Sunday, April 14, 2024

Let’s stream English hockey on TV and evolve together

So much has changed from the early 1990s when our colleague and columnist Nick Irvine commentated hockey for Sky Sports at Birmingham University. A single camera set-up with rudimentary graphics, a yellow, sandy pitch and a dirty white ball probably made for a viewing experience (the pictures, I stress, not the commentary) that drove people to other sporting options faster than a Wapping Hockey Club pint race.

So why, when technology has moved so far forwards and the number of channels available has multiplied beyond belief, are our own indoor finals not going to be on TV? I think the problem lies in that we are used to high-quality hockey content from every corner of the planet, taking for granted the costs to put together the professional studio shows.

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