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TNT Broadcast Schedule

WarnerMedia press release,

Turner Sports, in its first season of NHL coverage, will feature a 50-game telecast schedule during the 2021-22 NHL regular season, starting Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a TNT opening week doubleheader featuring the New York Rangers visiting the Washington Capitals in one of the fiercest rivalries in sports at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Colorado Avalanche and Nathan MacKinnon hosting the Chicago Blackhawks, with the anticipated Chicago debut of 2021-22 Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury, at 10 p.m.
 
The NHL on TNT’s weekly schedule will include exclusive coverage on 25 Wednesday nights throughout the season – including 15 doubleheaders. Starting in Spring 2022, the network will add seven weeks of Sunday afternoon telecasts for March and April.

TNT will be the home of the NHL’s marquee outdoor games this season:

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Turner Sports Studio Team

from WarnerMedia,

Turner Sports NHL Studio Team to Feature Collection of Accomplished Analysts Including “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonnette, Alongside Host Liam McHugh

Brendan Burke and Darren Pang Added as Commentator Team, Working in Tandem with Previously Announced Pairing of Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk

Keith Jones to Provide Ice-Level Analysis, with Jennifer Botterill, Tarik El-Bashir and Jackie Redmond as Contributors; Andrew ‘Nasher’ Telfer to Become Key Creator for Bleacher Report’s New ‘Open Ice’ Content Vertical

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USA Hockey Announced Hall Of Fame Class Onf 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stan Fischler,  Paul Holmgren, and Peter McNab will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2021, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

"Stan, Paul and Peter have all had an enormously positive impact on American hockey over the course of many decades,” said Mike Trimboli, president of USA Hockey. “Their extraordinary contributions to our sport continue today and will be felt for generations to come. Our warmest congratulations to each of them on their well-deserved selection and we look forward to the formal enshrinement ceremonies later this year.” 

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Chris Johnston Leaves Sportsnet, Joins The Toronto Star

from Chris Johnston of the Toronto Star,

Why here? Why now?

I’ll be the first to raise my hand and acknowledge that I didn’t see this coming two months ago, let alone more. But there is power in possibility and what quickly became apparent in discussions is that there’s an exciting future to be found here, not just a glorious past.

Thanks to new ownership, there’s a renewed emphasis on sports. The coverage from the Tokyo Olympics was top shelf. The commitment to growth can be found in recent hires, the rollout of new stats packages and some fascinating developments brewing behind the scenes. It’s why I’m now working for a new venture that will see my work appear in the Toronto Star, in addition to other sites and apps.

So in this era of big, constant change on the sports media landscape, I followed the lead of more than 100 NHLers this summer and chose a new home for my writing.

It just felt right.

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What Version Of Chris Chelios Will We See?

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

The day is fast approaching when a whole bunch of new names — Chris Chelios and Mark Messier (ESPN) and Wayne Gretzky (Turner) among them — will appear on our screens to break down games and discuss the league. Network executives will tell you that their hires, particularly Hall of Famers, will bring the heat.

Know what would be good TV?

Chelios and Gary Bettman having a discussion about what’s good for the game. Wonder how much they’d agree.

If they get to talking labor issues, it might get tense. In 1994, as Lockout 1 was under way and those beneath the executive level were losing paychecks, Chelios wondered aloud about Bettman’s safety … and didn’t seem too concerned about it.

“If I was Gary Bettman, I’d worry about my family, about my well-being,” Chelios said. “He’s going to affect a lot of people. Some crazed fan or even a player — who knows? — they might take it into their own hands and figure they get him out of the way, things might get settled. You hate to see something like that happen, but he took the job.”

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Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Recipient Jay Greenberg Passed Away Yesterday

from a press release in June, 2013 by the NHL Broadcasters' Association and the PHWA announcing Jay Greenberg is the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

Jay Greenberg's first NHL writing experience was at the Kansas City Star, covering the city's NHL team during its inaugural season. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania native then covered the Philadelphia Flyers for 14 years. His renowned copy skills and in-depth analysis of the team produced an avid readership, and led to several non-fiction books focused on the Flyers.  Full Spectrum, one of the most complete histories of a team ever done, was published in 1996.  Gordie Howe’s Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey (co-authored with Honoured Member, Mark Howe) will be published in October, 2013.  Greenberg's 40-year writing career has also included a high profile post at Sports Illustrated, a featured column in The Hockey News, and general sports columnist roles at both the Toronto Sun and New York Post.

"During the prime of Jay's career, he was probably the best NHL beat writer in America," said Allen. "He was both a gifted writer and a thorough reporter. It was a treat to read his NHL coverage."

He was 71 when he passed yesterday.

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Mike Lange Announces He Will No Longer Do Play-By-Play

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange announced today that he will not return to the radio booth for play-by-play duties, but will remain a part of the Penguins Radio Network. Fans will continue to hear Lange's voice during radio appearances and various Penguins programming.

Lange, 73, missed the majority of the past season out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic while awaiting the COVID-19 vaccine. He returned to the booth alongside color analyst Phil Bourque to call two home games at the end of the regular season and Games 1 and 5 of the Penguins' Round One series against the New York Islanders.

"Mike is a broadcasting legend, not just in Pittsburgh, but in all of sports," said Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse. "He is respected and admired by all, including our ownership, players and management and executive team. Mike's clever phrases and goal calls are synonymous with the most iconic moments in Penguins history. Although he is stepping away from the booth, he remains a huge part of the Penguins' family and we look forward to hearing his voice for years to come."

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Below, a look at Mike Lange.

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The Latest With Sinclair Broadcasting

from Michael King of The Streamable,

Sinclair President and CEO Chris Ripley said during the company’s 2Q 2021 Earnings Call on Wednesday that the company remains committed to launching a direct-to-consumer Bally Sports App in the first half of 2022, but they have another streaming deal to worry about.

Ripley said streaming rights for the NBA and NHL on the Bally RSNs were up for renewal in the coming months. These are to continue offering TV Everywhere access via the Bally Sports App.

Despite this, he was confident of Sinclair’s position, pointing out that they are the only bidder in place for the digital rights for the two leagues.

“You know we are the only buyer for those, you know, there is no one else they can be sold to,” Ripley said. “So, we have a relatively good position.”

Ripley wouldn’t go into detail regarding specifics surrounding the negotiations, other than to say that negotiations were “productive.”

“We’re having productive conversations and negotiations … at this point, the existence of a deadline, being the next season, we think will be a helpful forcing factor to finish those drive them to the finish line,” he said. “I would point back to my comments around what goes into the dynamics of a negotiation around market competition and comparables and you know it as it relates to the digital rights.”

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Will You Be Entertained?

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Charles Barkley Influenced Wayne Gretzky To Take The Analyst Job At TNT

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

The next chapter of Wayne Gretzky’s life will see the hockey legend join the TNT broadcast team as an analyst for the 2021-22 NHL season – an opportunity that may not have come together without some encouragement from an NBA legend, popular TNT commentator and longtime friend of The Great One.

“Charles Barkley is a good friend and he called me every single day and said, ‘This will be fun for you,’ and ultimately I decided OK this this something I gotta try and I’m really looking forward to it,” Gretzky told Hockey Central during a Friday appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

The 60-year-old resigned from his role as vice-chairman of the Edmonton Oilers in May prior to officially joining TNT after Turner Sports became a partial rightsholder for U.S.-based NHL broadcasts.

Gretzky explained that shortly after his father, Walter Gretzky, died in March he and his wife, Janet, reassessed their living situation now that each of their five children are college aged or older.

They decided to move from California to Missouri to be closer to Janet’s soon-to-be 100-year-old mother and other members of their family.

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