from Sean Shapiro and Harman Dayal of The Athletic,
For our methodology, we asked fans to rank their favorite team’s broadcast on a scale from 1 to 5 and as many other broadcasts as they would like on the same scale.
We then averaged out those results for local and national scores, and teams were assigned a national and local rank, which was averaged out for our composite score. This was far from scientific, and some teams had higher representation than others, but in the end, it provides a snapshot of how fans across the league view and rate those calling the games.
1. Detroit Red Wings
The broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit carries Red Wings games with Ken Daniels handling play-by-play and Mickey Redmond handling most games as the color analyst.
Local ranking: 3
Last season: 8
The results: Red Wings fans are hoping the ascent of the broadcast crew is a harbinger of similar success for the team on the ice.
Two seasons ago, Detroit was 23rd in our rankings, jumped to eight last season, and then this season claimed the title of the No. 1 local broadcast.
The formula in Detroit works well with Daniels’ direct play-by-play as a natural foil to the storytelling that Redmond weaves into his analysis.
As one Red Wings fan put it, Redmond’s delivery is like, “watching the game with your hockey smart grandfather that you actually like.”
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