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Old 03-09-2007, 09:17 AM   #241
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NHL Signs Broadcast Deal With Food Network

March 8, 2007 | Onion Sports

NHL Signs Broadcast Deal With Food Network
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NEW YORK—Flanked by Food Network president Brooke Johnson and cooking-show host Rachael Ray, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced yesterday that the NHL has opted out of its contract with the Versus cable channel (formerly the Outdoor Life Network) and has reached a long-term broadcasting deal with the Food Network starting in the 2007-08 season.
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"In all my years as commissioner, I have learned that our diverse group of fans and players all enjoy food of some sort. Italian, French, barbecue, quick-and-easy 30-minute meals—you name it, one or more of them eat it," said Bettman, adding that Iron Chef French host Hiroyuki Sakai will join play-by-play announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick and analyst Brian Engblom to form a new lead announcing team for all Food Network games. "This partnership has been a long time coming. If the Food Network would have been around in 1991, we would have left ESPN in a heartbeat."

“It’s great to know we will be on television next year,” Bettman added, smiling as the NHL’s new studio team, consisting of Rachael Ray as head hockey anchor and Bill Clement as game analyst, collaborated in an attempt to equate the offsides penalty to “zesting up” a pan-seared T-bone steak. “Thanks, Food Network.”

Though Bettman maintained that the Food Network was always the league's first choice, sources close to the commissioner confirmed that the NHL also considered broadcasting games on E!, the Golf Channel, and Cartoon Network before eventually deciding to go with the network offering the best combination of financial incentives and airtime.

"We also thought the lead-in programs on Versus, especially those that focused on bull-riding, bass fishing, and violent contact sports, were not entirely compatible with the image of the league," Bettman said. "Now, hockey games will follow Emeril Live, Feasting On Asphalt, and The Hungry Detective, which, as you can plainly see, are a better fit. Also, we are paying the Food Network much less money to broadcast our games."

According to terms of the deal, the Food Network will schedule broadcasts of over 50 full-length hockey games and will carry both the Eastern and Western Conference Semi-Finals, as well as Games 4 through 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The only exception, Bettman said, would be made for Rachael Ray, who appears on television roughly three times more than the NHL. In the case of Ray experiencing a scheduling conflict, hockey games will be postponed and rescheduled at Ray's convenience.

"We liked the idea of having hockey because it has two halftimes," said Food Network president Johnson, adding that the first game on the channel will feature the ceremonial dropping of an inaugural homemade Italian meatball at center ice by honorary referee Mario Batali. "Our debut coverage will include a halftime show hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, who will recap the game's events while guiding you through the preparation of Sicilian penne with swordfish and eggplant. Or, if you are in the mood for something more immediate, on-ice reporter Paula Deen will spend timeouts showing you certain tactics to enhance the flavor of your traditional southwestern dip."

Though she stated that she didn't want to give anything away, Johnson said that the network's first hockey-related profile will focus on Sidney Crosby eating veal and creamed spinach prepared by Roker On The Road host Al Roker. Other hockey players now contractually obligated to make appearances on shows include Chris Drury on Food 911, Martin Brodeur on Calorie Commando, and Alexander Ovechkin on Dinner: Impossible.

The new broadcasting deal has some sportswriters saying the move will make hockey even more irrelevant, while others believe this is a clear step up for the league.

"I watch the Food Network far more than I watch hockey, and I think most sports fans feel the same way," said Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan. "My favorite program is Food Nation With Bobby Flay. So I'll definitely watch that, and then maybe stick around to watch part of a period if the Bruins are playing. Everybody wins here."
Wow..... Is this some kind of joke?? Seriously.... Wow.
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Wow..... Is this some kind of joke?? Seriously.... Wow.
You've never heard of the Onion?
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I think Chris Simon might be out for a while. He really laid out Hollweg. Meh, no major loss as far as I'm concerned. I would have rather se him lay out Avery, but what are you gona do?
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You've never heard of the Onion?
Alright, I'm having a bad morning here... whew it took me a little while to figgure that one out.

thanks for the laugh.
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Old 03-09-2007, 11:40 AM   #245
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That just shows you how low the NHL has sunk that I would think that was the truth...
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:01 PM   #247
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Elevated, last month the Onion fooled me too with one of their "stories" about MLB.

I'm an Islander fan, but Simon's slash was a bad move. The Isles need him to be an enforcer, but they don't need for him to be suspended.
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I'm gonna say he's definitely done for the season. I wouldn't be surprised to see him out for the playoffs as wel. It' not like laid a McSorely or Bertuzzi hit, but I feel the NHL is going to be tough on him. Plus he's got like 7 other suspensions. We'll see I guess. Either way, stupid move. Totally unneccassary.
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He's been suspended indefinetely, pending a meeting with Colin Campbell. I agree, totally unnecessary. Here's a clip for those that haven't seen it.

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I agree, I think he'll be done for the regular season. I'm not sure about the playoffs, though. I hope not, but it's possible. Either way, a bad move bad Simon who has a history of goonery.
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Thanks. I guess on the first day the tix are available I'll just see what I can do and take it from there.

I guess I'll try to get Leafs tix first, and then see if I can get Habs tix for the same week. If they keep the scheduling system like they did this year should have scheduled games close together. That would be awesome.

ETA: Actually, I just checked the 2006 schedule and that does not appear to be the case. Doesn't look like they play back to back home/away at all this year.
Yes, Toronto is notorious when it comes to unavailability of hockey tickets. Montreal isn't half as bad - sure they sell out every game but there's always scalpers selling at a *decent* rate. My friend and her husband got two Club tickets (drinks and food inluded!) for the Montreal game vs Carolina in the playoffs (turned out to be their last game of the season) last year for $100 each! That's pretty good!

My bf and I went to see a Habs-Leafs game in November and paid $55.00 each for a ticket. People advertise quite a bit on Craigslist so you should check that out...

Good luck!
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The NHL ruled today that NY Islander, Chris Simon has been suspended for at least 25 games. He's banned from the remaining 15 regular season games and all of the playoffs. If the Isles don't make it to the playoffs or are eliminated early, Simon will have to make up the difference next season. If the Isles make it alll the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, Simon's ban will exceed 25 games, but he still won't be permitted to play.
That's got to suck for Simon. He'll give up almost 80,000 US dollars and he's only signed to a 1 year deal with the Isles, meaning next season he'll more than likely be somewhere else.
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As long as Nolan is coach of the Islanders, Simon will likely have a home there. The 2 are very close. Guys like Simon play less of a role come the post-season anyway.

I feel the punisment fits the crime, and I'm an Islander fan.

I love Hockey and hate how this is the thing that grabs headlines. Such a great sport, especially come playoff time.

Crosby is already at 200 career points. I believe he's the youngest ever to reach that milestone. He had a great goal last night...was hanging around in front of the net when a pass came through the crease, but in the air....he gloved it, tossed it in front of himself and slammed it home, all in like .5 of a second. He's awesome. I hope he and Malkin are able to play for the Pens for a long time.
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I know Simon and Nolan are close (their relationship was even featured in a recent episode of HBO's Real Sports) but Simon does have a long rap sheet. Because of this, I think that's why the Isles only signed him to a 1 year deal. If Nolan had more stroke with Isles' management, Simon might've been signed to a multi-year deal.
It's funny, but I haven't heard too many people defending Simon's actions. He did get thumped pretty hard before he crosschecked Hollweg. Maybe, just maybe now, Simon didn't intend to crosscheck the guy in the throat. Maybe (because he was a little out of it himself) he intended to crosscheck the guy in the chest instead, but missed his target. Until we hear from Simon himself, I guess we won't know. Either way, he did what he did and now he's gotten his proper punishment for it. Thankfully, Hollweg was not badly hurt from Simon's crosscheck. I think the Isles will miss Simon because he was good at protecting the Isles' skill players from other team's enforcers.
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Well, again, in the playoffs, there is less need for protection from enforcers. The game changes, you know that. I watch Real Sports religiously, saw that episode too. I enjoyed the Piniella piece, too.
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