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Watching Saturday’s Outdoor Game

from Anthomy Crupi at Yahoo,

Intense sunshine and deteriorating ice conditions effectively robbed the NHL of some one million TV impressions, as Saturday’s outdoor game in Lake Tahoe couldn’t hold up under the strain of an eight-hour delay.

According to Nielsen data, NBC’s broadcast of the first period of the Colorado Avalanche-Las Vegas Golden Knights game averaged 1.36 million viewers and a 0.8 household rating before the bright winter sun turned the makeshift rink into a giant Slush Puppie. Play was halted at 12:55 p.m. PT, and by the time the ice was fit to play on again, it was two minutes past midnight on the East Coast and the action had shifted from NBC to its cable sibling NBCSN.

The remaining two periods averaged 361,000 viewers, or 995,000 fewer fans than were tuned in when the puck dropped the previous afternoon. The Avalanche won 3-2.


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Be Careful With Your Spoken Words

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Before he left to become president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brian Burke got Sportsnet into some hot water over a comment about the Colorado Avalanche failing to put a “boot on their throat” against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Monday, Sportsnet will run the second of two required acknowledgments that Burke violated the Canadian broadcasters’ code of conduct by promoting violence with his words on Sept. 4.

Between periods in Game 7 of the Avalanche-Stars series in Edmonton, Burke said: “I thought when they went up 3-2 they got complacent. And when a team you’re playing is flat, that’s when you gotta put a boot on their throat and put your full body weight on it. They had a chance to put the game away there. They looked lackadaisical. They looked like, OK, we got a lead. And I sure hated the penalty call that put Dallas back in this game.”


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Video- One Last Appearance From Brian Burke On HNIC

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke got roasted by the Hockey Night panel in his last To The Point segment as he prepares to head to Pittsburgh for his new role with the Penguins.


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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening

Celebrating Hockey Day in Canada

via Sportsnet,

Watch the Opening tease before the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens game as the number seven connects Canadians together not just with Hockey, but the Group of seven and more.


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Hockey Day In Canada Is This Saturday

February 11, 2021 – Ask Canadians about the strengths of our nation and you will get many different answers, but there are two that often stand out: diversity and hockey. This Saturday, Sportsnet celebrates them both with the 21st annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration.

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Reaching The NHL Fans In Europe

NEW YORK (Feb. 4, 2021) – For the third straight season, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and 20 international broadcast partners will deliver more than 31 games live in primetime every weekend throughout the 2020-21 season to fans in 25 countries and territories across Europe. NHL European Game of the Week™ presented by SAP will make its season debut with the Colorado Avalanche-St. Louis Blues game broadcast, set for Saturday, Feb. 6. The full broadcast schedule is available here.

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Blackout Issues In Canada Too

from Simon Hoult of the Globe and Mail,

Last week, Adam Reid, a Senators fan who lives in Newfoundland, tweeted: “How does the @NHL justify blacking out games IF WE LITERALLY CANNOT GO TO GAMES [followed by five ‘disapproval’ emojis]”. The tweet registered more than 2,000 likes.


But those fans are working from an outdated playbook. Decades ago, NHL owners realized the potential for higher TV revenue outweighed the risk of cannibalizing their ticket sales, so they began selling what are known as regional broadcasting rights to local channels, such as CHCH in Hamilton, which aired Maple Leafs games in the late 1970s and ’80s, and BCTV, which aired Canucks games.

Then the deeper-pocketed cable sports channels came along and scooped up those regional rights. (CBC retained its Hockey Night in Canada franchise, airing games across the country on Saturday nights, until Rogers Communications bought those, too, with its famous $5.2-billion deal for 12 years’ worth of national games.)


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Questioning Th Ratings

from Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing,

There are several key things to consider with ratings stories, including who’s providing the ratings numbers, what those numbers are being compared to, and what other context is out there. The Athletic’s “NHL TV ratings up as push to engage fans outside rinks breaks from tradition,” a story by Sean Shapiro that was published Friday, is missing a fair bit of important context. The piece is about the NHL “television boom,” but it cites a grand total of two national US TV games, one Canadian national game, NHL.tv numbers (not specified, but “doubled”), and season ratings so far on one RSN (Fox Sports Midwest, soon to be Bally Sports Midwest), with all of those numbers provided by league sources.

But while “ratings up” is technically true, there’s a lot more context to be found in a fuller look at the publicly-available ratings, and that can be done without relying on any league sources. And that’s especially important when it comes to the national games on NBC and NBCSN, and their ratings this year are quite important with this being the last year of the NHL on NBC TV contract. To start with, here are some key parts of Shapiro’s piece on the national TV picture, which is what we’re primarily concerned with here.


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Report- Fox Sports Showing Interest In The NHL

from A.J. Perez and Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports,

With or without the glowing puck, Fox Sports is interested in broadcasting NHL games again, sources tell Front Office Sports.

Fox Sports joins ESPN and NBC — which is in the final season of an exclusive decade-long, $2 billion deal — as potential bidders for the next U.S. broadcast rights package. Even though NBC announced it was shutting down NBC Sports Network, insiders believe the network will  retain a major share of the NHL broadcast package with games on NBC, USA and Peacock.

In that scenario, Fox or ESPN would bid to broadcast a smaller slate of games. Front Office Sports reported in October that ESPN was interested in bidding for the U.S. rights. That potential package would likely run 20-30 regular-season games along with a piece of the playoffs.

“Fox could view this as a strategic play,” former Fox Sports executive Patrick Crakes said. “If they do that, maybe they can let something else go in the future. The NHL fits a specific niche for them.”


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NBCSN Will Be No Longer By The End Of The Year

from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal,

NBC has told distributors and some sports leagues that it plans to shut down its NBCSN sports channel by the end of the year. NBC’s most recent affiliate deals with Charter and Dish Network do not include carriage for NBCSN beyond this year, sources said. Plus, sports leagues that have deals with NBC were being told of the changes this week.

The move is in line with the current media trend of consolidating cable channels. For NBC, it also is part of a bigger strategy to grow its Peacock streaming service, while, at the same time, bolstering the programming schedule for other NBC channels like USA Network. Bigger properties, like the NHL, NASCAR and EPL, will move to USA Network while keeping some windows on the broadcast channel. Smaller properties, like car shows, dog shows and some motorsports, will have to find new linear TV outlets.

The big question is how a league like the NHL reacts to the shutting down of a network that has carried its games for the past 15 years. The NHL’s deal with NBC ends after this season. The NHL has made it clear that it wants to split its rights between at least two TV outlets. NBC has told the NHL that it would carve out regular windows on its broadcast channel and USA Network, which is in 86.2 million homes, plus Peacock.

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