Friday, September 21, 2007

Burke on the BBC

Brian Burke gives a fascinating interview with the BBC on the program Extratime.

It's really going to be interesting to see how English audiences receive the two games over there next weekend, especially given hockey's nonexistent profile in the country.


At 3:43 p.m., September 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hockey is not non-existent in the UK. It's a fringe sport, but it has a couple of leagues that are reported on regularly in the major press. In certain communities the teams have a significant presence.

At 4:21 p.m., September 21, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

In the interview, this is discussed between Burke and the BBC fellow (I'm afraid I didn't catch his name). It is the journalist's view that hockey has zero profile in that country.

At 5:29 p.m., September 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess the Brits would just think Burke is quite the American cowboy type.
If I get my times correct I think that interview will be on BBC World tonight at 11:30pm Eastern if anyone has it. Channel 510 on Expressvu

At 7:09 p.m., September 21, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

It's already receiving the typical negative press. One of the free London papers tonight had an article on how fighting is encouraged by the NHL. I think most people over here would see fighting as the main focus of hockey.

At 7:47 p.m., September 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone else having trouble viewing this.

At 9:01 p.m., September 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A number of years ago a friend of mine was backpacking around the UK, and at one hostel the topic of ice hockey came up. The consensus among the locals was that hockey players were wimps because of all the equipment they need to wear.

Another Canadian at the hostel pulled out a tape of hockey fights, really brutal and bloody junior hockey kinds of fights, and needless to say the locals were all hockey fans after that and had a new respect for hockey players.

The point is, it's very easy for the press to write negatively about fighting in hockey, but that hardly means that the sentiment resonates with sports fans.

At 12:19 a.m., September 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Burke still blaming the Angles and the Saxons for losing at Normandy? Or is he just calling for Ethelred the Unready to be fired?

At 3:18 a.m., September 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, surely you mean British hockey fans - not just English??

At 2:29 p.m., September 22, 2007, Anonymous beingbobbyorr said...

Is anyone else having trouble viewing this.

Yes. The link wants me to save a *.ram file to my hard drive. What I'm supposed to do with it from there is a mystery (no jokes about shoving it up my ___, please).

At 2:31 p.m., September 22, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

.ram is a Real Player file. Download the free player.

At 12:22 a.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Which you can do at

I can't believe the BBC or anyone else still uses it though.

At 10:28 a.m., September 23, 2007, Anonymous Stew said...

The name of the interviewer is Rob Bonnet, he is a sound bloke.

At 10:57 a.m., September 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The British press really loves slamming North American sports. First the endless rants about the MLS when Beckham made his move and now trying to paing hockey as some sort of bloodsport? I wonder if they would appreciate the NA press slamming British soccer for it's hooliganism.

At 5:00 p.m., September 24, 2007, Blogger Danny Pugsley said...

Anonymous - Hooliganism? What decade are you in?

The MLS gets slammed because the standard is terrible. Beckham went for the dollars because he thought his career was over, and now regrets it following a renaissance of sorts over since the turn of the year.

As for the NHL - the press coverage will be largely non-existent because the fan base here in the UK is largely non-existent. Despite what is a pair of showpiece games being staged, the press (so far anyway) is pretty apathetic towards it all.


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