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aparch
09-30-2014, 09:07 AM
And there it is, a revamped WCHA.TV!
http://www.wcha.com/men/pres1415/201409/sep30wcm.php

I may have to try out a single day to see how it Airplays via iPad and AppleTV, but I'm excited that they revamped it.

Shirtless Guy
09-30-2014, 09:27 AM
And there it is, a revamped WCHA.TV!
http://www.wcha.com/men/pres1415/201409/sep30wcm.php

I may have to try out a single day to see how it Airplays via iPad and AppleTV, but I'm excited that they revamped it.

$160...wow

FadeToBlack&Gold
09-30-2014, 10:07 AM
That is pretty shameful considering the NCHC is charging $90 for their all-conference streaming package, and $75 for a specific school.

Shirtless Guy
09-30-2014, 10:08 AM
That is pretty shameful considering the NCHC is charging $90 for their all-conference streaming package, and $75 for a specific school.But we have 10 teams, not 7 ;)

BGFan
09-30-2014, 10:29 AM
Fair warning, the charge to your card comes out of Cyprus. My bank found this suspicious and blocked the transaction.

gfmorris
09-30-2014, 11:29 AM
Fair warning, the charge to your card comes out of Cyprus. My bank found this suspicious and blocked the transaction.

Mine called me within 45 seconds of the transaction.

GFM

JohnsonsJerseys
09-30-2014, 11:40 AM
That is pretty shameful considering the NCHC is charging $90 for their all-conference streaming package, and $75 for a specific school.I agree that the price is high compared to the NCHC price point. However, now being more remote from MTU, I couldn't attend even one game for less than $160. Even with FF miles airline ticket, one weekend in Huntsville will be over $200 for me. So in that light, I guess I can live with the price. Also since the playoffs and Final Five are included that also makes it a bit easier to take.

Also last year, didn't they charge an extra $1 per game to watch on a different device (phone vs laptop for example)? That seems to have been eliminated this year.

Ryan J

BGFan
09-30-2014, 12:05 PM
Received this response to my query:
Rick-

I wanted to touch base personally on this. EverSport is a U.S. Based company (I’m based out of California), and much of the content we provide is global in nature, so our initial credit card processing originated in Europe. That said, we are quickly moving to multiple processing points throughout the world and expect it to be in place in October.

We apologize for the issue you ran across.

Best,
Ben Strong
Chief Product Officer, EverSport Media

MaizeRage
09-30-2014, 12:36 PM
That is pretty shameful considering the NCHC is charging $90 for their all-conference streaming package, and $75 for a specific school.

The NCHC package is $90 for about 100 games, and the WCHA package is $160 for 181 games, so technically the WCHA is pennies cheaper per game shown, but nobody is sitting down to watch all 181 games. There are places in the league that struggle to get people to pay $12 to see a game live, let alone $12 to watch in a screen. I just can't imagine there being much of an audience at that price.

BGFan
09-30-2014, 12:50 PM
The NCHC package is $90 for about 100 games, and the WCHA package is $160 for 181 games, so technically the WCHA is pennies cheaper per game shown, but nobody is sitting down to watch all 181 games. There are places in the league that struggle to get people to pay $12 to see a game live, let alone $12 to watch in a screen. I just can't imagine there being much of an audience at that price.
I don't mind paying. The quality of most of the games was pretty good last year. Alaska-Anchorage not broadcasting in hi-def last year was an issue (one that I hope they have resolved), as well as some shoddy camera work (students?), but overall not too bad. To a diehard fan, the opportunity to see my team both home and away was worth it.

We also watched other games when we had the opportunity. Particularly ones that could affect the outcome of our season. Being able to re-watch a game, or, perhaps to watch a home game after the fact to get at better look at a goal or two is also a plus.

stuckinwi
09-30-2014, 01:23 PM
I don't mind paying. The quality of most of the games was pretty good last year. Alaska-Anchorage not broadcasting in hi-def last year was an issue (one that I hope they have resolved), as well as some shoddy camera work (students?), but overall not too bad. To a diehard fan, the opportunity to see my team both home and away was worth it.

We also watched other games when we had the opportunity. Particularly ones that could affect the outcome of our season. Being able to re-watch a game, or, perhaps to watch a home game after the fact to get at better look at a goal or two is also a plus.

Yeah... I tend to watch almost all the games each night with the PnP. My wife really appreciates it :D

gfmorris
09-30-2014, 01:33 PM
I don't mind paying. The quality of most of the games was pretty good last year. Alaska-Anchorage not broadcasting in hi-def last year was an issue (one that I hope they have resolved), as well as some shoddy camera work (students?), but overall not too bad. To a diehard fan, the opportunity to see my team both home and away was worth it.

We also watched other games when we had the opportunity. Particularly ones that could affect the outcome of our season. Being able to re-watch a game, or, perhaps to watch a home game after the fact to get at better look at a goal or two is also a plus.

I'm with you 100%.

GFM

MavsFan
09-30-2014, 01:34 PM
$160...wow
I pay less than that for NHL GameCenter.

MaizeRage
09-30-2014, 01:50 PM
I don't mind paying. The quality of most of the games was pretty good last year. Alaska-Anchorage not broadcasting in hi-def last year was an issue (one that I hope they have resolved), as well as some shoddy camera work (students?), but overall not too bad. To a diehard fan, the opportunity to see my team both home and away was worth it.

We also watched other games when we had the opportunity. Particularly ones that could affect the outcome of our season. Being able to re-watch a game, or, perhaps to watch a home game after the fact to get at better look at a goal or two is also a plus.

And that's great. I never said there was no audience. But in the grand scheme of things, this is the type of deal schools put together so friends and family can watch non-revenue sports and the school still breaks even. It's not something that is going to grow the WCHA's brand at all, and I don't think the league as it exists today lasts long into the future without growing the fanbase at a lot of schools.

FloridaCat
09-30-2014, 03:36 PM
Received this response to my query:
Rick-

I wanted to touch base personally on this. EverSport is a U.S. Based company (I’m based out of California), and much of the content we provide is global in nature, so our initial credit card processing originated in Europe. That said, we are quickly moving to multiple processing points throughout the world and expect it to be in place in October.

We apologize for the issue you ran across.

Best,
Ben Strong
Chief Product Officer, EverSport Media


Remember the Discover Card commercial with the customer service based in Russia or Alaska (poke).

http://youtu.be/KUoAC5msF-U

Squarebanks
09-30-2014, 05:00 PM
Remember the Discover Card commercial with the customer service based in Russia or Alaska (poke).

http://youtu.be/KUoAC5msF-U

Peggy is just trying to make a living.

uaafanblog
10-01-2014, 03:49 AM
But in the grand scheme of things, this is the type of deal schools put together so friends and family can watch non-revenue sports and the school still breaks even. It's not something that is going to grow the WCHA's brand at all, and I don't think the league as it exists today lasts long into the future without growing the fanbase at a lot of schools.

2nd year post-realignment assumptions. Both the NCHC and the WCHA have some issues that probably aren't that well-defined to the member schools. Many college hockey fans in the "west" opine that some future realiignment will come at some point. That's no big news. It's not the NHL or NBA or NFL or even MLS ... it's Division 1 college hockey where the average sports fan hasn't ever even heard of 50% of the schools that participate.

"Growing the fanbase" at any D1 hockey school isn't a matter marketing or hocus-pocus or whatever. It's about winning. And not every team can be the one that starts "winning". Schools are largely going to have to be happy with whatever incremental fanbase growth they can gain by selling their product better ... and that will never be much. It has been and will continue to be a niche sport with the exception of a few hotbeds.

aparch
10-01-2014, 07:19 AM
I pay less than that for NHL GameCenter.

By a dollar.


Or you probably had the $25 discount code from NHL2015. Or used a VPN to get a discount from signing up from a different country.

MavHockey14
10-01-2014, 09:58 AM
My Minnesota State Preview for 2014-2015 for those who care to read..

Coming off a Broadmoor Trophy, and a second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament under Head Coach Mike Hastings, the expectations for the Mavericks are as high as they've ever been. The Mavericks are 50-28-4 through two seasons with Hastings at the helm, but 0-2 in the NCAA tournament. (0-3 all time) This year the expectations will be to win at least one NCAA tournament game, as well as a MacNaughton Cup. The Mavericks need to avoid a somewhat slow start in the conference this year. Additionally, the first two weekends of the year are ginormous for the NCAA tournament picture, as they have two NCHC opponents the first two weekends of the year.

Top Returning Forwards

Senior #18 Matt Leitner 12 goals, 33 assists, 45 points
Leitner could be a legitimate Hobey Baker candidate last year, but he needs to consistently bring the effort, as his talent level is through the roof. Without consistent effort last year, Leitner was the team's leader on offense and had an uncanny ability to get his teammates the puck in scoring areas. The Mavericks will look to Leitner's offensive creativity to continue to produce in all situations, including on the power play.

Senior #12 Jean-Paul LaFontaine 20 goals, 20 assists, 40 points
After seeing his goal scoring productivity fall from his Freshman year to his Sophomore year, LaFontaine rebounded nicely in his Junior campaign with a balanced 20 goals and 20 assists. He's a vital part of the Maverick power play, after burying 14 times on the man advantage last year. He'll be a key part of trying to replace and continue his dominance there, with the team losing ten power play goals from former Captain Johnny McInnis.

Junior #9 Bryce Gervais 16 goals, 10 assists, 26 points
Gervais was a monster down the stretch last year, tallying 12 goals and 7 assists, for 19 points in his last 16 games of the season. Gervais was arguably the most improved player from a year ago, and he will be relied on to fill in some of the scoring void left by the departures of Zach Lehrke and Johnny McInnis. Gervais is a fast, physical, and highly skilled little guy, and he made numerous big plays for the Mavericks, and will be counted on to do so again.

Top Returning Defenseman

Senior #7 Zach Palmquist 4 goals, 19 assists, 23 points
Palmquist has great vision on the ice, loves to join the rush, and is a carbon copy of what an offensive minded NCAA defenseman should be. Palmquist does a good job getting the puck to the net, and is an integral part of the power play. Palmquist has improved immensely defensively since his Freshman year, and has done a great job understanding when he needs to take his chances and join the rush, as well as when it is the right time to do so.

Sophomore #11 Sean Flanagan 6 goals, 9 assists, 15 points
Flanagan was a name that Maverick fans didn't know much about early on last year, but he did a fantastic job down the stretch of really improving and understanding all aspects of playing defense at the collegiate level. For a Freshman, rarely are there seasons that don't have bumps in the road, and Flanagan did a great job of battling through them to become a solid offensive defenseman for the Mavericks. He'll likely be used often on the power play this year, and may quarterbacking the second unit.

Returning Goaltender

Sophomore #34 Cole Huggins 21-8-1, 1.88 GAA, .926 SV%
While Stephon Williams struggled to regain his Freshman year mojo, true Freshman Cole Huggins took the reigns and never looked back. Huggins will look to build on last year, trying to avoid the Sophomore slump his teammate endured. Huggins does an excellent job controlling the puck and making key stops, and will likely be called on to bail out the defense a little bit early in the year as the Mavericks looked to rebuild things a little bit along the blue line. Huggins could make a push to be the number one goaltender in the league with a huge year, although that will be an extremely tough task with C.J. Motte in the league.

Key Losses

Forward Johnny McInnis 21 goals, 17 assists, 38 points
A huge goal scorer, particularly on the power play, as well as the team captain.

Forward Zach Lehrke 8 goals, 20 assists, 28 points
Coming out of retirement, Lehrke was the catalyst that got this team rolling last year, especially on the power play. He only played in 31 games and was virtually a point per game guy.

Defenseman Jon Jutzi 0 goals, 6 assists, 6 points
Dismissed due to team rules, Jutzi played in 82 games for the Mavericks and was a reliable defensive d-man, and was very good on the penalty kill.

Poised for a Breakout

Junior Forward #23 Teddy Blueger4 goals, 22 assists, 26 points
The Latvia native is highly talented, and comes into this season with two solid years of experience. With another offseason under his belt, can Blueger become a 40 point guy? Blueger has extremely good playmaking ability and can really move with speed. He's fantastic on the rush, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him play a ton of power play minutes this year. Time will tell, but I think Teddy Blueger could become an elite NCAA forward this year.

Sophomore Defenseman #5 Carter Foguth 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points
Foguth may not light up the scoresheet this year, but with Jutzi out of the mix, this team needs a solid defensive d-man, and Foguth is the guy. He's clearly a leader on this team already, as he will wear an "A" on the sweater as a second year player. His tenacity and ability to win battles in tough areas in the defensive zone will make him a key factor this year. He needs to be solid for this Mavericks squad to reach expectations.

Newcomers to Watch

Freshman Forward #15 C.J. Franklin USHL Sioux Falls Stampede 22 goals, 29 assists, 51 points
5th round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets


From SB Nation College Hockey:

What are his strengths? Weaknesses?

Franklin is a tenacious worker that competes hard every night. He's willing to play on both ends of the ice, block shots, do whatever it takes to help his team. He's an all-around strong skater too; the type of player that is both quick and fast.

On the downside, Franklin has always been more athlete than hockey player. He's scored at the USHL level, but doesn't have exceptional hockey sense, relying more on speed and grit to put up points

Freshman Forward #19 Brad McClure BCHL Pentiction Vees 41 goals, 39 assists 80 points


From overtheboards.net:

Penticton had eleven division one commits already, but leading scorer and captain Brad McClure hadn’t yet made his decision – until this week, when he committed to Minnesota State for next fall. With goal-scoring teammate Max Coatta committed to join the Mavericks in 2015, McClure will join the roster a year earlier and could make an impact on day one for the team. The 6'0's Forward's contributions, for his part, have been unignorable – 3 game-winners and 17 pucks that found the twine, plus 16 helpers give him an even 33 point scoreline, good for fourth in BCHL scoring as of November 25, 2013.

My Season Prediction: 30-12-3, with a MacNaughton Cup Championship, loss in the WCHA Final Five Title Game, and a loss in an NCAA Regional Final.

gfmorris
10-01-2014, 10:06 AM
I read somewhere — I think that it was Chris Dilks's piece — that Jutzi may be back after Christmas. Is that legit?

GFM