2 months ago
EP-28: Inside The NHL Bubbles

As players in other sports opt out and test positive, bubbles are proving to be the way to go to keep everyone involved safe from COVID-19. The NHL has had two positive tests since mid-July and none in its bubbles, the TV product has been pretty much exactly the same — minus fans in the stands — and the early game play has been better than expected. 

So how did the NHL pull this off?

Steve Mayer is the league’s Chief Content Officer — the person responsible for creating the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles. He joins Richard and Donnovan to discuss the planning process, operations, borrowing from other leagues, fulfilling team requests, “#WeSkatefor Black Lives” and crisis management.

Then Sportsnet senior hockey writer Chris Johnston takes listeners inside the Toronto bubble from a media perspective: his day-to-day, entering the bubble, challenges getting exclusive interviews and his thoughts on the overall play thus far.

COVID-19 Resources: (1) WIRED: Covid-19 Data in the US Is an ‘Information Catastrophe’ (2) WIRED: Anthony Fauci Explains Why the US Still Hasn’t Beaten Covid (3) THE Sydney Morning Herald: Please stop calling healthcare workers ‘heroes’. It’s killing us

This episode is scripted, produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and Richard Deitsch. Archival support was provided by Adrian Cheddie.

Audio Credits: NHL Network, Sportsnet 650, WCMC, WFLA and WXDX.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

As players in other sports opt out and test positive, bubbles are proving to be the way to go to keep everyone involved safe from COVID-19. The NHL has had two positive tests since mid-July and none in its bubbles, the TV product has been pretty much exactly the same — minus fans in the stands — and the early game play has been better than expected. 

So how did the NHL pull this off?

Steve Mayer is the league’s Chief Content Officer — the person responsible for creating the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles. He joins Richard and Donnovan to discuss the planning process, operations, borrowing from other leagues, fulfilling team requests, "#WeSkatefor Black Lives" and crisis management.

Then Sportsnet senior hockey writer Chris Johnston takes listeners inside the Toronto bubble from a media perspective: his day-to-day, entering the bubble, challenges getting exclusive interviews and his thoughts on the overall play thus far.

COVID-19 Resources: (1) WIRED: Covid-19 Data in the US Is an ‘Information Catastrophe’ (2) WIRED: Anthony Fauci Explains Why the US Still Hasn’t Beaten Covid (3) THE Sydney Morning Herald: Please stop calling healthcare workers ‘heroes’. It’s killing us

This episode is scripted, produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and Richard Deitsch. Archival support was provided by Adrian Cheddie.

Audio Credits: NHL Network, Sportsnet 650, WCMC, WFLA and WXDX.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.