HOW WOULD YOU SAY ‘GOING FIVE HOLE’ IN MANDARIN?: The New York Islanders are hoping to cast their nets and snag some new international fans, as the team has been trying out broadcasts in Chinese:
The NEW YORK TIMES reports how the NHL team has signed on Alex Peng and Justin Wang to do play-by-play and color commentary spoken in the Mandarin language.The Islanders are hoping such a move will help increase their chances to tap into the vast China market - a land of a billion potential fans that has already gotten the interest of the NBA.
Islanders owner Charles Wang is a native of the Asian nation, having come to the U.S. when he was only 8. He has recently helped build ice rinks at Chinese schools, in order to help spread the word about the game. Wang has even opened a team office in the city of Harbin.The ultimate goal for the Isles is to have their games broadcast in China. If the league stays with Versus, it figures that Chinese fans would have a better chance to see the NHL than American viewers.