NHL INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTS STILL UP IN THE AIR
I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails and queries about the fate of the NHL’s international broadcasts since ESPN America lost the rights last month to Medge/AMI. Fans are anxious to see what it means for them and they have been left twisting in the wind by all parties involved. I contacted Advisors Media International and the reply was that there’s nothing new to report on the subject. So, hopefully this will be finalized soon but for now, hockey fans are still in limbo about where to find their games online and over the air across the pond.
CONSOL ENERGY CENTER STRUGGLING TO ADD NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an article up detailing the lack of development in the neighborhoods surrounding the Consol Energy Center. The arena was expected to help revitalize the Hill District but that spin-off has been slow to occur. Currently, a TGI Friday’s and Cambia Suites hotel are the only major new developments in the area and the Cambria is struggling to fill up rooms outside of Penguins game nights. Adding to the slow down in the area is the future of the former Mellon Arena. A preservation group has sued to prevent the demolition of the iconic building leaving the site and it’s future prospects in question. All is not lost for the new arena as the city is seeing a boost in arena tax revenue and more events have been booked. I can also say that the area looks much cleaner than it did in the past. Previously, the area around the Igloo wasn’t very inviting and was pretty depressing.
MORE ON COLLEGE HOCKEY
A few weeks ago, I did a post on the instability that college hockey is currently facing. Since then, there has been more talk about conferences merging and possible future broadcasting deals. The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa is the latest to touch on the subject with an article featuring Paul Kelly of College Hockey, Inc. Kelly has some pointed comments in the story including this –
“As much as the CHL denies it, there are still instances where money is being paid to the family to lure kids away and de-commit from colleges,’’ Kelly said. “It’s off the books, under the table, whatever you want to call it. If your dad is a fisherman, an out-of-work machinist, or a farmer, and a CHL program comes along and offers you $300,000 in cash, it’s tough for these families not to accept that type of proposal.’’
Perhaps it’s time for the NCAA to change its rules and allow CHL players to come back to the States. I believe that the NCAA would gain a decent amount of talent with that move.
SPORTSNET MAGAZINE GETS READY TO LAUNCH
Rogers Media’s new Sportsnet Magazine will hit newsstands at the end on September and some more details are leaking out about it. The Toronto Star’s Raju Mudhar has an article about the launch and mentions what Rogers’ plans are for it. One interesting note in the article is that longtime sports journalist Gare Joyce has joined the publication. Joyce has been doing work with ESPN.com focusing on NHL prospects and the draft. The article also mentions that the magazine has plucked some people from The Hockey News but no names are listed.