Re: PBH - Pro Beach Hockey on ESPN Classic
You might be interested in this story... it was published on Inline Hockey Central in January, 1998.
Pro Beach Hockey
ESPN and espn2 have announced that they will broadcast the new Pro Beach Hockey series beginning June 8, 1998, with the network agreeing to broadcast 26 one-hour original telecasts in the first year of a three-year commitment. The initial Pro Beach Hockey season will feature the 35-game tournament taped weekends on the beach at Huntington Beach, California, from May 2-24, 1998.
According to league founder David McLane, who also founded the now-defunct World Roller Hockey League (WRHL), ESPN will launch Pro Beach Hockey series in an effort to "capture the lucrative and illusive roller hockey consumer."
"More than three-and-a-half million participants currently play roller hockey, yet until now, not one single entity has captured that consumer," McLane said. "Pro Beach Hockey brings the excitement of hockey together with the party atmosphere of the beach, hip music and youth fashion for the ultimate sporting event."
Pro Beach Hockey games will be played on a specially designed 168' by 72' portable HockeyBall rink within a 2,500-seat venue at the beach. The game combines contact, end-zone ramps and a two-point conversion.
"The ramps allow players to take shots on goal at full stride to increase the speed of the game," said Pro Beach Hockey Commissioner Chris McSorley, who won championship titles with the Anaheim Bullfrogs and Buffalo Stampede of Roller Hockey International. "Combined with the two-point conversion, the ramps bring to hockey the sizzle that hockey has been lacking," said McSorley. The league will also utilize sudden-death shoot-outs and follow the no-offsides rule.
The six 10-player teams, named Salsa, Dawg Pac, Heavy Metal, Web Warriors, Gargoyles and Xpress, will compete in 30 regular-season games leading up to a four-team championship playoff series. The championship finals will air on ESPN on August 29-30, 1998.
(On November 20, 1997, Pro Beach Hockey announced that V-Formation had signed a sponsorship and licensing agreement to become the league's official skate. All players will exclusively wear V-Formation skates, wheels and chassis, and V-Formation will launch the PBH 3000 skate as the exclusive licensed skate of Pro Beach Hockey.) For more information, contact Anjanette Stayton at Pro Beach Hockey, (310) 419-3262.
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