Whether it’s the Mets on WFAN, or the Islanders on MSG, Howie Rose is one of New York’s busiest play-by-play voices on radio and television, if not the best. FishbowlNY caught up with Rose Tuesday, first on the phone, then at the Nassau Coliseum (see video clip below discussing the future of WFAN 660 and the Mets).
His 2013 started out a bit rocky with the latest NHL lockout. The abbreviated season started January 19. But Rose says the blueprint was in place.
“Probably everybody’s design from the beginning including the NHL’s [was] once the lockout ended everybody was going to hit the ground running,” Rose tells FishbowlNY. “I think it was instructive that there had been two previous lockouts.”
The first lockout in 1994-95 mirrored this season with 48 games played.
“The league kind of pounded its chest and they had this ‘Game On’ slogan. They made all these references to being back, and really drawing attention to the fact that they were away,” Rose says.
However, Rose, the lead Islanders voice since 1995, says the league made an error in judgment at the start of the 2005-06 season.
“When they came back from the full-season lockout they made a huge mistake, which they thankfully did not duplicate this time by putting that Thank you, fans on the ice,” Rose admits. “Because it just came off as disingenuous. Fans didn’t feel that they were thought of one iota by either the owners or the players.”