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Posted on: February 22, 2009 11:10 pm
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NHL and the media, part 5

Today while I was driving I heard on the radio Dan Moriarty and Lincoln Kennedy talking hockey.
Great!
Kennedy was talking about how he's becoming a hockey fan. How watching today's game of the week , Capitals versus Penguins, was part of his professional development, and because it featured Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin.
Then Moriarty says he grew up playing hockey, so he's a fan. Kennedy said something like, "What else could I watch? I'm sports fan, there was really nothing else to watch."
So the banter continued like that. Hey this is great I'm thinking. There was hardly anything derogatory like one finds with most sports talking heads, like over at the four-letter.
So then they segued into basketball and said something like, "Now we're going to break down some college games."
Then I realized what was missing. While Moriarty and Kennedy talked about hockey, it's relevance, that Kennedy had watched the game, what they didn't do is break down that game. Heck, they didn't even mention the score of that game!
Hockey has a long way to go.

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Posted on: February 19, 2009 8:43 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2009 8:43 pm
 

NHL and the media, part 4

When I first started this NHL and the media series I expected it to be a two-part series. Obviously it's grown.
A comment I had about one of the blog entries is essentially, "What's the point?"
Good question.
It's to highlight the lack of impact the NHL makes. Or more correctly to highlight how little the sports media thinks of hockey. See for all the fans' passion, for all the derision laid at GaryBettman's feet, the real problem is changing perception. It's my opinion that hockey fans need to change that, speak up. Not to other hockey fans, but to the radio and TV shows, to their sponsors, and to the networks and websites.

So on that note, another snapshot. This time, more sites but just one day - this morning. Site links go to full-size screenshots.

CBS - no NHL coverage, no photos, no links

ESPN - one video link, one link for same game

Fox - no NHL coverage, no photos, no links

NBC - no NHL coverage, no photos, no links

Sporting News - no NHL coverage, no photos, no links

Sports Illustrated - no NHL coverage, no photos, no links

Versus - only a banner for a future NHL game

Five NHL games last night, and only one site mentioned one game. Surprisingly enough it was ESPN; the sports leader's website that lived up to its nickname. The NHL's U.S. broadcast partners, Versus and NBC, failed. That is just nothing but badness. Below is my reasoning why the sites and editors are able to get away with such scant hockey coverage.

When I answered the above question I remembered another blog I read awhile back, Greg Wyshynski's Why your local newspaper chooses not to cover the NHL .

"Economy bodychecks NHL coverage " was the headline on William Houston's story in the Globe & Mail today, in which he discusses how newspaper sports departments are scaling back coverage for hockey.
As I read it, I wondered if he used his story "Newspaper coverage is way down in Canada, U.S. " from back in May, took out all the references to Canadian newspapers that chose not to cover an all-U.S. Stanley Cup final, and then added in some extra doom and gloom for hockey in America.


OK, so the article he mentions, from the hockey-loving country of Canada, is doom and gloom. Hmmm.
Wyshynski continues.

You'll notice these examples come from warm-weather NHL cities, which was no doubt blood in the water for Canadian fans who would like to see every team from St. Louis down to the equator relocated to the Yukon. The story doesn't mention the Columbus Dispatch, which has two beat writers, a columnist, two blogs and a podcast dedicated to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Then again, the paper owns a piece of the team; if only the Palm Beach Post had a stake in the Panthers.
Houston's story has a lot of doom and gloom. The reactions to it have been equally grim. But I think it's always darkest before the dawn.


I'm glad Wyshynski is seeing a positive, many in Canada and the northern states don't.
See it's this kind of doom and gloom tactics, the anti-Bettman bias, the anti-Sun Belt bias that's just infesting fans. So much negativity, so much bile and so much hatred. When hockey loving fans and the hockey loving media complain it is ammunition for mainstream U.S. media outlets, ones who aren't all about hockey, to pile on, and they do. See the examples above. Looking at them, I can hardly tell it's hockey season. Why should they cover something when the fans who supposedly love hockey so much, hate everything about it?

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Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:39 am
Edited on: February 17, 2009 12:44 am
 

NHL and the media, part 2

Last week I took screenshots of my two favorite sports sites', CBS and Sporting News, main page from Monday through Friday and in the morning - the first thing a sports fans see when they open the site. After my survey of sorts I'm glad I have the NHL page at each bookmarked. Because as the results below show, the NHL is lost in the shuffle.
The NHL was not featured in the primary location with a big photo on the left hand side of the page on either site last week. Only the Sporting News featured the NHL in its secondary location, above the links on the right hand side, and that was just one day. Most upsetting is Friday's showing, seven games the night before and neither site had a link to even one of the games.


Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at about 5:16 a.m. EST
Sporting News - Datsyuk, Hossa lead Red Wings past Penguins - one link
NBA - Featured, plus one link
MLB - three links
NASCAR - one link
NFL - two links
NCAA BB - two links
Golf - one link
CBS - Wings 3, Pens 0 - one link
NCAA BB - Featured, plus four links
NBA - one link
MLB - two links
NFL - two links
NASCAR - one link
Golf - two links
NCAA W BB - one link
The night before: Three NHL games


Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at about 6:30 a.m. EST
Sporting News - Devils top Rangers, Banning Fighting - two links
MLB - Featured, plus two links
NCAA BB - Featured, plus one link
NFL - one link
NCAA Football - two linkds
NBA - two links
CBS - Devils 3, Rangers 0 - one link
MLB - Featured, plus two links
NBA - three links
NCABB - two links
NBA - one link
NFL - two links
NCAA Hockey - one link
NCAA Football - one link
The night before: Two NHL games


Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at about 7:45 a.m. EST
Sporting News - Thornton, Sharks vs. Bruins game, Wings win 5th in a row; Avery to Ranger affiliate and Jagr to Oilers? - Featured, plus one link
NCAA BB - Featured, plust one link
NBA - two links
MLB - three links
Misc. - one link
Motorsports - one link
Dog show - one link
CBS - Sharks win marquee bout - one link
NBA - Featured, plus four links
MLB - four links
NASCAR - one link
NCAA BB - one link
Misc. - one link
Boxing - one link
Olympics - one link
Dog show - one link
The night before: Seven NHL games


Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 at about 8:15 a.m. EST
Sporting News - Nothing
NFL - Featured
NCAA BB - Featured, plus one link
MLB - four links
NBA - four links
NCAA Football - one link
CBS - Rangers 5, Caps 4
NCAA BB - Featured, plus two links
NFL - three links
Olympics - one link
MLB - three links
NBA - three links
NCAA Football - one link
The night before: Nine NHL games


Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at about 8 a.m. EST
Sporting News - Nothing
NFL - Featured, plus one link
NBA - Featured, plus one link
MLB - two links
NCAA BB - two links
NASCAR - one link
Golf - one link
CBS - Nothing
MLB - Featured, plus two links
Golf - one link
NASCAR - two links
NCAA BB - four links
NFL - two links
NBA - one link
NCAA Football - one link
The night before: Seven NHL games

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