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Friday, September 23, 2005
  CBC 103: Beware the blogs!

CBC senior management was blindsided by the blogs begun after the lockout.

They ain't seen nothing yet. In fact, if there is still a lockout by October 8, blogs could decide everything.

No, not our small little lockoutee blogs. I mean the hockey blogs.

For the past week to ten days or so I have been "dipping in and out" as they say among the hockey blogs.

What can I report?

Everyone is waited with baited breath for the regular season to begin (although everyone is still unhappy with both sides in last year's hockey lockout, the NHL and the NHLPA).

Most of the bloggers and the comments are highly skeptical that management can pull off a decent Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The consensus, at least among hockey fans (I am not sure if football fans would agree) is that having seen the CFL broadcasts, the bloggers believe CBC management cannot create a hockey broadcast to meet the standards that even the "ordinary" Hockey Night in Canada fan expects. (Nor can most feeds from American networks is a point that is repeated).

And for the sounds of silence, so to speak, a couple of the blogs had similar comments. Even in noisy bar, when Coach's Corner comes on, the chatter is subdued and the sound turned up so everyone can hear Don and Ron. On one such blog, one commenter claimed to be a sports producer for another Canadian network, and he said that in their newsroom, everything stops there as well for Cherry and Maclean.

So as the modern media experts are saying, ignore blogosphere at your peril. The first indications of fan reaction to the management produced Hockey Night in Canada will not be on the call-in shows, or the Monday morning papers.

It will be in blogosphere about six or seven minutes into the first period.

Beware the blogs!

(Note: There are too many blogs to link to any individually. I searched in Technorati, Google and Feedster using "Hockey Night in Canada" and "National Hockey League.")

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