As I mentioned yesterday, I believed that NBC would be adding more exclusive talent. And as I previously speculated, Mike Emrick will be the latest to join the list. Emrick’s hectic travel schedule and his expiring Devils contract led to rampant reports that Emrick would either go national or drastically cut down on his broadcast work. Emrick has now confirmed that he will be leaving MSG and the New Jersey Devils to strictly work for the NBC Sports Group.
Even with Emrick joining NBC exclusively, there’s a good chance that he will cut down on his workload even more. Dave Strader will likely anchor a “B” team with Brian Engblom and Darren Pang that will now get more of the load on both NBC and Versus.
The next shoe to drop will be Ed Olczyk. He reportedly signed a new contract with the Hawks last year. What we don’t know is what’s in it and if NBC will now get full priority. We’ve also heard some rumblings about John Forslund going to Versus, but so far those only appear to be rumors and nothing more.
Here’s my previous story where I mentioned that NBC was looking for more full time talent – https://paranoidpuck.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/pierres-move-the-future-of-nhl-tv/
Emrick’s letter to Devils Fans:
Emrick joins NBC/Versus exclusively – New Jersey Devils – News.