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Cisco ūmi Shoots and Scores…Again and Again and Again!

Today is Grou ndhog Day, and just like the Bill Murray movie by the same name, we’re going to relive this past weekend’s NHL Fan Fair event over again!

Our Cisco ūmi “Get Together” Mobile Tour made a stop at the NHL Fan Cave at the NHL Fan Fair event in Raleigh, NC on January 28 – 30.  The idea was to connect fans with NHL hockey players at the NHL Fan Cave via Cisco ūmi, a consumer telepresence system that brings family and friends to your living room through your existing HDTV. We chatted with families about their experience and everyone agreed: Cisco ūmi has great audio and video quality! Fans expressed their excitement about using our tour van big screen HD television to talk to the players they watch and root for throughout the year. Many said it felt like the players were right there in person. Others thought Cisco ūmi would be a great way to stay in touch with family across the country and show off their kids as they grow up.

To see more reactions to Cisco ūmi, check out t his video taken at the NHL Fan Cave at the NHL Fan Fair event!

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Cisco ūmi at the NHL Fan Cave This Weekend!

Cisco ūmi is embarking on a road trip today which will take us through California, North Carolina, New York and Washington, DC. During the Cisco ūmi “Get Together” Mobile Tour, we’ll be attending some great events, and we’re excited to get out and share the ūmi experience with even more of you!

Just imagine if you could wave to your mom from the Surf City Marathon finish line—even if she’s all the way across the country! And how about video chatting in such high definition that your friends can almost smell the glass of wine in your hand at the New York Wine Expo? Or celebrate a great win (or talk a little smack) with NHL fans around the country at the NHL Fan Fair event starting tomorrow, January 28, 2011 to Sunday, January 30, 2011.

Whether you’re sipping wine, catching a wave, running your heart out or cheering on your favorite NHL players, stop by the tour bus and check out the new way to be together. Cisco is the Official Technology Partner of both the NHL & NBA so look for ūmi at both their properties!

We’ll show you all the cool things you can do with ūmi and you can give it a whirl!

Make sure to stop by ths weekend to see which NHL player Cisco ūmi is bringing to you at the Cisco ūmi at the NHL Fan Cave!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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NHL’s press conference marks first time professional sports commissioner has utilized Cisco TelePresence to host multi-city gathering

On Tuesday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman used Cisco TelePresence technology to speak with reporters in NYC, San Jose and Toronto while in Palm Beach, Fla., during the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

This marked the first time that a professional sports commissioner has utilized Cisco TelePresence technology to host a multi-city press conference.

He opened the session by announcing the league had renewed and expanded a multiyear partnership with Cisco, which will feature our technology solutions in key video-dependent areas such as hockey operations, business operations, marquee events and direct-to-consumer applications.

Commissioner Bettman also announced that Flip video cameras will feature logos from all 30 NHL teams.

The NHL Flip video cameras are available to order here.

Videos from the event are featured below. Video blogs from Cisco’s Diane Dudeck, senior director of worldwide media and sports marketing, and David Lehanski, NHL Group Vice President, are also included. Read More »

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NHL 2009 – 2010: Best season ever!

That statement isn’t intended only for the Blackhawks and their fans who celebrated their first Stanley Cup win since John F. Kennedy was president. Indeed, the NHL recognizes the 2009 – 2010 season as the best ever on the business side.

The NHL boasts highly engaged fans, who are younger, more affluent and more tech-savvy than fans of the other major sports leagues. Effective use of digital media and new technologies accelerated league growth across the 2009-2010 season by delivering content in real time across multiple platforms.

After a hot Stanley Cup playoff series, BizWiseTV wanted to know what was contributing to the success of the NHL and growth of its fan base. We had the pleasure of sitting down with NHL, COO, John Collins at the 2010 Entry draft. John shared his perspective on how technology helps the NHL grow its global brand.

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NHL Fans: The Smartest Fans on the Planet

Despite some bizarre hockey fan habits, hats on ice, rats on ice, and octopi on ice, the NHL considers their fan base the smartest and most tech savvy in the world. BizWiseTV ventured out into the fan fest during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to find out! Watch what hockey fans had to say about following their favorite sport.

Bizarre Hockey Fan Traditions:

Rats on Ice: Florida Panther’s fans started throwing plastic rats on the ice in 1996. During that year, Panthers’ winger, Scott Mellanby, jabbed and killed a rat running through the dressing room with his stick. He scored two goals that game and the tradition began.

Hats on Ice: Hockey fans everywhere celebrate a player scoring three goals in a game, which is called a hat trick, by throwing their hats onto the ice. A “natural hat trick” is when a player scores three goals in a row – with no goals by the other team in between. By tradition, the hats are donated to charity.

Octopus On Ice: For nearly 50 years, hockey fans in Detroit have been throwing octopi on to the ice after a big win by the Red Wings. In 1996, the largest octopus thrown in Joe Louis Arena was 50 lbs. and rode the hood of the Zamboni in between periods.

Watch NHL, COO, John Collins share how technology enhances the fan experience.

What’s your favorite experience as a hockey fan?

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