A New Era for Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks look like they have a competitive, entertaining team this season after many seasons of finishing towards the bottom of the Western Conference.
While play can mark the beginning and end of eras in a team’s history, ownership decisions may mark big change for Chicago.
It was announced today that the Hawks are in dicussion with Comcast to get some home games on television. Former owner Bill Wirtz, who passed away almost a month ago, did not allow home games to be broadcast, saying he thought it wasn’t fair for season ticket holders. The Blackhawks are now controlled by one of his sons, Rocky, who made the announcement to employees this afternoon.
Many teams have all games televised. When games aren’t, they’re generally away games. Tomorrow’s game in Chicago against the Blue Jackets isn’t being televised in either market. Fans who order Center Ice aren’t used to being shut out from games, and hopefully the Blackhawks can work with Comcast to stop the Hawks from being part of these instances.
Idea for the NHL: when games aren’t being televised, use the arena feed and the radio call (if there is one) and offer fans the opportunity to watch the game online.