Longtime Kings TV broadcasters Bob Miller and Jim Fox will be set up to call Wednesday’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, and fans at Staples Center may be able to listen to it.
Mike Altieri, the Kings’ vice president, communications and content, said this afternoon that Miller, the team’s Hockey Hall of Fame play by play man for the team since 1973, will be joined by analyst Fox, the former Kings right winger and Miller’s partner the last 23 seasons, in a center-ice position on the upper press box level where the Game Ops Crew works.
Their normal Fox Sports West broadcast position in the area near Section 318 has been occupied by the NBC national crew during the playoffs. Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans have continued to use their adjoining radio booth during the playoffs and can still be heard on the team’s flagship station KTLK-AM (1150).
Altieri said he is working on an arrangement to where fans can hear the call throughout Staples Center if they are at the concession stands as well as having a signal available on the radio for in-house access.
There are rights issues still to be negotiated as to how the Miller-Fox call will be distributed by the team, either as a CD or on a DVD highlight package to be sold for the Kings Care Foundation charity. The call will also be available at some point soon on the team’s LAKings.com website.
Should the Kings not clinch the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, Altieri said Miller and Fox will likely continue to call every possible final game at either Staples Center or the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Miller and Fox have not called a Kings’ playoff game since the first round against Vancouver. NBC’s rights preclude a local team from airing a side-by-side local TV broadcast of a game past the first round.
We reported a month ago (linked here) that some Kings fans started an online petition to try to get NBC to allow Miller and Fox to call some of the second- and third-round playoff games (linked here). On May 4, there were about 400 cybersignatures. Today there are more than 1,700.
We also reported back on May 25 (linked here) about the Kings’ plans to have Miller and Fox do a version of the team’s Stanley Cup clincher (sorry, just had to point that out to the many who continue to credit other sources for having it first).
On a YahooSports.com interview today (linked here), Miller confirmed he would be doing the whole Game 4 with Fox as well as continue doing the Fox Sports West “Kings Live” post-game shows.
Ed Olczyk, who played one season for the Kings in 1996-97 and is doing the game analysis for NBC during the Finals, said after the Kings’ Game 3 win: “I think about Marcel Dionne, Bob Miller, Jim Fox, Nick Nickson, Wayne Gretzky. … all the guys who have represented hockey in L.A. for years and come before this team. The impact it will have for the NHL and youth hockey will be enormous.”