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03-24-2013, 02:49 PM
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Do All Teams Employ Their Own Broadcasters?

I was wondering do all teams employ their own broadcasters for television and radio? If so, when did this trend start?


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No.

For instance Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey are employees of Root Sports, while the radio tandem of Mike Lange and Phil Bourque are employees of the Penguins. For most (all?) promotional material provided by the team you hear Lange and Bourque, not Steigerwald and Errey.

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No.

For instance Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey are employees of Root Sports, while the radio tandem of Mike Lange and Phil Bourque are employees of the Penguins. For most (all?) promotional material provided by the team you hear Lange and Bourque, not Steigerwald and Errey.
So more likely the radio broadcasters would be employed by the teams. Kind of makes sense as if there is a regional or national television rights package, would be employed by the TV station.

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I'm sure the team has some say over who is used on air, but they're actually employed by the broadcaster. Ie. Eddie olcyk on Blackhawks tv

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AFAIK, Sharks employ two radio and two TV (Dan Rusanowsky, Jamie Baker - ex player; Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda; pxp, analyst, respectively). Additionally, there are few former NHL players hired by the local TV station for pre/post game and/or in game analysis (including Bret Hedican, Curtis Brown). The RSN provides a sideline reporter (Brodie Brazil) who doubles as studio host during road games.


The Sharks also have a TV producer (Frank Albin), researcher/stats guy (Dan Bonosara) on staff.

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Best bet would be to just check the team's year book or media guides. If they're in there, they're a team employee.


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I was wondering do all teams employ their own broadcasters for television and radio? If so, when did this trend start!
No need to yell, man.

But yeah I would say that TV commentators are employed by the network, not the team. Different sport, but I'm pretty sure it's the same with hockey: "Marv Albert and MSG part ways". That was the headline when Marv Albert left his commentating job with the Knicks.

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In Montreal, the Canadiens do not employed any of their broadcast team.

But then, some could argue that they don't need to, 'cause all the journalists in the city are already sold to the cause.

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No need to yell, man.

But yeah I would say that TV commentators are employed by the network, not the team. Different sport, but I'm pretty sure it's the same with hockey: "Marv Albert and MSG part ways". That was the headline when Marv Albert left his commentating job with the Knicks.
Sorry was a typo. I was wondering as I think some teams do and some don't. Heard last week that the Maple Leaf reporters don't travel on the same plane as the team.

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In Montreal, the Canadiens do not employed any of their broadcast team.

But then, some could argue that they don't need to, 'cause all the journalists in the city are already sold to the cause.
Not so sure all the media is sold on towing the party line in Montreal, however would make sense as there is no need to co opt the media there.

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No, I think the networks hire their own guys to broadcast for teams.

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I was wondering do all teams employ their own broadcasters for television and radio? If so, when did this trend start?
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No.

For instance Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey are employees of Root Sports, while the radio tandem of Mike Lange and Phil Bourque are employees of the Penguins. For most (all?) promotional material provided by the team you hear Lange and Bourque, not Steigerwald and Errey.
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So more likely the radio broadcasters would be employed by the teams. Kind of makes sense as if there is a regional or national television rights package, would be employed by the TV station.
I think a twist on question is order

"How much control over the home broadcaster do home teams have." In Canada, nearly all the home team broadcaster for radio are vetted by the team and are "on board" with negative comments towards the team

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I'm pretty sure that the Senators broadcast crew are employed by the team and not by the respective networks. I remember hearing that many years ago, and I was surprised at first, but it seemed to be a trend. Dean Brown does Sportsnet games as well as a few Hockey Night in Canada games, which probably wouldn't be possible if he was employed by Sportsnet. He does radio when the Sens are on TSN (and the radio station is owned by BellMedia).

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Pretty sure the Isles have some form of control over their TV commentators even though they're MSG ee's. They pretty much had Billy Jaffe canned as the color man for being "too negative" about the team.

Our radio broadcast however is Radio Hofstra, so I'm guessing it's mostly run by their Communications/Broadcasting department/students. Yes, Charles Wang is cheap.

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I'm pretty sure that the Senators broadcast crew are employed by the team and not by the respective networks. I remember hearing that many years ago, and I was surprised at first, but it seemed to be a trend. Dean Brown does Sportsnet games as well as a few Hockey Night in Canada games, which probably wouldn't be possible if he was employed by Sportsnet. He does radio when the Sens are on TSN (and the radio station is owned by BellMedia).
This makes sense. I have heard the same, but it is not often repeated in the local press as they always try steer clear of the "Homer" tag even though it is apparent that Dean Brown is a dyed in the wool homer.

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Our radio broadcast however is Radio Hofstra, so I'm guessing it's mostly run by their Communications/Broadcasting department/students. Yes, Charles Wang is cheap.

It's probably less he's cheap and more their radio ratings suck so bad that no one better is willing to fork over money for rights.

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This is one of those grey areas....There is journalistic ethics in place.

The TV announcers and commentator are generally with the team so they keep the same announcing crew with the team. The station that holds the rights tends to run the intermission shows.

In the last 15 years sports team have gone to local sports networks on cable and are rarely on over the air network/local TV.

Before cable one of the local affiliates aired the games. Then when cable came up it was more of a split of games where about half on TV and the other half on cable. Now almost all is on cable.

The trend now is the team have an ownership stake in the local sports network that airs the games.

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The TV announcers and commentator are generally with the team so they keep the same announcing crew with the team. The station that holds the rights tends to run the intermission shows.

In the last 15 years sports team have gone to local sports networks on cable and are rarely on over the air network/local TV.

Before cable one of the local affiliates aired the games. Then when cable came up it was more of a split of games where about half on TV and the other half on cable. Now almost all is on cable.

The trend now is the team have an ownership stake in the local sports network that airs the games.

You are assuming that sports guys have ethics and are held to the same level as the guys who chase after hard hitting news.. hate to break it to ya--they are not.

Example from Edmonton is Bob Stauffer who hosts Oilers Now on 630ched-for 20+ years he was a respected member of the of Edmonton Media-- he is on the payroll of the Oilers and he atleast admits it. He pointed out that he is not the only one and suggested that in somethig like 65% of hockey cities there is a guy like him in the media, but does not make it clear that part if his contract is paid for by the NHL team

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