Article on "NHL on HBO?"

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  1. DaBadGuy7

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    http://www.sports-central.org/sports/2005/07/24/move_the_nhl_to_hbo.php


    Let me rundown the idea of HBO's National Hockey Night.

    In the Studio:Bob Costas, Cam Neely, Paul Stewart and Barry Melrose

    In the Booth:Marv Albert, Mike Richter, and Pierre McGuire

    Between the first and second period, it's The Penalty Box — a 12-minute, no-holds-barred roundtable about the state of the NHL

    During the second and third, it's a traditional studio show with highlights of other action and a review of the action thus far. In the time remaining after the game, it's a quick recap

    Game Features will be Rail cams that capture the momentum of the game. Graphics that are able to I.D. players and quantify statistics without overwhelming the play. Open mics that catch everything from the "tap, tap, tap" of the attacking team's sticks on a power play to the occasional F-bomb from a frustrated player. "We want to remind the fans at home that these broadcasts are rated TV-14," Marv vocally winks.

    Your Thoughts.
     
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    I'd love it.
     
  3. GKJ

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    it would be great but there are a lot of people who do not get premium cable. They rely on the ESPNs and TNTs. HBO only has boxing for a reason.
     
  4. Big McLargehuge

    Big McLargehuge Registered User

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    The number is getting smaller every day though. But I agree with that point.

    My family has had HBO since the start though so I'm used to it.
     
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    XX It's finally over

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    Fox Sports is still doing all the local games right? RIGHT?!?
     
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    I don't have HBO and I am not interested in paying $15 a month to see hockey that was previously free on espn.
     
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    It sounds like a great idea.
     
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    NJDevils#4 Since 2002, bishes

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    Agreed...horrible idea to pay for NHL.
     
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    Id rather just buy Center Ice than see a game a week on HBO.
     
  10. golfmade

    golfmade Go Preds Go

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    But you would also get shows like Deadwood, Entourage, and coming this fall a series about Rome :)
     
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    I already pay too much for cable. There's no way I'm paying even more to get HBO. Terrible idea. Putting hockey on a premium channel is not a wise thing to do if the NHL wants the "casual fan" to watch. :shakehead
     
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    One night a week would be fantastic, as long as it wasn't the only outlet. It'd be the "Monday Night Football" of the NHL. This would never happen because it just makes way, way too much sense.
     
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    I like it. Hockey in its uncensored glory would be a viewing experience worth paying for. Mike the players, refs, coaches and rink, and turn on the tap.

    As for the "casual" fan argument, screw it. How many fans are outside the viewing area of a local NHL team? 10? Any fan that gets local coverage of a team doesn't need national games to watch hockey. In fact, this is the problem, NHL hockey produces very good LOCAL ratings, and bad national ratings. By setting the NATIONAL games apart from the rest (Commercial free profanity laden telecasts), you make them worth watching.
     
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    Really?? What's the name of the series? You know it will be kickass.
     
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    golfmade Go Preds Go

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    Rome, August 28th and yes, i've seen preview for it on HBO and it looks awesome.

    By the way:
    I heard a few months ago on NPR that David Milch originally wanted to do a series on Rome, but then heard HBO was already going to do one, so he then decided to do Deadwood (sure glad he did!) :yo:
     
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    Im all for it, but for some reason I get HBO free with my digital cable so meh
     
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    HBO would be a GREAT venue for the NHL, but it cant be an exclusive contract. The NHL would be limiting themselves far too much.

    BTW, I love HBO. Its practically the only reason I have cable at all right now (that and late night anime on cartoon network).
     
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    hockey, deadwood, and curb your enthusiasm. I would be in heaven.
     
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