2 thoughts on “Where is the Technological Breakthrough in the NHL’s Television Broadcast?

  1. avatarPrimis

    Why does the NHL need a broadcast breakthrough? What is so wrong, or missing, in how the telecast currently?

    There was an very interesting thread the other day on a hockey blog discussing what’s different about hockey as opposed to baseball, basketball, football, and racing. The idea that was floated was that it’s not that the puck is too difficult to follow or anything of the sort — it’s that there’s no letup in watching a game. It’s intense, fast, and even draining in most games because of so much action. And despite what anyone will say to the contrary, North American sports fans prefer their action nowadays with frequent stoppages so they can talk, go get a beer, hit the bathroom, etc, and be subjected to endless replays and analysis after every pitch, hit, shot, or play. And you really can’t do that in hockey, because it’s always pressing forward and on to the next thing, the next bit of action.

    They telecast doesn’t need to change, Americans just need to snap themselves out of the habit of being the laziest viewers possible that want everything spoon-fed to them.

    — Primis.

  2. avatarChristopher Brian Dudek Post author

    Personally, I like the idea of the cablecam. The NFL has been very successful in analyzing the plays and such using this technology, and I think the NHL would benefit from it as well. As a hockey fan who watches a lot of Red Wings games, I can say that the camera angles they are using are subject to fans standing up in the way and the players moving so fast that sometimes you don’t get the best angle in a short amount of time. Having something like this cablecam would help matters, but it isn’t a fix all for broadcasting on the NHL thats for sure.

    I think another issue has to do with the lack of scoring. Look at soccer for instance. Its not big here because the scores are so low, the field is so large, and you can spend minutes just getting the ball into the attacking zone. The NHL is improving with the new crackdown rules and there is much more scoring than there was pre-lockout. I think the increased scoring will help as well.

    Overall though, you are right about the standard North American fan. Those attitudes won’t change easily.

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