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Twitter Talk- Directv/Versus

from TVPredictions.com,

In the last week, readers have asked DIRECTV’s Twitter reps if Versus will soon return to the air. The standard reply: They think so.

“We have productive talks going on with Versus and should have an update soon,” one DIRECTV tweet said.

Another DIRECTV Twitter rep stated: “We have productive conversations going on with Versus and hope to have news soon.”


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Watching The Trade Show

You can watch the TSN Trade Center coverage on the NHL Network in the US and also watch a stream of the show at NHL.com (embed code disabled)

Coverage started at 8:00am and runs until 6:00pm ET.

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Evening Line

“I believe that it will work out and we will be back in the 16 million home that we were on in the DirecTV universe once they work this out.  And I am hopeful that the sides will work this out in advance of the playoffs. But in terms of the coverage we get and the treatment we get, we couldn’t be treated better by anybody else.”

-Gary Bettman on the Versus/Directv dispute and the Versus coverage.  More at Chicago Breaking Sport News.

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  Tags: directv, gary+bettman

Watching The Gold Medal Game In Canada

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The Olympic hockey gold medal thriller on Sunday pulled in a record television audience in Canada.

  A total of 16.6 million viewers watched Canada’s 3-2 overtime win against the United States, the largest viewership ever for a telecast on Canadian television.


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More NBC Numbers

Vancouver - March 1, 2010 - Sunday afternoon’s USA vs. Canada gold medal hockey game, that NBC’s Bob Costas called, “One of the greatest sports events I have ever seen,” was the most-watched hockey game in 30 years.  Canada’s epic 3-2 overtime victory (3:20-6:13 p.m. ET) drew an average viewership of 27.6 million, the most watched hockey broadcast of any kind since the USA vs. Finland 1980 gold medal game in Lake Placid on Feb. 24, 1980 (32.8 million).  For historical comparison, the “Miracle on Ice” USA-Russia semifinal game that aired on tape delay on Feb 22, 1980 from the Lake Placid Games drew 34.2 million average viewers.

“We’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat to observe a nation of fans that appreciates winter sports, is proud of their winter sport heritage and celebrates success - no matter which country wins - so it was only fitting yesterday when Sidney Crosby scored the goal to give Canadians the gold that meant so much to this country,” said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.  “‘O Canada’ will never be the same.”

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Your Trade Deadline Coverage

NEW YORK (March 1, 2010) –The countdown to Wednesday’s NHL Trade Deadline (Mar. 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET) is on as NHL teams position themselves for the six-week push to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Wall-to-wall coverage on NHL.com begins today with a team of correspondents in every NHL city to cover player transactions, draft pick exchanges and all the latest trade news. A panel of writers, analysts and guests will provide up-to-the-minute reports, break down trades and delve into historical Trade Deadline moves that lead to great stretch runs and eventual Stanley Cup victories.

Digital coverage includes a trade ticker and mobile tracker, official confirmation of trades from NHL’s Central Registry office and analysis with special guests including a pair of former NHL general managers—Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman and Craig Button. Trade deadline coverage on NHL.com is sponsored by Hungry Man in Canada.

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Will The NHL Gain More Fans Due To The Gold Medal Game?

from Darren Rovell at CNBC,

Having this game certainly gave the NHL a greater chance to grow out of its niche audience. People sampled the game that hadn’t previously done so. But people did the same with soccer when the US women won the World Cup in 1999. That didn’t help the Women’s United Soccer League from going under after three seasons and losing $100 million.

Some will say that this will help the league. That new fans might want to watch the names they learned — Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller and Zach Parise — more regularly. But in order for that to happen, it will mean that people, who previously haven’t considered hockey, fell in love with the game on Sunday. They also would have had to fall in love with the players. That’s a lot to ask for and I’m not sure that any fewer would have watched if it were just amateurs out there.


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NBC Sees Big Numbers For Gold Medal Game

via a John Buccigross tweet,

NBC earned a 17.6 overnight Nielsen rating for Sunday’s Canada-U.S. Gold Medal men’s hockey game.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Breaking Down The Golden Broadcast

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

NBC’s Al Michaels after Don Cherry, a vision in red velvet, expounded on how the game would go, including his opinions on that ``Lalongo” guy: ``I never knew that Feb. 28 was Halloween in Canada.” ... NBC’s Mike Milbury heading into the game: ``There are two, maybe three guys on the U.S. team who could make Team Canada.” ... The beauty of having a guy between the benches.  McGuire reported early in the first period that Canada coach Mike Babcock was telling his players to get more pucks on net and cease with the fancy stuff. You don’t get that kind of stuff in the broadcast booth. ... Watching the game on CTV, the sound mix made me feel as if I were in the stands. On NBC, I felt like I was in the parking lot.


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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Watching The Mens Hockey Gold Medal Game

via NHL.com,

Here is where you can find the Olympic hockey tournament gold-medal game on Feb. 28.

United States

3-6 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, NBC


3:15-5:45 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, V, RDS, OMNI 1 (presented in Italian), OMNI 2 (presented in Cantonese/Mandarin) and APTN (presented in Aboriginal language)

Don’t forget, NHL Live has a special Sunday show today from 12:00pm ET until 2:00pm on the NHL Network.

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, winter+olympics

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