January 6, 2011

THE DIFFICULTY FOR HBO...:

After Hockey Score, HBO Seeks New Game (RICHARD SANDOMIR, 1/06/11, NY Times)

“This might have been a game-changer and proven that we should pursue other leagues and other sports,” said Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports. “We’ve talked to other leagues over the last couple of years. But now there’s much more awareness of this kind of programming.” [...]

It made a star of Bruce Boudreau, the Capitals’ coach and serial swearer. But more important, it has shown the players on the ice, in airplanes, in locker rooms and at home in ways that have rarely, if ever, been seen. It has been funny, foul, revealing, ribald, bloody and gritty.

The template would be the same if other sports followed the N.H.L.’s example: an all-access look at a short part of the season that leads to a climax. The Winter Classic — which is played outdoors — is a contrived but spectacular concluding point during the season, something that other leagues don’t quite have. Greenburg said he had been examining how to highlight rivalries in other sports that would give the series a beginning, middle and end.


...is that the only other sport where the players are so universally likable is golf.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2011 6:50 AM
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