Looking for #FreeCenterIce? How about #FreeGameCenter? Me too.
Keep looking. NHL GameCenter (the internet version of NHL’s Center Ice) isn’t going to be free, but it does come at a nicely discounted rate of $50. NHL GameCenter allows you to view every out-of-market NHL game almost anywhere you can get an internet connection.
I purchased GameCenter last year when it was full price ($169). You have the luxury of paying for it all at once, or spread out over monthly payments. This year’s $50 option does come with the option of being spread out over two payments of $25 if you’d like. You can pause the game to rewind, you can watch a sequence in slow-mo,and you can watch up to four games at a time if you so choose. Also include is access to the NHL Vault, which contains complete games from 2007 to present, condensed games (highlights), and classic games in NHL history.
If you’re reading this, you probably need this service. If you have a Playstation 3 or XBox360, you can download an app that will let you watch NHL GameCenter on your television (I believe the apps can be downloaded for a fee of around $10. I’m not sure, check it out if you’re interested).
BUT I WANTED #FREECENTERICE.
Gary Bettman spoke to former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason on today’s Boomer and Carton show about the lockout. Esiason asked Bettman why fans couldn’t get #FreeCenterIce. Bettman washed his hands of the issue, saying that the NHL weren’t “the distributors” of that service. He did elude that the NHL might be able to hook us all up with the GameCenter package, because it comes “that service comes directly from NHL.com”
I don’t know if I’d hold your breath on that.
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