Diary of a commentator

Sigh...the KHL playoffs have officially been cancelled:


I really think that being involved in the KHL and doing the research I did helped me psychologically, right when my COVID-19 worries were at their strongest, so I don't view this whole episode as a total waste. But it's definitely going to be a quiet commentary summer for me, with the Olympics also having been postponed and with no clues as to when the tennis season might resume. For that matter, there's no guarantee of course that the Champions Hockey League will be set to launch on time in late August and early September. But really, I can't complain: I've got my tennis videogame project to tackle, other marketing communications work to do, a wife with a super-secure job at the NHS, a highly functioning and pretty happy nuclear family unit, and of course my health. Things could be a lot worse.

(By the way, the finals of the hockey playoffs in Belarus are *still* steaming ahead - Game 1 of Yunost Minsk vs. Soligorsk is on Friday. Crazy.)
 
I don't have an English accent at all - so no, not me.

FWIW, I just received a comforting group email from the CEO of the Olympic Broadcasting Service, affirming that the OBS will still want all of us to come to Tokyo next year when the Olympics do eventually go ahead. This is the money paragraph, and I think it's really nicely stated:
We recognize that Sports Broadcasting (and all other events in general) is being seriously impacted by the global expansion of the Covid-19. This is why we would like to provide you, as a valued member of our team, with additional certainty in these difficult times of professional and financial turmoil in our industry. Let me insist that as it has been already announced, the Games of Tokyo have not been cancelled, but postponed until the next year 2021. Adapting to such change in circumstances, our pledge is to replace your current services contract with us with a new one that will properly reflect the postponement of the Games, but without changing any other relevant parameters of our envisaged engagement.
 

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But yeah that's exactly what I imagine CP and his like are doing right now. Commentating at anything that moves in a sufficiently expeditious fashion, while maintaining appropriate distancing.
 
Well, one of my contacts at DAZN has forwarded my email to their rights team, so it's at least being considered. I didn't commentate on Yunost Minsk in this season's CHL, but I did track their entire roster and their results throughout the competition, so basically I'd have only one-and-a-half teams to research...they did qualify for the Knockout Stage last fall by finishing second in their group, ahead of clubs from the Czech Republic and Finland (and behind Lausanne of Switzerland), so they're not chopped liver, even though they did lose 9-2 on aggregate to Red Bull Munich in the Round of 16.

Serious question: with literally no other live sports going on in the world at the moment, would you watch the Belarusian equivalent of the Stanley Cup Finals? (Between desperate sports fans, inveterate gamblers and the equivalent of car-crash oglers, I'd have thought there might be enough of an audience to make DAZN buying the rights in the US and Canada an interesting way to get noticed...)
 

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Yeah I'd watch it, just for the novelty, and general desperation right now. Maybe not the full series but at least a game. And I'm only a casual hockey fan.
 

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Well, one of my contacts at DAZN has forwarded my email to their rights team, so it's at least being considered. I didn't commentate on Yunost Minsk in this season's CHL, but I did track their entire roster and their results throughout the competition, so basically I'd have only one-and-a-half teams to research...they did qualify for the Knockout Stage last fall by finishing second in their group, ahead of clubs from the Czech Republic and Finland (and behind Lausanne of Switzerland), so they're not chopped liver, even though they did lose 9-2 on aggregate to Red Bull Munich in the Round of 16.

Serious question: with literally no other live sports going on in the world at the moment, would you watch the Belarusian equivalent of the Stanley Cup Finals? (Between desperate sports fans, inveterate gamblers and the equivalent of car-crash oglers, I'd have thought there might be enough of an audience to make DAZN buying the rights in the US and Canada an interesting way to get noticed...)
Yes, definitely games 1 and the elimination games. I don't know if I'd watch all of them, but then again I don't think I watched an entire Stanley Cup finals that didn't feature the Bruins. So I would definitely watch some of the games if they were on in a semi normal time block.
 

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But yeah that's exactly what I imagine CP and his like are doing right now. Commentating at anything that moves in a sufficiently expeditious fashion, while maintaining appropriate distancing.
I assumed Marble League would be an option.