Thursday, August 14, 2008

NHL releases TV schedules

The NHL Winter Classic is only one of the more than 300 nationally televised games the League announced Thursday in unveiling the national TV broadcast schedules for 2008-09 for NBC, CBC, RDS, VERSUS and TSN.
In Canada, TSN will be showing 70 regular season games and Hockey Night in Canada will have 69. TSN is showing an incredible six preseason games and all of its regular season contests will feature at least one Canadian team.

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At 4:40 PM, August 14, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

TSN is showing an incredible six preseason games and all of its regular season contests will feature at least one Canadian team.

Both of those are shifts in direction, aren't they? That's too bad about exclusively featuring Canadian teams... they did a good job showing all US matchups and now there is no place to watch them on a main sports network in Canada. And it just ramps up the cheerleading of Canadian franchises in the Canadian media that much more.

I did enjoy TSN broadcasting big time rivalries like Philly vs. Pittsburgh. I'm assuming the soon to be launched TSN2 will carry these types of games now, but I have no idea how widely available that network will be.

 
At 4:43 PM, August 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

You're right, it is a bit disappointing. But TSN's getting into broadcasting hockey in a big way, and games featuring Canadian teams earn far better ratings.

Hopefully another network realizes there's a real market for more NHL games, regardless of who's playing in them, on cable.

 
At 5:10 PM, August 14, 2008, Blogger dulund said...

At least here in the US Versus has not changed its Monday-Tuesday game nights so I can justify dumping digital cable and get satellite TV and NHL center ice.

What marketing genius at Versus decided that the weekend (or at least Friday night for NBC's sake) was for cage fighting and not a hockey game?

Apparently "long term" wasn't a phrase used in the Versus business plan.

 
At 10:52 PM, August 14, 2008, Blogger Derek from Cloud9 Sports said...

I wrote about the Versus schedule today while overlooking the TSN quotient for the time being.

Their attempt to beef up the programing to swoon the US audience should be well received. Given the totals that Puck Daddy Greg nicely tabulated, I like the sked in the US.

 

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