SportsCenter anchor, college hockey play-by-play voice. ESPN certainly seems likely to be involved on the streaming side, and the chances of them getting involved on the TV side appear on the rise too. Moreover, NBC is strongly focused on hockey. And baseball has a million. I think we would be a very attractive partner, with obviously plenty of networks and plenty of channels.
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John Buccigross “real optimistic” NHL will return to ESPN when next TV contract is up
You can read previous installments here. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We, the National Hockey League, in conjunction with the Columbia Broadcasting System, are controlling the transmission. The NHL didn t need an eerie cold open that day because the programming was already significant enough on its own. In broadcasting the Saturday afternoon game between the Chicago Black Hawks stylized as two words until and the New York Rangers, it marked the first time that an NHL contest was televised from coast to coast in the United States.
Five years earlier, hockey was beamed into the homes of Canadians for the first time when Rene Lecavalier called the French play-by-play for a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens on Oct. Less than a month later, when the Maple Leafs hosted the Bruins, Foster Hewitt made his television debut as he called the first English-language broadcast of a hockey game in Canada. By this point, Canadians were no strangers to Hewitt s voice, he had been calling Leafs games for radio from high atop his gondola at Maple Leaf Gardens since the Great Depression.
Throwback Thursday: So when CBS-TV and the league struck a game television agreement in the offseason, it was big news. It signalled the first TV network coverage of hockey in the United States. Beginning on Jan. Simply put, hockey on the tube in the United States was a big deal for the sport. The country had a population of over million in , and within a year it s estimated that 83 percent of households owned a television set.
While Canada may have been the first to televise a hockey game, there s simply no comparison between the size of the markets and their potential reach. When Hewitt called that Bruins-Leafs game in , Canada s population was just shy of 15 million and television had only arrived in the country two months earlier. At the time, only , Canadians owned a television set. Although the number of receivers in Canada steadily increased, reaching 1.
But back to the game in question. Aside from the broadcasting implications, it was also significant for the Rangers because it was the first time that the Blueshirts played an afternoon game at Madison Square Garden. Matinee games were nothing new to the NHL, but this just happened to be the first one to hit Broadway. Coverage of the contests was also notable because they were to be uncensored.
But according to the New York Times , all this meant was that, "the camera will be permitted to focus on any stick-swinging or fistic activities on the ice or sidelines. Such televised coverage is not permitted in the National Football League. The game proved to be an easy win for the Rangers. The Blueshirts opened the scoring in the first period and then potted the game winner at the tailend of the second frame.
Chicago got on the scoresheet 44 seconds into the final stanza, but the damage had already been done. Although the Black Hawks kept it a one-goal game for most of that period, the Rangers scored two quick goals, 20 seconds apart, in the final minute to put the game out of reach. While 9, fans were in attendance for the game, there were countless viewers watching the drama unfold from the comfort of their living rooms. With the contest being transmitted on more than stations as far south and west as New Orleans and Los Angeles, respectively, there would have been no shortage of people tuning in to catch some afternoon hockey.
Chicago defenceman Pierre Pilote recalled in his biography that he remembered, "Friends from Fort Erie were happy that Saturday afternoon because they could watch the game on the Buffalo station. Plenty of hockey connoisseurs were undoubtedly thrilled with such access, but that particular game wouldn t have necessarily been the one you d want to use to indoctrinate neophyte fans.
Although there was a good handful of goals and twice as many penalties called, the matchup had reportedly lacked the speed, action, and heavy body checking that had become synonymous with the NHL. While league president Clarence Campbell, who was in attendance that game, called it a "pretty good show," it may not have lived up to its "uncensored" billing with promises of fisticuffs and donnybrooks.
Nevertheless, the televised games proved to be very popular that season. As a result, the NHL and CBS both agreed to renew the television package for , increasing the number of games to 21 and beginning the coverage earlier into the season. But there was trouble on the horizon. At the time, the additional money generated by the TV deal went into the pockets of the owners of the American clubs, with none finding its way into players billfolds.
The PA faced significant resistance from the owners and the league s top brass, making it very difficult for the prospect of the association to gain any traction. Such was the fate of Red Wings captain and association organizer, Ted Lindsay. He was stripped of his captaincy and then banished to the struggling Black Hawks. But for other players like Gordie Howe, the writing was on the wall.
They realized they were outmatched and pushed their Detroit teammates to withdraw from the association. The idea of a player s union wouldn t be revived for another decade. Meanwhile, CBS and the NHL renewed its television agreement for broadcasts in the season, but ratings started to slide when many affiliated stations, particularly in the southern United States, failed to make room in their schedules for NHL matchups.
As a result, the agreement was discontinued after that season. At the time of the deal, William C. MacPhail, vice-president of CBS TV sports referred to it as, "by far the largest amount ever paid for any sports series other than football or baseball. Nearly a half century later, we ve seen the league agree to other historic deals with NBC and Rogers , worth billions of dollars, for the exclusive rights to broadcast in the United States and Canada.
The agreements were transformational. It has changed how the league approaches its distribution of the game and how fans consume it. But the media landscape has already changed immensely since those deals were first signed in and , respectively. One of the challenges that the league will continue to face in the coming years is the rise in the number of people who are the cutting the cord and ditching cable altogether.
It s certainly been the trend in Canada, where in there was an 80 percent increase in the number of people who disconnected from traditional television offerings. The trend is certainly tied to the ever growing popularity of streaming options such as Netflix, but organizations like Rogers have already begun recognizing that the worm is turning. Last year the Canadian media company announced the launch of Sportsnet Now where consumers could stream all six of Sportsnet s television channels, content that was previously only available through cable subscriptions.
However, many others are forgoing these options altogether and are getting the same stuff on the sly. As Business Insider put it, "we are living in a golden age of illegal TV streaming," and that s certainly cutting into the world of sports broadcasting, even if the quality is not quite there yet. But of course, all of this means nothing if viewers simply aren t interested.
During the NHL postseason, to the surprise of many, Canadian viewership had cratered due to the fact that none of the clubs north of the 49th parallel qualified for the playoffs for the first time since Earlier this year it was reported that football ratings had taken a nosedive , partly a byproduct of the frenzy swirling around the presidential election, but that wasn t the sole culprit behind the drop off.
Given everything at play right now and how quickly things will change moving forward, the NHL will need to be innovative and think outside the box in how it markets and delivers its content to consumers. In the meantime, the deals with NBC and Rogers are on the books until the next decade, which will give the league plenty of time to get itself in order. By then, a year old Jaromir Jagr will have passed Wayne Gretzky in all-time goal scoring and the Leafs will have broken their Stanley Cup drought several times over.
The future looks bright, but for now— tbt to when the NHL first beamed into television sets in homes across the United States. CBS struck a historic TV deal with the NHL in , and a year later became the first cable provider to broadcast a nationally televised hockey game in the United States. The media landscape has changed a great deal since. Screengrab via New York Times, VICE Elsewhere.
Burke Magnus’ NHL comments are just the latest example of ESPN changing its tune on the league
TV Contracts: A huge chunk of income is based on the television deal. TV ratings are more important to a team than ticket sales, because that is what will drive the next contract. The Canadian TV deal is worth a whopping 5. That breaks down to approximately , annually. Divide nearly ,, dollars by 30 and that comes to over 20,, per team.
The deal, the largest in NHL history, gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup final, on all of its platforms in all languages.
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Hockey Fight in Canada: The Big Media Faceoff Over the NHL
When the prospective owners of the Phoenix Coyotes recruited investors earlier this year, this was part of their pitch: The NHL had just gone through another lockout. The owners would split that 30 ways. It really is. The NFL, every team is profitable. Certainly not in the near future. But Canada, that could be a good deal. It turned out to be a record deal. In Canada, the media landscape has been turned upside down.
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Went to Keene State College and received a degree in journalism in I wrote sports for the college paper, called "The Equinox. After a two-year stint out of college working as a proofreader and part--time sports writer for The Concord Monitor N. After doing some odd jobs including working as a bill collector for a trash company , I found some odd writing jobs for local periodicals and then latched on with The Denver Post in December of as a score-taker for the high-school sports department. That led to more writing jobs, such as covering DU hockey, lots of high-school coverage and various minor-pro sports.
Disney Enhances NHL Coverage Through NHL.TV, ESPN+
You can read previous installments here. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We, the National Hockey League, in conjunction with the Columbia Broadcasting System, are controlling the transmission. The NHL didn t need an eerie cold open that day because the programming was already significant enough on its own. In broadcasting the Saturday afternoon game between the Chicago Black Hawks stylized as two words until and the New York Rangers, it marked the first time that an NHL contest was televised from coast to coast in the United States. Five years earlier, hockey was beamed into the homes of Canadians for the first time when Rene Lecavalier called the French play-by-play for a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens on Oct. Less than a month later, when the Maple Leafs hosted the Bruins, Foster Hewitt made his television debut as he called the first English-language broadcast of a hockey game in Canada. By this point, Canadians were no strangers to Hewitt s voice, he had been calling Leafs games for radio from high atop his gondola at Maple Leaf Gardens since the Great Depression. Throwback Thursday: So when CBS-TV and the league struck a game television agreement in the offseason, it was big news.
NHL, NBC hoping to make Wednesday must-see TV for hockey
The United States cites baseball as its national pastime, although Nielsen ratings might say football. This paper, with the backing of the National Hockey League, attempts to delineate the rich history of the people and networks without which hockey might have never attained the adoration it enjoys today. According to Total Hockey: By this time, 25 percent of newspaper sales were due to growing sports sections and wire services. As the National Hockey League became more prominent, so did its coverage and staff. The Hockey News began publication in and is the largest hockey magazine in North America. With a readership of more than 2 million,it has also expanded to a digital subscription. Selke Trophy.
He answered today in a sports media post,. We still have a bit to go until crunch time.
The best is yet to come in Rogers-NHL deal: book
Now we can really take advantage of that. The biggest beneficiaries of the change are the Western Conference teams. Winnipeg , which has not made a regular-season national appearance since , will make five this season, including an Oct. Other teams receiving increased exposure are Tampa Bay and Nashville. Both teams will make 12 appearances, which is almost double what they had last season. Defending Western Conference champion Vegas 9 , Anaheim 8 and Edmonton 7 also have nearly twice as many appearances as last season. The traditional teams will still get plenty of exposure. Chicago will have the most appearances with 19 despite not making the playoffs last season. Washington will make the first of its 18 appearances followed by Philadelphia 17 and Pittsburgh Flood thinks the three-on-three format could draw even more fans. It also will be the week before the Super Bowl, which should allow the league to reap increased exposure.
Here are his key comments on that front:. When are we going to get back into hockey? This is the one time of year, for those scheduling wonks like myself, where if you really pay attention you figure out that the oddity of the NBA playoff schedule is that in the early rounds our games are limited to Friday through Sunday and Turner has all the week. That is still a vestige of us leaving the mid-week available to do the NHL playoffs. And it is just a great sport. I personally love it.
It s focused on delivering NHL hockey to the most passionate hockey fans in the world on a country-wide basis in a way that we think will give them the greatest connectivity to the game. It s the largest media rights deal in NHL history and one of the largest media rights deals in Canadian history. It is also Canada s largest sports-media rights agreement. The partnership between the NHL and Rogers begins with the season and runs through the season. The agreement also guarantees there will be no further regionalization of games or local blackouts. Rogers has three exclusive windows to broadcast any game involving a Canadian team -- Wednesday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday nights. Fans will have the ability to watch any of those games regardless of geographical location within Canada. Two years ago I said I wanted Sportsnet to be the No. As part of the agreement, CBC will continue to broadcast Hockey Night in Canada for at least the next four seasons, but Rogers will control the production and execution, including editorial content and on-air talent. Rogers will also earn the revenue from those broadcasts. CBC will not receive any revenue from Hockey Night in Canada, but it does not have to spend any of its public dollars toward broadcasting it. Families pass on the tradition of watching games together from generation to generation. It was important to us in terms of our fans, in terms of the cultural imperative, to respect the importance of Hockey Night in Canada. Our goal is to get maximum reach to Canadians," Pelley said. If, in fact, a Canadian team was to make it to the Stanley Cup Final, it wouldn t be out of the question that similar to what happened with the gold-medal game in Vancouver in , when we simulcast that game on 11 different networks and broadcast it in 22 different languages; we would certainly look at that option.VIDEO ON THEME: NHL, Rogers broadcast deal Q&A