In October, NHL Network began anew from the headquarters of MLB Advanced Media, sharing space and resources as part of a multi-year deal aimed at revitalizing the home of hockey and improving its online product.
Upon its relaunch from Secaucus, the former home of MSNBC, the network took over MLB Network’s Studio K and began sharing Studio 21.
Studio 21 worked during MLB’s off months, but now baseball is back and NHL is entering the playoff season, meaning a crunch for studio space in the evenings, as both networks program live wrap around programming (such as “MLB Tonight” and “NHL Tonight”).
The solution? A new dedicated studio for hockey, dubbed “The Rink,” which creates a more permanent home at the facility for NHL Network.
The 2016 Olympic Games are now less than a year away, and broadcasting networks are in full preparation mode for the massive event. NBC Sports, the U.S. home of the games, usually has one of the largest broadcasting presences at the International Broadcasting Center, and 2016 looks to be on par with previous efforts.
Jim Bell, NBC’s Olympic EP, shared a sneak peek of the proposed setup in Rio: