Inside the Glass Coming to the Olympics

The great Richard Sandomir of the NY Times, a building I’ve been in before, has this story:

NBC’s production of Olympic hockey next February in Vancouver will include its “Inside the Glass” feature, with Pierre McGuire analyzing games from between the teams’ benches. It has been a part of the network’s N.H.L. coverage since 2006.

“Pierre makes it work at a level above anyone else,” said David Neal, the executive vice president of NBC Olympics. “He has a vast knowledge of the sport, so he can read and interpret the snippets of conversations that he hears between coaches and players, and their body language. It’s not a reporter’s position, but a third voice in the game. Our viewers have come to expect it.”

Neal said that the addition of the camera position at General Motors Place, the primary Olympic hockey facility, was approved “without a ripple” a while ago by the International Ice Hockey Federation; the Vancouver Organizing Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services, a part of the International Olympic Committee. Both NBC and CTV, in Canada, will use the camera position.

All the United States men’s and women’s games will be carried live, mostly on MSNBC, with the rest on USA.

Pierre McGuire will work for CTV if it comes into conflict with say, a USA-Canada game.

10 Responses to Inside the Glass Coming to the Olympics

  1. jkrdevil says:

    Does that mean there are going to be two analyst down there. McGuire for CTV and presumably Pang for NBC?

    The US and Canada will play at least 1 game against each other as they are in the same group

  2. Chief says:

    Awesome. More Doc and Edso talk.

  3. kevin says:

    Why is it that everybody complains about NBC production vs. CBC production….it’s the same guys on both for the most part

    • leafsfan1967 says:

      The CBC and NBC do use very few of the same people. Pierre is shared between NBC and TSN.

      My appreciation for TSN and CBC comes down to the fact that their on air people tend to assume that the people who are watching understand the game and they don’t need to talk ALL the time.

      I actually think Doc and Edso are better on their own. When you add Pierre into the mix there is WAY TOO MUCH talking….

  4. Scotty says:

    I was reading and I can’t remember where now but I think it was the USA Today today and it said there will only be room for one person “Inside the Glass” per game. I believe countries with teams in the games will have priority. Now my guess is only NBC, CBC and probably a couple of other larger countries will use the inside the glass possibility. Sounds like CBC or whichever Canadien station is doing the game will take priority of Pierre McGuire.

  5. Chris says:

    The main NBC channel isn’t even showing any hockey games? I’m a little surprised by this. So glad I have CTV.

  6. jkrdevil says:

    NBC has showed the weekend USA games in the past.

  7. Scotty says:

    The schedule for the Olympics is not out yet so we don’t know what will be on where. Its probably a safe bet that during the week most games will be on MSNBC and USA and Canada games probably on USA. Then on the weekend the USA games and highlights of others on NBC. Also the Gold Medal Game for both Men and Women will be on NBC especially the men’s because it is really the only event the last day besides closing ceremony.

  8. I loved that Pierre was the errand boy for the winter classic

    “Pierre, fetch the weather report. Go stand outside and tell us how frozen your balls are.”

  9. BluesFan44 says:

    PM for the Olympics. Wonderful…..

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