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Report: NHL eyes documentary series for outdoor games, Olympics

Sep 9, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

Once it became clear that the NHL is going forward with a plan to host six outdoor games, one of the natural questions was: “what will it all mean for the HBO 24/7 series?” The league plans on shooting an eight-part documentary series that will run from the outdoor games all the way through to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Sports Business Journal/Daily’s Chris Botta reports.

The series would likely air on NBCSN along with the CBC and Sportsnet, according to Botta.

The aim is for the documentaries to be styled after those 24/7 episodes, which is certainly an ambitious plan. It remains to be seen if the NHL would share the same kind of unfiltered looks that made HBO’s series so beloved by hockey fans.

Naturally, keep in mind that this is just a report, and there’s conceivably plenty of things that could railroad such a large project.

Still, if the league manages to pull this off, it could be a huge boon for fans and the sport as a whole.

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    With any luck the whole world will get to see Crosby’s lucky jockstrap in all of its wonderful glory, and those privileged enough to know it will be able to appreciate the significance it has in the history of professional hockey.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      He must have lost his “lucky jockstrap” in the playoffs about the time they ran into Boston. Either that, or he was too frightened to show it with Chara’s in the same building.

      Chara: “That’s your jockstrap? A peanut shell and a rubber band? Your girl must be disappointed tremendously.”

      • mattymarts17 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:08 AM

        Amityville? I’m on county line!

  2. hockeyflow33 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    The 24/7 series is unbelievable.

    The other series they run, (I think on NHL Network), NHL 36 is really good too.

  3. stakex - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    For starters I don’t think an eight part series to cover six games AND the Olympics is going to work out very well. That’s just too much to cover in such a short series, and the lack of focus will really hurt the quality. One of the things that made the 24/7 thing interesting to watch was the building story leading up to the WC… and there is no chance such a wide encompassing series can have the same feel.

    Also, watching the 24/7 series cut really took something away from it. Unless the series is on HBO, its certainly going to be watered down.

  4. btlpper68 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Anytime they go inside w NHL players it’s cool to see I expect no different this year love 24/7

  5. jimw81 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    it’s going to suck without bryz talking about tigers, universe, etc…..

    • juzzi7 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Datsyuk never disappoints

  6. jimw81 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Here is an novel concept the NHL should look into. Let HBO broadcast 25 games with mics around the rink with no tv commentary. I will guarantee you that would be must see tv.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Ugh, and get all the whiny PC folks calling for lawsuits? Reading weeks worth of media articles about who said what slur or insult? Having to listen to 95% of the players issue meaningless apology statements? No thank you.

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