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NBC Talks Game 7


It is the ultimate in professional sports.” – NBC’s Olczyk on a Stanley Cup Final Game 7

The Penguins have more mood swings than a teenage girl.” – NBC’s Milbury

In practical terms, a Stanley Cup Final can’t erase what this city is going through, but as a means to help them feel pride in their city, to help provide some relief and some excitement, it’s important to Detroit.” – NBC’s Olczyk on Detroit

For the NHL and NBC, it’s ideal. There couldn’t be a better script. A classic Game 7 will make this one of the all-time great series in Final history.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Game 7 SCF- The Best Game In Sports

from Christine Brennan of USA TODAY,

Hockey has always been known as the world’s fastest game, a description the sport should play up at every turn as the attention span of the U.S. sports fan lessens year by year. Not only is there more beautiful passing and skating, and less fighting, in hockey’s playoffs than its regular season, it also should be noted that the NHL doesn’t hog your time like the NBA.

When there are five minutes left in an NHL game, that means it will take about five minutes to finish the game, give or take a 30-second timeout or two. When there are five minutes left in an NBA game, it’s time to order a pizza.

No new technology is needed, though, to accentuate hockey’s best attribute: Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, traditionally the best Game 7 in sports. For the first time in three years, the NHL gives us the ultimate finale Friday night. At the end, we can only hope it’s close, that someone is pulling the goalie, that an empty net looms ominously at one end of the ice.

Best of all, the game won’t have to compete with the NBA, which plays tonight, meaning all those basketball fans won’t have to wonder what they missed.


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Have You Switched To Digital?

from Mike Wilkinson of the Detroit News,

Can President Obama make the next save for the Red Wings?

Not likely.

After once helping to delay the transition to all-digital TV, the Obama Administration has already said there won’t be another, posing potential problems for local folks who want to catch the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with their rabbit-ear antennas.

The once-delayed transition to digital occurs on Friday, and a spokesman for WDIV-TV (Channel 4) said the station will no longer transmit an analog signal after 9 a.m. For thousands of Metro Detroiters who still haven’t gotten a converter box—and don’t have cable or satellite TV—that means they’ll have to find somewhere else to watch the Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Cup.


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Watching NBC

from Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life,

It was the NBA and NHL finals out ahead of the other networks last night, as the Orlando Magic earned their first win of the series and the Pittsburgh Penguins ensured that the Stanley Cup finals will go seven games.

ABC’s basketball coverage led the night with a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating and 11 share, according to Nielsen overnights, followed by NBC’s hockey coverage in second at 2.2/6.

As a reminder, ratings for live sporting events are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data. They also do not include accurate West Coast viewing or post-primetime viewing in the East. Final numbers will be out later today.


added 12:08pm, More numbers at Puck The Media.

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SCF Ratings Down In Canada

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

The Stanley Cup final is turning out to be a bit of a ratings dog for CBC, with audiences down 15 per cent after the first five games.

If things continue and Detroit finishes up the series Tuesday night, this could be one of the least-watched Stanley Cup finals in years. But there’s a mystery here: Why?

The hockey’s been pretty good and there’s no shortage of stars on the ice. With the exception of Saturday’s blowout, which no doubt sent hundreds of thousands looking for quality reruns, the series has been competitive.

Even CBC is baffled by the ratings drop.

“We’re slightly mystified and slightly disappointed,” says CBC Sports head Scott Moore. “Maybe it’s a case of been there, done that and Saturday’s blowout certainly didn’t help.

“But beyond that we’re not really sure what’s happening.”


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No JoeVision Tuesday Night

from Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit Business,

Don’t look for Joe Vision this year.

The Detroit Red Wings say they couldn’t reach a deal to air Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals for fans gathered at Joe Louis Arena, as the team has done in the past during road playoff games.

“We will not hold ‘Joe Vision’ for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as we were unable to secure the broadcast rights to show this game in the arena,” said Karen Cullen in an e-mail to Crain’s today. She’s the vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings Inc., the central business entity of team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch.


Here is my question, the Wings started promoting JoeVision yesterday on local radio, did someone mess up somewhere?

added 3:28pm, via Terry Foster of the Detroit News,

NBC representative Brian Walker did not immediately return a phone message for comment, but NHL media relations vice president Frank Brown confirmed the situation while expressing sympathy to Red Wings fans.

“We are very much in tune and very sensitive to the great experience that fans have by coming to a great venue and watching a great hockey game,” Brown said. “That said we need to be sensitive to the business end of things and that business is ratings driven.”

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Watching NBC & CBC

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

Even though hockey still beats out everything on the sports dial here, the fact is twice as many Americans are watching the final than Canadians. It could be a fascination with Darren Pang, or maybe it’s the lack of gripping poker tournaments.

One might assume from this odd trend that NBC is doing a great job of presenting hockey and CBC not so much. But the fact is they both do pretty much the same job.

For example, announcers of both networks still manage to talk right through key plays. On Saturday night, CBC play-by-play man Jim Hughson was rambling on about Detroit’s penalty-killing woes and neglected to tell viewers that a strange carom off the boards almost resulted in a shorthanded goal for the Red Wings.

Over on NBC, Pierre McGuire was making a comment about Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk being able to “stickhandle in a phone booth without being interrupted” at the same time Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was making a long pass that resulted in a goal.


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NBC Leads In Viewing Last Night

from Robert Seidman of TV by the Numbers,

Another boring Saturday night of broadcast television.  Unless you are a Detroit Red Wings fan!  Last night’s game five of the Stanley Cup Finals led all broadcast viewing, both in adults 18-49 (1.6) and total viewers (4.28 million).



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Versus President Jamie Davis Says No Conversations With ESPN

from Mke Reynolds of Multichannel News,

Asked about reports of ESPN’s interest in getting back into the puck sport, Davis said there haven’t been any conversations with executives from Bristol.

“Versus has a contract with the NHL [through the 2011 season]. There haven’t been any talks with [NHL commissioner] Gary {Bettman] about that," said Davis. "He's only expressed encouragement, to ‘keep the momentum going.'"

To that end, Versus will sit down with the NHL and evaluate what can be done to enhance the product.

"After the Stanely Cup, we'll look back on what worked. I think the recap will show that it was a super season and we'll discuss what we can do to improve on it."

more on Versus…

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NHL/NBC Extension Coming

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It’s been a dream playoffs, so far, for the NHL on TV.

Its greatest stars – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk – have advanced as far as the Stanley Cup final. After years in the doldrums, some of its best U.S. television markets – Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh – pushed deep into the playoffs. And the skilled on-ice product has been rewarded with some modest bumps in U.S. ratings on NBC and Versus.

Now, NBC and the NHL are set to announce an extension to their relationship for another two years, past the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Stanley Cup playoffs.

It will likely be a continuation of the no-money-down/split-revenues-after-costs arrangement that has existed since the two sides fell into each other’s arms after the NHL lockout in 2004-05.


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