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31 Thoughts: How will NHL broadcasts look when season resumes? - Sportsnet

“In the NFL, there’s one broadcast per game. In the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there can be three broadcasts. That’s a lot of people in a small amount of space. So what we are talking about is creating a ‘world feed,’ similar to the Olympics. A heavily resourced broadcast for everyone to take. We are currently collaborating on what this would look like.”

For example, Sportsnet is considering three options.

The first is a telecast sent to every market with generic graphics provided at the rink and announcers on-site. These might not be my regular Sportsnet teammates. Instead, they might be NBC announcers or, if the games are in Carolina, John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.

The second option is what’s called “taking a split.” Each market still takes the world feed, but — if allowed on-site — can supplement it with their own truck. That would allow for on-site talent, graphics and possibly an extra camera or two they could control.

And the third option is a “clean” feed sent to everyone — national and local. No graphics, no commentators. Each team’s crew could add their own “look” at their production facilities, with the action called off a monitor. My guess is that’s the most likely scenario.

Which would you prefer?