Quick Hits: NHL and MLBAM Partnership to Improve NHL's Digital Content

For Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Detroit Red Wings News

It’s Detroit Red Wings Day at PHT | ProHockeyTalk
Over at the hockey arm of NBC Sports yesterday were a bunch of articles on the Red Wings. Also included were the following:

Comparing Illitch's Decision to Release Dave Dombrowski to Red Wings Reality - Winging It In Motown
Kyle reacts to the news of Dave Dombrowski's firing and what that move portends for Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

Henrik Zetterberg is a Genius - Winging It In Motown
Retire this man's number yesterday.

He Is Now Known as Dr. Andy Miele | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
That's a lot of reading and writing he did.

Connor, Halverson, Larkin and Werenski remain after World Junior camp cuts - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon survive the first round of cuts. I suppose the first wasn't really a concern, but Turgeon probably was.

Around the NHL

Commissioners Gary Bettman, Rob Manfred announce historic media rights partnership between National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media - NHL.com - News
Some big news happened yesterday with the full announcement and unveiling of a digital media partnership between the NHL and the digital content arm (though independently owned and operated) of MLB known as MLB Advanced Media. The press release.

National Hockey League, Major League Baseball Advanced Media form transformative digital-rights partnership - NHL.com - News
Reactions and quotes.

NHL-MLBAM deal will help bring hockey into the future - Second City Hockey
Some details from Second City Hockey, including some potentially comforting aspects about the potential for hockey fans to continue to disseminate content (read: upload lots of .gifs) without fear of the NHL going after them.

NHL-MLBAM partnership means changes for web, TV, apps and former partner Neulion - Lighthouse Hockey
A synthesized analysis of the deal courtesy of Lighthouse Hockey, including some details about the prior relationship with Neulion.

How baseball’s tech team built the future of television | The Verge
A fantastic feature from SB Nation's sister site The Verge on the entity that's about to take over NHL online content as we know it.

It's time for the NHL to get rid of TV blackouts - Broad Street Hockey
And finally, the elephant in the room that ultimately relates to all of this, including the TV side of things.

The fallacy of a multi-year tank, as it relates to the Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
Some fans want the Leafs to tank for multiple years. They're wrong. (I want them to tank forever.)

Get Josh Ho-Sang the hell out of Canada right this minute - Lighthouse Hockey
Young and dumb kid did something a young and dumb kid would typically do, so now he apparently has to live with it for the rest of his life?

Canucks sign Brandon Sutter to 5-year contract extension - Nucks Misconduct

'Ice Guardians' doc on hockey's enforcer role | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This should be an interesting look at a position that's pretty much dying out, at least in the way "enforcer" is currently understood.

Net Gains: Opening The Gate To More Goals - Arctic Ice Hockey
I am vehemently anti-net-expansion. I don't think the game needs more goals, and making the nets bigger won't have the intended effect. It might for a season or three, but strategies and goaltenders will adjust and render the proposed change useless.

Why Christian Ehrhoff could shift the NHL’s power balance – seriously | The Hockey News
Uh, ok.