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Watching The NHL All-Star Game


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Inside The Glass With Kevin Allen And Pierre McGuire

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

All in all, going "Inside the Glass" with McGuire for NBC's broadcast of the game was one of the most entertaining assignments of my career.

Here are the my takeaways from the experience:

Time flies: I knew the game was faster when watching from ice level, but I didn't realize how quick time passes when you are in the center of the action. When I heard play-by-play man Kenny Albert in my headset say there was less than a minute to go in the first period, I was shocked. There’s so much going on right in front of you that you lose all sense of time. Line changes are happening two feet away, coaches are barking commands and players are calling for the puck. It’s all mesmerizing.

McGuire’s complicated job: He may not be speaking to viewers every minute of the game, but he is always talking to someone, often a member of the NBC production crew to let them know he has a story to tell or what video they should cue up. McGuire likes to identify eight possible story lines for the game.


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Go To Work With Pierre McGuire

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks is starting in 30 minutes and Pierre McGuire is headed to work.

First he stops to talk to Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who is riding a stationary bike. Then McGuire makes small talk with a referee and linesman. Finally he walks across ice and climbs over the boards and settles into his office — the space between the teams’ benches.

Just like Wayne Gretzky had his office behind the net, Phil Esposito had the slot and Ron Hextall had the crease, McGuire has the space that he has used to help change the game.

"It’s like he invented his job,” says NBC play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert.

USA TODAY Sports spent a portion of Wednesday’s NBC “Rivalry Night” game at United Center inside the glass with McGuire and witnessed the celebrity that the former coach has become — with fans waiting to take selfies — from one of the most unique positions in sports.


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NBCSN Will Have A Weekly Recap Show Called NHL Sunday Shootout

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 6, 2016 – NBCSN rings in the new year by launching NHL Sunday Shootout, a new 30-minute program recapping the biggest NHL moments of week. NHL Sunday Shootout premieres this Sunday at 11:30 p.m. ET, after NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey matchup between the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. ET, and will follow each of NBCSN’s 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups.

The program, hosted by Dave Briggs, will feature insight and analysis from NBC Sports Group’s team of NHL commentators, including Jeremy RoenickBrian Boucher, and Anson Carter.

NHL Sunday Shootout will serve as a weekly roundup for NHL fans on most Sunday nights leading into the postseason. In addition to insight and analysis recapping the week around the league, NHL Sunday Shootout will preview the upcoming week and feature recurring segments, including:

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NBCSN Kicks-Off Their NHL Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 5, 2015 – The puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL regular season this Wednesday, Oct. 7, with an opening night doubleheader on NBCSN. Game coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, and raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters. NBCSN’s doubleheader shifts to the west coast at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quickand the Los Angeles Kings welcome Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call for Rangers-Blackhawks, while John Forslund(play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will provide commentary for Sharks-Kings.

Opening night coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh. He will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, as well as veteran TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, providing pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.

NBCSN’s opening week of NHL coverage continues on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET, when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche host Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild.

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All About NBC Sports Group’s Center of Attention: The Unreal Life Of Derek Sanderson

Stamford, Conn. – May 27, 2015 – NBC Sports Group announced today the launch of NBC Sports Films, a new initiative that will leverage NBC Olympics’ Emmy Award-winning storytelling heritage and personnel to produce sports documentaries that will air across NBC Sports Group’s multiple platforms. NBC Sports Films will annually produce multiple long-form projects to be presented across NBC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Digital.

NBC Sports Films’ first project, Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson, a one-hour documentary that chronicles the remarkable life of former NHL star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Derek Sanderson, will premiere on NBCSN on Monday, June 8, following Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

“Storytelling has always been a prominent component of NBC Sports’ coverage of signature events. We are excited to expand those efforts and further serve our audience by providing additional long-form content across all NBC Sports Group platforms,” said Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group. “Our debut film, Center of Attention, is a compelling portrait of the extraordinary life of Derek Sanderson, who has lived the highest of highs and the most challenging lows a life in the spotlight can produce.”

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Watching The Conference Finals

via NBC Sports Group press release....

Through the first nine games of the Conference Finals (May 24), NBC Sports Group’s coverage has averaged 1.906 million viewers, up 10% vs. viewership of the first nine games of the 2014 Conference Finals (1.739 million).

Saturday night’s Game 4 on NBC between the Ducks and the Blackhawks (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m. ET), which was decided in double overtime, delivered a 1.78 rating and averaged 2.801 million viewers, ranking as the highest-rated and most-watched game of the 2015 playoffs to date. Viewership peaked in the 11:30 p.m. ET quarter hour, averaging nearly 4.7 million viewers (4.655).

In addition, the game marked the highest-rated Conference Final matchup in two years, since the deciding Game 5 of the 2013 Western Conference Final between the Blackhawks and Kings (2.89). NBC led the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and most other key demos.

Locally, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Lightning-Rangers Eastern Conference Final has produced four of the Top 5 NHL ratings ever on NBC or NBCSN in the Tampa Bay market, highlighted by a record 8.65 rating in Game 2 on NBCSN. Through six games, the Tampa Bay market has averaged a 7.7 local rating, up 48% vs. the average rating in the Tampa Bay market for the 2011 Eastern Conference Final (5.2), which featured the Lightning and Bruins.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Ducks-Blackhawks Western Conference Final has averaged a 2.8 rating in the Los Angeles market through five games, including the highest-rated Ducks game ever on NBCSN (Game 2; 3.1) and the highest-rated Ducks game on NBC since Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final (Game 4; 3.2).

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Watching The NBC Sports Group

from Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily,

NBCSN averaged 349,000 viewers for 91 NHL game telecasts during the '14-15 season, down slightly from 351,000 viewers over 88 games last season.

The audience still marks the cable net's third-best audience since acquiring NHL rights prior to the '05-06 season. Only last season and the lockout-shortened '12-13 season rank higher. NBCSN did see a small gain (+1%) for its "Wednesday Night Rivalry" telecasts (565,000 vs 559,000 viewers). The Wednesday night window drew seven of NBCSN's 10 most-viewed games this season.


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Mike Emrick Named Media Person Of The Year By Sports Illustrated

from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated,

THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports)

Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (Game 1, Rangers-Penguins), two overtime games in the conference finals (Games 3 and 4 between the Rangers-Canadians) and two overtime games in Stanley Cup Finals (Games 2 and the clinching Game 5 between the Rangers-Kings).

What struck me most this year about Emrick during the playoffs was when he chose silence. He stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect. During games, he is part wordsmith, part historian, but most of all, he is the consummate professional.

more on the numerous awards and nice to see Tim Thompson getting a mention too...

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Video- Bob McKenzie And Mike Milbury Tackle The Fighting Issue In The NHL

Bob McKenzie and Mike Milbury talked fighting in the NHL last night on NBCSN.

Watch below...

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