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05-27-2011, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mgs4853 View Post
Oh, really? I looked for one and couldn't find, that's why I started this thread, if I would have known there was a thread about this, I wouldn't have posted it.

Yeah, I understand Madden started the rumor. Even though Madden is an a**hole, he is right about some things when it comes to the Penguins. This is just a rumor, but it's a rumor that makes sense! Lemieux has said we are a high class organization and we should have a high class announcer. Emrick's heart is here, maybe Madden is right about this.
Actually, no, the rumor doesn't make much sense. The rumor stated that the reason for bringing in Emerick was to increase their national presence. Which is pretty much nonsensical on the face of it:
1) The Penguins already get loads of national attention - they are always one of the teams with the max number of national games broadcasted.
2) Who they have as their local broadcaster isn't going to make a lick of difference for their "national presence".
3) The Penguins don't employ the broadcasters at Root Sports. Only the radio announcers. Sure, they probably have influence there, but since it wouldn't be the Penguins' money being spent there, that influence only goes so far.

Now, add to that the fact that Mike Emerick would cost a whole lot more money than re-signing Steigerwald would - Root Sports is already bringing in the highest regional ratings for hockey in the country with Steigerwald - what's their motivation to change?

Really, there's no real reason to make a move like this one.

As for Madden being right about some things - when it comes to rumors, I've yet to hear him get something right that wasn't reported somewhere else first. Reporting "Kovalev to the Pens" doesn't count, since according to Madden, it would have happened several years ago.

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