Jack Edwards on D&K explains how NESN will broadcast Bruins games, challenges that could be faced

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2020 - 11:35 am

The Bruins will officially resume play Aug. 2 in Toronto against Flyers as part of the NHL's return to play.

While the Bruins will be in Toronto and the games at the beginning will air on NESN, the broadcast crew will be back in their studios in Watertown.

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NESN's Jack Edwards joined Dale & Keefe Tuesday to detail how the broadcasts will go and what challenges could come their way.

“We are going to do the broadcast from Watertown and NESN issued very detailed protocols for what will get you into the building and they are screening for COVID-19 in anybody who feels the least bit ill is not to come to work, but we are optimistic that everybody will get through this," he said. "(Andy Brickley) Brick and I are going to be in the green room and Sophia (Jurksztowicz) is just going to be right down the hall and Dale and the boys are going to be in a studio, but we’re all going to be socially distanced and hope that if anybody has it, they keep it to themselves.

“The biggest challenge I think is going to be manufacturing the energy and perceiving it through the television feed that we get from Toronto because as you know, so much of pro sports, especially in this town, is about riding the wave of the crowd and the crowd’s emotion. Whether it is piped in or nonexistent, it’s going to be artificial if it exists at all and trying to pick up the ebbs and flows of the game from just the player’s behavior is going to be really a great challenge, but we’ll take it on as long as the puck is in play.”

The Bruins will play three round-robin games for seeding before they start the playoffs.

NESN will only get the first round of the playoffs as then coverage shifts over to NBC and NBCSN if the team were to make it to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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