Fans will not be permitted to attend an NHL playoff games this summer, should they happen. Although it will be quite different, it could end up being a good thing for the NHL. Boston Bruins defenseman John Moore thinks it even could attract more fans to the sport if done correctly.
“A big part of this is going to be the presentation at a media and entertainment level. To try and attract the most viewers we can,” Moore told the media this week. “I think it would be great for the sport if there’s increased microphones, cameras, what have you, that can deliver a better product to people who otherwise may have wanted to be in the stadium.”
Moore was asked if he would welcome more microphones in the building as part of a re-imagined restart for a league that has been on hold since March 12 because of the coronavirus. Not only does he appear in favor of it, he thinks it could help. He was skeptical at first, but a different sport helped change his viewpoint.
“I (was) not a big fan before this of the UFC, but I saw the first fight with no fans,” Moore said. “You heard everything. It added an element of appreciation to the art of it all.”
As for who might benefit the most from extra microphones and cameras, one name came right to John Moore.
“Obviously you think of a guy like Marchy (Brad Marchand) who might win an Emmy with some of the stuff they might pick up with him,” Moore said. “I’m all for it.”
The NHL and NHLPA are also discussing the enhancement of the visual aspect of the broadcast by placing multiple cameras at ice level and closer to the ice to help fans see plays develop and see what the player sees when he heads up ice.