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NOTES: Jets To Play on HDIC, Daniels Wins Award, Watters Under Fire & NeuLion GCL Stats

16 Jul

It’s Saturday, so I’m going to clean out my e-mail box and catch up on some stories from the past week.  I’ll start with a schedule change.

WINNIPEG JETS TO PLAY ON HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA

When the 2011-12 NHL schedule was released, many Winnipeg Jets fans were disappointed to find their team without a date for CBC’s annual Hockey Day in Canada all day broadcast.  Jets fans can now rest easy, as the NHL has moved their February 10 game at Pittsburgh to the next afternoon to be a part of HDIC.  The Jets game will apparently be shown on a regional basis as it’s scheduled to air at 2PM EST which is currently scheduled the same time as an Ottawa/Edmonton game.  Other HDIC matchups feature Toronto/Montreal and Vancouver/Calgary.

KEN DANIELS WINS AWARD

The television voice of the Detroit Red Wings, Ken Daniels was honored with an award on Tuesday evening. Daniels claimed the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting for work in the sports year 2010-11. The award is voted on by Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.  Previous winners of the Tyson Award include current Wings radio voice Ken Kal and former Wings broadcasters Ray Lane and Budd Lynch.

BILL WATTERS PUTS FOOT IN MOUTH

Former Rogers Sportsnet analyst Bill Watters ran into some trouble after making some comments on his AM640 radio show.  Watters used a possible slur to describe new Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson.  The blog, Pension Plan Puppets quoted Watters as saying the following –

Well, I’m at a loss. The only… you’ve got to look through his statistics, he’s got some offensive flair, he is not what you would call a rugged, truculent, testosteronic, guy… He’s more of a 3rd of July parade guy. He likes to enjoy the good life and I don’t, I just can’t put a reason behind why you’d give up on a 6’5 defenceman with offensive skill unless he’s just a bit too soft.

The comments raised plenty of eyebrows especially with Leafs GM Brian Burke an active participant when it comes to GLBT issues and July 3 was the date of Toronto’s Pride parade.  Corus Radio officials later tried to say that Watters meant that Franson likes “to party” but the damage was done.  There have been rumors for weeks that Watters may lose his radio show soon and these comments aren’t helping things.

NEULION ANNOUNCES GAMECENTER STATS

Digital broadcaster NeuLion announced some stats about NHL Gamecenter Live for 2010-11.  NeuLion handles all the infrastructure of GCL.  They announced that GCL saw a subscription gain of 31 percent.  GCL also saw an 83 percent gain in subscription renewals.  Also, NHL smartphone apps were downloaded 2 million times this past season.  New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is among the investors in NeuLion and is Chairman of the Board.  In addition, Wang’s wife, Nancy Li is the CEO and President of NeuLion.

Sources & More Info:

Winnipeg Game Changed to Sat. Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins – News.

FSD’s Daniels wins Ty Tyson Award.

Bill Watters Audio and AM640’s Response – Pension Plan Puppets

Pan The Parade – Pension Plan Puppets

The NHL and NeuLion Deliver Live and On-Demand Hockey to Record Audiences in 2010-11 Season – MarketWatch

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