I checked and as far as I can tell, there aren’t any scheduled circus shows planned for New York City or Madison Square Garden any time soon, but the New York Rangers are intent on proving me wrong.
You see, the Rangers themselves are the circus. Between the Sean Avery act, John Tortorella’s water squirting skills and a number of big money-no results players, the Rangers are a traveling circus as far as NHL playoff teams are concerned.
Had to get that out of me.
OK – anyways, I’ve always felt watching hockey on TV never does the game justice. It’s nothing like seeing it in person and while nearly every sport can say the same (except bowling… or maybe ultimate frisbee or something), I think football translates a whole lot better on TV than hockey does. The production American networks put into NFL games are amazing, so why can’t NHL broadcasts be like that?
I think NHL broadcasts could be much more engaging for viewers by presenting hockey more like video games in terms of production and camera angles. Nearly all telecasts have (at minimum) a center ice camera, two net-cam’s and a camera between the benches so Pierre McGuire can definitively tell us how big Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien is.
So, here’s an idea… why don’t CBC/TSN/Versus have each camera broadcast on different channels (or even online for that matter), allowing viewers to switch back and forth at their desire? Have the same commentators on each channel and let the viewer choose the view.
And if we’re going down this road, I’d like to see all broadcasts have camera’s under the scoreboard, like Madison Square Garden does. Now that’s a cool way to see powerplay’s and breakouts. Or a good view on Donald Brashear’s next headshot.
What if we had a camera the ran from one faceoff circle around the glass to the other? Or instead of around the glass, the camera could move aroud the top of each stadium’s lower bowl. This would provide undeniable proof if Tortorella pre-maturely squirted. Errr, squirted first. Errr, nevermind.
Point is, hockey broadcasts are stale and need to be more interactive, giving viewers the option to watch it like a video game. Maybe then the game could appeal to a mass audience. Actually, upon further thought, I can already see the arguments, ”I want the EA Sports NHL09 Action view”, or “No way dude, I want the NHL2k9 arcade view”.
That might be as lame as a certain number one seed losing in the first round…
Stay classy, stale NHL broadcasts.