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STAMFORD, Conn. – April 24, 2017 – Coming off a Stanley Cup Playoff first round that saw a record 18 games require overtime, NBC Sports Group has announced its second-round telecast schedule and game commentary pairings through Game 4.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
Rangers fans would watch their team in the playoffs no matter what channel it was on, but clearly they prefer their familiar local announcers, Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti, when given the choice.
Through five games of the Rangers’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Canadiens, about 79 percent of the total audience in the New York area — 2.34 percent of homes — opted to watch on MSG or MSG-Plus.
Only 0.64 percent of homes watched on NBCSN.
NBC had exclusive coverage of Game 6 on Saturday night, making it the only game of the series that would not be seen on MSG Network.
This is the first time that coverage of games on NBC’s cable channels is allowed to be shown in the home markets of the teams involved — other than Pittsburgh and Boston — rather than being blacked out.
from Stu Mills and Jamie Long of CBC,
What has changed in your game-day ritual?
Cole: "Absolutely nothing. Really. If I can talk to a coach of the team, and especially if I'm not familiar with that particular team, haven't seen them until now, tonight, this is part and parcel of getting ready for a game.
"I think the word confident is important. When you get to the booth and you get everything that you're supposed to do tonight, for the producers, the directors, whomever, and you get yourself prepared to call the hockey game that's unfolding in front of you. You don't know what's going to happen in this game. Is it going to be a fast game, a slow game, a fight-filled game? They're not all the same."
How do you know what to say when you're in the booth?
Cole: "It's impromptu. You have to react to what's happening. It's so fast today. It's faster now than it ever was. It's amazing not more collisions occur during the game. I can't believe it. The ice surface has not changed: 85-by-200, or thereabouts, and they're all bigger, they're all faster. It's a great game but, my goodness, the danger that's involved. And these guys are so tough. They're the best athletes in the world, I think."
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 18, 2017 – On the strength of 13 one-goal games, seven overtime games, surprising outcomes, and exciting new stars, NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform coverage of the first five days of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs has delivered year-over-year increases, record-setting digital consumption, and the best start ever for its cable networks.
Total Audience Delivery (TAD) for the first five days of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (18 telecasts) averaged 726,000 viewers across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, up 9% compared to the same time period last season (669,000). TAD measures consumption across multiple platforms, combining the average minute audience for television and digital.
TORONTO (April 17, 2017) - Scott Burnside, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that Cam Cole will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Dave Strader will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post,
He ducked into a narrow hallway, searching for the “NBC Sports Network” sign, then turned the handle and stepped into the center-ice booth. The door clicked behind him, and as he has for 37 years, he sat down to call a hockey game.
“For the four hours, five hours, six hours I’m here, I don’t feel like I’m sick” Strader said while sitting in a near-empty arena Friday. “And I don’t even feel like the last nine months even happened.”
Strader has spent those nine months undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer, and his battle is ongoing. After joining the Dallas Stars’ broadcast team at the start of last season, he was able to call only five games this year. But a break in treatment freed him up for the start of the playoffs, where he called the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
He reached fans who have heard his play-by-play for the Red Wings, Panthers and Coyotes, nationally on ESPN and NBC, and around the world on the NHL’s international Stanley Cup stream. He is fulfilling the promise he made to himself in the summer that he wouldn’t let cancer define him. That he would not stop doing all he has ever known.
“There haven’t been many positives with his situation this year,” Stars President Jim Lites said. “But Dave being back in the booth again for the playoffs is one, for him and for us, the listeners. That is where he is supposed to be.”
from PAULSEN of Sports Media Watch,
The 2016-17 NHL regular season averaged 467,000 viewers across NBC and NBCSN, down 7% from last year (503K) and down 5% from 2015 (503K). That does not include streaming, which boosted the average to 475,000 — down 6% from last year (505K).
Coverage on the NBC broadcast network averaged 1.2 million viewers over 15 games, down 20% from 11 windows last year (1.5M) and down 16% from 13 two years ago (1.5M). It was the least-watched NHL season on a broadcast network in at least seven years and probably further back.
NBC finished its season with 665,000 for Capitals-Bruins last Saturday, down 52% from Penguins-Flyers last year (1.4M) but up 5% from regional action in 2015 (634K). Ratings also fell 47% year-over-year (from .85 to. 45). All 12 indoor NHL games on NBC this season failed to crack a 1.0 rating, compared to six of eight last year.
On NBCSN, regular season games averaged 336,000 viewers — down 11% from last year (378K), down 4% from two years ago (349K) and the smallest average since 2011-12 (332K).
Congrats to Bob Miller.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr told a Toronto radio station on Wednesday that his constituency had long memories, saying the Olympic dispute could colour negotiations when the two sides revisit the labour deal, known as the CBA, as early as 2019.
“If the notion is that players will just say, ‘oh well, the CBA didn’t provide for it’ or ‘we wish it were different’ – and we could just go on with life as usual or as if this hadn’t happened, I think that’s a very, very, very unlikely possibility,” Mr. Fehr told Sportsnet The Fan 590.
At the heart of the dispute is the NHL’s unwillingness to go to Pyeongchang for what are largely business reasons – a disruption to its schedule, the risk of injury to top players, an unattractive time zone and the inability to leverage broadcast and marketing opportunities that come from having the NHL at the Olympics.
The NHL players’ collective desire to representative their countries at the international competition, meanwhile, is more sentimental.
“Guys love representing their country on [the Olympic] stage and it is a bitter pill to swallow for sure,” the Toronto Maple Leafs’ U.S.-born forward James van Riemsdyk told reporters Tuesday. “As players, we have shown we want to be there and made that very clear, but this decision was made outside of us.”
from Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star,
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