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A very interesting tidbit of news came across the news wire today: Comcast aquires a 51% share of NBC, with GE able to force the sale of another 24.5% in 3.5 years, and the rest in 7.
As a former employee of an NBC affiliate in northern Michigan and a rabid hockey fan, I’m very interested in the repercussions to both the NHL and NBC in this deal. Comcast owns Versus, which has been hitched to the NHL’s bandwagon for some time now. Comcast has long shown an interest in hockey in general - during the ‘04-‘05 lockout, Comcast aired a few other hockey-related broadcasts on their own cable channels, including the Larionov retirement game (imagine the Red Wings vs. Russia—Yzerman scored a couple of goals for Russia that game as I recall, and yes, Igor got a goal too). It feels natural that the NHL and Comcast should take care of each others interests, and I am excited to see what might happen in the future now that Comcast owns a controlling share in NBC.
Could we see more regular season and playoff NHL games on the major network? I sure hope so. I don’t really see NBC as a potential competitor to Versus, but rather as a nice complement. Let’s hope that this might function as a workaround for those of us DirecTV customers who presently miss out on some programming due to the Versus/DirecTV impasse. Let’s hope that this will bring the NHL to a broader audience and fuel a ratings and revenue resurgence for the game. ESPN Who?
William Lowe scored at the 4:59 mark of the first overtime period to win the Fall 2009 Championship for the Novice/Minor Atom Petes at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club this past weekend. Jackie Couture and Ciera Winterkorn assisted on the championship winning goal.
Because I have a long memory, a well-developed sense of schadenfreude, and a bit of pent up anger of Niklas Kronwall’s injury last night, I want to point you all back to a conversation back on October the 9th that took place after the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a game that featured a scrum in the final minutes during which Scott Hartnell allegedly bit Kris Letang’s finger.
The post can be found here.
Here is the particular exchange I want to point out between myself and a Flyers fan named MMike89. Mike begins by responding to a Penguins fan calling him jealous of their cup success:
MMike89 on 10/09/09 at 12:46 PM ET says:
“That was last year douche bag… not even the flyers would lose to the coyotes though… nice try”
I am proud to introduce the KK readers to asapHockey, a real time hockey news application that was released for the iPhone last week. We’re looking to get as many hardcore hockey fans trying out the product as possible—which is why I’m here to introduce the app!
asapHockey provides hockey news to users in real time by sourcing updates from Twitter, which is fast becoming the best way of getting breaking news updates from fans and media services alike. The app itself acts as a news aggregation service, grabbing updates with some sort of relevance to the team of your choosing. If you’re used to digging through Twitter looking for hockey related information, you’ll realize how many steps asapHockey takes out of that process. Those who are now using the app are calling it a “real time news wire” for hockey news.
asapHockey features 160+ teams to choose from, including all of the minor league teams of the AHL and Canada’s CHL. For you folks without an iPhone, asapHockey will soon be available for the rest of the major mobile platforms such as the Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Android. You can download asapHockey now by searching ‘asaphockey’ in the iTunes app store, or by clicking the link made available on asapHockey.com.
I’d love to hear from any iPhone users who are able to install and use the asapHockey app—please feel free to PM me here at Kuklas Korner or to find my contact info via http://www.charismedia.ca Any f.eedback is good feedback!
Electric Playground, your Vancouver-based video game experts, have posted a video segment on NHL 10. The segment features a talk with former Canuck great Trevor Linden. They also talk to producer David Littman. Here’s the link: Electric Playground NHL 10.
Hey there, hockey fans!
I’m writing to see if you’d be interested in helping a minor league hockey team make it to the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon. Through a recently launched website, http://timbrtube.ca you a,nd hockey enthusiasts across the country can make that dream a reality. We’re encouraging minor league hockey teams to shoot fun, whacky and outrageous hockey videos showing off their team spirit for the chance to score an all expenses paid trip for their entire team to the big event in December.
It’s easy! All the teams have to do is shoot a video, upload it to timbrtube.ca and rally their friends, families and communities to rock the vote. The top ranked video will win the big prize – a four-day pass for the entire team to check out watch the best of the best show down in Saskatoon!
Of course, the fun isn’t just for the minor league teams. For any hockey fanatic, the videos will be a blast to watch and ultimately it will be your votes that decide who gets to go. Tell your friends and keep checking back for the latest and greatest videos on timbrtube.
While you’re there, make sure you learn the ropes of hockey spectatorship from yours truly. I’d hate to have to call you for lipping, henhousing or hornblowing but that penalty box won’t fill itself!
Now hurry over to http://timbrtube.ca before I call you for slacking…
Dunno if this is the spot to post this ... thought there was a forum ... can’t find it.
I’m starting a Fantasy League through ESPN. It’s a Keeper League, Head to Head, 22 weeks with 4 weeks of playoff. It’s free, and user friendly. I wanna live draft, but haven’t set a date. 10 teams, 8 slots open.
Email me if interested!
Last night the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders met for a preseason game in Kansas City’s Sprint Center. As reported on the main page, Jim Baumbach seems to think that, with attendance just below 10,000 (around 9,700) in an 18,000 seat arena, Kansas City hockey fans missed a large opportunity to show the Islanders and the Town of Hempstead that they were serious about wanting a hockey team. Sorry, Mr. Baumbach, but our poor showing is your team’s fault, not our city’s.
First off, this isn’t our first dance with a team that wants to take us to the prom to make his girlfriend at home jealous. We fell for it hook, line, and sinker when Mario Lemieux and the Penguins used similar tactics to get the hometown crowd motivated to build a new arena for their team. So we went out and bought a sexy $275 Million dress and tarted ourselves up for a team that likely would have never been allowed to move out of Pittsburgh in the first place. Don’t blame us for being a little more demure and blocking off sections of seats when we hear the exact same words out of another team’s mouth. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
I’m very happy with the attendance numbers from last night’s game. It shows that there’s enough hockey-starved fans in Kansas City that we may just be able to support a team after all (something of which I’m still not wholly convinced), but not so excited as to horribly frighten the Town of Hempstead back home that we’re a threat. Tell me, what happens if 17,000 people show up to that game? Does Kansas City get any closer to having the Islanders move here? I don’t think they do. I believe that a very large turnout would only serve to scare people into getting the Lighthouse Project passed. The best thing those thousands of other Kansas City hockey fans could have done is to have either stayed home or gone out and enjoyed another wonderful pitching performance by Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke.
Hello fellow readers,
While I hate to do so, it has become apparent to me that I now have to hold off on my auto-renewal of NHL Center Ice and plan on changing services to another provider such as Comcast (which owns Versus, btw). I’m not happy about it and I’d rather not do it. So, what I propose here is a good old-fasioned letter-writing campaign.
You can contact DirecTV through their email form here.
After navigating to the page, enter your account information and select Programming/Sports as your topic and Customer Service/Complaints as your category.
I have provided a form letter below that you can use to encourage DirecTV to have a change of heart. Hopefully if enough of us write, we won’t have to take any further action.
Dear Sir or Madam:
I have been a loyal DirecTV customer for years, and had been planning on being one for many years to come. However your recent decision to remove the sports network Versus from your service will soon force me to switch to another provider so I may continue to receive their NHL programming. I strongly encourage you to reconsider your position regarding renewing Versus’ contract and hope that you begin to understand just how many customers you are about to lose by not doing so. I hope to remain a customer going forward but will cancel my service at the beginning of the NHL season if this situation is not rectified.
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A group of Barrie’s best young ball hockey players captured the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship.
The Rock Solid Renegades, comprised of players from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club’s Progressive 9-11 and PeeWee divisions, traveled to Brampton during the weekend of August 28th to 30th in their quest to claim the Under-12 division title. Barrie teams also competed in the Under-15 and Under-18 divisions.
The youth tournament weekend was the first of three event weekends over the next six weeks as part of the “ballhockey.com” 14th Annual World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships. Over the past 14 years, the Worlds have expanded to include Men’s A, B, and Over 35 divisions along with Women’s A and B tournaments. Teams travel to the tournament from all over North America, including far flung locations such as San Diego, Vancouver, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Montreal. In addition to the new youth divisions, 2009 will mark the first ever Co-ed World Outdoor Championships. This is the first year as that the “Worlds” have expanded over three themed weekends: Youth – August 28-30 at the Brampton Ball Hockey Club; Women’s & Co-ed – September 25-27 at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club; and Men’s – October 2-4 at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club. By the time the Men’s tournament wraps up, more than 100 teams from all over North America (which translates into more than 1500 participants) will have competed for more than $30,000 in prizes.
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