Sunrise Edition: New Broadcasting Look
Friday, 05.8.2009 / 11:49 AM ET / Sunrise Edition
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Hi Panthers fans. It's been a very busy week and I apologize for not blogging consistently.
I thought it would be appropriate to comment on our decision this week to replace Denis Potvin with Billy Lindsay, one of the most popular players in Panthers history.
Needless to say, this was a very difficult decision and one that was made with much thought and deliberation. Denis is a great TV analyst and we appreciate all of his work on behalf of FOX Sports Florida and the Florida Panthers over the past 15 years.
As we move forward with our new multi-year agreement with FOX Sports Florida, we will have much more control and input as it relates to production and advertising sales. This was very important to us when we restructured our partnership early this year.
With that said, we believe that now is the right time to take our broadcast in a new direction. Steve Goldstein has been outstanding in his role as play-by-play announcer over the past two years and Billy has really blossomed into a fine broadcaster. Billy showed great chemistry together this past season while working on our telecasts and we believe that moving him to the TV color analyst role is the natural progression in his career.
With Steve and Billy together, we now have two broadcast personalities that eat and breath our Panthers brand 24/7. They live in South Florida on a year round basis and are very much a part of the local community. They communicate with our fans and sponsors on a daily basis and are always available to our constituents. They are close friends and really enjoy each others company and most importantly, they love the Panthers!!
From a broadcasting perspective, they will have great chemistry on air, provide great insight on our organization, players and coaches and will not be restrained in any way to voice their opinion on our team's performance.
Clearly, this decision was made based on how strong a Goldie and Billy tandem would be and not that we were in any way displeased with Denis. Furthermore, due to our arrangement with FOX Sports Florida, this was not a financial decision. Again, it was a decision based on what we believe is best for our fans.
I have one request, please don't past judgment on this decision until you see Goldie and Billy together. I promise you, you will be amazed at how powerful they are together! I've seen them do a game together and they are awesome!!!!
And lets not forget that Billy also benefited from having the opportunity to work with one of the best radio broadcasters in the NHL, "Red Deer" Randy Moller. In just two years, Moller has become one of the most recognized radio play-by-play voices in the league with his dynamic, entertaining and exciting broadcasts. We are confident that he will continue to excel in this role next season.
I hope that you all have a great Friday and wonderful weekend. Additionally, I would like to pass along my best wishes for a Happy Mother's Day to all our Panthers moms. I will be in touch with you over the next few days.
Thanks for your continued support and Go Panthers Go!!