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Of course, some better-known news organizations also have been shut out.
Al-Jazeera has no one at the Stanley Cup finals, its credential request having been turned down. Given the paucity of non-aligned (i.e. Southern California) newspapers from the States covering the final between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators -- the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, both Denver papers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, New York Daily News and the Buffalo News have been spotted through three games -- you might have thought the NHL would have been happy to reach a, hmmm, really non-traditional hockey market, but, alas, that didn't happen. Why Al-Jazeera saw the news value in something that, say, the Detroit News apparently hasn't is for deeper thinkers than me.
So no Al-Jazeera. And no Chicago Tribune.
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We get Al-Jazeera's channels, English and Arabic, on Israeli cable and I must say they do a fairer and more balanced job in reporting on Israel than the BBC (kicked off cable here for a time for overt anti-Semitism in 2002) and CNN (threatened to be kicked off for the same reason)but neither has improved. I think some Arab countries get NHL broadcasts on Fox Sports Middle-east and they have sports reports from around the world on Al-Jazeera. I think the NHL should have done their homework on this channel.
Well, it's all a matter of time. Maybe the Oilers will move to Doha if they continue to struggle financially in Edmonton. Qatar is a rich country starving for professional sports, and Bettman IS trying to build up the NHL in non-traditional markets. (Note to Canadians: relax, I'm kidding.)
anti-Semitism? CNN and BBC? What are you smoking over there?