Rogers seems to have gotten through their first week of 12 years of full-time NHL broadcasting without any major disasters. Personally, I haven’t seen a second of their national Wednesday night or Saturday night broadcasts due to work commitments, so I can’t comment of the television product. I have however been using GameCentre Live, so I hope to get up a post reviewing that sometime this week. Plenty of others have commented on the broadcast coverage after the weekend though:
- Steve Buffery / Toronto Sun: Lots of hyperbole, but Sportsnet’s first hockey telecast was impressive
- Scott Stinson / National Post: How did Rogers fare in its opening NHL broadcast? A diary of the Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game
- Bill Brioux / Canadian Press: First game of Rogers era some slick TV
- Chris Zelkovich / Yahoo Sports: Hockey Night in Rogersland: Now for something sort of different
- Chris Zelkovich / Yahoo Sports: Reworked Hockey Night In Canada almost a Cherry-free zone
- Cathal Kelly / The Globe & Mail: Stroumboulopoulos brings personality to Sportsnet’s hockey coverage
- Chris Curtis / Montreal Gazette: Cameras mounted everywhere in Rogers’ NHL debut
- Steve Lepore / Awful Announcing: The “New” Hockey Night In Canada: Much of the same, for better and worse
With less work now at TSN, two of their biggest names will be making frequent trips south of the border in a major pickup for NBC. Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger have joined NBC Sports as contributors for this season according to Sports Illustrated. McKenzie will be a full-time contributor, flying down to NBC’s Connecticut studios each week for their Wednesday Night Rivalry broadcasts, as well as travelling on-site for NBC’s All-Star, Stanley Cup and Draft shows. Dreger will also appear, but the details of when and how often weren’t elaborated on. Both will continue to appear on TSN.
TSN Radio will debut a new nationwide hockey analytics shows entitled TSN Hockey Analytics. Catchy, I know. The weekly show will explore the latest on advanced statistics in hockey, which is all the rage these days, in case you haven’t heard. The show will air Saturday afternoons on TSN Radio stations across the country, as well as live streamed online at TSN.ca, via the TSN GO app and available as a podcast download. Hosted by Andy McNamara, it will feature regular appearances by the TSN Hockey team as well as Globe and Mail hockey writer James Mirtle, stats writer Travis Yost, analysts Jamie McLennan and TSN’s statman Scott Cullen.
Telus Optik TV customers are now the latest Canadians to have access to TSN GO website and mobile streaming service. The list of providers that can now use the service include: Bell TV, FibreOp TV (Bell Aliant), NorthernTel, Rogers, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct, and Source Cable.
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Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV