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Elliotte Friedman Drops Surprising Bomb Regarding A NHL Meeting in Chicago


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Hunter Bowman
December 14, 2023  (6:00 PM)
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In a meeting held in Chicago before the NHL season kicked off, General Managers and coaches addressed the growing demand for increased behind-the-scenes content from both media and fans.

The league's stance was clear – those asked to wear a microphone should comply. However, a recent note disclosed that some of these requests were initially declined, prompting an immediate change in approach.
This shift reflects a noticeable change in the NHL's attitude, with executives recognizing the need to meet the demand for enhanced all-access content. While not solely focusing on media interests, this adjustment suggests a commitment to providing fans with a more immersive experience throughout the season.
According to Elliotte Friedman on his Sportsnet 32 thoughts podcast,
"When the NHL brought its GMs and coaches together in Chicago before the season, one of the things they were told was media — especially rightsholders — and fans were demanding more 'all-access' style programming. As part of that, it was made very clear that anyone asked to wear a microphone did so. Sometime this week, a note went out indicating that some of these requests were being declined, and this is to change, right away. I bring this up not to 'wave the media flag,' but because one executive noted to me Wednesday that this is a real change in attitude from the NHL. It has never pushed as hard as it is doing now. Things are changing."

The impact of this adjustment on fan engagement remains to be seen, but it signals a new era of openness and access in the NHL.
Source: Hawksinsider
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