Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gary Bettman’s Q&A at EconSports

Unfortunately, I didn’t make the EconSports conference today.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was a spotlight speaker.  paidContent.org’s Staci Kramer interviewed him on a variety of subjects.

There didn’t seem to be anything new to those who follow the sport, and the business side of it closely, but I did find this interesting about NHL.com’s new Gamecenter product:

Bettman didn’t give many specifics, but said the league has sold tens of thousands of subscriptions for its new Game Center Live streaming package—and that’s in line with the NHL’s forecasts. He also said that existing deals with TV and satellite providers prevent the league from making the same content available online through a single subscription. He admitted that the league’s own product does generate more revenue per subscription.

It appears to offer the same games as Center Ice, plus possibly more (NHL Network?) and of course anything that’s online-only, like the stats trackers.  You can also purchase it for the entire season for roughly the same price as Center Ice.  I’m the end, I’m not sure what’s not available online.  Hopefully someone can clarify.

For the record: I have a Center Ice subscription, and watch almost everything via TV, whether it be live or DVR’d.  Curiousity is about the only reason I’d get GameCenter.  As it has the same price point as TV, I might for a month to review it, but wouldn’t just hop in for the off-chance I’d like to use it at some other time deeper in the season.  It’d be interesting to see some other leagues team up with the NHL (like the AHL) and offer a true get-all online package.  The market for that wouldn’t be super-large, but would probably be very passionate and interactive.

Posted by David M Singer on Oct 30, 2008 at 01:25 AM
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Mastercard’s Timeline

Mastercard’s new “Timeline”:

Recognizable in Canada, where the commercial is running, the player is Bobby Orr in the simple and powerful ad.

Another from agency MacLaren McCann, after the jump.

Update: Thanks to Alanah for pointing me towards this CP article about Orr and the commercial.  Orr on his game that led to those knees:

“It was the way I played,” he said. “I liked to carry the puck and if you do that, you’re going to get hit.

“That’s the way it goes. I wish I’d played longer, but I don’t regret it. I had a style - when you play, you play all-out. I tried to do things. I didn’t want to sit back. I wanted to be involved.”

Continue reading "Mastercard’s Timeline"

Posted by David M Singer on Oct 17, 2008 at 05:20 PM
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Do Not Play

Apparently playing hockey is as addicting as crack in Edmonton.


From laterain on Flickr

via Say What?! - Curious Signs I have known

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What Goes Down

Maybe Marc-Andre Fleury thinks there’s only one way to go after starting like this:

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Lange’s Top Calls and the Horses

Mike Lange’s calls are something of legendary confusion.  They’re random, they sometimes don’t mean a thing, yet you know exactly what he’s talking about, and most seem to like him a ton.

TSN put together their Top 10 Mike Lange calls.  It’s a nice compilation, although TSN could have waited until Lange made the call before displaying it on-screen. (via NY Times)

Little OT worries

Tomorrow is not just game 5 between Detroit and Dallas, but the Preakness Stakes as well.  NBC ran into issues last season when Buffalo and Ottawa went into overtime and wasn’t sure what to do with the hockey broadcast as the Preakness broadcast was starting.

If the scenario presents itself again tomorrow, the NHL game will move to Versus.

Posted by David M Singer on May 16, 2008 at 03:02 PM
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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Onion Strikes the NHL Again

Titled: NHL Star Called Up To Big Leagues To Play For NFL Team

The Onion takes a swipe at everyone, of course, but definitely has a lot of fun at the NHL’s expense.  A sample:
NHL Offers Will Ferrell $350 To Do Movie About Hockey
Atlanta Fans Smile Politely Through Entire NHL All-Star Game
Nation Gears Up For Hockey’s First Season Following Lockout
Carolina Residents Confused, Terrified As Victorious Hurricane Players Riot In Streets
Hockey’s New Rules
The rest of The Onion’s hockey section.

Hat tip to Tom for alerting us all via Twitter.

Posted by David M Singer on Apr 28, 2008 at 11:51 PM
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Friday, April 11, 2008

Avery Gets Paparazzi Coverage

Some non-news from TMZ.  The post a paparazzi vid of celebs walking in and out of wherever celebs walk in and out of. Chris Brown is the lead, then Rihanna, then… Sean Avery?  Yup, Sean Avery.

I don’t understand the point of these vids.  I mean, I know why they do it, just hoping someone will do something outlandish and it gets bought up, but in general, yeah, it’s pointless.

I post it here to point out where Avery’s status is outside of the hockey world.  While he’s generally dubbed a “hockey star” in any sort of caption, he’s also usually attached to a tabloid-friendly female (or at least rumored to be chasing/dating/doing something with her).

Outside of LA, NY and maybe Miami, Avery can’t really maintain this status he has.  I’d be shocked to see him move to any other city this offseason and risk his current nightlife.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

NHL on Hulu

According to PC World, the NHL will soon join another online video site.  This time it’s Hulu.

Hulu takes the wraps off of its free video streaming service on March 12, when the service exits its five-month-long private beta phase and becomes accessible to all users. The site has attracted much attention since its introduction, and rightly so: As a joint venture from News Corp. and NBC Universal, the site is backed by some of the biggest content producers around. The latest additions include Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, the NBA, and NHL.

Hulu, which is open to the public now, is Fox (News Corp) and NBC’s competitor to Youtube.  The big corps want more control of their own content.

Or, to put it another way: why should Youtube get tons of traffic from Dick in a Box?

As you can see, the quality is very good.  Please note that I had to shrink the clip to get it to fit the width of this site (which I’ll be literally expanding soon).  So the embedded clip above went from 510px wide to 428px wide.  It scales well.  Hopefully the NHL clips on Hulu will have the same quality.

Hulu has full-length movies as well, like The Usual Suspects.  Sweet.

Posted by David M Singer on Mar 20, 2008 at 04:03 AM
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Blackhawks to Televise Anything They Can

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune has some good news for Blackhawks fans.  The team is trying to get all 82 games on television, and a large chunk of them could be on free tv:

As many as 25-30 could go on free, non-cable TV. WGN-Ch. 9, which carried Hawks games in the 1960s and early ‘70s, and WPWR-Ch. 50 are two possible landing spots.

Posted by David M Singer on Mar 18, 2008 at 04:23 PM
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Monday, March 17, 2008

NHL Live to Be Simulcast in HD

A fun announcement for those who have the NHL Network in HD:

The NHL Network will simulcast XM’s NHL Live, making the hockey talk radio show the first satellite radio program to be telecast live and high-definition by a TV network.

NHL Network’s HD simulcast of the two-hour weekday show debuts Monday, March 17 at noon (ET).

I don’t have the NHL Network in HD (yet?), but I’m office-bound anyway.  So I say enjoy it to those on sick days or those who have TVs in their offices.

I know the NHL is partnered with XM, but I wouldn’t mind catching Sirius’ Hockey Night In Canada to catch whatever Jeff Marek is up to.

Some podcasts/video podcasts would be fun too.

Posted by David M Singer on Mar 17, 2008 at 04:20 PM
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