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Report: NHL shoots down Vancouver selling broadcast rights to potential Stanley Cup parade

Jun 12, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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It’s always a bit of fun with Canucks fans. In the past they’ve been busted for planning a Stanley Cup parade while in the midst of the first or second round of the playoffs. That’s always good for a laugh when they would inevitably run into Chicago and get bounced out of the playoffs.

But what about planning on selling the broadcast rights to the Stanley Cup parade they’ve yet to clinch? As it turns out, that too is a bit of a no-no as Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports today.

According to a source, the Canucks were shopping around the rights to broadcast the potential celebration parade in Vancouver but the NHL stepped in saying that parade broadcast rights aren’t up for grabs like that. It’s a smart move for the league to shoot this down and let’s face it, if Vancouver does win it all those rights would likely go for a hefty amount. After all, who wouldn’t want to broadcast the most debaucherous and insane parade since Patrick Kane showed the world what a drunken championship bender looks like last summer in Chicago.

We’re sure some fans will look at this as a way for Vancouver to invite the bogeyman called “karma” into their lives and lead to an eventual Stanley Cup loss for the Canucks. If you’re in the business of believing that things that have absolutely nothing to do with what goes on on the ice have an effect on the game, then hey, good for you. In reality, this is just a team trying to be prepared for what would likely end up being the biggest party in the city’s history.

Yes, even bigger than Team Canada winning the gold medal last year in Vancouver.

  1. jensen2401 - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    So what were the league’s reasons for shooting it down? (Never mind; I went to the Globe article for the answer.) And why would the league or the Canucks even hold the broadcast rights to a parade? Are they even a league event?

    Who: Canucks, NHL. Check.
    What: Parade rights. Check.
    Where: Vancouver. Check.
    When: Who knows? Check.
    Why: No info. Fail.

    The most important aspect of any story and it’s completely ignored.

  2. Ralphie - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    From the article in the Globe: “After Vancouver won Game 5 by a 1-0 score, the Canucks attempted to sell the broadcast rights to their yet-to-be-determined Stanley Cup parade, according to a league”

    WTF? I guess they they’re guaranteeing that the series is in the bag before the deciding game is played?

    I will say the Canucks douchebaggery has known no bounds this series, why should they stop laying it on now?

    • jensen2401 - Jun 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      If you think that Boston isn’t also making plans for a Stanley Cup parade, then you’re an idiot.

      Any organization that would try to plan the logistics and support required to host a crowd of hundreds of thousands (Vancouver) or many tens of thousands (Boston) within a day or two well deserve the chaos that would undoubtedly ensue. Think about it: crowd control, traffic (to and from the parade location as well as disruption caused to the normal traffic flow), clean up, policing, disruption to business along the parade route.

      All those factors have to be considered, potential problems imagined and solutions formulated for any and all “what if” situations and to suggest that it can all be done in a day or two is beyond ludicrous.

      Of course, if we knew whether Cup parades are league events and, if so, whether or not the league or the team holds the broadcast rights, we might have something substantive to talk about…

  3. habsman - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Karma was Horton getting his clocked cleaned after several sucker punches in earlier rounds.

  4. ziggy703 - Jun 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Vancouver victory parade right after Miami heat parade.

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