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Bettman: NHL replay a model for other leagues

April, 22, 2014
Apr 22
DALLAS -- When it comes to replay, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks like a proud papa.

After all, the NHL has had replay for decades now, and it's being used as a model by other sports leagues.

“We’ve been doing replay longer than anybody else,” Bettman said prior to Monday’s Game 3 of the first-round series between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks. “When you do replay, the expectation that everybody has is that you will get it right all of the time.”

Of course, nothing is perfect all the time. Baseball is already finding that out with its foray into replay this season.

“It takes time to work the kinks out of it,” Bettman said. “Since we’ve been at it something like 20 years, what we do, we try to do well. We’ve had a lot of experience and are very focused.”

Baseball has followed hockey’s model when it comes to a central replay center. The NHL has its replay officials in a room in Toronto, while baseball has its command center in New York.

Bettman stressed that hockey has had success because replay is limited.

“You can’t or you shouldn’t be doing it for things where there’s still uncertainty,” Bettman said. “We do it around the goal. Is it a good goal? We’re very specific. We continue to have discussions about whether or not it should or can be extended to other things. It’s been very difficult to get comfortable with extending it because we don’t want to get it extended to something where there’s still going to be some ambiguity.”

Baseball has many more calls that necessitate the use of replay, though it hasn’t found its way into every part of the game and isn’t likely to, especially where balls and strikes are concerned. And unlike hockey, baseball is rotating umpires into its command center. The NHL uses a crew of folks who have been doing it for a while, believing that consistency is critical.

“One of the things that I think the other leagues are looking at carefully is the fact that we do it centrally and that’s to get the consistency,” Bettman said. “The same people are doing it in every building, every night. That’s a lot different than people who are, in effect, part-timers doing it in every building in North America because you might get some inconsistent results.”

Bettman is curious to see how replay goes in baseball and if the NFL ever decides to alter its system and go with a central officiating crew.

Most Beloved: Vote for Enamored Eight

March, 17, 2012
Who advanced and who didn't?

Sometimes, love hurts. And while some of your favorites -- Pudge Rodriguez, Michael Young, Mark Cuban, Jimmy Johnson, Ron Washington, Bob Lilly, Jason Witten and Josh Hamilton -- didn't make the cut, take a look at who's left!

Your voting determined our Enamored Eight, and now you have until Sunday to vote and decide who advances to the Fantastic Four of our Metroplex Most Beloved sports figure bracket.

It's much harder this time around. The matchups:

* No. 1 seed Roger Staubach vs. No. 9 Michael Irvin
* No. 4 Tom Landry vs. No. 5 Dirk Nowitzki
* No. 2 Emmitt Smith vs. No. 7 Mike Modano
* No. 3 Troy Aikman vs. No. 6 Nolan Ryan.

Choose wisely by voting here through Sunday. And join the discussion afterward.

Which team is king of the hill in DFW?

October, 23, 2011
With the success and popularity of the local sports teams, ESPNDallas.com debates which Dallas-Fort Worth area team is the king of the hill. What do you think?

Thursday afternoon tidbits

June, 16, 2011
A few Stars related tidbits this fine Thursday afternoon.

*ESPN The Magazine has released its 2011 Ultimate Standings, which "measure how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them."

The Stars rank 46th among the 122 franchises, up from 57th last year. The Stars are 14th among the 30 NHL franchises.

As for the other local pro teams, the Texas Rangers are 12th, the Dallas Mavericks are 29th and the Dallas Cowboys are 102nd. The standings were put together before the NBA playoffs, so the Mavericks' NBA championship wasn't factored into the rankings.

You can find the 2011 Ultimate Standings along with an explanation of the methodology here.

*Bodog is out with its odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup and the Vancouver Canucks are the favorites at 5-1. The Dallas Stars are listed at 35-1, along with the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. The odds for all 30 teams are here.

*Texas Stars play-by-play man Josh Fisher has an interview with goaltender Richard Bachman, who has signed a one-year contract extension with Dallas. You can listen to that here.

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland follows Stars

December, 29, 2010
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland considers himself a big Stars fan.

"Hockey is my offseason," Holland said. "I just love it."

Holland said he followed Mike Modano for a long time and then really became a Stars fan when he became a part of the Rangers organization.

"I cheer for all of the local teams," Holland said. "I really love the BlueJackets. That's where I grew up and where I got to see the most hockey. I didn't really get into it until 2000 when the BlueJackets made it. That's when I fell in love with hockey."

Holland knows how to skate and has incorporated it into his offseason workout. He's in Newark, Ohio, his hometown, right now and was headed to the rink as we talked on Wednesday.

Holland is a season-ticket holder for the Phoenix Coyotes because he lives out there. He went to the Stars-Coyotes game before Thanksgiving and wore his Holland Stars jersey with No. 45, of course.

Stars to help fans keep track of World Series

October, 27, 2010
The Texas Rangers take the field tonight as the World Series gets underway in San Francisco and the Fall Classic is going to present a challenge at times for the Dallas Stars.

At least two Stars’ games on this current homestand will be going on at the same time as games between the Rangers and San Francisco Giants.

Game 2 of the series, which is Thursday night in San Francisco, and Game 3, which is Saturday night in Arlington, are definite conflicts with games at American Airlines Center.

The Stars said this week they are going to make sure that fans attending the Stars’ games are in the loop with what’s going on as the Rangers and Giants battle it out in the World Series.

The Stars sent out a media advisory this week outlining their plan and here it is:
  • The Rangers game will be shown in its entirety on the external video board in AT&T Plaza.
  • American Airlines Center features over 500 television sets in public areas, including all Club settings, suite televisions, elevators and concourses. The Stars plan on having half of these televisions on the Rangers game and half on the Stars game.
  • The Stars will be showing in-game World Series updates on the main scoreboard after every inning, including the replay of highlights when available.

Rangers' Derek Holland drops puck at AAC

October, 23, 2010
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland dropped the first puck at tonight’s Dallas Stars-Nashville Predators game at American Airlines Center.

The Rangers, who are heading to the World Series after knocking off the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series, were a topic of conversation at the Stars skate Saturday morning.

“I think it’s great. The whole city, possibly the state, is alive right now,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “It’s such a positive things for sports in the area. The Rangers have been a great story and we can take a little bit from them because I see a lot of similarities. They are a young developing team and they’ve really come together as a group. We want to make sure we have a hard-working, a group that is developing and that continues to improve. I think those attributes are definitely attainable for our group.”

Stars defenseman Mark Fistric was among the 51,404 at Friday night’s series clinching game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

“It wasn’t just fun to watch, it was very motivating,” said Fistric. “It was awesome to just see them all pile onto each other and celebrate. It definitely puts the winning spirit into you.”