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Puck Daddy chats with NHL COO John Collins regarding ramifications of broadcast deal with MLB

08/14/2015 at 11:48am EDT

Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski held a lengthy conversation with NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins recently, and Collins discussed the ramifications of the NHL's broadcasting/webcasting deal with MLB:

A lot of fans are curious about the plans for the NHL Network. What are the near-term changes for the network, for 2015-16?

We’re going to have new sets, and they’re going to be here in New York [i.e. Secaucus, NJ] rather than in Toronto. It’s a building that was built out for MSNBC but MLB took it over and they’re great facilities. We’re going to have three sets: The set in the NHL Store in Manhattan, where we do NHL Live and make the Player Safety videos; and then two sets out in Secaucus. So we’ll have better sets.

The second thing will be the impact on talent. There’s different talent available in New York than there is in Toronto. There’s going to be more of an opportunity for some of the regional guys that are coming through in the New York area to be part of it. An opportunity to see some old friend like Kathryn Tappen, who’s with NBC now. We used her last year on NHL Network a little, but she couldn’t really commute between New York and Toronto. There’s also interest from some of the other NBC guys and we’d love to have them.

So maybe a bit more of a rotating cast of analysts than in the previous incarnation of NHL Network?

Yeah, I think that’s right.

I’ve heard that this season on NHL Network, we’re going to have the same types of programs we’ve had in previous years, but that the MLB produced shows are coming in 2016-17. Accurate?

Because we’ll be up and running for the season, I think they’ll focus on the tentpole anchor shows. You have On The Fly, which is on when you don’t have games on NHLN. It’s the live look-in studio based show like NFL RedZone. That show’s a staple.

MLB likes the idea of a national pregame show, and that’s going to be NHL Live, which we’re going to continue out of the NHL Store studio.
And we think a necessity is NHL Tonight, the daily postgame show, which is really the only place you can go to get that. And that’ll be out of Secaucus.

And then we’ll figure out what we do.

Wyshynski continues at considerable length...

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