I've had some time to myself lately, and I've started thinking: How kickass would it be if the NHL had a real National TV Contract? Not like the one with NBC, but like the NFL has with the Fox. Like HNIC, where the game is aired every week. That's what needs to happen. So I drew it up. NBC's NHL Saturday The broadcasts air every week of the season on every Saturday. 2 weeks out of the month, 6 regional games will air at 3:00 PM. The other 2 weeks, doubleheader action will air at 1PM and 4 PM. Pregame Depending on the week, the Nextel NHL Pregame Show will air on Saturdays at 12:30 PM or 2:30 PM. It will be preceeded by NHL Cool Shots at 2:00 PM or 12:00 PM. It will be hosted by John Buccigross, and he will be supplemented by analysts Cam Neely, Bret Hull and Paul Stewart. The foursome will also guide you through the Dodge Intermission Reports for the 1 PM games (Or 3 PM telecasts). If it is a doubleheader week, the 4PM Intermission reports will be hosted by David Amber, along with analysts Keith Jones, Pierre McGuire, and Ray Ferarro. That trio will host a 30-Minute Earthlink NHL Postgame at 6:30 PM. If it is a 3PM start, the postgame will be hosted by Buccigross and Co. and be at 5:30 PM. The Nextel Pregame will feature segments like Live At the Warmups, which features the Play-By-Play man from each game giving a quick preview of what's ahead and an interview with a player (A la NFL On Fox's "Foxwatch). Then, Buccigross and Co. will break down each game. Each week, Bob Costas will host a segment called "Man in the News", which, much like Elliot Friedman's The Headliner on HNIC, features the big story of the week, and interviews with those people. Broadcast Staff The "Game of the Week" as well as the Stanley Cup Finals and 1 of the Conference Finals will be called by Mike Emrick and John Davidson, with reporter Bob Harwood in the stands. Other broadcast pairs include: -Chris Cuthbert and Joe Micheletti (Who will call the other Conference Final) -Dave Strader and Brian Hayward (Will Call Select Playoff Matchups 1st & 2nd Round) -Bob Miller and Peter McNab (Will Call Select Playoff Matchups 1st & 2nd Round) -Sam Rosen and Denis Potvin (Will Call Select 1st Round Games) -Jim Jackson and Bill Clement (Will Call Select 1st Round Games) Graphics -We will use the same scoreboard NBC currently employs in their broadcast. The shift clock will stay. We will use Goalie Cam, Railcam, and occasionaly Referee-Cam. Refs will be Mic'd and occasionally, so will players. Example of Schedules: Here's an example of the NHL On NBC's 2 different Saturday schedules, using the 1st 2 weeks of this Season: October 8th 12:00 NHL Cool Shots 12:30 Nextel NHL Pregame Show 1:00 NYR vs. NJ ( Strader/Hayward) FLA vs. TB (Rosen/Potvin) BOS vs. PIT (Cuthbert/Micheletti) 4:00 COL vs. DAL (Emrick/Davidson) ANA vs. NSH (Miller/McNab) SJ vs. STL (Jackson/Clement) 6:30 Earthlink NHL Postgame October 15th 2:00 NHL Cool Shots 2:30 Nextel NHL Pregame Show 3:00 NYI vs. PHI (Strader/Hayward) BUF vs. FLA (Miller/McNab) NSH vs. STL (Jackson/Clement) DET vs. PHX (Emrick/Davidson) CHI vs. SJ (Rosen/Potvin) TB vs. PIT (Cuthbert/Micheletti) 5:30 Earthlink NHL Postgame If you have any questions, I'd love to get into a detailed discussion about this. Feel free to ask.