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Sportsnet’s new era of hockey receives mixed reviews

TORONTO, On. – The puck dropped to open the 2014/15 NHL season on Wednesday night, and Rogers Sportsnet’s $5.2 billion, 12-year broadcast deal was on full display for the first time. Sportsnet’s new era of hockey had a familiar feel with some noticeable changes. A new $4.5-million, 11,000-square foot studio was the most evident change as Sportsnet’s hockey analysts – combined...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Network to Launch Simulcast of Rogers Sportsnet Programming

If you’re an NHL fan, you may already have noticed that NHL Network has picked up Sportsnet’s Hockey Central’s radio simulcast at noon ET. This will be the first of several programs that NHLN will simulcast from the league’s new Canadian TV partner. Weeknights, NHL Network will air the Hockey Central nightly recap show. On Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET, NHL will simulcast one hour...
Via Fang's Bites
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 2014-15 NHL TV Guide

Welcome hockey fans in Canada and across the United States, the beautiful ice game has returned. There’s an interesting thing for those who work in our corners of the sports world: the state of hockey on television is currently more immediately recognizable and static in America than it is for our friends up north. This is, of course, due to a massive, sprawling new television...
Via Awful Announcing
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rogers announces hockey broadcast team with lots of familiar faces from CBC

Rogers, with their multi-billion dollar monopoly on nationally-broadcast NHL action in Canada, has been announcing the broadcast team for their eons of games in pieces throughout the summer. We broke the story that they’d brought over former TSNers Paul Romanuk and Dave Randorf for their play-by-play squad along with lead CBC play-by-play man Jim Hughson. Other hires have broken...
Via Awful Announcing
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

CBC axes veteran sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee

The latest round of budget cuts at the CBC has claimed two of the network’s longest tenured and most recognizable voices. Veteran sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee have been laid off, the Canadian Press reports. The move comes nine months after Rogers Media secured the NHL broadcast rights in a landmark $5.2-billion deal. With Rogers gaining editorial control and reaping...
Via Awful Announcing
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rogers launches its first NHL season with flex scheduling and a mind-boggling amount of games

Hockey’s back! Well, not really, hockey just went away. The NHL schedule was released today, along with the Canadian TV schedule, or at least most of it (The American TV slate wasn’t, but I’ll still have a post on it later). Rogers appears to be making good on their promise of a beefed up Hockey Night in Canada, the continuation of Wednesday Night Hockey, as well as the addition...
Via Awful Announcing
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Don Cherry Playoff Wardrobe Retrospective: (2014, Part II)

Now that the NHL season is over, it’s time to put a bow on our Don Cherry Playoff Wardrobe Retrospective series for another year. Sad, we know. But cheer up, and get your retinas ready. Unlike last season, the polarizing Hockey Night in Canada pundit gave us so many eye-popping outfits this time around that it required two separate posts. You may remember that we gave you an...
Via Awful Announcing
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: CBC cuts out, switches to NBC during Stanley Cup celebration

Canada’s national broadcaster had a bizarre technical glitch that very nearly came at the worst possible time. CBC’s feed dropped and suddenly switched to a split-screened version of the NBC broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers in double overtime early on Saturday morning. They showed the game-winning goal...
Via Awful Announcing
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The good and the bad of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on television so far

We’re nearly two weeks into the annual tournament of endless madness that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s been an excellent first round — really, the combined insanity of the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs has made for as good a two weeks in sports as I can remember — and there’s obviously a lot of television coverage to look over. The NHL is a special challenge, because...
Via Awful Announcing
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

MacLean

     It was almost uncomfortable watching Ron MacLean try to justify his comments last night during game three between LA and SJ.  He was addressing the comments the made about the officials the NHL chose for the Montreal game earlier.  After the "blown call" made by Charron in game three (disallowed goal), MacLean said that the NHL should not have chosen a francophone official...
Via Puckrant.com
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL to hand out annual awards in Las Vegas June 24

   The NHL announced on April 21 that the league’s annual awards will once again be handed out in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. The awards ceremony will take place at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Hotel on Tuesday, June 24 and will be broadcast live on television in America by NBCSN and in Canada on CBC. The NHL Awards will be hosted by Canadian journalist and TV interviewer...
Via Hockey Fan Land
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportsnet makes George Stroumboulopoulos hire official, announces hockey hosts

It was an event that stopped all the talk in Canada. It was broadcast live on television for nearly an hour in our neighbors to the north. Dozens of members of the press showed up to cover it and provide context to it. It was, of course, the announcement of Hockey Night in Canada's host roster on Monday. Sometimes, Canada cannot be more Canada. In situations like this, it's almost...
Via Awful Announcing
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

George Stroumboulopoulos to host Hockey Night in Canada next season

Talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos may be the next face of Hockey Night in Canada. Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted Sunday night that there is a good chance the CBC television personality will be named the primary host of NHL coverage on Sportsnet when Rogers Communications Inc. takes over next season. McKenzie also hinted that Coach’s Corner will be getting a two-year contract...
Via Hockey Fan Land
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rogers Unveils Dream Team to Deliver Upcoming NHL Season; Don Cherry in the mix

Finally, we get an answer we were waiting for. Rogers will keep the Coach's Corner and Don Cherry and ron MacLean. This is good news for Don Cherry fans. TORONTO, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers today announced a dream team of broadcasters who will anchor NHL national coverage across all Rogers properties, as well as Hockey Night in Canada. Together, George Stroumboulopoulos, Don...
Via Goon's World
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

George Stroumboulopoulos will be the host of Sportsnet's 'Hockey Night in Canada'

This October, it looks like Don Cherry will be forced to learn a doozy of a new name.  According to TSN's Bob McKenzie -- who is such a boss he breaks stories about talent on other TV networks -- Canadian talk show host (and recently former CNN employee) George Stroumboulopoulos will become the new primary host of Hockey Night in Canada on Sportsnet. The network will also retain...
Via Awful Announcing
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Broadcasting Rumors: Cherry gets two year deal with Sportsnet

With Rogers taking over as the national rights holder for NHL hockey in Canada, there had been a lot of speculation as to the future of Don Cherry and Coaches Corner, given that Don is now eighty years of age, and whether Sportsnet was willing to continue the first intermission slot that had become must watch TV on Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts.Word is that Cherry will be signed...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rogers announces more details about NHL deal

Rogers Communications is going to air 500 regular-season NHL games in Canada starting next season as part of its blockbuster 12-year agreement with the league. Rogers revealed some of its plans at an event for advertisers on Tuesday at Maple Leaf Gardens. The company is trying to drum up excitement from the media buyers who will help pay off its hefty $5.2-billion investment. Rogers...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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