I try to keep this blog w/ in the realm of design for the most part, but on the night of the NHL All-Star game I thought it would fitting for this post. What you say – the National Hockey League has an All Start game tonight, you’re forgiven if you didn’t know about it. The YouTube video above is from last year’s Oilers vs. Hurricanes Stanley Cup Finals – Game 3 Intro. It’s nine minutes of pure sports passion from Edmonton where I used to live. The whole play off run was unreal. Between the riots on Whyte ave. to the city wide beer shortages, it was unreal. And yes I now hate Chris Pronger…
But that’s not what this post is about, it’s really my disbelief that the NHL sold the idea to Canadian viewers that it was ok for them to not re-sign tv rights to ESPN, and to go with OLN which is now VS. Guess what channels ESPN and ESPN2 is on in New York. They’re 28 and 29. It took me weeks to even discover VS which is on 122. But the big deal is not so much the channel number, it’s the coverage that ESPN now gives hockey. It is so weak that I can’t help but wonder if it has to do w/ the tv rights to some degree. It is almost never mentioned and when it is, it’s one game that is highlighted.
I’m not even going to mention the pain that I have when the only game that is available is from New Jersey. As for hockey promotion in New York, there’s been some commercials for the Rangers that I think hockey fans can appreciate. But for promoting the game to a city as diverse as New York, the NHL is no where to be seen. Why not show the Cup once in a while around the rink at the Rockefeller Center?
As for the Oilers this year, Kim who’s a die hard fan says it best when his MSN message reads this: The Oilers have failed me! I’m short. The End.
Ok, not the end. There’s still hope for the Oilers when you see this goal.
UPDATE: I just realized that I need to have a part 2 of this. The NHL Network vs. the NFL Network channels. I’ve seen both of them and it’s not pretty for the NHL.