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02-07-2011, 04:02 PM
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Major Versus NHL Broadcast Changes

The overhaul that Versus just went through this past weekend is significant. NBC now owns Versus/Comcast, and they didn't waste any time modifying the broadcasts to suit the tastes of the new guy in charge of NBC Sports - Sam Flood. Sam is who is in charge of Winter Classic broadcasts every year, and who invented "Inside the Glass".

Changes of note:

Starting tonight, the #1 announcing team will be Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire inside the glass. Versus has never had an "Inside the Glass" presence during games - now they will have it for all of their games.

Brian Engblom will move from in-studio analyst to inside the glass analyst.

Joe Beninati has been fired (the Caps PBP guy with the love it/hate it voice that called his share of Kings games).

Bob Harwood, Lindsey Soto and all of the "non-player" sideline reports have been fired.

Mike Milbury is replacing Brian Engblom in-studio.

Needless to say, this is a pretty big change happening within the span of 2 days. If you like NBC's coverage of the NHL, then you'll like these changes. If you don't... you probably won't.

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They dumped Charissa Thompson? Is there any reason to watch Versus now?

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I liked Joe Beninati, I wonder why they fired him.

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West Coast teams will be next to get the axe.

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Joe Beninati has been fired (the Caps PBP guy with the love it/hate it voice that called his share of Kings games).
There is a god


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Lindsey Soto and all of the "non-player" sideline reports have been fired.
Boo here


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Mike Milbury is replacing Brian Engblom in-studio.
Blah either way

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Let's see:

Pierre McGuire is annoying so that is a downer.
So is Brian Englom and Mike Milbury > Brian Engblom so I like that change.

Joe Beninati sucks.. good riddance.

Bob Harwood, Lindsey Soto and all of the "non-player" sideline reports have been fired. My take.. who cares?

I like the changes but I guess we'll have to see first.

Does anyone know if Versus plans on adding more games since they could conceivably simulcast games on regional networks that Comcast owns? I noticed they showed a sharks game recently with the Sharks' announcers. I'm all in favor of listening to the regional announcers over a Doc Emrick national guy.

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Also, doesn't the Versus contract end this summer?

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Brian Engblom = thumbs down
But, whatever. As long as I can still watch Hockey, I couldn't careless.

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Does anyone know if Versus plans on adding more games since they could conceivably simulcast games on regional networks that Comcast owns? I noticed they showed a sharks game recently with the Sharks' announcers. I'm all in favor of listening to the regional announcers over a Doc Emrick national guy.
Me too

The Sharks and Dallas PBP teams are both very good, much better than Emerick

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Me too

The Sharks and Dallas PBP teams are both very good, much better than Emerick
Yeah I wonder why they would even bother with a national PBP unless there ISN'T a local crew available (meaning they don't own a regional network in the market they are televising the game for). If Comcast owns the regional network, just use the local guys. Seems more cost effective and nobody is watching a game to hear Doc Emrick call it. Even if the local guys suck, I love hearing them banter.

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Me too

The Sharks and Dallas PBP teams are both very good, much better than Emerick
I'd take Ralph Strangis and Darryl Reaugh over anyone in the league, besides Bob and Jim. Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda are also awesome.

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Soto was hot and she knew how to dress to flaunt her "talents". Milbury has more wild opinions than Engblom and damn that hair is freaky. It looks like he stole it off of a Michael Myers mask. I really don't care about the announcers. Maybe now they'll drop some of the hunting shows which I find deeply disturbing.

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Me too

The Sharks and Dallas PBP teams are both very good, much better than Emerick
Funny, I can't stand the Dallas guys, especially Daryl Reaugh. Waaaay to homerish for me. I'd rather listen to a Doc Emerick or Jim Hughson any day, at least they aren't biased towards one team (except Hughson still is when Vancouver is playing).

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Rick Peckham and Daryl Reaugh are scheduled to do Tuesday's Versus game in Tampa. No word on their fates as of yet, but it'd be criminal if they fired Reaugh. He is terrific. Rick is a fine PBP man as well.

If I were Luc Robitaille or FSN I'd be on the phone to Bob Harwood right now offering him a job. Bob Harwood >>> Patrick O'Neal (or Heidi Androl for that matter).

Some Canadians must be thrilled that we've taken Pierre McGuire off of their hands from TSN broadcasts. Oy. That's a lot of Pierre.

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Any chance NBC buys part of the Kings and fires Jim Fox............


Sucks about Joey B, I thought he was great

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Funny, I can't stand the Dallas guys, especially Daryl Reaugh. Waaaay to homerish for me. I'd rather listen to a Doc Emerick or Jim Hughson any day, at least they aren't biased towards one team (except Hughson still is when Vancouver is playing).
Have you heard the Dallas guys call a non-Dallas game. They have done or two for VS. They are really good.

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Any chance NBC buys part of the Kings and fires Jim Fox............
He has been with the team for 20 years. If he hasn't been fired alrady, I doubt this is going to change anything.

My advice to the Jim Fox haters, learn to enjoy him for what he is, a hockey/Kings fan. He is like the guy sitting next to you at the game. Yeah he might be annoying sometimes but we're both Kings and hockey fans so we're all on the same team.

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Rick Peckham and Daryl Reaugh are scheduled to do Tuesday's Versus game in Tampa. No word on their fates as of yet, but it'd be criminal if they fired Reaugh. He is terrific. Rick is a fine PBP man as well.

If I were Luc Robitaille or FSN I'd be on the phone to Bob Harwood right now offering him a job. Bob Harwood >>> Patrick O'Neal (or Heidi Androl for that matter).

Some Canadians must be thrilled that we've taken Pierre McGuire off of their hands from TSN broadcasts. Oy. That's a lot of Pierre.
Androl did some coverage of the Winter Classic, don't know if that factors in or not.

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Have you heard the Dallas guys call a non-Dallas game. They have done or two for VS. They are really good.
Reaugh did color for the Versus LA playoff games last season which folks in the LA area couldn't see due to FSN blackouts but they re-aired the Versus broadcasts on the NHL network later that summer. Reaugh did an outstanding job. I'd swap Reaugh for Fox in a heartbeat. (Although I don't mind Fox, Reaugh > Fox.)

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Have you heard the Dallas guys call a non-Dallas game. They have done or two for VS. They are really good.
No I actually haven't. We dont get VS up here so the only time I hear them is when I watch a Dallas game on Fox on my center ice package. So I guess if they weren't doing a Dallas game I'm sure they'd be great. But when they are, I can barely stand listening to Reaugh.

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Hopefully the NHL goes back to ESPN. Thorne and Clement were very solid

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Hopefully the NHL goes back to ESPN. Thorne and Clement were very solid
Yup, I miss those days. Melrose in studio, Thorne and Clement, Clement Hands Of Cement.

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Yup, I miss those days. Melrose in studio, Thorne and Clement, Clement Hands Of Cement.
Outside of Thorne,(and the late great Tom Mees) I don't miss anything about the ESPN broadcasts.
They didn't talk about hockey half of the time and it was a giant commercial for ESPN.
Sure outside of hockey, Vs has the same "quality" programming that ESPN2 did when it first started out but at least Vs' heart is in to it.

Bill Pido did 100x better job with NHL 2night than Buccigross did and remember, NHL 2night was barely if ever on anymore in the final years the NHL was on ESPN.

Vs needs to peach Gary Thorne and make him their lead announcer over Emerick.

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Yup, I miss those days. Melrose in studio, Thorne and Clement, Clement Hands Of Cement.
just classic

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Outside of Thorne, I don't miss anything about the ESPN broadcasts.
They didn't talk about hockey half of the time and it was a giant commercial for ESPN.
Sure outside of hockey, Vs has the same "quality" programming that ESPN2 did when it first started out but at least Vs' heart is in to it.

Bill Pido did 100x better job with NHL 2night than Buccigross did and remember, NHL 2night was barely if ever on anymore in the final years the NHL was on ESPN.

Vs needs to peach Gary Thorne and make him their lead announcer over Emerick.
Agreed.


Good points but it took VS 5 years to finally get a nightly wrap up show.

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