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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."


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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Familiar Face To Some May Be The Host Of TNT Hockey

via Andrew Marchand of the New York Post,

For the start of its NHL studio coverage next season, TNT has already signed Wayne Gretzky as it tries to create a show with buzz akin to its highly successful “Inside the NBA.” For the role of host, TNT has shown interest in NBC’s Liam McHugh, according to sources. No deal is done yet, but McHugh could be in the Ernie Johnson seat as the conductor of what will likely be called “Inside the NHL.”

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Video- NBC Sports Says Goodbye

via the YouTube page of NBC Sports,

Doc Emrick looks back on the historic 16-year run of the NHL on NBC.


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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Closing Montage

The season has ended.

Watch it.


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Video- The NHL On NBC

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Ray Ferraro On The Move To ESPN

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

The former-NHLer-turned-popular-hockey-commentator signed on with ESPN this week, as part of the Worldwide Leader in Sports’ re-entry into the world of the NHL.

“I’m really super-excited to be honest,” Ferraro said this week from his Vancouver home.

“I didn’t know it was a career at the time, I was still playing. I got to work with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose,” he said, recalling his first foray into broadcasting alongside Buccigross on Melrose on ESPN 2Night, a step he took while he was still an active player. “All these years later, I’m back.”

The new role with ESPN will see him working around 50 NHL national broadcasts over the course of the season, roughly 1 1/2 per week, plus working regional Toronto Maple Leafs broadcasts and the world junior championships for TSN.

The NHL’s new U.S. TV deals with ESPN and Turner Sports couldn’t have come at a better time for Ferraro. The lives of his boys, Riley, 14, and Reese, 11, are busier than ever, and so is his wife’s: Cammi Granato is the Vancouver-based pro scout for the Seattle Kraken who are weeks away from their expansion draft and hit the ice for real next fall.

In other words, it was going to get harder and harder to keep up with his previous schedule, which had him doing his TV work for TSN and making daily appearances on Vancouver and Toronto radio, plus regular radio appearances in other markets.

He was having to operate as a local insider, which meant hours of prep time for each hit.

“It’s the overall workload that Cammi and I were hoping to rebalance,” he acknowledged.

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ESPN Hockey Coverage A Work In Progress

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

How will ESPN’s NHL coverage look different from what we’ve seen on NBC’s networks the last 15 years?

“We’re trying to figure it out,” said Mark Gross, ESPN’s senior vice president in charge of hockey coverage. “We know what the music is going to be.”

The familiar “NHL on ESPN” theme is back. But the network is determined to make a splash in its first NHL games since the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, beyond the personalities named in this past week’s roster announcement.

The network’s coverage starts with the July 21 Seattle expansion draft, hosted by Chris Fowler on ESPN2. John Buccigross will host the NHL Draft two days later. Those shows will be produced by NHL Network.

When Gross spoke over the phone this past week, ESPN (which reportedly paid $410 million a year for seven years of NHL rights) and Turner ($225 million a year over the same period) still hadn’t divvied the games. The NHL had yet to release its 2021-22 schedule. Its puck- and player-tracking data has not seen the light of day.

“One thing we’re trying to get our arms around is what analytics teams and coaches use to showcase in our game coverage, our studio coverage,” Gross said. “Camera positions is another thing we’re looking at, talking to the league to see how we can showcase and document the games.”

Strategy and speed are the buzzwords Gross hears in his daily conversations with NHL people. Capturing both, while serving hard-core fans, hooking viewers from the massive pool of casual sports viewers who don’t give hockey much thought, attracting diverse genders and backgrounds . . . all are among Gross’s concerns.

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