HBO 24/7: Toronto Maple Leafs/Detroit Red Wings OFFICAL THREAD
Well, it looks like the Leafs agreed to do it. There was some concern they wouldn't. The Wings announced at the Press Conference that they would do it, if asked.
The Maple Leafs will get their HBO close-up.
NHL chief operating officer John Collins confirmed Tuesday that the TV documentary series HBO 24/7: Road To The NHL Winter Classic will be back for a third season. The Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will face off in the next Winter Classic, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan’s Big House, which holds more than 100,000.
“We’re bringing it back,” Collins told the Yahoo! blog site Puck Daddy, adding a Canadian network carrier is on board.
I figured HBO Canada was going to air it as in years past, but perhaps one of CBC/Bell/Rogers has picked it up... Given the language and graphic nature of the show, I would not want to see a censored version.
I am curious how the rating for this will pan out for HBO. I suspect they will get a huge boost in numbers just for having T.O. on the show. Even if the American audiance dwindles, I think ratings will still be up.
Good or bad/logical or not - the Leafs certainly have a huge fan base in Ontario and accross Canada. More than Rangers or Flyers from last year.
If anyone thinks what you have been watching so far has been totally uncensored, you are mistaken. There is no way the league would allow some of the things said in the heat of battle out there for public consumption. Its simply a matter of leaving "just enough" in to make it seem as if the viewers are getting the "inside" version.
Speaking of documentaries, Sportsnet has added the HBO 24/7 series to its stable this season. The significant documentary that every year follows two teams headed to the Winter Classic game has redrawn the formula for the NHL in terms of support in the United States, winning Emmys and creating a new perspective for the league by showing its players behind the scenes. Films like 24/7 are redefining how sports leagues promote themselves.
Although not a huge ratings grabber, 24/7 is a prestigious product for Sportsnet to wrest away from TSN. Especially this fall with a Toronto Maple Leafs-Detroit Red Wings matchup, having the Canadian rights will be significant. The major question for 24/7 this season will be what happens if the coming collective agreement talks between the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association cancel any or all of the 20012-13 season? Sportsnet officials would not speculate publicly, but sources tell Usual Suspects that the network is confident the labour talks will wind up in time for the regular season at the latest. Play would likely need to resume by Dec. 1 to gather material for four documentaries in time for the Winter Classic.