- NHL on FOX
"The NHL on FOX" was a former TV show that televised
National Hockey Leaguegames on the Fox Broadcasting Companyand produced by Fox Sports. The program ran from the 1994–1995 NHL season until the 1998–1999 NHL season. FOX paid $31 million a year to televise the NHL.
FOX televised between five and eleven regionally distributed games on Saturday or Sunday afternoons during the regular season, where anywhere from three to six games ran concurrently.
FoxTrax (colloquially called the glow puck, smart puck, or super puck) was a specialized
ice hockeypuck with internal electronics that allow its position to be tracked that was designed for NHL telecasts on FOX. Primarily, it was used to visually highlight the puck on-screen and display a trail when the puck was moving rapidly.
Early round playoff coverage
In the first three rounds of the playoffs, two games were televised each round.
Main broadcast teams, studio hosts and analysts
The main broadcast team was
Mike Emrickand John Davidson, while regionally distributed games were handled by a variety of announcers. In the first four years of the deal, James Brown and Dave Maloneyhosted the show from the FOX studio in Los Angeles. In the final year, it was Suzy Kolberand Terry Crisp.
All-Star Game, Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals
For the All-Star Game, Conference Finals, and Stanley Cup Finals, the games (which were national telecasts) were hosted from the arena. The 1996 and 1997 All-Star Games were televised in
tanley Cup Finals
FOX split coverage of the
Stanley Cup Finalswith ESPN. Game 1 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals was the first Finals game shown on network television since 1980 and the first in prime timesince 1973. Games 1, 5, and 7 were usually scheduled to be televised by FOX; Games 2, 3, 4, and 6 by ESPN. However from 1995 to 1998, the Finals were all four game sweeps; 1999 ended in six games. The consequence was that - except for 1995, when FOX did televise Game 4 - the decisive game was never on network television. Perhaps in recognition of this, Games 3–7 were always televised by ABC in the succeeding broadcast agreement between the NHL and ABC Sports/ESPN. Also, the NHL's current broadcast agreement calls for Games 1 and 2 to be televised by Versus (formerly OLN) and Games 3–7 by NBC.
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*1995 - Games 1, 4, 7 on FOX; Games 2, 3, 5, 6 on ESPN
*1996 - Games 1, 3, 6, 7 on FOX; Games 2, 4, 5 on ESPN
*1997 - Games 1, 5, 6, 7 on FOX; Games 2, 3, 4 on ESPN
*1998 - Games 1, 5, 7 on FOX; Games 2, 3, 4, 6 on ESPN
*1999 - Games 1, 2, 5, 7 on FOX; Games 3, 4, 6 on ESPN
The end of "NHL on FOX"
Things ended badly between FOX and the league when the NHL announced a new TV deal with
ESPNthat also called for ABC to become the new network TV partner. FOX challenged that it had not been given a chance to match the network component of the deal, but ABC ultimately prevailed. As a result, it is widely rumored that FOX will not bid for NHL rights again under either side's current management (perhaps barring a large NHL ratings increase).
Kenny Albert: Play-by-Play
* James Brown: Studio Host (1994–1998)
Terry Crisp: Color Commentary, Studio Analyst (1998–1999)
* John Davidson: Color Commentary
Mike Emrick: Play-by-Play
Mike Eruzione: Color Commentary
Pat Foley: Play-by-Play
* Gary Green: Color Commentary
Randy Hahn: Play-by-Play
Rick Jeanneret: Play-by-Play
* John Kelly: Play-by-Play
Suzy Kolber: Studio Host (1998–1999)
Mike Lange: Play-by-Play
Josh Lewin: Play-by-Play
Dave Maloney: Studio Analyst (1994–1998)
Jiggs McDonald: Play-by-Play
Peter McNab: Color Commentary
Joe Micheletti: Color Commentary/Ice Reporter
Greg Millen: Color Commentary
Bob Miller: Play-by-Play
Denis Potvin: Color Commentary
Daryl Reaugh: Color Commentary
Mickey Redmond: Color Commentary
Howie Rose: Play-by-Play
* Sam Rosen: Play-by-Play
Craig Simpson: Color Commentary
Paul Steigerwald: Color Commentary
Pete Stemkowski: Color Commentary
Dick Stockton: Play-by-Play
Dave Strader: Play-by-Play
Dale Tallon: Color Commentary
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