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Five Second Delay, Video Game Cheering on NHL Broadcasts

The NHL recently announced that all game broadcasts will have a five second delay along with artificial sound during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. The league also sent out a memo to all 24 teams detailing the life in the bubble including how the sound and look of games will sound and be like.

Broadcast Information

There’s new broadcast information that many fans have been asking about. All the Eastern Conference games will be produced by NBC and Western Conference games will be produced by Sportsnet as reported by Greg Wyshnyski of ESPN. The updated schedule can be found here which includes all the broadcasts. The telecast information is from Aug. 1 –  Aug. 5.

To clarify, games that are on NBC are exclusive. Games that are on NBCSN and USA Network will be blacked out in the local markets. Check your local listings.

Additional Cameras

The NHL is set to have a five second delay and video game cheering on all their broadcasts.
Both arenas will have a five second broadcast delay along with artificial sounds from video games and season-ticket holder submission videos that will be played in every game. Image courtesy: Frank Gunn

Both arenas in Toronto and Edmonton will have 32 cameras which is 12 more than the normal amount. All cameras will be repositioned for viewers to see more of the ice and show new angles.

The NHL also constructed LED screens and banners behind the benches in both arenas. The empty seats on the lower bowl of both arenas will be covered by a tarp.

Five Second Delay and Sound

There will be a five second delay to hopefully prevent any profanity being heard by players on the ice. This is something that both the NHL and NHLPA agreed upon. Additional sound will be provided by “EA Sports’ supplemental crowd noise” to fill the audio void. Major League Baseball and soccer’s English Premier League have also done this in their season restarts. All 31 teams also asked their season-ticket holders to send videos of them cheering, jeering and chanting which will be played in both arenas.

Honoring Frontliners and Social Justice Advocates

The league also wanted to figure out a way to continue to spread the message and awareness of social justice as well as honoring frontliners working during this pandemic. Therefore, the NHL came up with “special theme nights” to address both topics. The first “special theme night” will be on Aug. 1 where the league will “honor frontline pandemic workers and those who are advocating for social justice.”

They are also allowing its players to customize their helmet and uniform decals. A player’s design has to celebrate “community, charities, businesses, fans, frontline heroes, youth programs and social justice advocates”. The decals will also have the hashtags #ISkateFor and #WeSkateFor.

Bubble Life

The NHL released new information about life in the bubbles. Players could be there for up to 2½ months depending on how deep their team goes. Both cities will have 14 restaurants, bars, pubs, food trucks and coffee shops, eight movie theaters and activity spaces. There will also be player lounges in both hubs.

Health and Safety

Everybody inside the bubble will be tested daily for COVID-19. Every person will use the CLEAR Health Pass on their mobile devices. This app will be able to track health and perform real-time temperature checks from more than 75 access points in both hub cities.

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