a big commotion, every hour and every day.”
But they deal with the relentless invasion of privacy because they know that the second season of HBO’s four-episode series, which makes its debut Wednesday night, is good for the brand of the Rangers, the Flyers and the N.H.L. Last season’s series, previewing the outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, averaged 2.5 million viewers an episode.
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