Pens Broadcasting Changes?
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Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Rumors are spreading that the Pittsburgh Penguins plan on making some changes on their television broadcast team. Are they just rumors?
I’d say yes. My feeling on that is, why fix something that isn’t broken?
For the fourth consecutive season, the Penguins ranked 1st in the NHL’s local TV ratings.
Ratings for Penguins games on Roots Sports have led the NHL’s local marks in the United States for four straight seasons. During the 2010-11 campaign, Roots Sports scored a new record, as the team’s telecasts averaged an 8.68 in the Pittsburgh DMA.
The Penguins also attract the NHL’s largest average TV audience with over 101,000 homes tuning in to watch each broadcast. Pittsburgh is the NHL 22nd largest market.
Does that sound like something that needs fixed?
Contracts of both Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey have expired.
Since the Pens season ended vs. Tampa Bay, rumors have been spreading that the team might be looking to add Mike Emrick to the broadcast.
Emrick, is the top announcer on both Versus and NBC, while also serving as the top voice for the New Jersey Devils.
Emrick’s deal with the Devils is also expired.
Just to be accurate, the decision on the broadcasters will be made mostly by Root Sports.
By the way, when announcing their recent long-term extension with the Penguins, Root Sports praised the jobs done by both Steigerwald and Errey.
In my opinion, this is a story could end up being a non-story because I’d be surprised if Steigy and Bibster aren’t back for next season.