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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Post game: Shen vs. CBA hockey at RPI on TV

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Post game: Shen vs. CBA hockey at RPI on TV

Some observations and thoughts from the first-ever televised high school hockey game on Time Warner Sports TW3:
  • Hopefully no one tuned away from TW3 as the station threw up a "technical difficulty" logo right after the RPI/Harvard 3-3 OT game leaving viewers and recorders like me wondering what was going on.
  • Too bad the press box emptied out right after the collegiate game (same in the parking lot) for the high school contest.
  • With a 7:05 start, no player introductions or national anthem, something missing from a traditional home game.
  • The game should look good with four camera in place, two adjacent to the press box, one on a raised lift at one end and a shoulder camera at ice level. TW3 again went with its 3-person broadcast crew, the same for the earlier RPI/Harvard contest.
  • Shen took a commanding 3-0 lead through the first period, but CBA appears to like to play with a 3-0 deficit, roaring back with three goals in the second period. The Brothers took advantage of a new defensive tactic by Shenendehowa goalie Peter Rakowsky who went to cover the puck versus usually poking it.
  • Without officially going to the video tape (I DVR'd the game at home) it appears that the local sponsors (Shen had to come up with $2,500 in sponsors (advertisers) to make the TV broadcast a reality) with several on air-spots during the 15 minute intermissions. According to TW3 this is not a normal practice (sponsors) for football broadcasts.
  • CBA coach Matt Baron was happy with the TV broadcast, but wasn't thrilled that the game moved to RPI and its 85x200 sheet of ice, compared to his home rink at Albany County Rec with its roomy 100x200 sheet.
  • Back for more: The two teams agreed to do this again next year at RPI, but no guarantee on another televised game. It will be revisited by both parties as Shen will give up its home game vs. CBA next season.
Here is a link to the story at The Saratogian.

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