It's a question that's been asked in every board room, sponsorship pitch meeting and press box around the NHL since the lockout. It's been asked much less frequently now that the NHL is locked into a year television contract with NBC, which has helped to broadcast every Stanley Cup Playoff game in its entirety on national television for the first time in league history — something ESPN didn't, couldn't and wouldn't do.
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On one side were skaters in familiar American red-white-and-blue; on the other, the blue-black-and-white of Team Europe, an invented team of lesser puck kingdoms, like Slovenia and Norway. Levy, steady and boom-voiced, was the play-by-play man, famous for calling some of the longest games in NHL history.
It had to be during that season.
Hockey and television have long had a complicated relationship. Local cable viewership has been solid in many top markets including Los Angeles but national games have floated between various rights-holders, some of whom have been less adept than others.
He has a nimble mind, encyclopedic vocabulary, deep historic knowledge and quicksilver tongue — like a Vin Scully on speed.
The agreement features all regular and postseason home games for 11 of the 12 ECAC institutions. Colgate fans have access to 22 women's hockey regular season games and 27 men's hockey regular season games throughout the campaign with streaming subscriptions.
Levy and Melrose try a different approach. So they opt for a more relaxed feel, the vibe of two friends watching a game that just happens to be on TV.
We want people at home to laugh during the broadcast. Melrose, 60 and a former pro defenseman, is a coach-turned-broadcaster-turned-coach-turned-broadcaster.
Levy stepped back into the booth to go over some technical details with his producer. Melrose continued to chat about the tournament. On Tuesday the U. Levy cast him a sidelong look.