Monday, March 26, 2012

Sports Media Draft for ESPN, CBS, and NBC : Outkick The Coverage

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews at the 2007 Georgia...
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews at the 2007 Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech college football game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For readers, it comes as no secret I'm a fan of the NHL draft. Actually, I'm a fan of most all of sports drafts - NFL, NBA, MLB (a little less of a mystery after Michael Lewis' Moneyball), CHL, yadda, yadda, yadda (I could go on!). 

This article is a draft of sports media talent - I couldn't resist sharing!

Sports Media Draft for ESPN, CBS, and NBC : Outkick The Coverage:


"Thanks to the emergence of NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports Network, ESPN finally has cable competition with actual money to spend. It's been a long time coming. Television talent is celebrating like never before because multiple bidders drives up sports media salaries. Instead of ESPN being able to tell you to take its offer or leave for the cable hinterlands, there's the potential that sports media success can come from cable off the ESPN networks.
As I've watched the Jim Rome promotions air a billion times a day during the NCAA Tournament, it got me thinking, who are the most valuable commodities in sports media today? That is, if you made every sports media figure a free agent and allowed ESPN, CBS, and NBC to hire away talent, what would my first round draft look like? Basically, who would you hire if you could stock a new network?"
Excerpt Part 2: Some of the picks:

I can make a strong case that Bill Simmons is the single most valuable talent that ESPN employs today.
In fact, I'll do it right now.
Clearly Simmons understands the Internet, he's wildly popular in social media, his podcasts are incredibly successful, the 30 for 30 series is genius, his column and books have been wildly popular, and Grantland represents a true creative risk. The kind of risk that ESPN doesn't typically take. 
If Simmons isn't the highest paid talent at ESPN, he should be.
And all that's without actually appearing on television much at all.
So, at 42 years old, what does Simmons want from here?
I have no idea.
But ESPN should let him have it. 

Erin Andrews is still just 33 years old.
Having recently moved to New York City from Atlanta, what does she want to do as her contract nears expiration?
Active in social media -- she has over a million followers -- and a bona fide crossing over sports celebrity since her turn on Dancing With the Stars, does she stay in sports?
I have no idea. 

20. Mel Kiper
The NFL Draft is bigger than just about every major sport in America.
And no one owns the NFL Draft like Kiper.
You have to grab him here in the first round.
What's more, Kiper is opinionated and brash enough that he can cover other sports. You don't value his opinion as much, but he's created a brand for himself that reaches beyond the draft.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

You Can’t Draft Goalies And Neither Can Anybody Else | Edmonton Journal

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in action a...
Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in action against Slovakia during the 2010 Winter Olympics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Finnish ice-hockey goalder Miikka Kiprusoff ma...
Finnish ice-hockey goalder Miikka Kiprusoff make a save in game versus San Jose Sharks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames
Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jonathon Willis' recent article on the Cult of Hockey Edmonton Journal blog echoes a lot of my own thoughts on drafting goalies early in the NHL entry draft.

You Can’t Draft Goalies And Neither Can Anybody Else | Edmonton Journal:


"When it comes to goalies, however, professional scouts do a terrible job of identifying talent.  Sure, sometimes first round picks work out – eight of the league’s 30 most used goalies (26.7%) were drafted in the first round.  Guys like Marc-Andre Fleury (1st overall), Kari Lehtonen (2nd overall), Roberto Luongo (4th overall) and Carey Price (5th overall) turned into the talents that the scouts thought they would.  However, a lot of the league’s elite goalies were missed completely by the scouts. In fact, fully 12 of the league’s 30 most-used goalies were either drafted outside the top-100, or never drafted at all.  Pekka Rinne was drafted 258th overall in 2004; if today’s 210-pick system was in place that year he wouldn’t have been drafted at all.  Also drafted after that 210 mark were Tim Thomas, Jaroslav Halak, Tomas Vokoun, and Evgeni NabokovHenrik Lundqvist went 205th overall in 2000.  Miikka Kiprusoff was a fourth-round pick; Ryan Miller a fifth.  Niklas Backstrom was never drafted; neither were Jonas Hiller or Antti Niemi." 

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

#9 Hunter Shinkaruk hat trick vs Lethbridge (2012-03-17)

Medicine Hat Tigers
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Hunter Shinkaruk really impressed me last summer when Hockey Canada held their try-outs for the 2011 Ivan Hlinka U18 hockey tournament. How the Medicine Hat Tigers offensive dynamo didn't make the final squad was somewhat of a mystery to me as despite not being eligible until the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Hunter was constantly the most dangerous player on the ice amongst the forwards.

Here's a hat-trick performance courtesy of Jerome of HockeyProspectTV:

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2012 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones

2012 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones: "THW’s 2012 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones is your quintessential draft resource featuring:

  • Detailed unique prospect profiles in The Next Ones format
  • Mock Drafts
  • Exclusive rankings
  • Fantasy based rankings
  • Team Previews
  • Looking ahead to the 2013 draft and beyond
Is it ever too early to think about the NHL’s next entry draft?
Many blistering shots will be taken. Many tantalizing saves will be made. Many devastating hits will be dished out. Many vigorous battles for loose pucks will be fought. Many pinpoint accurate passes will be delivered. Many savvy puck moves will be executed. Many coach tirades will fall on deaf ears.
To see the extremely comprehensive 2012 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones in its entirety:
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