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NBA Ratings

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For all of the negative talk we hear about the NHL ratings, it appears the NBA suffered through flat rating during the regular season too. Yet, we hardly read any NBA bashing... from Media Week,

ESPN’s regular season NBA telecast ratings were flat at 1.2 this season, while ABC’s were down slightly from a 2.3 to a 2.2, but ESPN’s playoff ratings were up 26 percent to a 3.3 from a 2.6, and ABC’s playoff ratings lifted 11 percent to a 3.8 from a 3.4, heading into the finals. TNT’s regular season ratings also were flat at 1.3, but its playoff ratings were up 4 percent to a 3.1.

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Our Man Drew Sharp

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Drew is filling in today for Art Regner on WXYT in Detroit, and just mentioned Luongo is leaning towards going to Montreal after this season. Sharp says Luongo will sign a one year qualifying offer with the Panthers, then he is gone from south Florida. He doesn't want to play for them For more on Drew Sharp at KK, just enter his name in the search box on the left sidebar. added 4:07pm, The boys Sharp and Karsch are talking about the Wings goalie situation. Sharp now says the Wings will offer Howard for Luongo (Sharp must have forgot about a salary cap). Karsch added that Regner has been pushing for Luongo for years, and must have finally gotten the approval from Wings management to bring the Luongo to Detroit talk to the forefront. Since when does a sports talk show host need Wings approval to talk about a possible deal in the works? This is what Detroit hockey fans and sports fans in general have to put up with. The mainstream media must first get approval!!! Ha!

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Eric Cole

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In the press conference after the Oilers morning skate, MacTavish was asked-

Q. The story is out there about Erik Cole maybe being ready for Game 7. You are talking about a guy like Georges who did a lot of work to get you here, Harvey too, now you have to balance getting him some minutes or even getting him in the lineup?
MacT went on to talk about Laraque and Harvey, nothing mentioned about Cole. Hmm, somebody knows something! update 2:44pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette was quick to shoot down any suggestion injured forward Erik Cole would make a dramatic return to the Hurricanes lineup in this Stanley Cup finals series. "Erik Cole is not playing," Laviolette told reporters Monday morning in advance of Game 4 against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

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Game 3 Ratings

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from USA TODAY,

The game marked NBC's first Stanley Cup Finals broadcast in three decades. Coincidentally, studio host Bill Clement scored the last goal during NBC's last Finals telecast: a 2-0 Philadelphia Flyers victory against the Buffalo Sabers in the sixth and clinching game of the 1975 Finals. NBC got a 1.7 overnight rating, with one point equaling 1% of the USA's 77 million overnight TV households, for Game 3, down from a 2.0 for Game 3 in 2004.

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NHL “Clean”

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

There were no positive drug tests among the 1,406 administered under the NHL's new anti-doping program, The Canadian Press has learned. Sources confirmed no violations were found after doping tests began in January under a program jointly run by the league and the NHL Players' Association. It's the first season the NHL has had an anti-doping program. A first-time offender under the league's policy faces a 20-game suspension. The ban is increased to 60 games for a second offence while a third offence means a permanent suspension.
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Money Facts

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from the Sports Business Journal (paid sub),

Neither the Hurricanes nor the Oilers has a playoff presenting sponsor, but the Hurricanes have taken a different approach to their Stanley Cup sales strategy. The Oilers locked up playoff components as part of their regular-season deals, but the Hurricanes made playoff participation optional with an eye on driving additional revenue. As a result, the team is able to resell limited sponsorship inventory through the playoffs and around the Stanley Cup. “Most of our existing sponsors had the option to renew for the playoffs and finals and did so, but some did not, and it gave us some high-profile inventory,” said Michael Hurley, director of corporate sales for the Hurricanes, who refused to disclose the price increase for playoff sponsorship deals. For example, Rex Healthcare opted out of their on-ice placement but kept their dasherboard deals. The team then sold the on-ice Rex spot to Ford. NHL Stanley Cup Finals * Home team gives to the league up to 50 percent of a regular-season sellout gate for each home game, depending on market size of teams. This year, the Hurricanes and Oilers will contribute between 30 percent and 40 percent. * Each team pays up to $250,000 to the league for expenses and player awards. The league reimburses teams for any suites used. * The league takes between four and 12 of the 40 dasherboards and two of the team’s on-ice placements. * No local broadcasts, with OLN broadcasting Game 1 and Game 2 and NBC broadcasting the remaining games.

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SCF Talk

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via the Waterloo Record,

Oilers centre Michael Peca, after Saturday's game three -- a 2-1 win for Edmonton after being shutout 5-0 by upstart rookie Cam Ward three nights earlier -- was quick to comment on Canes goalie Cam Ward. "We didn't score in Game 2, but he's not Patty Roy,'' said Peca. "We know we're going to get our chances to score goals and we'll capitalize as we go along.''
from the Edmonton Sun,
Following the opening game of the series, the Oilers suggested Brind'Amour was cheating in the circle. Head coach Craig MacTavish, however, denies the Oilers sent a tape into the NHL. "We didn't send a tape to the league," said MacTavish. "The league is here. They'd have to reroute it back here to actually see it."
Regarding Jim Rutherford's kidney stone ordeal, via the Boston Globe,
"The whole ordeal took a lot longer than he had hoped," said longtime radio broadcaster Chuck Kaiton. "Our doctor was explaining to the emergency room doctor in Des Moines that Jim was in a hurry and had to get to Edmonton for the Stanley Cup. But you know, unless it's very serious, they just tell you to take a number, wait your turn. And, hey, it's Iowa, they had no idea what the Stanley Cup is all about."

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Hrudey Shining

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from the Edmonton Journal,

The mask is off, the microphone is on and the audience is listening. And on our TV sets is Kelly Hrudey, the self-described introvert, looking cool as a cucumber on Hockey Night in Canada. "I love public speaking and that shouldn't be," admits Hrudey, the former goalie and lifelong introvert. So how can a bashful guy be so unaffected, so incredibly calm, on national TV? Don Cherry, we get. Cherry likely emerged from the womb with his thumbs up. But Hrudey was the kind of kid who hid at the back of the class. In groups, he took on a role adopted by introverts everywhere, as the good listener.
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Canes On Solid Foundation

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from the News & Observer,

Still, regardless of what happens tonight in Game 4 of the championship series in the Edmonton Oilers' Rexall Place -- or in what's left of the playoffs -- the Hurricanes already have won. They've won big. That's because -- yet again -- they have won the hearts, admiration and devotion of their market. That one fact isn't going to change for a long time. By doggedly weaving the sport of ice hockey into the regional culture, they've done what once seemed impossible. They have become a primary force in what much of the country still sees as a secondary market, and they've done it in the face of unremitting collegiate competition for the attention of sports fans. Not that there's any compelling reason to think it will happen, but the Hurricanes could finish last next season in the NHL's Southeast Division, and it wouldn't destroy the foundation they've built this season.
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Preds Have Some Signing To Do

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from the Nashville City Paper,

Center Greg Johnson is pursuing free agency by mutual agreement, leaving centers Mike Sillinger and Yanic Perreault, defensemen Brendan Witt, Mark Eaton and Danny Markov and goaltender Chris Mason still eligible to become unrestricted free agents. “We’ll be talking with Sillinger and Perreault next,” Poile said late last week. “We are going to let them know what we think, but maybe what we have to offer is not what they had in mind. We have also talked with Mason, but there is nothing to report.” Sillinger, Perreault and Johnson are all 35 years old. Johnson left because the Predators wanted to go in a different direction. Poile added there are a number of factors to consider with each player. “What do we have coming up?” Poile asked. “What does free agency look like? What is their potential to play better next season?”
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