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Is HBO Thinking About the Cup Finals?

From Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press via the Globe and Mail:

Few ever thought the NHL would open its doors to camera crews and unfettered access during the regular season, but almost everyone who saw HBO’s “24/7” series was glad they did.

While the league will take some time before deciding what to do for an encore, at least one top executive is willing to dream big — chief operating officer John Collins says he’s open to the idea of doing something similar during the post-season.

“That would be the ultimate, being able to take fans inside the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Collins said Friday in an interview. “We’ll look at it. It’s certainly not something we’ll be able to pull together for this year.

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NHLJeff's avatar

The only problem I’d have with this is teams possibly being unnecessarily distracted at the most crucial time of the year.

Posted by NHLJeff from Denver on 01/07/11 at 10:45 PM ET


If teams get distracted by that, then they don’t deserve to win the ultimate prize.  I think it would be absolutely awesome.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 01/07/11 at 11:17 PM ET


If both teams are being filmed then it’s not unfair, besides which if you can’t handle heavy pressure and scrutiny the Stanley Cup Finals aren’t going to end well anyhow. Personally I reckon the NHL needs to build a regular working relationship with HBO, perhaps giving them one game every week where they have a chance to go behind the scenes, broadcast an unedited audio feed from the ice, and try new things for hockey broadcasting. Definitely room for that in the new TV deal coming up.

Posted by fcjbencard on 01/07/11 at 11:51 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Not really sure what all the fuss about 24/7 is ?

In the 2002/2003 season ESPN had cameras follow the RedWings at the rink, on the road, in the locker room…etc, and then made it into a couple of special brodcast programs.

It’s really all been done before, so why all the fuss????

Oh! I get it….it’s all crosby/ovechkin all the time. Well, that’s different.    hmmm

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/08/11 at 12:44 AM ET


Did the ESPN special(s?) include pre-game/intermission/post-game speeches? Did they show you dialogue between coaches and GMs? Did they show you a GM and a coach talking to a minor league call up explaining that he would be going down? Off the top of my head, those were three of the most compelling things I experienced while taking in the HBO specials. As a hockey fan, I definitely enjoyed seeing that and would love to see more. If the ESPN specials had all this (and more?) then maybe you have a point.

The Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry was a key selling point of the series but as a hockey fan I wouldn’t consider it a compelling reasont o watch it. It’s all the other stuff they showed.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 01/09/11 at 04:15 AM ET

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