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America: Meet Don Cherry

imageimageTonight marks the debut of Don Cherry on NBC.  Famous for his forthrightness, brashness, arrogance, fashion sense, and general volume, Cherry hits the U.S. airwaves tonight to show off his own brand of hockey entertainment for more of the world to see.

Last week, Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star asked,

Don Cherry says he’s ready for America. But is America ready for him?
That question will be answered Monday night when the star of Coach’s Corner makes his U.S. network television debut on NBC.

Meanwhile, I thought I prepare the uninitiated for what to expect.  There are many looks to Cherry, and while most die-hard American hockey fans know The Don well enough, I figure plenty of casual fans may be in for a surprise.  So here’s a photo album of the Many Faces of Cherry...

 

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NBC Versus CBC

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

When it comes to televising a hockey game, NBC can’t match the experience and reputation of the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
But the U.S. network compensates with a big effort and an aggressive up-close approach.
It paid off handsomely on Saturday. NBC, producing its first Stanley Cup final telecast of the postseason, equalled and, at few key points, bettered the CBC.
The big miss for the Canadian network was failing to note that the Anaheim Ducks had been caught on a late line change and had only four skaters on the ice when Anton Volchenkov scored the Ottawa Senators’ second goal.

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added 7:54am, from the Insiders blog at Media Week via avsforum...

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals on NBC with just 1.73 million viewers and a 0.5/ 2 among adults 18-49 in prime time.

added 8:56am, via the LA Times (reg. req.),

NBC got only a 1.5 national overnight rating for Game 3. That’s down 12% from the 1.7 NBC got for Game 3 of last year’s Stanley Cup finals between Carolina and Edmonton.

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Get Ready America

from the LA Times,

North of the border, he’s been called bigger than Oprah and sexier than The Rolling Stones. He’s also been described as racially insensitive and a xenophobic clown.
“He’s the most recognized face in Canada,” says his boss, Joel Darling, executive producer of CBC’s venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast.
In Southern California last week for the CBC broadcast of the Stanley Cup finals between the Ducks and the Ottawa Senators, Cherry now comes to NBC, if only for tonight’s Game 4, appearing with ex-NHL star Brett Hull as a between-periods analyst. An NBC spokeswoman cautiously calls Cherry’s segment “an experiment.”
“A lot of bars across Canada go silent when he comes on TV,” says Hull. “It’s going to be an honor to be on with Don.”

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It Was A Love Fest

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

They’re entertaining as solo acts, but no great shakes as a team.
At least, they weren’t on Saturday night when NBC’s Brett Hull joined Don Cherry on the CBC’s Coach’s Corner during the first intermission of the Anaheim Ducks-Ottawa Senators game.
There were no fireworks, no real disagreements, not even much discussion about the game.
The only real colour came from Cherry’s jacket which appeared to have been made from red, orange and white floral drapery material.

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Move Milbury Into The Booth

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Now is his time to cash in on what he does best: talk.
Versus, NBC and anyone else who televises the National Hockey League ought to sign him quicker than Dany Heatley can score a goal (Heatley being one of the stars Milbury passed on as GM).
Let Milbury become the ranter instead of the rantee. He can become the Charles Barkley or Johnny Miller of hockey.
Dare we say it? He can become America’s Don Cherry.
Cherry is the godfather of one of Milbury’s sons. He once said nobody ever built an NHL career more on hard work than Milbury did, which is one of the tamest things Cherry ever has said. The former Bruins coach and his former player share a gift of gab.

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NBC Pulling Out All The Stops

from KK member SteveNJ...

It’s about that time of year again when a national network takes over the coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.  This year, once again it’s NBC taking over from VERSUS, who did a fantastic job covering games one and two.  For the ‘07 Finals, NBC is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to get the NHL fan to watch - no matter where they might be.

Starting off with the regular, televised broadcast, Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will be calling the rest of this series for NBC.  Bill Clement, Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull will be in the studio, and they will be joined by a special guest on Monday for game four: Mr. Don Cherry.  He will share his thoughts on the game during the second intermission.  Hull, in turn, will tag-team with Cherry on the legendary “Coach’s Corner” on Saturday night for game three.  NBC will air all of their finals coverage in HD.

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Game 2 SCF Ratings

from the CP via Yahoo,

CBC’s ratings for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final were up slightly from last year but the U.S. numbers continue to plunge.
An average of 2.378 million viewers tuned in to CBC on Wednesday as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 2 of the 2006 final between Carolina and Edmonton attracted an average of 2.189 million viewers.
On Versus in the U.S., Game 2 got a 0.6 cable rating and was watched in just 446,000 homes. That was down 33 per cent from last year’s second game, which received a 0.9 cable rating (600,000 homes) on OLN, as the same network was known then. This year’s Game 1 was watched in just 523,000 households in the United States.

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Get Interactive - Win Prizes

via Yahoo,

NBCSports.com today announced that sports fans can engage in an interactive television experience filled with predictive questions, polls, trivia, games and more during the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Final on NBC.
Hockey fans will be able to interact with the Stanley Cup broadcast like never before with NBCSports.com Screen Shot. NBCSports.com Screen Shot is an online “two-screen experience” that allows viewers at home to play along in real-time with NBC’s live Stanley Cup broadcasts.

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Best Damn Cherry

Did you see Don Cherry on Best Damn Sports Period?
IF not, follow this link then click on the pic of Don there.

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Media Talk

via SportsBusiness Daily,

Versus earned a 0.62 overnight Nielsen cable rating for Game One of the Senators-Ducks Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, down 28.7% from a 0.87 for Oilers-Hurricanes Game One last season. The net earned a 1.7 rating in L.A. on Monday, its best mark ever in the market. The three top local markets were Buffalo (3.9), Denver (2.2) and Pittsburgh.

via SportsBusiness Journal,

NBC has sold out its inventory and said that demand “has been strong throughout the playoffs.” The network claims it and the NHL both are “poised to make a profit again this year” from their TV agreement. Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, Gillette and the U.S. Marines will all advertise during NBC’s coverage of the Finals.
Versus’ sales results “are on par with last year.” However, several ad buyers said that hockey and the Cup Finals “had not been a focus for them this year, and though network sales are strong, they described cable sales as lackluster.

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