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"NHL ON FOX" DEBUTS ITS PLAYOFF COVERAGE
Published May 8, 1995
In Atlanta, Prentis Rogers examines Fox's first year coverage of the NHL and the network and league hopes for this year's playoffs. Rogers writes, "If playoff numbers show an increase, and the prime-time telecasts of Games 1, 4, and 7 during the Cup finals aren't totally ignored, then perhaps Fox's optimistic outlook will be something more than false bravado." Rogers also notes that the "major task" for the NHL and Fox is to "generate interest in major cities that do not have franchises" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/6). In Toronto, Rob Langley writes of the opening weekend, "Hockey coverage has never been better as both CBC and TSN pulled out all the stops and apparently spared no expense in a shining moment for Canadian television." Longley calls Fox's coverage "generally heavy on the glitz, light on substance" (TORONTO SUN, 5/8). In Edmonton, Jay O'Neill notes that TSN is adding Lightning coach Terry Crisp and SI's Michael Farber, while CBC will have a studio playoff show. Meanwhile, O'Neill writes, "Fox will do what it does best: marketing" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 5/6). FORGET TO SET THAT VCR? The only mention of Fox's playoff coverage by USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke is a nod for Fox's graphics under "Best Production" (USA TODAY, 5/8).