Why Reality Has Conquered Ice Rink

Why Reality Has Conquered Ice Rink

"The '24/7' franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines and unrestricted access."

That was HBO executive producer Rick Bernstein, in an announcement made hours before the Philadelphia Flyers played the New York Rangers on Monday night, and Wayne Simmonds(notes) allegedly used a homophobic epithet against Sean Avery(notes).

HBO would be proud, not of the language, but of the access. It was a made-for-TV incident. Microphones picked up Avery's threats to Claude Giroux(notes). Cameras caught Simmonds mouthing a nearly unmistakable gay slur at Avery.

You want unrestricted access?

Be careful what you wish for.

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