On a day when hockey went into a baseball team’s territory and put on a show, it should be noted that baseball went into the territory of the three other major sports leagues in entering the world of 24-hour cable channels.
It’s remarkable that the NBA, NFL and somehow the NHL have gotten this running in the U.S. before the Major Leagues did, but the best was certainly saved for last. MLB Network, in it’s first two programs, became better than all four of them, and should serve as a guide to NHL Network, NFL Network and NBA TV as far as how this should be done.
First of all, the studios are glorious salutes to both the game and modern technology. The studio show features analysts, reporters and insiders all with an in-look at what’s going on around the world of baseball. The Don Larsen perfect game was fascinating to watch, complete with Bob Costas interviewing Yogi Berra and Larsen himself (Bob was all over TV yesterday). For someone who’s tired of baseball over the last few years, this reinvigorates the spirit of even the most disconnected fan.
So the question is: How does the NHL match it? Well, I’m glad you asked. We have a few suggestions after the jump.
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